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Torch run on May 8 starts Senior Games
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An honorary torch run will mark the opening of the second annual Manteca Senior Games taking place  May 8-16 at various venues throughout Manteca.

The Manteca Senior Games is a feeder competition to the California State Senior Olympics for athletes 50 and older. These men and women are shining examples of the benefits of an active, competitive lifestyle that embraces vitality and exemplifies the slogan of the 2009 Senior Games, “Grasp Life and Live the Challenge.”

The torch relay runners are:

•Dennis Wyatt, managing editor of the Manteca Bulletin

•R.C. Owens, San Francisco 49er Alumni, Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame Inductee 2010

•Robin Taberna, founder of Golden State Karate Association and local athlete

•Zona Zaragoza, local inspirational mother supporting Mother’s Day 2010
•Irene Obera, 2005 USA Master Track Championships Gold Medalist

•Cherri Cherrard, 1967 Pan American Games Gold Medalist

•Anne Cribbs, a member of the 1960 Olympic swimming team Gold Medalist

•Jon Anderson, founder of Andersons 209 BMX Team

The relay begins Saturday, May 8, at 9 a.m. at 1451 Americana St. in Del Webb at Woodbridge and ends at the BMX track at Spreckels Avenue and Moffat Boulevard about 10 a.m.

The route will be approximately 5.5 miles starting at Del Webb on Union Road, to Center Street, to North Street, to Cottage Avenue, continuing on Spreckels Avenue, and ending at the new Manteca BMX facility.

Manteca Senior Games sponsors are Woodbridge @ Del Webb, Merrill Gardens, Prestige Senior Living, Best Buy Manteca, Wesson Hearing Aid Center & Harder Optometry, The Commons @ Union Ranch, Golden State Karate Association, Andersons 209 BMX, Manteca Unified School District, Delta National Bank, Central Valley Screen Printing, Big League Dreams, Manteca Parks and Recreation, PG&E, Tuff Boy Trailers, The Big Bopper Shopper, Manteca Ambulance, Manteca Trailer & Camper, Manteca Sports Commission and the Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau.