Roller Derby Fans Gear up for Moab Midwinter Mayhem

Colorado vs. Utah at 2013 Moab Midwinter Mayhem. Courtesy/Miso Media Studio

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Roller Derby teams from around the Southwest are preparing for Moab Midwinter Mayhem at the Old Spanish Trail Arena in Moab, Utah Jan. 26-26.

Moab Midwinter Mayhem is back in its third year and is bigger than ever! This yearmarks the first time the event will be held over the course of two days to accommodate more skaters, more action, and more roller derby fun.

Once again, more than 100 skaters will come from all over the Southwest to Moab to play tons of derby and compete for ultimate bragging rights.

Skater Melanie Pfister of Wasatch Roller Derby and recent addition to Team USA shed some light as to why so many skaters register for Midwinter Mayhem. “I first attended Moab Mayhem last year and I was blown away by how well the event was organized. It is by far the best Utah roller derby event and I think that is one of the reasons it is so well attended. Moab Roller Derby makes it very easy to roll into town and just skate,” Pfister said.

Roller derby games or “bouts” will be featured both days, all day long: Saturday, short 45-minute challenge bouts will be held throughout the day, culminating in a special full-length bout featuring Utah vs. Colorado.

This highly anticipated rematch features veteran and up-and-coming skaters from north and southeastern Utah and the western slope of Colorado. Utah fans of 2013’s reigning champs are encouraged to wear red, and fans of the Coloradoan challengers, blue.

Sunday, on the other hand, boasts a tournament-style format with all of your favorite ad-hoc teams from the previous day: The Wild Winter Outlaws, Black Ice, Avalanche, Yeti Plague, Snow Leopards and more.

Flat track roller derby is one of the fastest growing sports in America. It is a fast-paced full contact sport that requires speed, strategy and athleticism. The flat track style of play evolved in 2001 and has grown quickly with over 820 leagues across the United States.

“With its blend of athleticism, style and, well, quirkiness roller derby is a perfect fit for Moab,” said City of Moab Recreation Director John Geiger. “The tremendous success of the Midwinter Mayhem bears this out with over 800 people in attendance in 2013. I’m sure it’ll be even bigger this year as more and more folks find out what a blast it is to watch these ladies do their thing.”

Tickets to the event are $10, with kids 12 and under free of charge. Moab Roller Derby has announced more vendor, food and beverage offerings for Mayhem 3.

Thanks to the community’s support, this event helps MRD’s travel team hit the road, host local derby bouts, and recruit and train new skaters. To learn more about the event visit moabrollerderby.com.

 

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