Montana Senior Olympics kick off in Missoula with over 500 participants

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Dennice Smith warms up before competing in the doubles pickleball competition at the Montana Senior Olympics at Fort Missoula on Thursday.

William Smith competes in the pickleball competition of the Montana Senior Olympics at Fort Missoula on Thursday morning.

Skylar Rispens

After postponing last year’s competition due to COVID-19, the 35th Montana Senior Olympics kicked off Thursday, boasting a record-breaking number of participants — nearly 200 more than event organizers anticipated.

This year more than 500 participants 50 years or older registered to compete in 15 events at various locations around Missoula between Sept. 9-11.

“People are really excited to get back out there,” said Anna Bruning, the adult programs coordinator for Missoula Parks and Recreation, which organized the competition.

The previous record for participants was

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