With vaccines rolling out across the nation, and after weeks of consultation with public health officials and our government relations team, the informed decision has been that the 2021 GIRLS GymRat CHALLENGE will be held on June 19-20 and the 2021 BOYS GymRat CHALLENGE will be moved from it's traditional Memorial Day Weekend slot to July 2-3 in order to enhance the safety of all participants and ensure that we are meeting all public health and governmental re-opening standards. Our outstanding competition venues will once again include Albany's beautiful Times Union Center (pictured above) and the state-of-the-art Albany Capital Center (pictured below).
GymRatCHALLENGE.com will be updated over the next week with all event details including a full list of competition venues and links to our preferred hotel booking system. In lieu of our annual Early Registration period that is generally open for all returning teams from November 1st through December 31st, the 141 teams that were previously registered for the COVD-cancelled 2020 GymRat CHALLENGE have automatically been registered for the 2021 event. With 141 BOYS teams and 183 GIRLS teams already registered in the carry-over from 2020, we will reach max capacity for 2021 WELL AHEAD of the event tip-off, so if you are planning to compete in the 2021 GymRat CHALLENGE, your are strongly advised to register as soon as possible.
We're looking forward to a great 2021 and to seeing you this summer for what will certainly be among the biggest, most visible and most competitive events on the national spring and summer calendar.
John Kmack, Executive Director
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