2017 Sports Corp Event Highlights
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Annual Sports Corp Golf Tournament

The Annual Sports Corp Golf Tournament is set to take place on May 16, 2018!
2017 Sports Corp Event Highlights Sports Corp Celebrates Memorable Summer of Sports in 2017
2018 PyeongChang Olympic Downtown Celebration Friday, February 9 in Downtown Colorado Springs

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Sports Corp Celebrates Memorable Summer of Sports in 2017

The Colorado Springs Sports Corporation is proud to have supported and organized many of the major events that made this year in sports one of the best ever for the Pikes Peak Region. More than 250,000 spectators and sports fans attended the Sports Corp's lineup of events staged in Colorado Springs, Olympic City USA, a major boost to tourism and the region's economy.
 
The Sports Corp kicked off the year with its annual Salute to the Olympic Family Luncheon on April 12. Hosted at the DoubleTree by Hilton, this event recapped the year for the Olympic movement, began looking forward to the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games, and celebrated the 38 years  the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters has been in Colorado Springs, earning the nickname “Olympic City USA.” This event recognized the work of the USOC and the many different national governing bodies that reside here and help make sports such an integral part of the Pikes Peak Region.
 
The Sports Corp Annual Golf Tournament took place on May 17 at the Country Club of Colorado at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. More than 100 golfers came out to the course for a shotgun start followed by a luncheon and award presentation, making this another successful year on the greens!
 
The fourth annual Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack saw another year of record attendance with more than 7,136 fans at the Colorado Springs Airport on June 17-18. Spectators enjoyed watching 267 competitors roar down the runway while breaking numerous U.S. and World Records. The fastest car broke the World Record at an impressive 255.54 mph and was seen via live broadcast by 1.58 million viewers.
 
The 95th Running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was a June highlight in the Pikes Peak Region. As America's second oldest motorsport race, the PPIHC celebrated its 101st Anniversary with a field of fast competitors from across the globe. In addition, over 3,500 fans and spectators attended Race Day on Pikes Peak- America's Mountain. Fan Fest, held on June 23, brought more than 30,000 racing fans to downtown Colorado Springs to meet with some of the world's top drivers and riders, and see their autos and motorcycles.
 


The Sports Corp hosted Stage 7 of the inaugural Mavic Haute Route Rockies on June 30. The 415 cyclists that participated in the event were treated to some of Colorado Springs most iconic spots including Garden of the Gods Park, Old Colorado City, Blodgett Peak and Rock Ledge Ranch.
 
On July 12, The Sports Corp held its annual College Football Kick Off Luncheon at Hotel Elegante. Attendees were treated to previews of the 2017-2018 season from head coaches Earnest Collins (University of Northern Colorado), Mike MacIntyre (University of Colorado), Mike Bobo (Colorado State University), Troy Calhoun (U.S. Air Force Academy) and John Wristen (Colorado State University-Pueblo).
 
Over the last two weekends in July, the 16th edition of the Rocky Mountain State Games hosted 10,385 amateur athletes from across the country. Athletes competed in 40 different sports in front of an estimated 15,200+ spectators, exceeding the 10,000 athlete mark for the 4th consecutive year. The top three sports by participation were Color in in Motion 5K (1,497), Great Inflatable Race (1,417) and Taekwondo (1,058). This year the Rocky Mountain State Games entered into a two-year partnership with the Rocky Mountain Senior Games to co-host 10 Senior Games sports in conjunction with State Games competitions and grow participation in senior and master divisions for athletes aged 50+. The 2018 RMSG will also be a qualifier for the 2019 National Senior Games.
 
The Colorado Classic is a professional cycling event across Colorado featuring the world's top male and female cyclists. Colorado Springs was host to Stage 1 on August 10. The 160 men and women competitors raced multiple laps through the world-renowned Garden of the Gods Park, Old Colorado City and Downtown Colorado Springs.
 
