Registration is now open for Colorado amateur athletes of all ages and skill levels to compete in the 2015 Rocky Mountain State Games, Colorado’s largest sport festival.
The State Games will primarily take place over two weekends this summer — July 17-19 and July 24-26 — with more than 10,000 athletes from across the state expected to compete in more than 40 sports. Swimming and figure skating will take place outside the two primary State Games weekends on June 19-21 and Sept. 16-20, respectively.
The Rocky Mountain State Games is a multi-sport festival for athletes of all ages and athletic abilities, including those with physical disabilities or visual impairment.
Organized and managed by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, venues including U.S. Olympic Training Center, Memorial Park, Colorado College and other venues in the Pikes Peak Region.
The State Games concept was developed in New York in 1978 with the Empire State Games. Annually, more than 400,000 athletes compete in State Games nationwide. State Games feature various sports from the Olympic and Pan American Games programs as well as sports with regional popularity in each state.
A total of 10,346 athletes from more than Colorado cities and towns, plus competitors from 37 states, took part in the 2014 Rocky Mountain State Games last summer, a new record and a significant growth from the inaugural year in 2002 that engaged 2,016 athletes in 14 sports.
The 2014 record turnout shattered the previous mark of 9,001 athletes who competed in the 2013 State Games in Colorado Springs, led by the top participation by sport: color in motion 5K (2,047), lacrosse (1,694), cycling (1,165), and basketball (900).