Seniors in Northern Nevada are getting their blood pumping with the return of the Reno-Tahoe Senior Summer Games.

The start of the 2019 Senior Summer Games has special meaning for Marlene Coubry and not just because she sang the Star Spangled Banner at the opening ceremony on Wednesday night.Sitting around the house is not a good thing. I’m a go-getter,” said Senior Games competitor Marlene Coubry.  

For nearly 20 years, the Senior Games have been offering those in their advanced years the opportunity to compete in contests.  “We want them to get out have a good time and get their muscles working,” said City of Reno Recreation Manager Dan Massey.

“So far I’ve accumulated 52 medals in the last five years,” said Coubry. She has competed in the game's physical competitions such as bowling and miniature golf. Others have participated in track and field events, basketball, and badminton. "It keeps me in good health. It keeps my joints moving and I enjoy it,” said Coubry.

She’s also participated in the event's less physically strenuous competitions such as card games. “It’s challenging and I like that. I like that you have to use your mind,” said Coubry.

The games happen twice a year, once in the summer and once in the winter. This year, there are 25 contests in the summer games. Coubry says it's not just about winning. “You meet new people. You build new friend. Oh I love to win. But I do it mostly for fun,” said Coubry.

You can still sign up for the Reno-Tahoe Senior Summer Games, as long as you do it two days before an event.