The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb, held in conjunction with the USA Cycling Hill Climb National Championships, challenged some of the toughest cyclists in the nation over a grueling 12.4 mile course up "Pikes Peak - America's Mountain" on August 12. Eager riders tackled the mountain in the Gran Fondo race or as part of the National Championships. Some 169 athletes from 23 states took part in the Hill Climb National Championships, and 125 athletes from 15 states made up the Gran Fondo field.

The Sports Corp helped continue the 41-year tradition of a balloon festival in Colorado Springs with the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off. Working with Hot Apple Productions and Rainbow Ryders, this event saw a record number of spectators with 165,000+ attendees over Labor Day weekend in Memorial Park. Sixty-six balloonists from all over the world participated in early morning balloon launches and evening balloon glows. This family-friendly event continues to bring live concerts, food vendors, a family fun-zone, wakeboard demonstrations, stand-up paddle boarding, skydivers and beer garden. This year two new crowd favorites were featured, including a donut-eating contest and chainsaw carving competition raising $2,400 for the Red Cross to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey.
 
The Sport Corp's annual College Ice Hockey Face-Off Luncheon was staged at The Antlers Hotel on September 26 with 170 attendees, spotlighting Mike Haviland, head coach at Colorado College and Frank Serratore, head coach of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Josh Fenton, Commissioner of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, moderated the event which helped preview the 2017-2018 season for these two NCAA Division I programs.
 

The Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony introduced the Class of 2017 which included: USA Swimming Executive Director, Chuck Weilgus; Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Legends, The Donner Family; Transcendent College and NBA Coach, Henry "Hank" Egan; All-American and NBA Basketball Player, Pat Garrity; Colorado College Women's Soccer 4-Time All-American, Janine Szpara; Historic Gold Medal and First-Ever Olympic Champions in Women's Ice Hockey, the 1998 USA Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team. The Thayer Tutt Sportsman Award was presented to El Pomar Foundation; Mitch Johnson received the Col. F. Don Miller Sports Service Award; and Bernard Sandoval received the Special Recognition Award. More than 420 were on hand to honor the lives and contributions of these local legends.


What's Next in 2018?

The 2018 Colorado Springs Sports Corp Event Schedule includes something for everyone in the Pikes Peak Region and across the Centennial State. In keeping with a decade-long tradition, the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation will bring an impressive lineup of outstanding events in 2018 to the city that will appeal to a broad range of sports fans and families. The city is known as Olympic City USA, and that title inspires the support, promotion and creation of many events by the Sports Corp. 
 
The event season will come early while fans celebrate with the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Downtown Celebration February 9. It is expected to be the largest-attended winter event in downtown Colorado Springs. Spectators will enjoy international music, Taekwondo and Muay Thai demonstrations and competitions, and Korean themed cultural activities. Entertainment will include snowmobile jumpers, snowboarding demonstrations, ice climbing, and the Game Opening Ceremony broadcasted live on a big-screen television.
 
The summer will kick off with the high octane, high speed Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack, June 16-17. This event, hosted in conjunction with our partners Revvolution and Shift-S3ctor, will showcase hundreds of the fastest, most powerful street cars in the nation roar down the Colorado Springs Airport runway in a half-mile, side-by-side roll race and trap speed competition.
 
July will showcase the 17th annual Rocky Mountain State Games, where more than 10,000 athletes of all ages and skill levels are expected to once again participate in more than 40 sports as a part of Colorado's largest sports festival, July 20-22 & 27-29.
 
In August, The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb will join the inaugural "Colorado Summit Series" which features some of the toughest hill climbs in the world including the Guanella Pass Hill Climb (June 3) and Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb (July 21). This new and unique cycling series will finish with the Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb on August 11. In addition to the race, cyclists will enjoy the series award presentation on Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.
 
We look forward to closing out the summer with our partners Hot Apple Productions and Rainbow Ryders to stage the 42nd Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off. More than 150,000 spectators are expected to be there to see nearly 70 hot air balloons take to the skies for one of the community's most beloved and majestic events, September 1-3.
 
 
Thank you to our sponsors and partners for supporting the Colorado Springs sports community!
The Sports Corp is responsible for raising 100% of its annual budget and these community events would not be possible without the generosity of our partners. For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 
 
 
 
 

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