Aug 19, 2013 6:48 PM by Jordan Mason

Rocky Mountain State Games set athlete participation record

Colorado Springs, August 19----------Records are made to be broken, and the 2013 edition of the Rocky Mountain State Games, the state's largest Sports Festival, made it a reality this summer.

A total of 9,312 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.

The Games were held over the last two weekends of July, with the Opening Celebration, Olympic Downtown Celebration and State Games torch lighting taking place on July 26, along with the Color In Motion 5K Run.

The record turnout shattered the previous mark of 7,103 athletes who competed in the 2012 Games in Colorado Springs, led by the whopping turnout of 2,754 entries in the popular Colorado In Motion 5k Run on July 26.

"We are delighted with the record turnout for our Games," said Sports Corp President and CEO Tom Osborne. "We felt we had a very attractive schedule of 36 events for athletes to choose from, and obviously, a whole lot of amateur athletes of all ages and skill levels felt the same. We had a lot of fun over the two weekends and the response we have received from the athletes has been extremely positive. We look forward to another great State Games next summer."

Rocky Mountain State Games athlete history

2002: 2,016

2003: 3,194

2004: 4,838

2005: 5,729

2006: 6,164

2007: 6,887

2008: 6,891

2009: 6,809

2010: 6,623

2011: 7,067

2012: 7,103

2013: 9,312

The Color in Motion 5K Run led the way with 2,754 entries, followed by one of the new sports added for 2013, Dog Agility, which produced a total of 500 entries with dogs and their owners for the popular competition at America the Beautiful Park in Downtown Colorado Springs. It marked the first time that a sport was included in the State Games featuring competition with animals, in fact.

The other sports registration leaders: Cycling Hill Climb (Pikes Peak Summit) 482, Basketball 481, Swimming 460, Road Cycling 444, Softball 351, Cycling Criterium 335, Inline Hockey 302, Figure Skating (to be held Sept. 11-15 at Sertich Arena) 289, Volleyball 282, Cycling Time Trial 268, Track & Field 263, Triathlon 248 and BMX Racing 209.




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