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City cancels Senior Winter Games for second year

By ThisIsReno
Sherri Elcano, 62, and Phil Elcano, 70, compete in mixed doubles pickleball. Image: Andrea Laue / This Is Reno

COVID-19 strikes again. The City of Reno’s 2022 Reno-Tahoe Senior Winter Games is canceled for a second year due to coronavirus-related concerns. City Parks and Recreation officials said the decision was made after reviewing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the community’s risk level.

Washoe County remains in the high transmission category for COVID-19 and seniors are at the highest risk for severe illness from the disease.

In what’s become a common refrain from city officials, Parks and Recreation Director Jaime Schroeder said safety was the top priority.

“Unfortunately, it’s just not prudent to hold this event at this time. We know our seniors very much look forward to the Senior Games, and we’re disappointed to have to cancel again,” Schroeder said.

Reno has been hosting the Senior Games since at least 2001, introducing the Winter Games in 2013. The two-week games has nearly two dozen events, from card games and bocce ball to indoor rock climbing and cross-country skiing. The two most popular events are pickleball and bean bag baseball, a favorite in area senior residences.

Schroeder said the city plans to host a Summer Games later in 2022 with short outdoor recreational events. Other health and wellness programming offered by the city is still available with COVID-19 mitigation measures in place.

More information is at Reno.gov/ParksandRec.

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