The Edmond Sun


June 2, 2014

Athletes pour in for Endeavor Games

EDMOND — Celebrating its 15th year as a world-class athletic event right in the heart of Edmond, the UCO Endeavor Games is ready to welcome athletes and spectators to four days of events this week.

Designed for athletes with physical disabilities, the games are an annual draw for national and international athletes. Athletes can start at age 7 and are coming for the games from at least 36 states, Puerto Rico and likely the United Kingdom and Canada.

Several of the athletes represented in these games potentially will go on to compete, after qualifying rounds, in the next Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

The Endeavor Games are scheduled for Thursday through Sunday with sporting venues at the UCO Wellness Center, UCO Hamilton Field House, UCO Practice Soccer Field, Edmond North High School and Mitch Park YMCA. Sports available for public viewing are indoor/outdoor archery, 20K and 5K cycling courses, paracanoe, paratriathlon for ages 16 and older, powerlifting for ages 16 and older, sitting volleyball, shooting, swimming, table tennis, track and field and wheelchair basketball 3-on-3 for both adult and junior levels. All events are open to the public for free.

Most of the Thursday events are U.S. Paralympic clinics for indoor archery, track and field, Paratriathlon Transitions, outdoor archery practice, archery classification, swimming classification, track & field classification and a vendor expo in the lobby of the UCO Wellness Center.

The athlete welcome reception and Paracanoe event will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Devon Boathouse on the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City.

On Friday, a 20K cycling event will lead off from POPs Restaurant in Arcadia, along historic Route 66, beginning at 9 a.m. The warm-up for this event begins at 8 a.m.

Also on Friday, a kickoff celebration is planned for 5:30 p.m. at the Mitch Park YMCA, which opened in February. The addition of the Mitch Park Y brings swimming back into the games after a one-year lapse.

“We are also pleased to host the Opening Celebration at the new Mitch Park Y competition pool prior to the swimming competition. After a one-year absence, swimming is back in the lineup and we are on pace to break the record of swimmers to compete,” said Katrina Shaklee, executive director of the UCO Wellness Center and organizer of the Endeavor Games.

Most of the Saturday track and field events will be at Edmond North High School while the shooting and archery events will be at the UCO Hamilton Field House and UCO Practice Soccer Field. Sitting volleyball will take place from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday at the UCO Wellness Center.

The Paratriathlon will begin with warm-ups at 6:30 a.m. Sunday and kickoff at 7 a.m. at the Mitch Park YMCA. Twenty athletes will swim 750 meters, complete a 20K bicycle course in Mitch Park and a 5K run, also in the park.

For a complete schedule of events, see

The UCO Endeavor Games are a Wheelchair and Ambulatory Sports, USA level 3 sanctioned event. Athletes ages 7-21 are encouraged to use their Endeavor Games results to qualify for the National Junior Disability Championship. NJDC is the largest multi-sport, multi-disability event for juniors in the United States.

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