Select Colorado Springs utility workers were back on a different kind of grind Monday morning as they prepare to host the largest competition in their industry.
On Saturday, March 30, Colorado Springs and its utility employees will host the annual Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo for the second time in the games’ existence.
“It’s a big deal for the craft, it’s certainly a bid deal for Colorado Springs Utilities as well as for public power across the country,” said Bryan Babcock, the Electric T&D Manager for Colorado Springs Utilities.
80 teams of about three members each will come from all over the country to see who can climb poles, install transformers and rescue “injured” line workers the fastest, safest and most effectively.
There are eight different competitions for the teams to compete in that includes rescuing a plastic dummy in the place of a worker who needs saving.
Colorado Springs hosted the second-ever rodeo in 2002. Since that time, the games have become bigger with more participants and competitions that change each year.
“We are proud and honored to host this amazing event in our beautiful city where electrical workers from all corners of our nation will come together to compete,” said Joe Awad in a statement. Awad is Colorado Springs Utilities’ General Manager of Energy Construction Operations and Maintenance.
The Rodeo will take place at the Colorado Springs Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site from 7:30-4 p.m.