The third annual AETHER Games at Rio Grande Park

Last week, we hosted the third annual AETHER Games benefitting the Aspen Youth Center in Rio Grande Park in Aspen, Colorado. Building on the success of previous years, the 2019 AETHER Games drew a record 24 teams, well surpassing the goal of $22,000 for the Aspen Youth Center, a nonprofit organization that provides a place for Aspen-area youth to spend time after school, free of cost. Twenty-two teams of adults and two teams of kids spent the sunny Saturday competing in 11 classic field-day games, from a three-legged race to cornhole to tug-of-war. A lunch of hearty barbeque came courtesy of Home Team BBQ, while Sopris Liquor & Wine kept the athletes hydrated with ice-cold beer. Following the games, participants headed to Jimmy’s, An American Restaurant & Bar, where all proceeds from their margarita specials went to AYC. Shoutout to Team Kenichi for taking home this year’s trophy and thanks to all who helped us make our third annual event a huge success. We hope to see you in Aspen next year! Here, some of our favorite images from AETHER Games 2019.

Professional sports entertainer Cameron Hughes served as our host, while youth center kids acted as referees
Medals went to first, second, and third place teams. The winning team also got their name engraved on the much-coveted AETHER Games cup
The official AETHER Games hat
A view of Aspen Mountain from the field
TUG-OF-WAR
The Sponge Soaker Relay
Beer from Sopris Liquor & Wine
Barbecue from Home Team BBQ
An intense game of Giant Yard Pong
This year's bronze medalists
The silver medalists
This year's winners were from Kenichi, a local sushi restaurant.