The Dubuque Racing Association is a Premier Statewide Partner, collaborating with Special Olympics Iowa for 30 years and providing more than $370,000 to support Iowa athletes. When the Special Olympics Iowa Winter Games was first held in Dubuque in 1986, the Dubuque Racing Association welcomed athletes to the community with open arms and provided support in a number of ways. During the first year of this state competition, cross country skiing was held in the parking lot of the Greyhound Park & Casino, which is now known as Mystique Casino. After the first couple of years hosting cross country skiing, it didn’t snow due to the unpredictable Iowa weather, so the event was moved to the Sundown Mountain Resort, where artificial snow can be made.
The Mystique Casino opened in 1995, and the Mystique Ice Arena was built in 2010, as a result of financial support from the Dubuque Racing Association. The ice skating and speed skating competitions were then held at this ice arena, which offers a top-notch facility for competitions. The Dubuque Racing Association has been a long-time, generous supporter of Special Olympics Iowa and because of this partnership, the annual Winter Games competitions continue to bring in more athletes to the community.