10/07/2019 to 10/19/2019
Huntsman World Senior Games - St. George, Utah
The Huntsman World Senior Games is the largest annual multi-sport event in the world for athletes age 50 and over. It is held in St. George, Utah in this gorgeous red rock wonderland. Every October, senior athletes from around the globe flock to the St. George area to participate in several events and competitions. Many local residents also participate – many of whom have won medals in years past.
How it Began
The Huntsman World Senior Games, as known by many today, started in 1987 known then as the World Senior Games, an international senior sports competition. The games were founded by Daisy and John H. Morgan, Jr. They had a passion for sports and envisioned an international sports event for men and women of all ages above 55. They both had felt the their golden years when combining them with great health and a dedication to being physically fit. For them it became a way of life, not just a recreational hobby. It has since caught fire and has become a large event in southern Utah.
Jon M. Huntsman, Chairman of the Huntsman Corporation, in 1989, became the Games' main sponsor after he acknowledged that the Games promoted and facilitated a great fitness for life, but contributed to the economy of Utah is a wonderful way, especially in the southern Utah Dixie area. As might be expected, the Huntsman family are proud supporters of the Game and continue to personally open the Games with a warm welcome to the athletes, and in lighting the torch in traditional Olympic fashion during the Games' Opening Ceremonies.
Since the beginning of the Games, the competition has welcomed all men and women who met the age requirement. The age was dropped from 55 to age 50 with the purpose to be able to include more athletes, encouraging seniors approaching retirement to get involved in their personal fitness and team sport.
27 Different Events with 2,500 Volunteers
The Games' has a dedicated full-time staff that works all year, along with more than 2,500 helpful volunteers to host 27 different athletic events over two weeks every October. The Huntsman World Senior Games is headquartered in southern Utah and has become a popular and famous event for serious athletes, many of whom train and prepare themselves for this event. Athletes come from Germany to Australia, and Russia to Japan. Many countries have participated in the Games. The Games would not be complete without these volunteers. Thousands of adults, youth, and children who donate countless hours to make this two-week event a treasured experience for all. From entertainers to sport directors, each volunteer plays a valuable role in making the Games a huge success people can be proud of.
More than just the athletic competitions the Games offer, there are also wonderful health screenings for prostate, cancer-breast. Other health threats are also detected such as; high blood pressure, high cholesterol, glaucoma, diabetes, and decreased bone density. Volunteer medical and nursing students assist with the screenings and generous sponsors provide diagnostic equipment and services.
Whether or not participants win a medal or not, another important aspect of the Games really emphasizes the successes of the athletes. The incorporation of awards ceremonies, concerts, bands, social gatherings, and dances. These events unify the athletes and bring people together socially to share in, and congratulate each other for their achievements.
The Future of the Games
From now into the future as the Games roll on through the years, one thing is for sure - this one-of-a kind celebration that promotes Peace, Friendship, Good Health, will continue its mission. Like they say, “Fun! Don't forget the Fun!”
St. George, Utah is located in southern Utah and plays host to the Huntsman World Senior Games. St. George was founded in 1861 by early pioneers who endured difficult conditions to build a beautiful city in the desert. With a diverse population of 80,000 St. George is rich in history, geography, culture and the arts.
St. George is located on I-15, 120 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, and 290 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah. St. George is situated in a semi-arid desert and surrounded by cool mountain ranges and red desert buttes. In October, average daytime temperatures range between 70 and 80 degrees, with cooler mornings and evenings. At 2,800 feet above sea level, St. George has mild winters and draws part-time residents from many neighboring states and Canada.
St. George is conveniently located next to several vacation playgrounds such as the Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Kolob, the Grand Canyon, and Lake Powell, and plays host to hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
Enhance Your Stay During Huntsman World Senior Games
Additional Activities To Enhance Your Stay
During your stay we hope you will take some time to explore. There is something here for everyone. From fine arts to National Parks, you will fall in love with this oasis in the desert.
History Tours, Geology, and Fascinating Paleontology
Dinosaurs, petrified forests, Anasazi ruins and petroglyphs, and pioneer heritage surround you when you visit St. George. A division of Zion National Park, the institute offers 1, 2, and 3-day classes, providing visitors unique opportunities to investigate the vast natural and cultural resources of the park and its surrounds. Expert instructors in history, science, the humanities, and the arts will emphasize learning through hands on exploration.
