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Grand Rapids wins bid for USA Masters Games

June 26, 2018
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The USA Masters Games is a national sports festival for athletes 21 and older. Photo via fb.com

Another national Olympic-style event is coming to Grand Rapids.

The city and region will be hosting the USA Masters Games from June 26-28 in 2020.

“We are delighted to partner with the West Michigan Sports Commission and the State Games of Michigan on the 2020 USA Masters Games,” said Hill Carrow, CEO, USA Masters Games. “The sports commission has a successful track record of hosting multi-sport events, led by the annual State Games of Michigan. The organizational experience and excellent venues made the selection of Grand Rapids a natural fit for the USA Masters Games.”

The USA Masters Games will be a multi-sport event that will take place at a variety of venues across West Michigan.

The event will feature numerous sports: archery, badminton, baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, bodybuilding, bowling, cycling, diving, figure skating, functional fitness, golf, ice hockey, judo, martial arts, pickleball, powerlifting, road racing, soccer, softball, swimming, synchronized swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field, triathlon, volleyball, water polo and weightlifting.

“We are excited to be selected as the host for the third USA Masters Games,” said Eric Engelbarts, executive director, State Games of Michigan. “Last year, we hosted the State Games of America, and our community really rallied around those games. Our sports coordinators and volunteers did a great job on that event, and we see the 2020 USA Masters Games as a strong next step in the world of multi-sport events for Grand Rapids.”

Athletes 21 and older can participate in the event.

In addition to the sports competition, there will be opening and closing ceremonies, a game village and social events.

“We intend to use the opportunity of the games to showcase our city and region to the national and international competitors,” said Mike Guswiler, president, West Michigan Sports Commission. “We want the participants to have fast times on the track and good times out on the town.”

The USA Masters Games debuted in Greensboro, North Carolina in 2016. Over 2,500 national and international adult athletes competed in 24 sports.

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