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Winter Sooner State Games Draws Nearly 3,000 Athletes

OKLAHOMA CITY – More than 2,700 amateur athletes have competed in this year’s Winter Sooner States Games events, marking one of the largest turnouts in several years and a 38 percent increase, or nearly 750 participants, from 2012.

The largest events have been youth basketball (1,500), archery (420), CrossFit (271), trail run (185), and wrestling (104) tournaments, with the three largest alone outnumbering last year’s total of 1,959.

Two traditionally prominent events remain and could push the total athlete count past 3,000 as cross country and figure skating contests are scheduled for Feb. 16 and March 1-3, respectively.

In addition to those competitions, billiards, disc golf, judo, martial arts, ping pong and shooting events have also been held, with last weekend wrapping up the bulk of the 2013 Winter Games.

The Sooner State Games have been held annually since 1983 and open to all amateur athletes, regardless of age or ability. The 2013 edition has already featured athletes as young as five and as old as 71. To register for the final two events of this year’s Winter Games, visit www.soonerstategames.org.