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Rubber City Games beginning in May

4/20/2017 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

GREATER AKRON — Registration is open for the inaugural Rubber City Games, a yearlong slate of competitive and noncompetitive events for adults ages 40 and up created by the City of Akron Recreation Bureau’s Active Adults Division.

Events begin May 13 with a 3-on-3 basketball tournament beginning at 10 a.m. at the Balch Street Fitness Center, 220 S. Balch St. The basketball tournament, like most of the competitive events, will place entrants in five-year age brackets beginning with 40-44. In competitive team events, the team will compete in the age bracket of its youngest member, said Recreation Specialist Lisa Ellis.

While the city’s Recreation Bureau offers many programs for children, the Active Adult Division has been looking for more ways to involve older residents, Ellis said.

“We wanted to offer another opportunity for people to have fun and stay fit in Akron,” she added.

The Rubber City Games will complement competition offered to those ages 50 and up by the Tri-County Senior Olympics, Ellis said. However, the Akron events will open participation to a wider audience — those ages 40 and up, she added. But, it’s not all about the hardware.

“It’s not as much about the competition, but more about the opportunity to get together and participate in these sports,” Ellis said.

Other competitive events are bocce June 20-21 at 4 p.m. at Steel Academy (north parking lot) at 1570 Creighton Ave.; track and field July 8 at 9 a.m. at Lane Field, 930 Moeller Ave.; bowling singles July 11 at 4 p.m. and doubles and mixed doubles July 12 at 4 p.m. at Stonehedge, 580 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave.; tennis singles, doubles and mixed doubles Aug. 11-13 at Hyre Community Learning Center, 2443 Wedgewood Drive; and golf Sept. 13 at 9 a.m. at Mud Run Golf Course, 2000 S. Hawkins Ave. Most competitive events also have men’s and women’s divisions, Ellis said.

Noncompetitive events are Family Day at the Derby June 29 at 4 p.m. at Derby Downs, 789 Derby Downs Drive; archery July 2 at 1 p.m. at Hampton Hills Metro Park, 2925 Akron-Peninsula Road; a track and field fitness walk July 8 at 9 a.m. at Lane Field; and pickleball at the games’ closing ceremony Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. at Firestone Park Community Center, 1480 Girard St.

Ellis said the Recreation Bureau doesn’t really know how many competitors to expect in this inaugural year.

“We’re hoping for a few hundred people. More would be great,” she said.

A $20 registration fee includes participation in up to three competitive events and all noncompetitive events, as space allows, Ellis said. Other paid registration perks include a T-shirt, a three-month pass to City of Akron adult fitness classes and lunch at the closing ceremonies in October, Ellis added.

Those who would like to enter more than three competitive events will pay an additional $5 per event. Additional friends and family tickets are available for the closing ceremony luncheon and Family Day at the Derby, Ellis said.

Bowling and golf competitions have additional fees paid directly to the venue, she said.

Registration forms are available at city recreation centers and on the Recreation Bureau webpage at akronohio.gov/cms/activeadults under Additional Resources. A schedule of events also is available on the webpage. Registration must be postmarked or delivered three weeks prior to the participant’s first competitive event to avoid a $10 late registration fee. Each person on a team must complete a registration form. Registration fees may be paid via check or credit card.

For more information about the Rubber City Games, call 330-375-2852.

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