SACO -- The Maine Games is gearing up for another season of sports competitions and the 2006 events begin on Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26, in Brewer, with powerlifting. The Maine Games State Powerlifting Championships are schedueled for the Brewer Auditorium with all sub-categories competing on Saturday, and the Men's and Women's Open divisions competing on Sunday. Registrations close March 15 and athletes will not be able to register at the door. Medalists quailify for the 2007 State Games of America, held in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Registrations for most Maine Games events will begin on April 1, with online and mail-in registrations being accepted this year. Check the website for complete registration details for each specific event.
Indoor-karting will be held May 6, at Maine Indoor Karting, in Scarborough. All ages are invited, however, unlicensed drivers, under the age of 16 must complete a driving course prior to competing.
Baton Twirling is entering it's fourth year with competition being held on May 13, in Waterville, at the Alfond Boys and Girls Club/YMCA. Twirlers from all over Maine are expected to compete again this year.
Also in Waterville, on May 13, will be adult flag football. This tournament will be held at the All-pro Sports Center and the field is limited to six teams. Registration fee is $175 per team and roster sizes are limted between 8 and 12. Fee includes Maine Games T-shirt and a minimum of two games.
Finally, on the opening weekend in May, bowling is being offered for the first time since 2004. Medalists in this tournament in both scratch and handicap divisions will qualify for the 2007 State Games of America, being held in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Strike Ten Bowling Center in Waterville, is the venue for this event.
In June, the Maine Games moves to Saco, with fencing, and handball held on the 17th. This is the third year for fencing, and the first year for handball. The Saco Community Center will again be the home for Maine Games Fencing, while the new Jim Prendergast Courts at Saco Middle School will host handball.
The following weekend will see swimming at the Bath YMCA (June 25), wrestling at the Gorham Sports Center (June 24-25), and Track and Field at Ohlmstead Field at Westbrook High School (June 24).
July 8 the Maine Games is offering a Highlands Athletics Championships at a site to be determined.
August 19, at Old Orchard Beach, the Maine Games is again hosting "The World's Longest Throw." US Olympian, Tom Petronoff will be on hand to present Mainers and tourists alike the opportunity to set a world's record throw with the TurboJav.
August 20, the Maine Games will co-present the first Pine Tree Triathlon, in Brewer/Orrington, and this event is the exclusive Maine qualifier for the Best of the US Triathlon Championships held September 16, in Minneapolis, MN. Only one male and one female from Maine will qualify. In addition, all medalists in this event will qualify for the State Games of America in 2007. www.pinetreetri.com
Finally, the Maine Games wraps up the competition season with the Saco Bay 5 & 10k race slated for the beach between Pine Point Scarborough, and Camp Ellis, in Saco. This event will be run at low tide and a is a qualifier for the 2007 State Games of America 5k. www.sacobay.org
For more information about this year's Maine Games, or to find registration materials or links for online registration, log on to www.mainegames.org.
The Maine Games is a member of the National Congress of State Games, which is a Group B member of the United States Olympic Committee. The Maine Games offers healthy competitions and sporting events to Mainers of all ages and abilities.
The Maine Game is sponsored in part this year by New Balance, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maine, Union Street Athletics, Commercial Screenprint and Embroidery, Waterville Holiday Inn, Time Warner Cable of Maine, Holiday Inn Express—Saco, Bay View Physical Therapy, Sharp Photography, City of Saco. Best Western White House Inn—Bangor, and the City of Brewer.