Utah Summer Games hit fever pitch heading into final weekend

File photo by Shelly Griffin, St. George News

CEDAR CITY — It’s the final three days of the Utah Summer Games and, as usual, some of the most popular sports and events take place on the final weekend.

1usgBaseball and cycling tip off today, then Friday and Saturday mark the busiest days of the Summer Games. Twelve different events take place Friday and/or Saturday, including the track and field competition, which takes place in Eccles Coliseum on the campus of Southern Utah University. Track and field begins early Saturday morning and runs through Saturday night.

Other weekend events sure to please fans include:

  • Archery (which actually lasts through Sunday) at the Valentine peak Sports Complex in Parowan
  • Arm Wrestling (Friday beginning at 10 a.m.) at SUU’s Sorensen PE Building
  • Baseball (Thursday through Saturday) at various fields around Iron County
  • Adult Basketball (Friday and Saturday) with championship games Saturday night in the Centrum
  • Cycling (Thursday through Saturday) at various locations
  • Equestrian Reining (Saturday) at Cross Hollow Event Center
  • 3 X 3 Soccer (Friday and Saturday) at Bicentennial Soccer Fields
  • Table Tennis (Friday and Saturday) at Cedar Middle School
  • Tae Kwon Do (Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.) at Canyon View High School
  • Trap Shooting (Saturday) at Cedar City Trap Club
  • Ultimate Frisbee (Friday and Saturday) at Canyon View High and Middle schools

Beginning in 2017, the Utah Summer Games become the Larry H. Miller Utah Summer Games as the local business group, known primarily for car dealerships and the ownership of the Utah Jazz, climbs aboard as the title sponsor. USG director Casey McClellan  said he can’t overstate how much the Miller group’s sponsorship means to the future of the Summer Games.

Track and field at the Utah Summer Games, Cedar City, Utah, June 19, 2015. | Photo by Shelly Griffin, St. George News
Track and field at the Utah Summer Games, Cedar City, Utah, June 19, 2015. | Photo by Shelly Griffin, St. George News

“We have been so fortunate to have hundreds of businesses and individuals contribute to our success over the decades and this new partnership with the Larry H. Miller brand will take us to new heights,” he said. “I couldn’t be more excited about this wonderful new champion of the Games.”

Utah governor Gary Herbert made the announcement last week at the USG Opening Ceremonies, saying the sponsorship officially takes effect July 1.

The Utah Summer Games have been held every summer since 1986 and are a financial boon to the Iron County and southern Utah economy. More than 100,000 athletes have competed in the Games, with nearly 10,000 this year alone.

If Larry H. Miller is going to back the games, they’re going to keep getting better and better,” said 2016 competitor Steve Nelson.

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