Jul 23, 2011 4:25 AM by Dr. Anya Winslow

Compete like an Olympian

The Rocky Mountain State Games turn ten this year. The six-day competition, which this year, takes place over the course of a two-weekend period, features thirty-four different types of sports.

When it comes to economic impact, Mike Moran, Colorado Springs Sports Corporation senior media consultant, says, "This is a seven or eight-million dollar shot of economic impact."

People of all ages and skill levels, including the visually impaired, physically disabled, and Paralymic athletes, can participate. Events will take place all over the Front Range, with opening ceremonies taking place next Friday, July 29.

Over seven thousand athletes from Colorado and the surrounding states are expected to compete in this year's State Games.

Taylor Hicks, who won Season Five of American Idol will be performing at the opening ceremonies. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for those 18 and younger and seniors 55 and older, and can be purchased at the Colorado Springs World Arena box office and all Front Range King Soopers.

Admission into almost all the sporting events is free.

You can still register for some of the sports competitions by checking out the organization's website: or by calling (719) 634-7333, ext. 1000 for more information.

NOTE: The website was experiencing difficulties yesterday and today. Organizers hope to have it fixed soon.



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