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Winter Iowa Games Kick Off in Dubuque

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The 22nd annual Winter Iowa Games powered by the Iowa Food & Family Project will officially begin this weekend, January 25-26, in Dubuque. Over 3,000 athletes will be competing in 13 events at 19 venues throughout the Dubuque community.

Events on the schedule include: youth basketball, cross country skiing, a fitness walk, youth ice hockey, indoor soccer, martial arts, pickleball, 5K road race, swimming, table tennis, youth volleyball, wrestling and a Zumba Fitness(r) class.

"We are excited this year as record numbers are expected," commented Kim Abels, Sports & Special Events Director. "The community of Dubuque has truly embraced the Winter Iowa Games and with their support all athletes, coaches, parents and volunteers will have a great experience."

Athletes still have the opportunity to register on-site for the following events in Dubuque this weekend: cross country skiing, fitness walk, martial arts, 5K road race, wrestling and the Zumba Fitness(r) class. Visit for the date, start times and competition information for these events.

The 2014 Winter Iowa Games will hold competitions in 23 sports, with new sports including gladiator games, adult volleyball and winter bike race. Iowa Games events will be held in 15 communities around the state.

The February 1 schedule includes: alpine ski racing (Dubuque), horseshoes (Eldora), snowshoeing (Cedar Falls), trapshooting (Ackley, Ankeny, DeWitt, Harlan and Peosta) and winter bike race (Waterloo). On February 8, the Games will hold archery in Johnston and a fitness walk in Des Moines. Cedar Rapids will host adult basketball, dodgeball, figure skating, a fitness walk, adult ice hockey and adult volleyball on February 8-9. To conclude the Winter Iowa Games on February 22, women's 6 on 6 basketball will be in Story City and Adaptive Sports Iowa wheelchair basketball will be contested at the University of Iowa.

To learn more about the Winter Iowa Games and to register, visit

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The mission of the Iowa Games is to provide sports and recreation opportunities for all Iowans through Olympic-style festivals, events and programs.

The Iowa Games is a department of the Iowa Sports Foundation. The Iowa Sports Foundation is a nonprofit sports management organization that helps develop amateur sports in Iowa and promote positive lifestyles and physical fitness through athletic events and health education initiatives.

The Iowa Food & Family Project proudly powers the Iowa Games and supports Live Health Iowa. It encourages Iowans interested in health and wellness to participate in discussions and activities that increase their confidence about how food is grown and trust in the farmers who grow it. Because the more we know, the more we grow! Feed your curiosity at

Cory Kennedy
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888.777.8881 ext. 106 (office) 515.460.8874 (cell)




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