The Peak-to-Peak Pickleball club will host their first annual “Rally in the Valley” Pickleball Tournament from September 10 through September 12 at Centennial Park in Salida. 175 players are anticipated in addition to spectators and vendors throughout the weekend.
Peak-to-Peak has worked closely with the Salida Recreation Department, 33 local sponsors and 35 plus donors to orchestrate this event. There will also be food trucks and a silent auction each day.
There are still open spots for the tournament, but they are filling up quickly. Organizers have openings for women’s 3.0 and 4.5 levels as well as men’s 4.5 level.
Medals will be awarded for first, second and third place for each skill bracket. Skills levels include 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5. There will be a maximum of nine teams per bracket. Participants must be 18 or older. The cost is $40 for the first event and $10 for the second. The schedule is as follows:
- Friday September 10 is Women’s doubles
- Saturday September 11 is Mixed doubles
- Sunday September 12 is Men’s doubles
Players and guests are asked to wear red, white and blue on Saturday, September 11 to commemorate the 20-year anniversary of 9/11. Players are also asked to bring a non-perishable food item to the registration desk at the tournament. All items will be donated to the local food bank to help those struggling during the pandemic.
Peak-to-Peak is a a group of passionate and active pickleball players in Chaffee County. In 2018, partnering with the City of Salida, they obtained a GOCO grant and built eight shared-use pickleball courts at Centennial Park in Salida. Peak-to-Peak is currently raising funds to build six dedicated pickleball courts in Buena Vista, which they hope to accomplish by 2022. Buena Vista currently has four shared-use courts.
In 2019 organizers held their first Round Robins and a Shoot-Out. They have since expanded organized play to include Ladder Leagues, Round Robins, and Shoot-Outs on a regular basis. In tandem with organized play, they have daily open play for a wide range of players and skill levels, including residents, club members, and visitors who spend months at a time in the county.
To sign up for the tournament click here.