Lancaster Senior Games participants, from left, Kelly Wilson, Winnie Gerlach and Robert and Pat Landis. (Photo: Kyle Gamble)
Lancaster Senior Games participants, from left, Kelly Wilson, Winnie Gerlach and Robert and Pat Landis. (Photo: Kyle Gamble)

The Lancaster Senior Games have returned after being canceled the past two years due to the pandemic.

The games, which began Monday and continue through Friday, are open to county residents 55 years and older. The Lancaster County Office of Aging helps organize the event each year.

This year, 807 participants have signed up for 54 activities, from acrylic painting to pickleball to Wii.

"I think that speaks to people's reediness to get back to doing everyday things, including things related to wellness," said Michele Sipel, a member of the Senior Games planning committee.

Regular participant Naomi Wiederrecht plans to compete in lifting events, basketball and bocce, among others.

"It's wonderful," she said. "It's something I look forward to every year."

This year was the first time Robert and Pat Landis came out to participate. "There is a lot available, and we enjoy it," Robert said.

About 325 volunteers pitch in to help make the event possible, Sipel said. "It does take an army to get this done, and we are so appreciative to those folks," she said.