Senior Games Kick Off in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND-- One of the biggest sporting events in the country is going on right now in Cleveland.

The city is hosting 11,000 athletes for the National Senior Games.

Nearly 30,000 people will be attending the games, when you include friends, family members and visitors.

The event is expected to bring about $35 million into the local economy.

The Games officially began Friday night with the torch arrival and the lighting of a giant cauldron.

Competitors from every state and Canada will be competing in 19 events, in venues in several locations across Northeast Ohio.

People 50 years old and older are eligible to compete. The oldest competitor is 101 years old and he will be competing in both track and badminton.

The National Senior Games are two weeks long and admission to all events is free.

*CLICK HERE for much more on the Senior Games, including road closures.

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