The San Diego Senior Games is the only organization in San Diego that offers older adults the opportunity to compete in multiple Olympic-style sporting events. Athletes compete in age categories of five-year increments: 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 89-94, 94-99, etc.
The National Senior Games Association recognizes 19 Sports, however each region can have additional exhibition sports to include more athletes. Winners of exhibition games receive a medal and a T-shirt, but cannot advance to the state or national games. Athletes finishing first, second, or third in their age group, receive a gold, silver or bronze medal, respectively.