Peoria CVB

Tenth annual Senior Olympic Games held May 26-30



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Shelly Peters                                                                                               May 19, 2011

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Local Park Districts to hold 10th annual Senior Olympic Games


PEORIA, IL - Park districts in Morton, Pekin, Peoria and East Peoria are set to host the 10th annual Heart of Illinois Senior Olympics from May 26-30.  The events are held as a way to recognize individual and group excellence in creativity and fitness through a wide variety of athletic competitions, fun challenges and visual, literary and performing arts.

During the four-day competition, nearly 350 participants will engage in a multitude of activities, including biking, swimming, bocce ball and more at various park locations throughout central Illinois.  The competition hopes to promote an active lifestyle for seniors 50 and above while facilitating friendly competition amongst those attending.

The games begin with a 9-hole golf game at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 26, at Quail Meadows Golf Course in Washington.  There is also a putting challenge, billiards, clay shoot and bowling for seniors to participate in Thursday.

Competitors are also provided the opportunity to showcase their creative side in the annual Fine Arts Festival, which runs in conjunction with the Olympic Games.  With competition categories ranging from photography to quilting, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  Other fine arts categories include painting, sculpture, dance, creative writing and music. 

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the central Illinois Senior Olympics competition and the milestone will be commemorated with an opening ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26.  The ceremony will be held at the RiverPlex, where there will be an invocation, torch lighting and other activities.  Special awards will be presented dockside at the Spirit of Peoria as part of the closing ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 29.  A two-hour cruise aboard the paddlewheel boat, with food and entertainment, will follow.

The public is invited to come and watch the Olympic Games while supporting participants throughout the weekend.  Volunteers are needed to help out at the various activities. Volunteer registration forms, along with a full schedule of events for the weekend, can be found at

The first Heart of Illinois Senior Olympics event was held in May 2000, with 280 participants and 120 volunteers.  For the last decade, the games have served as a way to nurture a spirit of camaraderie among participants throughout the state.  The mission of the organization is to promote a healthy lifestyle while strengthening the public image and heighten interest for the Senior Olympic programs at the local, state and national levels.

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            The Heart of Illinois Senior Games and Fine Arts Festival will create an economic impact of about $113,250 and fill 55 hotel rooms in the Peoria Area. There will be about 350 individuals in attendance.

            The PACVB represents an eight county region including Bureau, Fulton, Marshall, Mason, Peoria, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford.  The organization's mission is to promote the Peoria Area as a destination for visitors and contribute to the economic growth of the communities they represent.


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