Follow the Flame to the Senior Center
Torch Run Begins Senior Games Reception
March 11, 2014
The Capital City Senior Games are here! The Games began over the weekend with athletes taking part in the annual Shamrock Scurry road race and swimming competitions. They will continue with 12 more sports at various venues around the area through March 17.
In true Olympic fashion, the inaugural Capital City Senior Games Torch Run will take place Thursday, March 13, around Lake Ella beginning at 5:30 p.m. The run will begin at the big oak tree by the southwest parking area (Monroe Street side) and proceed around the lake. The public is invited to line up around Lake Ella to cheer the torch bearers from one station to the next, all the way to the Senior Center.
Legendary triathlete Bob Keller will be the final torch bearer, carrying the flame up the steps of the Tallahassee Senior Center. Other torch bearers include Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge, Tallahassee Democrat Executive Editor Bob Gabordi, Nick Gandy with the Florida Sports Foundation, Polly White with Capital Health Plan and Senior Games athletes Rose Blackburn, Margarete Deckert, Yvonne Gsteiger, Barry Powers, Debra Salters and Marvin Williams.
The community is also invited to come out to the venues for the remaining events and support the athletes. For a list of events with dates and times, please visit www.visittallahassee.com/senior-games.
Following the Torch Run, a special reception will be held at the Senior Center for athletes, their families and Games volunteers. Remarks will be presented by City Commissioner Gil Ziffer, Florida Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Chuck Corley and Anna Johnson.
The sports included in the Senior Games are archery, basketball shooting, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, powerlifting, racquetball, road race (running), swimming, table tennis, tennis and track and field.
This is one of the many annual events available for Tallahassee seniors. To stay in-the-know about this and other activities, visit Talgov.com/Seniors or like Tallahassee Senior Center on Facebook. Information on general recreational opportunities offered by the City is available at Talgov.com/parks. The Tallahassee Senior Center is located at 1400 North Monroe Street.
Rosetta Land, Senior Center, 891-4000; or Lizzy Kelley, Communications Department, 891-8533