Olympic Day in Chicago

June 23, 2009 9:31:42 AM PDT
The Chicago 2016 bid team will hold several events to celebrate Olympic Day in the city hoping to win the 2016 Summer Games. Olympic Day, which was first held on June 23, 1894, commemorates the day French educator Baron Pierre De Coubertin began to revive the Olympic Games. It also marks the formation of the International Olympic Committee.

Tuesday's events:

Youth Fun Runs; 10 a.m., in Washington Park.
Chicago 2016 is hosting fun runs for 30,000 youth in various Chicago parks. Olympians Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Michael Conley, as well as Paralympian April Holmes, will participate in the event.

Two 3-mile fun runs; 6 p.m., the Near North Fun Run will begin at Irving Park & Lake Shore path. The downtown (south) fun run will begin at Balbo Drive & Lake Shore path (across from Grant Park).

Two 3-mile fun runs for all abilities will be a part of the Olympic Day celebrations. Both fun runs will end at North Avenue Beach, where a special celebration will be taking place. Olympic and Paralympic athletes, including Gary Morgan, Jason Wening, Mike Day and Patrick Byrne, will participate in the fun runs. Participants are encouraged to sign up for the run at www.chicago2016.org/olympicday

Celebration at North Avenue Beach; 6-10 p.m., North Ave. Beach
North Avenue Beach will host a multisport extravaganza in honor of Olympic Day. In addition to serving as the finish line for two 3-mile fun runs, the beach will host competitions in several Olympic and Paralympic sports, including beach volleyball, basketball, wheelchair basketball, soccer and fencing. Other sports will also be represented, including softball. The celebration will be capped off by an Olympic Day concert on the beach featuring Elevation and The Freddy Jones Band. Olympic and Paralympic athletes, including April Holmes, Michael Conley, John Vande Velde, Rowdy Gaines, Carli Lloyd and Paul Hamm will be in attendance.

Olympic Day at Chicago White Sox-Los Angeles Dodgers game; 7:11p.m., U.S. Cellular Field
Olympians/Paralympians and bid representatives will be on-site at the stadium celebrating Olympic Day. Jackie Joyner Kersee will throw out the first pitch.

ABC7's Olympic Coverage: A look at Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Games from the first conception to the presentation in Switzlerland.

Ben Bradley's blog: Going for the Games


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