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Colorado's Largest Sports Festival Set for July

Rocky Mountain State Games Feature Amateur Athletes

Article by Lindsay Tallman

Photography by Paat Kelly / Rob Miskowitch / Russ Backer

Originally published in Colorado Springs Lifestyle

On July 21-23, an anticipated 10,000 athletes will gather to compete in the Rocky Mountain State Games here in Colorado Springs. This year marks the 21st annual event, featuring over 30 competitive sports. The Rocky Mountain State Games are managed and organized by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation.

A Sport for All Ages and Abilities

While there is no set age for participants, the games are most popular with those in the 13- to 30-year-old age range. With such an extensive variety of sports offered, there truly is something for everyone. Pickleball remains a hugely popular sport, as well as traditional sports like track and field. Some of the more unique sports include paddleboard races and disc golf, which continues to gain in popularity.

The games also partner with Special Olympics to ensure the competition is open to athletes of all abilities, including those with physical disabilities, visual impairments, and intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD). In addition, volunteers are needed to help with registration and general operations.

Marketing Director Molly Sharples says, “Don’t be intimidated. Come out and try something new.”

Sharples added that participants often find that competing in the games is a great way to get into a new sport.

Building a Sense of Community

The Rocky Mountain State Games are about more than just friendly competition.

“Seeing it all come together is super rewarding," Sharples said. "The athletes, the audience and volunteers all contribute to that sense of community. It’s such a positive experience for everyone.”

Participants can register and find out more details on the website.

Facebook: @RockyMountainStateGames
Instagram: @TheSportsCorp