Friday April 6, 2007
This year, Louisville will be home to two major sporting events this summer which prominently feature cycling: the National Senior Games, and the Ford Ironman Louisville.
The National Senior Games - or, "The Senior Olympics" - is organized by
the National Senior Games Association, "a not-for-profit member of the United States Olympic Committee dedicated to motivating senior men and women to lead a healthy lifestyle through the senior games movement." The Senior Olympics is, "the largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors."
This year's event will be presented by Humana and will take place from June 22 through July 8. These Senior Olympics will require 4,000 volunteers to help host the nearly 12,000 athletes and 20,000 spectators that the event will draw to the city this Summer. The cycling portion of the games, which will include 5K and 10K time trials and 20K and 40K road races, will take place in Cherokee Park from June 23 through June 27.
The Ford Ironman Louisville will take place on August 26 of this year and will serve as a qualifier for the 2007 Ford Ironman World Championship to be held on October 13 in Hawaii.
Ironman, "is one of the biggest amateur sporting events that has ever been to Louisville and the state," according to Jeff Schneider, Interim Executive Director of the Greater Louisville Sports Commission. The 112 mile bicycling portion of the event (which also has swimming and running legs) will take participants through Downtown, Prospect, Clifton, LaGrange, Clarksville, and Butchertown, with a "spectacular finish at
Fourth St. Live."
According to Ironman President and CEO Ben Fertic, "Louisville has all the key elements that an Ironman venue demands: scenic, rolling hills, community support and several beautiful parks. It also has another element that will make this event one of Ironman's most popular destinations, Louisville hospitality."
This Ford Ironman Louisville is the first in what will be at least a five year series, and is among several locations for the Ironman worldwide. The list of hosts alongside Louisville includes Brazil, Japan, Malaysia, New Zeland, South Africa, Australia, and twelve American cities, among others. Visit the Ford Ironman Louisville Website for full details.