The 22nd annual Winter Iowa Games powered by the Iowa Food & Family Project officially began this past weekend, January 25-26, in Dubuque. Over 3,000 athletes competed in 13 events at 19 venues throughout the Dubuque community.

Events on the schedule included: youth basketball, cross country skiing, a fitness walk, youth ice hockey, indoor soccer, martial arts, pickleball, 5K road race, swimming, table tennis, youth volleyball, wrestling and a Zumba Fitness(r) class.

"We are excited this year as record numbers were expected," commented Kim Abels, Sports & Special Events Director. "The community of Dubuque has truly embraced the Winter Iowa Games and with their support all athletes, coaches, parents and volunteers had a great experience."

The 2014 Winter Iowa Games hold competitions in 23 sports, with new sports including gladiator games, adult volleyball and winter bike race. Iowa Games events will be held in 15 communities around the state.

The February 1 schedule includes: alpine ski racing (Dubuque), horseshoes (Eldora), snowshoeing (Cedar Falls), trapshooting (Ackley, Ankeny, DeWitt, Harlan and Peosta) and winter bike race (Waterloo). On February 8, the Games will hold archery in Johnston and a fitness walk in Des Moines. Cedar Rapids will host adult basketball, dodgeball, figure skating, a fitness walk, adult ice hockey and adult volleyball on February 8-9. To conclude the Winter Iowa Games on February 22, women’s 6 on 6 basketball will be in Story City and Adaptive Sports Iowa wheelchair basketball will be contested at the University of Iowa.

To learn more about the Winter Iowa Games and to register, visit www.iowagames.org.