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UPDATED: NM Senior Olympics torch to arrive in Roswell

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Editor’s note: This story has been altered to reflect a change in the location for the March 21 Senior Olympics torch ceremony in Roswell. The event, due to weather concerns, has been moved to the Roswell Convention Center, 912 N. Main St., at 11 a.m.

The 2019 New Mexico Senior Olympics torch continues to makes its way across the state to celebrate thousands of senior athletes, age 50 and older, involved in the games at local, state and national levels.

The Roswell torch celebration will take place Thursday, March 21 at 11 a.m. at the Roswell Convention Center, 912 N. Main St.

The public is invited to attend the celebration of local senior athletes, with refreshments and entertainment to follow.

A representative of National Senior Games will attend the flame’s arrival.

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The torch relay kicked off in Silver City in January, was carried into Las Cruces in February and then Mescalero on March 7.

After the torch relay run in Roswell, three other cities will host a torch relay. The final leg of the torch relay run will take place at the official flame arrival ceremony on June 15 in Albuquerque to commence the 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana.

The Senior Games flame is carried by qualified athletes eligible to attend the 2019 National Senior Games. The 2019 National Senior Games are scheduled to take place in Albuquerque June 14-25.

This is the first time the biennial National Senior Games will be held in New Mexico.

Organizers expect approximately 13,000 athletes along with more than 15,000 of their family, friends and fans. The National Senior Games are expected to generate more than $36 million in direct economic impact for the state.

Interested athletes 50-plus can still compete in the games at two open events (no qualification needed) for power walk and tri-relay for triathlon; visit www.NSGA.com for more information.

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