ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Excitement is mounting for the National Senior Games, which get underway in Albuquerque on Friday. The city is expecting a total of 25,000 visitors over the course of the 12-day event. Around 12,000 local hotel rooms are already booked, along with 80 percent of the Airbnb rentals in town.
Officials say one of the athletes to watch this year: a 103-year-old woman known as Hurricane Hawkins, who is defending her title in the 100-meter dash. “She is actually the world record holder in her age group, but she has competition, there is another 100-year-old woman in the race, so it will be a showdown that you do not want to miss,” National Senior Games CEO Marc Riker said.
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