Have you ever wanted to test your strength against local strongmen? If not, maybe softball is your thing. Or how about a run through Mancos and the surrounding area?
During this year's Mancos Days festivities, which will be held July 26-28, local residents will have the opportunity to do all of the above and so much more. More than just a series of athletic events, the Mancos Days athletic competitions offer an opportunity to get outside, interact with family members, friends and neighbors and have some fun.
Kicking off the weekend's athletic festivities, the Mancos Days Softball Tournament will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 26.
Open to the first 14 teams that enter, the tournament allows coed players 14 years old or older. Prizes will be awarded to the first- and second-place teams and an award will be given to the tournament's most valuable player.
"The Mancos Days Softball Tournament has been going on for 54 years and is a great event," said tournament organizer Christopher Alvarez. "(The games) provide an opportunity for individuals to outlet their competitive energy. The tournament also provides people incentive to get out and enjoy the [Mancos Days] festivities."
For individuals not inclined to swing a bat, a 3-on-3 coed volleyball tournament will also be offered. Beginning Saturday at 8 a.m. in the Mancos town park, the event will include pool play and possibly a double elimination tournament.
Mancos High School volleyball players play free while all other participants must pay a $5 entry fee.
Proceeds from the tournament will be donated to both the Mancos High School Volleyball Team and various memorial funds.
"Playing volleyball on the grass is always a little different and the tournament is a great part of Mancos Days," said tournament organizer Dylania Morelli. "It's a great way for youth and veteran volleyball players to get together. It's a lot of fun."
In addition to the volleyball and softball tournaments, a fishing derby, an arm-wrestling tournament and a fun run will be available to those who hope to get some blood flowing.
The fishing derby will take place on the Mancos River at 1 p.m. on July 26 and is open to anyone holding a Colorado fishing license.
Children 15 and younger do not need a license.
The fun run will take place on Saturday July 27 at 7:30 a.m.
Pre-registration for the event will begin at 6:45 a.m.
There will be a walking component for those who don't want to run.
There will be a horseshoe competition in the park beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The arm-wrestling tournament will begin at 3:30 p.m. and is open to both children and adults.
All in all, this year's Mancos Days festivities will have athletic opportunities for everyone.
Those seeking more information about this year's athletic events may contact the Town of Mancos at 533-7725 or also visit the Mancos Days website at http://www.mancoscolorado.com/Mancosdays.htm.