olorado Springs is home to the U.S. Olympic Committee and Olympic Training Center, and its interest in sporting activities is major. The Gazette and gazette.com are a good source for information on this and other events. That said, here's a look at some of the bigger sports events, in no particular order.
AIR FORCE FOOTBALL VS. ARMY OR NAVY
One of the other service academies comes to Falcon Stadium every fall, and the competition and pageantry in a beautiful setting are well worth a trip. Details: goairforcefalcons.com for schedule and ticket information
COLORADO COLLEGE HOCKEY VS. DU/AIR FORCE
The two annual, regular-season games in Colorado Springs between Front Range, league and national rivals Colorado College and the University of Denver are intense, as are the crowds. The Air Force hockey program has been giving those teams all they want in recent years and plays CC annually. There is little that can top the skill and ferocity the players bring to those charged atmospheres. Details: cctigers.com, goairforcefalcons.com
THE BROADMOOR PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB
The second-longest running motorsports race in the country (behind the Indy 500) is another marquee event. You can watch the race at various designated spots along the fully paved road or at the start or the finish atop the peak. Details: ppihc.com
PIKES PEAK ASCENT AND MARATHON
These rigorous runs up (and down, in the case of the Marathon) the mountain are a sight to behold - and respect - from whatever vantage point you choose - the start, finish or somewhere along Barr Trail. Details: pikespeakmarathon.org
PIKES PEAK OR BUST RODEO
This high-level event takes place in July at Norris-Penrose Event Center not far from downtown. Details: pikespeakorbust.org
- Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame's fall induction ceremony: Always a classy and well-done event that presents a wide-ranging display of the top sports figures in the area. Details: colorado springssports.org
- Major high school events: Including big rivalries such as Palmer vs. Doherty, Manitou Springs and St. Mary's, Widefield and Mesa Ridge and area playoff events. Details: The Gazette and gazette.com/sports/preps
- Colorado Springs Sky Sox: Triple-A baseball games at Security Service Field, 4385 Tutt Blvd. Details: milb.com.
- Major Olympic events that come to the Olympic Training Center. Area golf events including some major championships and other major qualifiers. Presidents Day and other youth hockey tournaments. Pikes Peak Invitational, Pride of the Rockies and other youth soccer tournaments. Details: gazette.com and outtherecolorado.com
JIM O'CONNELL, THE GAZETTE, 636-0263, JIM.OCONNELL@GAZETTE.COM