GI Games participants were sweating on the sand with volleyball and tug-of-war contests while others kept cool inside Westside lanes Saturday afternoon - just one location and a few of the activities that make up the Olympic-style event.
Teams of co-workers, groups, and friends can earn points by competing in about twenty different contests.
Organizers say new things like a dessert-making contest are getting more people involved than ever.
“Every year it’s getting bigger and bigger - we have 32 teams this year and 540 participants which is up by about 50 from last year,” says GI Recreation Superintendent Jeremy Bachmann. “It’s kind of getting hard now to get everyone in, so we might have to try something different next year because of the amount of people that are interested.”
Bachmann says it’s a good problem to have. This is the seventh year the GI YMCA and Parks and Rec department have put on the games with the goal of getting the community active. Bachmann says it’s not a weekend just for athletes.
“We want everyone to come and enjoy these so we tried to get a little bit of everything from dessert-making all the way up to the more competitive three-on-three basketball,” he says.
Also new to the games this year: a two-person golf scramble, two-person disc golf, and bags.