EDMOND – The University of Central Oklahoma Endeavor Games are going to be a little wetter this year.
The games get into full swing beginning at 8:30 a.m. Thursday with track and field and concluding with a para canoe session at 6:30 p.m.
This year’s games will feature the return of swimming after a one-year hiatus. The swimming events will be at the Mitch Park YMCA aquatic center. Swimming had been held at UCO’s swimming pool, but the facility wasn’t adequate to house the events.
“We’ve been working with the Edmond Y and we’re pretty excited to have it back this year and at such a nice facility,” Endeavor Games spokesman Whitt Carter said. “We took it out last year because it just wasn’t working, but we’re pumped to have it back. It’s one of our most popular events.”
Carter said para canoe events will also be held on the Oklahoma River.
“The river is booming and it’s another great place that we have in the metro area where athletes can compete,” Carter said.
This marks the 15th year of the games. About 120 athletes participated in the first games in 2000. Last year about 280 people from ages 3 to 67 traveled from 36 states including Alaska and Hawaii as well as the United Kingdom.
This year is expected to bring a record number of competitors for the four days of competition. The games conclude Sunday morning.
“The games have grown quite a bit over the last 15 years,” Carter said. “We’ve had a lot of great partners to help make that happen and we are thankful for that.”
For a complete schedule of the 2014 University of Central Oklahoma Endeavor Games visit www.ucoendeavorgames.com.