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Fitness Challenge for Seniors

2017 Arizona LeadingAge Fitness Challenge for Seniors

March 1, 2017

9:30 am to 1:00 pm


*Info needed for registration:

 > Name of Community Wellness Coordinator

 > Names of athletes for each event

 > Names of volunteers attending / participating

 > Number of spectators attending / participating

Registration Fees

  • Registration is open to groups from Arizona LeadingAge Provider Member Communities.
  • Registration Fees = Community Fee + Participant Fees 
  • Community Fee is $75 ($25 for HUD Community)
  • Individual Participants Fees
    • Athletes (up to 13) - $10 per person
    • Spectators - $10 per person
    • Volunteers - First 3 Free; additional, $10 per person 
    • Wellness Coordinator (1 per community) - FREE
  • Lunch is provided for all registrants.
  • NO REFUNDS available

Fitness Challenge for Seniors 2017…

The Arizona LeadingAge Fitness Challenge for Seniors is a friendly competition among Arizona LeadingAge community residents ages 65 and over. Each community is limited to 13 athletes.  They must be residents of an Arizona LeadingAge Community.

Enjoy the Fun Walk, and Line Dance Demonstrations, plus our new event, the EXECUTIVE LEADER COMPETITION!

Print Events Info with the Diagram of the Stations

2017 Schedule of Events




9:30 – 10:00 am

Athlete check in

by Wellness Coordinators


10:00 – 10:30 am

Torch Entrance

AZ LeadingAge Welcome

Opening Prayer

Pledge of Allegiance

National Anthem


10:30 – 11:15 am


Obstacle Course

Basketball Bounce

.5 Mile Walk Round One

Wii Bowling Round One




Indoor Track

Skating Rink

11:15 – 11:45 am

Executive Leader Competition

¼ mile Fun Walk

Snacks available in Lobby


Gym Perimeter

11:45 – 12:30 pm


Obstacle Course

Basketball Bounce

.5 Mile Walk Round Two

Wii Bowling Round Two




Indoor Track

Skating Rink

12:30 – 1:00 pm

Box Lunch

Line Dancing Demonstration

Skating Rink


   1:00 pm

Closing Ceremony

Medal Presentation

AZ LeadingAge Thank you

Skating Rink


Events Information and Rules


Wii Bowling:

Location – Skating Rink

Limit – One team of 2-4 athletes from each community, Each athlete must play a minimum of 2 frames per game.  


  1. Each facility will be allowed one team of 2 - 4 athletes to enter the challenge.
  2. One team will bowl at each station - 10 frames of Wii Bowling. 
  3. Standard Wii bowling rules and scoring will apply.
  4. If any ties for the top 4 scores- another game will be played if time allows or one frame played for best score. 
  5. Once top 4 teams are established, they will play one final game for winning GOLD, SILVER, and BRONZE.
  6. Practice rounds are not available

.5 Mile Walk:

Location – Indoor Track

Limit – 3 athletes from each community


  1. This is a walking competition – absolutely no running and no motorized assistance. Running or unsportsmanlike conduct is grounds for disqualification.  Headphones are not allowed for safety.
  2. 5 walkers will line up at the starting line
  3. Starting announcement for each group- “On your mark, get set, GO!”
  4. A group of 5 walkers will be sent out in heats
  5. 1 volunteer will be assigned for each of the 5 athletes
  6. Stop watch needed for every volunteer.
  7. Clip board with every participant’s name (roster) and space to write down start/end time for completing the .5 mile- one copy for each volunteer.

Fun Walk:

Location – ¼ Gym Perimeter

Limit – no limit of participants from each community


  1. This is a walking competition of five laps around ½ of gym – absolutely no running. Running or unsportsmanlike conduct is grounds for disqualification. Headphones are not allowed, for safety.
  2. 5 participants will line up at the starting line.
  3. Starting announcement for each group-“On your mark, get set, GO!”
  4. A group of 5 walkers will be sent out at intervals.
  5. Participants will check in with their name and community name.
  6. Each participant will receive a wellness sticker.

Line Dancing Demonstrations:

Location – Skating Rink

Limit – Four communities perform one dance each during lunch.


Community wellness coordinator will provide music for routine.

Basketball Bounce:

Location – Gym

Limit – 3 athletes from each community


  • 1 standard size basketball- The standard size of a basketball in the NBA is 29.5 to 29.875 inches (74.93 to 75.88 cm) in circumference.
  • 1 Brute 44 Gallon Trash Can (31.5 in. High/24 in diameter), heavy duty, professional grade

How to play the game-

  1. Standing/sitting line will be 7 feet away from the front of the trash can
  2. The Athlete must bounce the ball one time prior to landing in trash can
  3. Each athlete is allowed 10 bounce opportunities to make a basket
  4. Winner will have the highest number of baskets out of the ten tries.
  5. In case of a tie, each athlete will play again with only 5 attempts for a new score to break the tie

Obstacle Course:

Location – Gym

Max. Limit – 3 athletes per community


A demonstration will be done prior to the start of each round of competition.  Athletes navigate a series of challenges while being timed.  Each athlete start time and end time will be recorded by volunteer.  See attached diagram for specifics including:

  1. Station 1 Sit Down, Stand up with bean bag toss.  ATHLETE STARTS in seated position, the clock starts when Wendy says “GO”.  Athlete stands up FULLY, tosses 1 bean bag (where ever it lands); SITS back down and stands back up FULLY to repeat process for a total of 6 bean bag throws.  Bean bag distance is 7 feet from the chair.  After the sixth bean bag is thrown, the athlete does not need to sit back down and can proceed to station 2. Any score obtained will be used as a tie breaker.
  2. Station 2 – Begin this station with Hoop Stepping:  BOTH feet required to step in each ring (6X) to the chair. If touch the blue ring with either foot, athlete will start over at station 2.  Once at the chair, athlete can utilize the chair to get prepared to pick up one foot to balance on and clap 10X.  If foot touches the floor, then the 10 clap count starts over.  Athlete MUST count OUTLOUD their claps and be heard by volunteer. If claps are too fast and volunteer cannot hear every number announced clearly, they will be asked to begin again.  (Claps and Count must be in unison.) Athlete’s posture will not be counted as long as they are balancing on one foot for the continuous 10 claps. Then athlete will do the second set of Hoop Stepping:  Both feet required to step in each ring (6X) to exit station 2. Skipping hoops will not be allowed. Proceed to station 3.
  3. Station 3 – A 5 pound kettle bell will be placed in a marked square on the floor.  Athlete will bend over and pick it up and walk on the OUTSIDE of the lines placing a foot on the circle at each corner.  Once at the end, Athlete will place kettle bell IN the square marked on the floor.  TIME will STOP once kettle bell is in place. 
Print Events Info with the Diagram of the Stations.

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