CLEVELAND — Cleveland is bracing for 11,000 older athletes who will compete in the National Senior Games through Aug. 1.
Athletes 50 and older will compete in nearly two dozen events including basketball, swimming, shuffleboard, volleyball, golf and bowling.
The venues include the new Cleveland convention center, downtown race courses, college campuses and a bowling alley that also will host a demonstration bocci event.
The opening ceremony Friday evening includes fireworks.
One competitor sure to attract attention is the oldest, 101-year-old Bill Finch, who is registered to compete in badminton and track.
Ninety-nine-year-old Walter Westermann of Elyria will compete in golf and shuffleboard. He tells The Plain Dealer he likes to stay active and avoid becoming a couch potato.