Friday, May 23, 2008

Three Day Weekend Sports

Can you smell that? The traditional start of summer – Memorial Day weekend! Most have a long weekend that starts as soon as they knock off today. Unfortunately, we won’t have the warm sunshiny weather we are used to here in Southern California according to the weather forecasts. We’ll see…

So what are you going to do? Why not get out of the house and engage in some activity yourself? Did you know that you can skate or bike for about 16 miles every Saturday morning starting at the Huntington Pier? The Saturday FunRoll begins at 10:30 and meets just north of the Pier unless it is raining or wet on the path. While you’re in Huntington Beach check out the Surfing Museum.

The Muscle Beach International Classic runs over the weekend in Venice. This event features bodybuilders of all levels and age groups. Venice is an exceptional place to visit overall during Memorial Day Weekend since there will be people from all over, boardwalk vendors, and interesting street performers. (Well, that isn't exclusive to this holiday - it will just be in larger amounts.)

Travel inland and take part in the 2nd Annual Gator Run at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Park in Simi Valley. There is also an entire 3-day festival taking place that this run is a part of. On Monday, you can go south and do the Laguna Hills Half Marathon. This has a kids run and expo as well.

Don’t forget, Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals is tonight with the Lakers vs. Spurs. It will be interesting to see if the Lakers have got it together for real after the near-loss earlier this week.

The Dodgers are home all weekend with the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. This is a great weekend for baseball…as long as it doesn’t rain…

In golf this weekend the 2008 Senior PGA Championship is underway at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY. The Crowne Plaza Invitational is also in the midst of competition at Colonial Country Club in Ft. Worth, TX. Johnson Wagner is atop the leaderboard at the end of Thursday’s play. The BMW PGA Championship is also happening at the Wentworth Club in England. Paul McGinley is on top here with a score of 7 under.

UFC 84 in Las Vegas is on Saturday with matches pitting Tito Ortiz v. Lyoto Machida, Wanderlei Silva v. Keith Jardine, and many others. Spike TV has been showing the countdown to the event, complete with fighter back stories. Also on Saturday is the NAGA Chicago Grappling Tournament in Chicago and IKF’s Kickboxing Fight Night 2 in England.

How are you going to spend the weekend? Participating, watching, or both?


Lindsay said...

I have to say I have marathon fever, and I at least want to run in a 5K this summer. But I'm forcing myself to take a one-month rest from running right now. It's hard!

Apryl DeLancey said...

I definitely do also! I'm trying to get ready for one in October.