Registration underway for 50 and Over Games
Thursday April 23, 2009
Mayor Jerry Abramson is encouraging citizens age 50 and older to take part in Louisville’s Fifty and Over Games from May 11-17. This annual Metro Parks event for athletes from Louisville and surrounding counties includes 17 events for participants of all skills and abilities, from volleyball and a road race to bowling, billiards and corn toss.
“The 50 and Over Games has become not only a premiere athletic competition for the 50 and older set, but one of the most sought-after social events as well,” Abramson said. “Lasting friendships are formed on and off the playing field, and the participants are great examples of what those who seek a good quality of life through exercise and commitment can do.”
The Fifty and Over Games encourage citizens to pursue lifelong fitness, which is one of the key goals of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement. Pre-registration for this year’s Fifty and Over Games takes place through May 6. A $20 entry fee allows participants to compete in an unlimited number of events; registration after May 6 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 at www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/recreation/fiftyandovergames and they can also be picked up at the Louisville Tennis Center (3783 Illinois Avenue in Joe Creason Park), along with 16 community centers operated by Metro Parks. Information is also available by phone at 502/574-2831.
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 Masterson’s Restaurant at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 17. 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 Agency on Aging
- Shively Sporting Goods
- University of Louisville
- The Billiards Club of Louisville