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.
September 10th, 2011
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!
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
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
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.