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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The 2015 Iowa Winter Games will kick off competition tomorrow in Dubuque.  But this year, they aren't the only event bringing athletes to the area.

Sundown Mountain is hosting a WIJARA race this weekend, which is expected to bring in close to 450 skiers from the tri-states area. 

Combine that with the more than 4,000 athletes that will come for the Winter Games, and add some spectators, and well, you might say Dubuque will be a bit crowded this weekend.

Tyler Daughtry with Traveldubuque.com said the city saw an influx of more than $1.6 million the weekend of the Iowa Games. 

The Iowa Games are a great opportunity for athletes of all ages and skill levels to compete in events of their choosing.

The youngest preregistered athlete is four-years old, and the oldest is 90.  They compete in everything from horseshoes to hockey, and everything in between.

"This is a great opportunity to get out, get active, get outside, get outdoors," Chuck Long, CEO of the Iowa Sports Foundation, said. ''Everybody's been cooped up."

He also said Dubuque is a great town to kick off the event in.

"We love it here in the city of Dubuque. Because of all the different events you can have here from skiing and ice hockey, to the indoor sports, like basketball."

Meanwhile, Mark Gordon and his staff at Sundown Mountain have been getting ready for their event for weeks.

"This big of an event can put a strain on our systems," the general manager said.  "But we've been working on it for a while, and we're pretty much ready to go."

And hopefully, so is the city of Dubuque.

 

 

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