The 13th annual Lyons Outdoor Games is coming up for air after the September flood damaged area parks and caused uncertainty about the river where events usually are held.
The multi-sport festival is scaling back from three days to one and highlighting the BMX team Outlaws of Dirt instead of the traditional kayaking events while organizers wait for spring runoff to determine the final schedule.
Events will be held on May 31 in unaffected areas of Lyon's Bohn Park but the kayaking schedule may not be determined until days before the festival, said Lizzy Scully, one of the event organizers.
If you go
What: Lyons Outdoor Games
When: May 31
Where: Bohn Park, Lyons
More info: http://lyonsoutdoors.com/
What: Oskar Blue Burning Can Beer Festival
Tickets: Available online starting Tuesday at http://burningcan.com.
"We're planning for limited pro kayaking events but we don't know what the runoff will bring," Scully said. "There's a chance that FEMA could cut off our access to the river or that debris will stop us from doing anything in the water, but we're hoping we can do some with more safety measures."
If kayaking is allowed during the game, organizers plan to increase spotters — volunteers who stand along the river during events and watch for debris, Scully said.
Organizers hope to have a schedule of events that will include water sports, approved Wednesday during a meeting with Lyons Parks and Recreation Department.
"There is a lot of tension about spring runoff in town and what's going to happen this spring," Scully said.
The BMX team will perform on the ramps at Bohn Park, which were not damaged by the flood, she said.
Other events include rugby tournament and a family area with slacklining, a climbing wall and a bike area for kids.
"One of the big reasons we're still doing these things is to keep spirits up in town," Scully said. "It's hard because it's still a disaster area, but we want people to have fun and we want rest of the Front Range to know we still celebrate our adventurous spirit."
The games will be held in conjunction with Oskar Blues' annual Burning Can Beer Festival.
Oskar Blues Can'd Aid Foundation will donate 65 percent of the proceeds from the beer festival to the town of Lyons for flood relief and 35 percent of proceeds to the Colorado Brewer's Guild, said Tyra Sutak, Oskar Blues event coordinator.
At least 45 breweries from across the country will be serving more than 150 beers at the festival, Sutak said.
"This is sort of a resilience thing," Sutak said. "We're working together with the Outdoor Games and doing the best we can to bring people back to Lyons while Lyons needs it the most."
"We want them to know, we're not down and out," she said.
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