This year's Cycling Criterium will be hosted by the City of New Britain and coordinated by John Auer of the Northeast Masters Cycling Association, Karl Witalis, and Ray Sweet.
This year's Cycling Competition is sponsored by Pedal Power.
- Date: Sunday, May 18th Rain or Shine
- Location: Walnut Hill Park New Britain
- USA Cycling (Sanctioned) Permit - Pending Permit
- The CT Masters' Games Cycling Competition is part of the Northeast Masters Cycling Series of Events.
This year's Time Trials will be hosted by Charles Coaching & Nutrition Service.
- Date: Sunday, June 15
- Location: Durham, CT
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Who: The Connecticut Masters’ Games is a 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit organization dedicated to providing a forum that initiates and encourages camaraderie between different ages, socioeconomic and cultural groups through athletic competition and the Olympic spirit. The event assists in the development of physical fitness and promotes positive healthy activities for the participants, their families and the communities where they live.
What: The Connecticut Masters’ Games (formerly known as the Connecticut Senior Games) are the largest amateur multi sport Olympic-style sporting event in Connecticut for master athletes. We are now celebrating our 35th year of uniting Connecticut’s residents in the common bond of amateur sport and Olympic spirit. This event is a member in good standing of the National Senior Games Association.
Where: The “Games” will be hosted by the City of New Britain in 2014. Competitions will also take place around the state of Connecticut at top college, high school and municipal venues.
Participants: More than 1,500 participants, 300 volunteers and over 2,500 spectators will take part in the 2014 Connecticut Masters’ Games. Participants range from 30 to 90+. Since the inception of the CT Masters' Games in 1979, more than 40,000 amateur master athletes have participated in the “Games”.
MISSION OF THE "GAMES”
- To promote better overall health and fitness among citizens.
- To recognize & reward Connecticut Master and Senior residents who have chosen to participate in the healthy, wholesome activities that reflect positively on them, their families and respective communities.
- To provide a unique forum which embodies the Olympic spirit of competition.
- To inspire the development of physical and competitive abilities by Connecticut amateur master athletes.
Age Groups (qualifying age divisions for the National Senior Games)
- 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94
***NEW CT Masters' Games Age Groups (non-qualifying for the National Senior Games)
Age divisions for all doubles competitions will be determined by the age of the youngest participant as of December 31, 2014. For example, a doubles team consisting of one player age 65 or older and one player age 63 will compete in the 60+ age division.
May 18th Criterium
Combined 20K & 40K Criterium
The two races will be run concurrently with the 20K race finishing at the end of the 12th lap, the 40K race finishing at the end of the 24th lap.
Free lap rule applies until five laps to go. Repair pit: Wheels in, wheels out.
|Category||Start Time*||Distance||Field Limit||Prizes||Entry Fees|
Women 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, (Cat 1-4)
65+, 70+, 75+, 80+, 85+ (Cat 1-4)
Men 70+, 75+, 80+ (Cat 1-4)
Men 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+ (Cat 5)
Men 60+, 65+, 70+ (Cat1-5)
|Men 50+ Cat 1-4||12:00PM||20K&40K||100||
|Men 40+ Cat 1-4||1:30PM||20K&40K||100||
*Approximate starting times
(1) cash prizes, 5 places for 40K race only
(2) Medals for 5 years age groups for 20K & 40K races
The promoter reserves the option to change the composition of the fields
- All cycling events will be conducted in accordance with USA Cycling (USCF) rules, except as modified herein.
- US DOT or US CPSC approved helmets required.
- All riders must have an annual USAC license
- The cost of One Day USAC Licenses for recreational class (Citizen) riders will be paid by promoter
- Electronic timing and finish line camera services to be provided by Speed Sport Timing.
- Medals will be presented for 1st through 3rd place for each event within each age division.
- Cash prizes will be given out to the top 5 finishers in the Men 40+ (Cat 1-4) and Men 50+ (Cat 1-4) 40K races.
- Free Lap rule applies until five laps to go. Repair pit: Wheels in, wheels out.
- The promoter reserves the option to change the composition of the fields.
The Connecticut Masters' Games administration works closely with all Connecticut media outlets regarding any interesting stories about athletes and teams that will be participating in the "Games". If you have an interesting story to tell, we are all ears! Human interests stories typically address situations "off-the-court". Do you volunteer in the community? Are you great at something other than the sport you are playing? Are you following in the steps of a a sibling or parent? Of course, if you are doing something great on the court please provide us with all the details. If you, your team or someone you know fits any of these questions, please pass along this information or feel free to contact our office, and we would be happy to coordinate coverage on their behalf. - Please send all info to Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Five Tips for Master Athletes
Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at any age, but older adults can reap extra benefits -- as Connecticut Masters’ Games participants may be able to attest. Incorporating physical activity into your daily routine can lower your risk for many diseases and may improve your quality of life by enhancing flexibility, stamina and energy. Exercising can bring mental health benefits, too, due in large part to the mood-boosting effects of endorphins, a neurotransmitter – or brain chemical – that is released during exercise.
While most people, regardless of age or their current physical condition, can benefit from exercise, it’s important to remember that working out is not “one size fits all” Knowing what’s right for you can help maximize the positive results and reduce your risk of injury. Here are five tips to help keep you on the right track.
- Consider your overall health. If you have a preexisting condition, such as diabetes or heart disease, or if it’s been a while since you’ve exercised, talk to your doctor to get medical clearance before beginning an exercise program or taking up a new sport. You should also talk with your doctor if you currently exercise but have recently received a new health diagnosis.
- Pay attention to your body. Simply put, if something feels wrong, stop what you’re doing. Symptoms such as acute pain or extreme shortness of breath are your body’s way of telling you that you’ve pushed it too hard. Take a break, and when you feel better, slowly ease back in to the activity. See your doctor if the problem persists.
- Set goals. Some people find that setting goals helps them stay motivated and engaged with an exercise plan. It can also be a good way to track your progress so you know when it’s time to switch up your routine (see tip 4). Losing weight or increasing strength are good physical goals – but consider other kinds of goals, too. This could include reducing stress levels, boosting your mood, or meeting new friends through an exercise class or sports team. Think about what’s important to you and your health needs when setting goals, and start small. Specific, attainable goals can help keep you motivated. For example, aim to lose 1-2 pounds per week instead of striving for a 50-pound weight loss.
- Switch up your routine. Doing the same physical activity all the time can be monotonous and can even increase your risk of injury by potentially overworking some parts of your body while ignoring others. In general, older adults should focus on four main areas of exercise: cardio/endurance, strength training, balance and flexibility. If you’re used to walking every morning or are an avid runner, consider adding strength training exercises, such as lifting weights or using elastic resistance bands. Doing yoga or tai-chi a few times a week can help round out your regimen. Switching up your routine can also help if you’ve reached a “plateau” with weight loss or other fitness goals.
- Have fun. Exercise should be something you enjoy. Find ways to incorporate favorite pastimes such as listening to music, being outdoors and getting together with friends to make exercise much more than “routine.” Look for opportunities for friendly competition on the tennis court or golf course – or explore a new part of your hometown with a bike ride or leisurely run. It’s easier to live a healthier life through exercise when you’re having fun.
Dr. Dennis Hsieh is the regional medical director for UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement in the Northeast. Serving nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement is the largest business dedicated to the health and well-being of seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries.