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Louisville ‘Fifty and Over Games’ take place May 8-21, 2006

Friday March 3, 2006

Click here to visit the 2006 Fifty and Over Games website and download registration forms.

The city is encouraging residents age 50 and over to gear up for the 2007 National Senior Games by participating in the Louisville ”Fifty and Over Games” this spring. Metro Parks will manage the 2006 games which include 20 events, scheduled for May 8 through 21.

Participants will have the opportunity to qualify for the Kentucky Senior Games this fall, with winners from that competition advancing to the national games in Louisville next summer.

The Fifty and Over Games – formerly known as the Louisville Regional Senior Games – include events for participants of all skills and abilities, from basketball and a triathlon to bowling, billiards and ballroom dancing. The annual competition’s name was changed to reflect an increased emphasis on reaching participants who lead active lifestyles, while still providing events that will appeal to all senior citizens.

“The Fifty and Over Games encourage our citizens to pursue lifelong fitness, which is one of the key goals of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson. “The games also reward competitive athletes by sending local winners to the state games, where we hope plenty of Louisvillians will qualify for the 2007 National Senior Games.”

Registration for this year’s Fifty and Over Games takes place through May 1. A $20 entry fee allows participants to compete in an unlimited number of events; registration after May 1 is $25. Participants may register on the day of an event by arriving at least an hour before the scheduled start time. Registration forms are available online, and can be picked up at the Louisville Tennis Center (3783 Illinois Avenue), 17 community centers operated by Metro Parks, and regional government centers. Information is also available by phone at 502/456-8186.

Most events will take place at the University of Louisville’s athletic facilities, with remaining events scheduled for area parks. There are two new events this year – ballroom dancing and billiards.

To help participants get ready for the Fifty and Over Games, Metro Parks offers a full schedule of fitness programs, including exercise classes, weight rooms, walking clubs, golf lessons and more. Details are available in the event’s registration packet.

"The 2007 National Senior Games are about more than the $25 to $30 million economic impact that next summer's event will have on Louisville's economy," said Ray Hoyt, executive director of the 2007 National Senior Games. "The National Senior Games Association's goal is to increase the number of athletes who get involved in the local and statewide games. By partnering with Louisville Metro Parks and the organizers of the state games, we believe we can triple the number of Kentucky athletes taking part in the 2007 National Senior Games, and create a strong legacy for the senior games movement in Kentucky."

Deputy Mayor Rick Johnstone, who serves as the city’s liaison to the National Senior Games, said last year’s event in Pittsburgh drew more than 12,000 athletes.

Metro Parks has lined up several sponsors for the 2006 games. Presenting sponsors are Atria Senior Living Group and Swag’s Sport Shoes. Atria’s staff played a key role in organizing the 2006 Fifty and Over Games. “Signature Sport” sponsors include John-Kenyon Eye Center, the Shoulder & Elbow Center, Dignity Memorial and KIPDA – the Designated Area Agency on Aging.