MINNEAPOLIS -- It's being called the biggest event to hit the Twin Cities since the 2009 PGA Championships.
The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) announced Tuesday that Minneapolis, Saint Paul and Bloomington will host the 2015 Summer National Senior Games. The event is one of the largest recurring multi-sport events in the United States and the largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors.
Jim Ingle, who earned a third-place medal in the 4 x 100 relay race at last year's national meet, is excited about the annoucement.
"When you see 90-year-old people our running 100-yard dashes ... it's just thrilling," he said.
Ingle, 61, is the fitness coordinator for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. He has already qualified for the 100-yard and 200-yard dash at next year's national meet, and hopes to qualify again in 2015.
"My goal is to eventually win it," Ingle said. "I think in order for that to happen, longevity and attrition hopefully will be on my side."
The 16-day event is expected to bring in more than 13,500 male and female athletes over the age of 50 compete in between 18 and 20 different sports within separate age divisions. Events will be held at venues throughout Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Bloomington and the University of Minnesota.
Planners estimate the economic impact from more than 35 thousand visitors at $40 million.
"Hosting the 2015 Senior Games, the largest Olympic-affiliated event ever to come Minnesota, is a tremendous accomplishment for this community," said Phil Godfrey, President and CEO of the NSGA. "The $40 million economic impact will certainly leave a mark in the area and we are confident that our community will display its trademark hospitality to the national and international visitors."
Competition for the 2015 Games will be held in archery, badminton, basketball, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, race walk, racquetball, road race, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track & field, triathlon and volleyball.
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