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Aubrey McCoy, Sports Corp. prepare for 16th Rocky Mountain State Games

July 20, 2017 Updated: July 20, 2017 at 7:36 pm
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Runners participate in the Great Inflatable Race as part of the Rocky Mountain State Games at Memorial Park on Saturday, July 30, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette

In the 16th edition of the Rocky Mountain State Games, beginning in earnest Friday, it's expected that more than 10,000 athletes will participate.

Aubrey McCoy, the director of operations and marketing for Colorado Springs Sports Corp. - the company that puts on the Rocky Mountain State Games - says the 10,000-participant-mark was a goal for a while, but in the past four years, it's become commonplace.

To achieve that status, the State Games has expanded to facilitating more than 40 sports. From classic sports like basketball, tennis, soccer and swimming, the State Games include dog agility competitions, cricket and stand-up paddleboard.

This year's edition even includes the Great Inflatable Race, an event that travels around the country and is a footrace, varying in length, that requires runners to climb over and through inflatable obstacles on their way to the finish line.

With all these events and participants, the State Games require a huge amount of planning.

Aubrey McCoy 

That's where McCoy comes in. Though volunteers run each individual sport, McCoy and her staff oversee the entire event to ensure things run smoothly.

"Each sport has its own, unique requirements and challenges, specific details that need to be set up," McCoy said. "I think it's really just making sure we coordinate the right people and ask the right questions to make these sports successful."

One aspect of the State Games that doesn't require as much work is promoting them. Because they have been around for nearly the entire 21st century, the State Games have built their own reputation in Colorado Springs.

That doesn't mean there isn't some advertising to be done still, but the State Games' notoriety in the community has made it easier on McCoy.

"We've had some athletes that have competed every single year. They plan their summers around this," McCoy said. "But then you also have some of those new athletes that come across us and participate for the first time. So we're always looking for different ways to get our name out there, but I think it's definitely growing and establishing itself as an annual staple event for our community."

For the future, McCoy isn't sure if the State Games are capable of offering more sports, but she says the focus is turning toward growing the individual sports in order to make the event as big as possible.

As far as this year's edition of the State Games, which take place this weekend and next, for McCoy, the less eventful, the better.

"As an event coordinator, when you're - not bored - but when things run very smoothly, that's, kind of, the perfect scenario." McCoy said. "Our goal is to create a very safe, efficient and effective community event, where people have fun and safe competition.

"If things run smoothly and people enjoy the competition, and, ultimately, as the sports grow and we bring more and more people to the community, that's a successful day for us."

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