Monday April 18, 2011
Mayor Greg Fischer is encouraging citizens age 50 and older to take part in Louisville’s Fifty and Over Games from May 14-22. This annual Metro Parks event for athletes from Louisville and surrounding counties includes 16 events for participants of all skills and abilities, from racquetball to basketball, golf, tennis and cycling.
“As the participants in the 50 and Over Games experience each year, you never outgrow the thrill of competition,” Fischer said. “These athletes are inspiring in how they approach fitness – and competition - as a lifelong goal.”
The Fifty and Over Games, now in its fourteenth year, encourages citizens to pursue lifelong fitness, which is one of the key goals of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement. The deadline for early registration is Wednesday, May 11. A one-time, $20 entry fee allows participants to compete in an unlimited number of events. You can register at any of the events day of for an additional $5 late fee.
“Metro Parks has adjusted the Fifty and Over Games over the years to meet the needs of the competitors, and we’ve done so again this year by adding two events, aquatics and pickle ball, and making the times more suitable for working competitors,” said Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz.
Registration forms are available now at www.metro-parks.org, and can also be picked up at the Louisville Tennis Center (3783 Illinois Avenue in Joe Creason Park), along with community centers operated by Metro Parks. Information is also available by phone at 502/574-2646.
Most events will take place at the University of Louisville’s athletic facilities, with remaining events scheduled for area parks and other facilities. Rules and regulations for each competition are available online. To help participants get ready for the Fifty and Over Games, Metro Parks offers a variety of fitness programs, including exercise classes, weight rooms, walking clubs, golf lessons and more.
In addition to the competition, athletes will be able to take part in the annual awards banquet, held at Fern Valley Hotel and Conference Center at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 22. Medalists may attend for free, and the charge for non-participants and non-medalists is $10. Sponsors of the Fifty and Over Games include:
· KIPDA – THE Designated Area Council on Aging
· AMF Derby City Bowling
· University of Louisville
· The Billiards Club of Louisville
On the web: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/recreation/fiftyandovergames/