Art Tours and Galleries
If you're looking for art, we have plenty of it. For a complete listing of Art Galleries visit atozion.com/. Be sure to include a visit to Dixie State University Eccles Fine Arts Center located at 125 South 700 East, for traveling shows call 1-435-652-7500.
No guide would be complete without a list of restaurants. Remember to use your complimentary dinner ticket (included with your Games ID badge) and the Valubook, which also features discounts at participating restaurants. Patronize Sponsor restaurants whenever possible.
For a detailed list of recreation opportunities, visit the Golf page and the Recreation page at greaterzion.com. Run, bike, hike, spelunk, climb, golf, skydive, and scuba dive your way around this mecca of adventure.
Book your tee time at one of the following excellent Golf Clubs on the Red Rock Golf Trail:
Dixie Red Hills, Green Spring, Bloomington, Southgate, Coral Canyon, Entrada, The Ledges, Sky Mountain, Sunbrook, Sun River, and St. George.
Parks and Trails
St. George City Parks has an extensive list of available parks and trails perfect for family leisure activities such as hiking, biking, and picnicking.
Utah has one of the most diverse landscapes on Earth. With no fewer that five National Parks, there is more than enough to view, explore and enjoy. With Zion National Park less than an hour away, you'll absolutely want to plan some time to see this real treasure.
Snow Canyon State Park
Navajo sandstone, picturesque vistas, camping and hiking. Snow Canyon State Park has it all and then some. Over 5,700 acres of amazing awaits you.
Sand Hollow Aquatics Center
Off Sunset Boulevard, at 1144 North Lava Flow Drive (435-634-5938), is a wonderfully wet, aquatics center with waveless indoor pools, outdoor volleyball courts, picnic area, and sunny decks for soaking up those glorious southwest rays. The center is also the home of the Huntsman World Senior Games Swimming and Triathlon competitions.
No visit would be perfect for women without a visit to the spa, whether it be a destination pa or a day spa. Visit the Spas page at greaterzion.com for a complete listing of world-class spas. Whether your focus is on fitness, spiritual wellness, or weight loss, you'll find an array of health and wellness programs for ultimate relaxation and pampering designed with you in mind. Sports Massage and Chiropractic is also available at the Dixie Center during the Games.
Theaters and Entertainment
There is so much entertainment to choose from that you may not have time to see it all! A full menu includes Broadway Musicals, Shakespeare, Symphony, and films, many of which are set in outdoor amphitheaters with natural backdrops -- southwest sunsets, Vermillion Cliffs, and extraordinary canyons.
Tuacahn Outdoor Amphitheatre in Ivins
Located 20 minutes northwest of St. George. Guests of Utah's Best Vacation Rentals staying at Paradise Village receive 15% off show tickets at Tuacahn during their stay for Huntsman World Senior Games. Call Reservations (800) 410-2251 to book show tickets and lodging.
Utah Shakesperian Festival-Cedar City (45 minutes northeast of St. George on Interstate 15).
Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theater - Springdale, near the south entrance to Zion National Park, call 1-888-256-3456 for details.
Celebrity Concert Series - Dixie State University, Audiences will thrill to some of the finest artists and entertainment available anywhere in the world. From Russian ballet to opera and chamber orchestras, Celebrity Concert Series presents world famous artists from all over the world.
Movie Theaters located in the Area:
Sunset Corner Stadium 8 - located on the corner of Sunset Blvd and Bluff Street
Red Cliff Cinemas - located behind the Red Cliffs Mall, 1750 E. Redcliffs Drive
Cinema 6 - 905 S. Main Street in St. George
Coral Cliffs Cinema - 850 W. State Street in Hurricane
Stadium 10, Weststates Theaters Pineview - 2376 E. Red Cliffs Drive (on Telegraph Rd. between Red Cliffs Drive and Wal Mart), St. George
Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theater - 145 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale
St. George Vacation Home Accommodations at Paradise Village are perfect for the Huntsman World Senior Games
When visiting the St. George area to enjoy Huntsman World Senior Games, rent a private vacation home at the new Paradise Village at Zion in Santa Clara, Utah.
Utah's Best Vacation Rentals offers St. George vacation rentals at Paradise Village located near the Huntsman World Senior Games.
You can warm up on the pickleball courts adjacent to the village, take a dip in the gorgeous new tiered swimming pool, or relax and take in the gorgeous views of Snow Canyon and red rock cliffs surrounding the village.