Discover: Sports options in the area

By: The Gazette
September 20, 2015 Updated: September 20, 2015 at 3:51 pm
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photo - Steve Goeglein nears the summit of Pikes Peak in his Unlimited Division car on race day for the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International HIll Climb Sunday, June 28, 2015. Photo by Logan Riely, The Gazette
Steve Goeglein nears the summit of Pikes Peak in his Unlimited Division car on race day for the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International HIll Climb Sunday, June 28, 2015. Photo by Logan Riely, The Gazette 

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

OTHER CONTENDERS

- 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

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