Mesquite Senior Games … Your Athletic Encore
Now in our 15th year, the 2016 Mesquite Senior Games invites female and male athletes, age 50 and better, to compete in a variety of events against age-group peers. Events take place in March and April. We also host the CAN/AM and Winter Classic softball tournaments in October and December. See “Schedule” and “Events” for details.
Event hosts are The City of Mesquite (Basketball Skills, Fitness Walk, Long Drive, Softball, Tennis, and Bicycling), Hidden Valley Ranch (Target Pistol), Sun City Mesquite (Bocce Ball, Bridge, and Pickleball), Virgin River Casino (Bowling) and Virgin Valley High School/Clark County School District (Track and Field / Weight Throws).
Unless specified, all competition and scoring is male/female within 5-year age groups (50-54 and up). Competition age equals age on Dec 31st of current year.
Our mission is to promote the health and fitness of anyone 50 years and better, while stimulating tourism in the city of Mesquite Nevada.
The Mesquite Senior Games is a non-profit organization funded completely through sponsors, donations and registration/event fees.
See you at the games!
Mesquite Senior Games History
The Mesquite Senior Games began in 2002 following an outreach from the Nevada State Games in Las Vegas to communities throughout the state. David Pierson was the first chairman and Frank Pati vice chairman.
The 2002 Games were greatly supported by a generous donation from Cindy Risinger of REMAX Realty in Mesquite. Events contested were: Softball, Track and Field, Basketball Skills, 3-on-3 Basketball, Tennis, Golf, Bowling and Swimming. Softball was the most popular event with 13 teams (nearly 150 players) travelling from various western states to compete.
In 2003, 3-on-3 Basketball was dropped. One of MSG’s javelin throwers, Jerry Ransdell, represented Mesquite at the nationals in Baton Rouge, LA, earning a bronze medal.
In 2004 the games gained status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
In 2005 three Mesquite women’s softball teams vied at the nationals, in Pittsburg, PA.
In 2006 Basketball and Track and Field were not contested, Tennis was dropped due to unavailability of suitable courts and Swimming was dropped due to lack of a meet director.
In 2007 Archery and Basketball were not contested. Softball was again the most popular sport, with 36 teams competing.
In 2009 Tennis returned when suitable courts became available at Hafen Park.
In 2010 Bocce Ball, Pickleball and Target Pistol were added, with Sun City Mesquite and the Mesquite Sports and Events Center becoming major event hosts.
In 2011 Sporting Clays was dropped due to the closing of the Oasis Gun Club.
In 2012 Bridge was added. Archery was dropped due to low participation.
In 2013 Golf was dropped due to low participation. Long Drive and a Road Race (for all ages) were added.
In 2014 a Non-Competitive / No-Fee / All Ages Fitness Walk was added.
In 2015 Bicycling was introduced with 3 and 5.8 Mile Time Trials. Weight Throws were added to supplement Track & Field.
In 2016 a History Tour was added, and Road Races were dropped due to lack of participation.