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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Belle of Louisville To Carry Flame for Senior Games

Wednesday June 20, 2007

--Ceremony set for this Saturday--

The official flame for the 2007 Summer National Senior Games will arrive in Louisville this Saturday aboard America’s oldest operating paddlewheel steamboat, the Belle of Louisville.

“Our 93-year-old Belle is a Louisville treasure and a National Historic Landmark,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said. “She’s a fitting choice for this prestigious honor.”

The flame is kept in a miner’s lamp and is used to ignite the official Senior Games Torch.

Belle of LouisvilleOn Saturday morning, the public is invited to board the Belle at the downtown wharf by 8:30 a.m. for a ride to Cox’s Park, where the miner’s lamp will be picked up.

When the Belle returns to the wharf about two hours later, Capt. Mark Doty will present the lamp to David A. Jones, chairman of Human’s board of directors.

Jones will use the flame to light the torch before transporting it to the Humana Building for a ceremony. Humana is the lead sponsor for the Senior Games.

“We are honored to have the iconic Belle of Louisville be a part of this ceremony because of her significant history in this city,” said Ray Hoyt, executive director, 2007 Summer National Senior Games.

Tickets for the Belle cruise are $10 and available by calling 574-2992.
Visit the Belle of Louisville website.

About the Summer National Senior Games

The Summer National Senior Games— The Senior Olympics presented by Humana — is the largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors. It is governed by the National Senior Games Association, a non-profit member of the United States Olympic Committee dedicated to motivating men and women over 50 to lead a healthy lifestyle. A biennial event, the 2007 Senior Games are expected to draw 12,000 qualified athletes and 20,000 spectators, and have a $30 million economic impact on the region. Senior athletes, ages 50 to 100+, will compete June 22 to July 7, 2007 in more than 800 events.