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The 2019 Rocky Mountain State Games underway this weekend with action in 17 sports across Colorado Springs

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Registration is still open for many sports, including some offering day of registrations. For complete details, real-time schedules, and results as competitions conclude, visit RockyMountainStateGames.org.

Sports Accepting Day of Registrations:

Air Hockey, Archery, Armwrestling, Billiards, Color in Motion 5K, Cycling – Track, Disc Golf, Great Inflatable Race, Inline Speed Skating, Orienteering, Shooting, Table Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball – Grass

Rocky Mountain State Games
July 19-21 & 26-28 – Colorado Springs

The Rocky Mountain State Games (RMSG) is Colorado’s largest multi-sport festival for athletes of all ages and athletic abilities including those with physical disabilities or visual impairment. This year marks the 18th annual event and more than 10,000 athletes are expected to participate in40+ sports!

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Colorado Springs—The 18th annual Rocky Mountain State Games get rolling at full tilt this weekend in Colorado Springs with competition in 17 sports over weekend #1. The Rocky Mountain State Games take place primarily over the last two weekends in (July 19-21 & 26-28) with most competitions in Colorado Springs, Olympic City USA.

To date, more than 8,500 athletes have registered to compete in this year’s games, compared to 7,834 at the same time a year ago. 40 sports are offered for athletes in this year’s Games.

The Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, which owns and operates the Games, is looking forward to a sixth consecutive year with more than 10,000 athletes competing. Last summer, Colorado’s largest multi-sport festival attracted a record 10,874 athletes of all ages and abilities from across the Colorado and states nationwide, breaking the previous mark of 10,513 set in 2016.

"As Olympic City USA, we are proud to host the state’s largest multi-sport festival, and 2018 certainly did not disappoint. As always, the Colorado Springs Sports Corp delivered an impressive event, and we look forward to hosting just as many athletes in 2019," said Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers.

This weekend, several thousand athletes will be in action during the first of two big weekends for the State Games.

At least 1,800 athletes will be in Memorial Park on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until noon for the amazingly popular Great Inflatable Race. It’s the wackiest, craziest and bounciest obstacle fun run to hit the nation. This unique fun run has giant inflatable obstacles spread throughout the course that bounce, bump and slide competitors all over the course.

More than 240 athletes will be competing in the Track & Field competition on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Cheyenne Mountain High School. One amazing athlete to watch will be 90-year-old sprinter Bob Coutts of Colorado Springs.

Coutts, who earned a doctorate from Florida State, spent his career as a neuropsychologist. He studied the relation of the brain to personal behavior and health. Examining the fragile, wondrous brain was his life’s work. He is the oldest athlete in the State Games. Bob lifts weights, eats blackberries, enjoys his seven children and 13 grandchildren, all while successfully struggling to lower his sprint times. Ranked #1 in the world for the indoor 60-meter dash this year.

More than 100 medal hopefuls will square off on Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. in thePowerlifting competition at the National Strength & Conditioning Association, 1885 Bob Johnson Drive near the Broadmoor World Arena.

The spotlight there will be on 34-year-old Rachel Crass of Wheat Ridge. Crass was a member of the 2001-2004 USA Junior World Weightlifting Teams, 2010 Senior World Weightlifting Team, and a variety of other smaller international teams. She finished fifth for the gold medal-winning Team USA at the 2001 World Junior Weightlifting Championships in Greece as the youngest lifter on the USA team. She is a mom to three kids and is involved this fall in a special powerlifting athlete camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Rachel is also a member of USA Weightlifting’s USOC Athlete Advisory Council. This will be her second Rocky Mountain State Games after winning a bronze medal last summer in the Powerlifting-Full Meet competition.

More than 100 competitors will vie for medals in the Weightliftingevents on Saturday (8:00 a.m.) and Sunday (8:30 a.m.) at Pinnacle Weightlifting, 4839 Northpark Dr.

One athlete to keep an eye on is Amanda Lampton, 36, of Colorado Springs,(Masters Weightlifting +87kg) She’s an elite skydiver turned weightlifter for State Games. Won fourth place at 2018 World Skydiving Championships and was a member of the USA Parachuting Team. Amanda has been a licensed skydiver since 2005 and will soon have 2000 jumps. She started at Skydive Aggieland, took several years off to finish graduate school and start a career, and came back to the sport as quickly as she could in 2010 at Skydive Perris. She’s been competing and coaching in formation skydiving since 2012 and became a Mobile Mentor in 2017.

The Games make up Colorado’s largest multi-sport festival for athletes of all ages and athletic abilities, including those with physical disabilities or visual impairment.

Since 2002, the State Games has attracted more than 124,500 participants (66,700+ from outside El Paso County), 186,500+ spectators. Additionally, RMSG has granted more than $26,000 to 1,600+ military personnel, spouses and family members to cover registration fees. More than 10,000 athletes have competed annually since 2014 in the Games.

"The Sports Corp, as always, is grateful to its dedicated family of sponsors, partners and volunteers who make this unique event possible," said Sports Corp President & CEO Tom Osborne. "We have been thrilled to see the Rocky Mountain State Games grow and take its place among Colorado’s most popular events for amateur athletes from across the state. It began with 2,016 athletes in 2002 and has grown to more than 10,000 athletes in recent editions. We are looking forward to more success in 2019 with continued growth and opportunities for our athletes."

To volunteer or for more information visit RockyMountainStateGames.org
To apply for military registration assistance or for more information, visit RockyMountainStateGames.org

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