It’s the senior Olympics! Torch relay kicks off senior games

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Revving up runners: A cheer squad motivated seniors as they sped through Park Slope and into Prospect Park for the next leg of the journey.
Personal pep squad: Cheerleaders joined in the race to put some pep in runners’ steps.
Snaking through Sunset: Oldsters sped up Sunset Park’s steep hill to pass the torch at the Sunset Park Recreational Center.
Pausing for glory: Runners took a moment to celebrate their trek from Downtown to Sunset Park.
Burning rubber: The new set of runners joined in to carry the flaming beacon to the Fort Hamilton Recreation Center in Bay Ridge.
Senior support: A slew of area oldsters came out to cheer on runners as the approached the Bay Ridge center, where they spent the night before trekking deeper into the borough.

In this relay, every runner is on their last leg! ;)

Athletic oldsters kicked off the Parks Department’s Senior Games with a Brooklyn torch run. Seniors snaked from Green Point to Bay Ridge to Brownsville in a heart-pumping tour of the borough that exposed even lifelong-Brooklynites to changes in the nabes, said one torch bearer.

“You got to see how one neighborhood changes to the next and the cultural diversity in people coming out to cheer us on, ” said 65-year-old Flatbush resident Leroy Cummings, who ran the entire length of race. “It was very, very exciting.”

Runners blazed a trail through Brooklyn starting bright and early on May 8th at 7 am in Green Point’s McCarren Play Center. Seniors burned rubber through Downtown, Red Hook, Sunset Park, and wrapped up the first leg of their journey at Bay Ridge’s Fort Hamilton Senior Recreation Center all by 10:30 am.

On May 9, they charged back through Bay Ridge and Sunset Park and hooked east at Park Slope where they sped on to Crown Heights and crossed the finish line in Brownsville.

The run kicked off the second annual Senior Games taking place across the borough from May 9 to 12 with competitions in basketball, swimming, and bowling, and less traditional sports such as pickleball (which is a game), table tennis, and, of course, board games.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Posted 12:00 am, May 17, 2017
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