Alexandria and Arlington to Host Northern Virginia’s Senior Olympics

Clarence John Wells-Martin makes his gold-medal winning jump in the 2017 NVSO Men’s running long jump competition at Falls Church High School. Photo by Rob Paine/NVSO

Registration Now through Aug. 24

The Northern Virginia Senior Olympics includes more than 60 events that exercise the mind as well as the body. To qualify participants must turn 50-years-old no later than Dec. 31, 2018. The deadline for online registration at is Aug. 24. Paper registrations, available at most city and county recreation and senior centers, must be postmarked no later than Aug. 20.

The games commence Saturday, Sept. 15 and conclude Sept. 26.

What and Where

The Bowl America Shirley on Edsall Road will again be home to the NVSO’s 10-pin bowling competition. The Hollin Hall Senior Center is hosting Bunco; the Dominoes-Mexican train games will be at Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads. Cribbage, eight-ball and nine-ball pool will be played at the Lincolnia Senior Center near Landmark.

Arlington is hosting the NVSO’s opening ceremony and track meet Sept. 15.

NVSO diving will occur at Yorktown High and some of the NVSO pickleball matches will unfold at The Thomas Jefferson Community Center, also in Arlington.

This year the NVSO is adding three new events to its roster : canasta at The Jefferson in Arlington; croquet at the Walter Reed Community Center in Arlington: and beach ball wallyball at the Providence RECenter in Falls Church. Due to popular demand, the NVSO is bringing back its twilight 5K road race at South Lakes High School in Reston, Saturday, Sept. 22.

How It Started

The NVSO began in 1982 with about 80 persons competing. In 2017 nearly 800 Northern Virginians took part, making it one of the largest annual senior events in the region.


The NVSO’s basic registration fee is $13. A fee of $2 is added for each event entered. Some events require additional fees including bowling, cycling, golf and orienteering. There is no onsite or day-of registration.

Volunteers Needed

The NVSO is also seeking volunteers to help at its more than 28 venues across Northern Virginia. Those interested should contact RSVP Northern Virginia at 703-403-5360 or email RSVP at [email protected]

For More Information

For a complete list of events, rules, fees and venues, please visit The NVSO is a joint project of the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church and of the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, and Prince William.

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