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Itinerary Update: First 5 Events

Our itinerary is packed with fun and exciting sporting events and competitions. The first 5 events that we will be attending/participating in showcase the vast differences between many regions of our country. We’ll be in California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona. From the terrain to the cultures and traditions, each state offers a different experience. Here’s a short overview of the first 5 events that we will be attending or participating in:

International Surf Festival
July 29th, 30th, and 31st, 2011
Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach, CA

The International Surf Festival will celebrate its 50th year this year, and hosts a competition in nearly every “beach” sport. Lifeguard demonstrations, bodysurfing, surfing, pier-to-pier swimming, beach runs, and paddle board races and competitions showcase Californian culture as well as their affinity for sports near or in the ocean. The main attraction is the Charlie Saikley 6-player volleyball tournament (known as “6-man”), which drew approximately 60,000 players and spectators last year. Teams have taken to dressing up in costume for the event, and the opening rounds are more akin to a beach party. Serious competitors march on though, as the cream of the crop rise to the top as the tournament progresses. The later rounds feature some of the best beach volleyball in the country.


Loggers’ Playday
September 10th, 2011
Hoquiam, WA

Hoquiam, WA is the site for the internationally acclaimed Loggers’ Playday, where this small community pays homage to its heritage by showcasing the loggers and the magnificent machines that established this area as one of the greatest logging communities of the 20th century. The day starts with a parade, and ends with loggers battling each other in races and competitions at the city’s Olympic Stadium. We’ll be attempting to participate in the parade, as well as trying to find the hairiest lumberjack at the event!

Warrior Dash
September 11th, 2011
North Plains, OR

We couldn’t have summed up this event better than the event’s website itself: “Warrior Dash is a mud-crawling, fire-leaping, extreme run from hell. This fierce running series is held on the most challenging and rugged terrain across the globe. Warriors conquer extreme obstacles, push their limits and celebrate with kick-ass music, beer, and warrior helmets.” Well then. We will both be participating in this event, where we hope to not only escape bodily harm, but maybe even finish in a decent amount of time. Although this event is held in multiple states across the US, we chose Oregon because of the outdoorsy nature of the state, as well as the adventure-seeking attitude it its people.

National Championship Air Races & Air Show
September 14th-18th, 2011
Reno, NV

Also known as the Reno Air Races, the event is billed as “the world’s fastest motor sport”. Pilots compete throughout six different classes of aircraft, and race at speeds exceeding 500 mph. The classes of aircraft range from sleek and sporty models, to the classic biplanes and sonic-boom making jets. . The event also features civil airshow acts and military flight demonstrations between races, plus vendor areas and a large civil and military static aircraft display.

2011 Nathan Tempe Triathlon
September 25th, 2011
Tempe, AZ 

Red Rock Company along with the city of Tempe, AZ hosts dedicated weekend warriors in three different triathlon events: olympic, sprint, and relay (olympic AND sprint). Jackie will be competing in the sprint triathlon, where she will be swimming 750 meters in the calm waters of Tempe Town Lake, followed by a 12.32 mile bike ride along a relatively flat course. She’ll then finish with a 3.1 mile run around the lake, hopefully finishing in blaze of glory. Mark will be on site to offer moral support, as well as to chronicle her multiple feats of athleticism with photos and video. Because of the arid weather, year-round sun, and workout conscious residents, Arizona hosts a large amount of triathlons and other fitness events.

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10 Responses to “Itinerary Update: First 5 Events”

  1. On July 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm Rachel responded with... #

    Be sure to finish the triathlon before the sun starts setting. I went for a run there once while traveling for work and must have eaten/killed 100+ bugs. I have no doubt you’ll finish before then, but thought I’d add the helpful hint just in case. ;)

    • On July 26, 2011 at 12:16 am coupleofsports responded with... #

      The event starts at 6:30 AM, so hopefully I’ll be done before the sun starts setting! However, if I run as slowly as I did today, you never know…

  2. On July 26, 2011 at 3:59 am Rich T responded with... #

    “Jackie will be competing in the sprint triathlon, where she will be swimming 750 meters in the calm waters of Tempe Town Lake, followed by a 12.32 mile bike ride along a relatively flat, urban course. She’ll then finish with a 3.1 mile run around the lake, hopefully finishing in blaze of glory. Mark will be on site to offer moral support…” lol. But have you guys been thinking about doing a thing with anything sports related or what?
    I’m asking because you could go to track events, swim meets, rugby matches, ultimate frisbee, skateboarding and bmx, bowling, bog racing (in Florida), paintball, lacrosse, cross country, perhaps even dodgeball? Just giving ideas.

    • On July 26, 2011 at 4:29 am coupleofsports responded with... #

      Check out our Itinerary page that details all of the different sporting events and competitions we’ll be going to over the next year. As for some of the types of sports you mentioned, we’re hoping to have time between our scheduled events to check out some of the local sports around the country. Bog racing does sound intriguing…

  3. On July 26, 2011 at 9:48 am Alyssa responded with... #

    This is an intense start my dears!! Can’t wait for pictures and videos and to be stateside when much of this is happening so I can get quick updates. Good luck with the Warrior Dash, I’d be nervous if it were me!! Then again, I’m a bit of a wimp…
    Also. Looking forward to the hairiest lumberjack picture ;) just sayin.

  4. On July 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm Jill responded with... #

    I am particularly excited for the Logger’s Playday, which sounds completely amazing.

  5. On July 26, 2011 at 6:58 pm Dawn responded with... #

    I think I should retire and accompany you on some of these events just in case Mark doesn’t rub your feet or provide necessary massages at the end of the day. Assuming Rick T. Is my Rick T. Perhaps you should challenge him and his sister to meet up with you during one of their vacations and join you!

  6. On July 26, 2011 at 7:44 pm Andrea responded with... #

    Something tells me the Warrior Dash has a little bit of Andrea written all over it. I can’t wait to see the experiences from that one. Oh and by the way… take me with you!

    • On August 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm Allie responded with... #

      Tip for Warrior Dash: Wear Ear Plugs…my doctors were flushing mud out of many ears yesterday after the Detroit Warrior Dash! I’m going to need a lot of pictures of your participation in this Jackie! Good luck!


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