The Gay Games and Track and Field

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    Apr 04, 2008 9:16 AM GMT
    I was wondering if anyone knows how to get involved in the Gay Games?
    It sounds like a lot of fun and i'm always looking for more competition.
    Anyone been to the Gay games? If so i want to know all about it.
    I saw some documents about records in the Gay games and was wondering if they were legit.
    I live in a pretty conservative town in San Diego and don't get to talk, much less compete, with many out athletes so i have no way of knowing about these games.

    Also if you're a T&F athlete send me a message. I'm all over the California meets these days so maybe you'll see me around and say "hi". its always nice to see a friendly face at invites and what not.
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    Apr 05, 2008 5:28 AM GMT
    Howdy,

    Umm, not to be a raging lemon but I went to the Gay Games in Chicago. Definitly I will not be attending another.

    I have been involved in sporting events all my life and I have to say that it seemed like they grabbed the neighborhood drunk there in Chicago and put him in charge of organizing all the sporting events tha took place. Honestly, I think a 5th grader could have did better as an organizer.

    Yes, I am still burnt about a year and a half of planning and training and sweating only to be let down. By day to of tournament play I can say that the moral of myself and my teammates was gone.

    The folks that put on the events in Toronto, which I forget the name, seemed to have their stuff together. I would say look into that before being sold on the Gay Games venue.

    Note- Only my .02
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    Apr 05, 2008 7:15 PM GMT
    I'm glad to say that my experience was much different. I participated in the 1994 Gay Games in NYC (combined with Stonewall 25) and in Chicago 2006. Off the bat, registration (thank you computers) went much faster in Chicago. On the other hand, the fields were nearly an hour away from our hotel in downtown and required 2 trains and then nearly a 1 mile walk.

    I did not go to Montreal for the OutGames, but in part this was due to their attitude. In 2004 I noticed that neither the OutGames or Gay Games had football on their roster. I emailed both. Chicago responded saying they'd look into it... and then added the sport. Montreal sent back a snooty reply that they know what sports are needed and have included them.

    So we went to Chicago and had a blast. My partner and I are contemplating going to Copenhagen for the 2009 OutGames and to Cologne for the 2010 Gay Games.

    OK, some people complained about the 100 degree heat. But I love that, too. Nothing like officiating 1 game and then playing in 2 more in that type of weather. Sure beats spending a day playing on an ice-field in 30 degree weather while it's sleeting.

    For more info:

    2006 Gay Games:
    http://www.GayGamesChicago.org

    2009 Copenhagen Out Games:
    http://www.Copenhagen2009.org

    2010 Cologne Gay Games:
    http://www.games-cologne.com

    For anyone in the Michigan area:
    http://www.TeamMichigan.US
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    Apr 07, 2008 3:09 PM GMT
    Hmm. Thank you both for your information. My training wouldnt go to waste thankfully due to my collegiate seasons but i was also wondering if anyone knew for some odd reason if any rules apply regarding collegiate and affiliated athletes to compete?
    Is there some real competition in these games? and where can i find a list of updated records?
    Cologne sounds AMAZING. i just found out about the gay games a short while ago and it sounds like a great thing.
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    Apr 08, 2008 5:10 AM GMT
    I think the http://www.GayGamesChicago.org site has results from the 2006 games.

    I don't think there are any rules barring competitors based on being "professionals". In Chicago, one football team had a former NFL player.

    I believe world records have been set at the Games, but most of these are in particular age brackets.

    That's actually an important point. Medals are also awarded (in non-team sports) based on age brackets. So, for example, if you're 40 and can run a 4:30 mile (er, 1600m)... I think you'll place. (Age brackets are typically 4 years, e.g. 40-43.)
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    Apr 09, 2008 7:04 AM GMT
    Wow. ok thanks that cleared just about everything up. Thanks again!
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    Apr 09, 2008 7:28 AM GMT
    I competed in Track and Field in the last Gay Games if you have any questions...

    - David
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    Apr 11, 2008 5:23 AM GMT
    how were the pole vaulters?
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    Apr 12, 2008 4:16 AM GMT
    Here are the results from Chicago.

    http://www.gaygameschicago.org/sports/home.php

    http://www.gaygameschicago.org/images/Sports/TrackandField/Track-Field-Results-Amended-11-13-06.pdf

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    Apr 13, 2008 3:06 AM GMT
    cool! there's only decathlon Pole vault results. oh well. i guess ill have to see for myself. thanks anyway icon_smile.gif