Jul 3, 2014 11:10 PM by Jordan Mason
Colorado Springs, July 3-------Athletes are coming from all over the state to participate in the 2014 Rocky Mountain State Games, the state's largest sports festival with a 42-sport menu at first-rate venues across Colorado Springs.
To date, 5,293 athletes have registered to compete in 36 of the 42 sports, compared to 3,085 in 2013 and only 850 in 2012.
Triathlon, as it has in past State Games, is proving popular once again. The competition will take place at Memorial Park and beautiful Prospect Lake, where athletes swim, run and cycle in this demanding sport, which made its Olympic debut in Sydney in 2000.
144 athletes have registered so far for the State Games Triathlon, which takes place on Saturday, July 19, at 7:00 a.m. in Prospect Lake with three divisions of athletes who will swim, bike and run in search of best times and medals.
This event is the only open water triathlon conducted in Colorado Springs.
Rocky Mountain State Games Triathlon Schedule
Super Sprint Race (ages 8 - 11)
6:40 AM Swim warm up opens
6:50 AM Transition and swim warm up closes
Pre-race meeting at swim start
6:55 AM National Anthem
7:00 AM Race Start
Youth Race (age 12 - 15)
6:50 AM Transition closes
7:10 AM Swim warm-up opens
7:20 AM Swim warm-up closes - pre-race meeting at swim start
7:30 AM Race start(only after bike course is clear from Super Sprint)
8:30 AM Awards Ceremony (Super Sprint and Youth Race)
Sprint Race (age 16+)
8:30 AM Swim warm-up opens
8:50 AM Swim warm-up closes - pre-race meeting at swim start
9:00 AM Sprint Race Wave 1 - Paratriathlon
9:10 AM Sprint Race Wave 2 (3 minutes between each wave)
11:30 AM Sprint awards ceremony
The 2013 event received rave reviews with 99% of participants recommending this race to others. 2014 will be even better as officials heard your suggestions and took action to improve an already fantastic event. The beautiful swim in the shadow of Pikes Peak along with the exciting multi-lap racing format, provides one of the most exciting races in the Rocky Mountain region. A strong focus on youth racing makes this one for the whole family, including novice and expert competitors, alike.
Several new athlete-friendly items have been added for the 2014 State Games Triathlon:
The top three finishers overall for both male and female will receive trophies. A special trophy will also be awarded to the top overall rookie for both male and female divisions.
4th & 5th place ribbons will also be given for youth division.
First 200 registrants receive a free H20 bottle from Café Velo
First 200 registrants automatically registered to win one of ten Rudy Project sunglasses
Cafe Velo will be on sight providing bike support for those last minute repairs.
Is this your first Triathlon? A rookie award will be given to the top rookie overall.
The $3.00 processing fee has been removed from each registration for 2014.
Click here to see the course maps.
Athletes can still register to compete or volunteer at www.rockymountainstategames.org or call (719) 634-7333, ext. 1006 for more information.
Organized and managed by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, the 2014 RMSG will offer competition in 42 sports with 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.
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. Recognized by the National Congress of State Games, a member of the United States Olympic Committee, the Rocky Mountain State Games have found a home in Colorado Springs.
A total of 9,001 athletes from 90 Colorado cities and towns, plus competitors from several other states in select sports, took part in the 12th Rocky Mountain State Games conducted by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation last summer, a new record.