Justin Wagers from Colorado
According to Lyons Outdoor Games’ organizers, 2014 will be a banner year for the event and the Town of Lyons, with sponsors more committed than ever and numerous world-class athletes attending.
“The outpouring of support from sponsors has been extraordinary, both in the form of monetary and in-kind support, but also in the fact that they are bringing their most accomplished athletes to compete at the Games,” said Parks & Rec Director Dave Cosgrove. “We are really excited about our flagship events—the pro kayaking and the BMX/Dirt Jumps—as well as the newest additions to the Games, including the Ultimate Athlete Obstacle Course and the slackline competition.”
According to Jaime Lynn Pletcher, the marketing/events manager for Gibbon Slacklines, “Many of our athletes, staff, families, and friends were affected by the floods, and when we learned the Lyons Outdoor Games was supporting flood relief and particularly park reconstruction we wanted to be involved.” Gibbon is bringing their event to Lyons totally free of charge. (Click here to read more.)
According to Oskar Blues/Reeb Bicycles Marketing Director Chad Melis, “The Lyons Outdoor Games has always brought a really high level of athlete to the table, but sponsors have really upped their game this year. There has been a lot of positive response from Lyons Outdoor Games supporters in trying to bring additional energy and focus to help Lyons get back on its feet after the floods.” Reeb is bringing top-ranked BMX star rider Zak Earley to the event.
The athletes are equally stoked for the event, including 17-year old Justin Wagers, an internationally ranked slackliner whose Boulder house flooded. “The flood devastated so many places in Colorado, and it’s going to be good to have events like this to get peoples’ spirits back up. I think people are going to be really excited to see the Lyons Outdoor Games happening despite all the recent flood damage; plus slacklining will be a really cool addition!”
Jackson Kayak athlete Clay Wright agreed. Wright has known and boated with some local kayakers for much of his life and actually hung out in Lyons when the idea of developing the Blackbear Hole was conceived. He feels a strong connection with the town and with the Games. Plus, his parents lost their house to a flood in 1997, so he knows what it feels like when the river becomes threatening.
“It’s a challenge to accept the benevolence of water and choose to embrace the power it is capable of even after it has destroyed things you love,” he said. “I’m proud of the organizers for choosing to jump right back into the riverbed and make this event happen. I want to be a part of that. My goal for the Games is to celebrate the resiliency of the Town of Lyons.”
Chris C. Olivier, founder of Outlaws of Dirt & PlusSizeBMX, summed it up. “This year is particularly special in that, through the event, we will be able to help a great town that was so devastated by the floods last fall. Lyons has been a great supporter of the Outlaws of Dirt, and it is an honor to be able to give some of that support back to the community. We want to let people know that the town is rebounding and open to visitors and is still the gateway to a lot of fun in the Rockies!” (Read more about Plus Size BMX and the Outlaws of Dirt by clicking here).