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Parkour debuts as new sport at Utah Summer Games – St George News

CEDAR CITY — The sport of pArkour, which involves jumping, climbing or otherwise moving over a series of physical obstacles, made its debut at the Larry H. Miller Utah Summer Games this year.

Parkour athletes compete in the sport’s debut at the Utah Summer Games in Cedar City, Utah on June 18, 2022 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News/Cedar City News

Event organizer Terral Fox, owner of Origins Family Fitness in Cedar City, said he and his staff are excited to bring the sport to the Utah Summer Games for the first time, where he joins about 40 others sports and activities.

The competition was held at the Origins Family Fitness facility on Saturday, where numerous obstacles and chairs were set up for spectators.

About a dozen participants took part in the competition, which consisted of three categories: speed, skill and freestyle.

“The speed competition requires competitors to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible, with a series of obstacles in between,” Fox said.

During the Skills Division, participants then had three minutes to complete as many physical challenges as possible.

Parkour athletes compete in the sport’s debut at the Utah Summer Games in Cedar City, Utah on June 18, 2022 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News/Cedar City News

For example, one challenge involved shooting a toe off a low pole and ending with a cat hanging from a nearby box. Other movements involved with names like Tick-Tock, Pylo, Kong and Tetris.

But even observers unfamiliar with the jargon of the sport were able to quickly grasp the goals while participants completed each task, essentially moving from one place to another as efficiently as possible.

In freestyle, contestants were allowed to create their own “line” and perform a series of moves to reach the target point. Competitors helped judge each other in this category, Fox said.

“They weren’t allowed to vote for themselves,” he said. “It actually worked really well. I was the tiebreaker vote.

“My favorite part of the competition was watching the athletes out there competing against each other but helping and cheering each other on. They all celebrated when one of them was successful in any part of the competition. I was impressed by the level of sportsmanship, community, athleticism and character at the event!”

Event medalists were as follows:

speed competition

Adults (16+): 1. Eli Carling, 2. Benjamin Goddard, 3. Jacob Bush.

Youth (ages 10-15): 1st Nash Younkin, 2nd Nathaniel Goddard, 3rd Timothy Marrow.

competition of skills

Adults (16+): 1. Benjamin Goddard, 2. Joseph Fife, 3. Benjamin Monson.

Youth (10-15): 1st Timothy Marrow, 2nd (tie) Ethan Arnold and Nash Youngkin, 3rd Jesse Duncan.

Freestyle competition

Adults (16+): 1. Benjamin Monson, 2. Joseph Fife, 3. Benjamin Goddard.

Youth (10-15): 1st Ethan Arnold, 2nd Timothy Marrow, 3rd Nathaniel Goddard.

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