Rocky Mountain State Games breaks participation records

A cycling race was part of the Rocky Mountain State Games.

A cycling race was part of the Rocky Mountain State Games.

The Rocky Mountain State Games, already the largest sports festival in Colorado, broke records this summer.

A total of 9,312 athletes from 90 Colorado towns and cities, plus competitors from other Rocky Mountain states, took part in the 12th Rocky Mountain State Games conducted by the Colorado Springs Sports Corp.

The games were held during the last two weekends in July, and more people participated this year than ever before.

The turnout shattered previous attendance of 7,103 who competed in the 2012 games, also held in the Colorado Springs area.

The Colorado in Motion 5K brought out 2,754 runners, making it the most popular event. The second most popular event was a new sport added this year, dog agility, which had 500 entries with dogs and their owners at America the Beautiful Park.

“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.”

Started in 2002, the first games brought 2,016 people, and attendance has increased every year since then.