Cheer on Seniors as They Go for the Gold

Tallahasee Florida City NewsCelebrate the Capital City Senior Games at the Torch Run

More than 400 seniors are expected to take part in the eighth annual Capital City Senior Games this year. Cheer them on at the Torch Run on Thursday, March 9, at Lake Ella. Presented by the City of Tallahassee’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs (PRNA) department and led by the Senior Services division, the annual Capital City Senior Games aims to keep Tallahassee’s senior population active and healthy.

The Torch Run begins at the big oak tree by the southwest parking area (Monroe Street side) at 5:30 p.m. Torch bearers will proceed around the lake and finish on the front steps of the Tallahassee Senior Center, located at 1400 N. Monroe Street. The public is invited to attend and cheer on the torch bearers from one station to the next. Following the Torch Run, a special reception will be held at the Senior Center for registered athletes, their guests and volunteers.

“Tallahassee’s senior population is growing at a fast pace,” City Commissioner Gil Ziffer said. “Through the dynamic programming at the Tallahassee Senior Center, we’re creating exciting opportunities for this group to stay active and engaged during their golden years.”

All Senior Games events welcome spectators. Help encourage all athletes, whether they compete for the medal podium or for the fun of it. For a list of events with dates, locations and times, please visit Information is also available by calling 891-FUNN (3866).

The Capital City Senior Games are certified by the Florida Sports Foundation and give local athletes a chance to qualify for the Florida Senior Games State Championships and the National Senior Games. The state games will be held December 2-10 in Pinellas County.

There is still an opportunity to participate in a number of Senior Games events. Visit for registration information; limited registration is available for some events. For those who want to lend a helping hand at the Senior Games, call Ruth Nickens at 891-4042. Volunteering at the games is both exciting and rewarding.

The Capital City Senior Games is one of the many annual events available for Tallahassee seniors. To stay in-the-know about this and other activities, visit or like Tallahassee Senior Center on Facebook.

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