Jun 21, 2014 10:00 AM by Jordan Mason
With less than a month to go until the first weekend of the 2014 Rocky Mountain State Games opening weekend in Colorado Springs, more than 4,000 athletes of all ages and skill levels have registered to compete in the state's largest and most enjoyable sports festival.
A total of 4,086 athletes from across the state have signed up to compete for medals, or just enjoy an event designed to give every athlete a chance to have some memorable moments.
Lacrosse, a new sport added for 2014 has already registered 66 teams and 1,452 athletes. The Sports Corp is working with Adrenaline to put together what may be the largest single-sports field in the history of the State Games.
Athletes still have time to register in any of the 42 sports offered with the exception of swimming, which has nearly 250 athletes registered for its competition at the U.S. Olympic Training Center Aquatics venue.
Athletes can register at: www.rockymountainstategames.org They can also check the looming registration deadlines at this site.
Early registration is still open, so to take advantage of these discounts, register today!
The Games will take place over two weekends, July 18-20 and July 25-27.
The Opening Ceremony will take place in downtown Colorado Springs on the evening of Friday, July 25, in concert with the city's annual Downtown Olympic Celebration, with a crowd of 15,000 or more expected.
The highlight of the evening will be a special appearance by Country and Western music star Josh Gracin from 8:30-10:00, with special thanks to Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli for the special moment on stage.
This celebration will kick off the Rocky Mountain State Games weekend with an athlete gathering, and a fun, festival atmosphere! This celebration is a city-wide event that is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and will feature live entertainment and food! Please check back for more information closer to the event and come join in the celebration! Planned activities include:
Lighting of the cauldron
Live music in the streets
Food and beverage vendors
Sports booths, demonstrations and activities
Xpogo Stunt Team performances in the street
Switchbacks Soccer Zone
McDonald's Activity Area
Denver Broncos Appreciation Celebration, including a Denver Broncos Family Fun Zone, Alumni Autograph Sessions, Cheerleaders and Miles the Mascot
Sales and specials from downtown merchants
Ample parking is available at city and county parking ramps
Organizers feel that last year's record athlete turnout of 9,312 could be surpassed with a usual late registration rush.
Registration leaders at the moment are: Lacrosse (1,452), Colorado in Motion 5K Run (1,000), Swimming (248), Cycling (203), Broncos Football Camp (200), Basketball (13 teams, 156 athletes), and Triathlon (101).
Opening Weekend Schedule (July 18-20)
Cycling Time Trial
Cycling Road Race
Softball (Fast Pitch)