We encourage all participating athletes to attend the opening ceremonies as an important part of your overall experience competing in the Games.Healthy snacks will be available to athletes at this event.
Jim Whittaker, the first North American to conquer Mount Everest in 1963, will be the keynote speaker at the event. Whittaker will be sharing stories of his life in the mountains as well as signing copies of his book, "A Life on the Edge".
Prior to the keynote speech, a short, personal interview will also be presented featuring special Guest of Honor Bill Iffrig, the 80-year-old marathon and long distance runner who was featured on the Sports Illustrated cover after being knocked to the ground during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Plan to attend this celebration where spirits and camaraderie run high. If you attended last year you know this event has truly become one of the Games' unforgettable highlights.The cost to attend the reception and dinner is $15. The Olympia Center is located at 222 Columbia St. NW in downtown Olympia.