Commissioners set aside money for hang gliding competition |

Commissioners set aside money for hang gliding competition

Patrick Kelly

Christian Ciech, world champion hang glider from Italy, secures a glider as winds pick up and rain sets in on at Dinosaur 2015.
Patrick Kelly

The Moffat County Board of Commissioners agreed to set aside $6,500 as part of an effort to ensure a world-class hang gliding event comes to Northwest Colorado in 2017.

Along with Rio Blanco County, Dinosaur and Rangely the county has come up with $20,000 in seed money for the tournament.

Rio Blanco contributed $6,500, Rangely contributed $5,000 and Dinosaur contributed $2,000.

Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe said the competition would be “next to none,” bringing 200 hang gliders from all over the world and featuring ESPN coverage.

“It’s going to be an amazing event and we want to keep as much of it in Colorado as we can,” he said.

The sport’s top competitors have already gathered at Cliff Ridge Launch near the Colorado-Utah border once for Dinosaur 2015.

Now that the organizers have straightened out insurance for the event, they are hoping to grow it into a premiere hang gliding competition and local government is showing its support.

“It’s going to be a big draw for Moffat County,” Grobe said.

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