The "Super" football game and Sochi Olympicshave come and gone, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have other sporting events to look forward to. With a slew of big, international events, you can get your sporting fix year-round, or if sitting on the sidelines ain’t your thing, you can sign up for competitions yourself.
The biggest events to look forward to are well on the other side of winter, when we can all finally thaw a bit and shake off the chill by cheering on our favorite teams and athletes. First up, golf. The PGA tour swings through Georgia’s Augusta National Country Club, which will host the Masters Tournament April 10-13, followed by the US Open in North Carolina in June.
For that seasonal celebration of equine pageantry (and hats), don’t miss the Kentucky Derby (May 3, 2014),
By the time we’re feeling summer, the FIFA World Cup will descend on Rio de Janeiro, with 32 countries competing in the world’s most popular sport, football (or, y’know, soccer for us Americans). Many view the spectacle (June 12 to July 13) as a trial run for the 2016 Summer Olympics, also being hosted in Rio, but the World Cup definitely holds its own as far as coverage is concerned.
And these are just the sporting events that aren’t international marathons, the World Series, Stanley Cup Finals or NBA Finals. Mark your calendars now!
If you’re looking to get into the game rather than merely watch, consider signing up for a number of interactive athletic funtivities. The Tough Mudder is an immensely popular obstacle course held in nearly 50 cities worldwide. From 12-foot walls to muddy tunnels, to any number of team challenges, Tough Mudder is not for the faint of heart; it tests your mettle.
It may be a little too late to join a team for the IQA World Cup, but if you’re looking for a little whimsy in your competition, consider picking up a broom. That’s right: IQA is short for the International Quidditch Association. Tap into your inner Gryffindor at this popular co-ed sporting event, played at over 300 international universities and high schools at over 25 sanctioned events, which are open to any age group.
If Quidditch is just too quirky for you, there’s also the Bacon Chase in Atlanta and Chicago. Whether you opt for the 5K or the 0.05K run, there’s a promise of unlimited bacon post-run with hammy, smoky snacks along the way. Get into it.
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Raised in Southern California, Joseph left the temperate climes of the OC for the chilly winters of Chicago, where he earned his degree in magazine journalism. Along the way, he developed an impenetrable layer of blubber, thanks to the city's deep dish pizza and hot dogs. In recent years, he has edited an online travel magazine, helped produce two international TBEX conferences, and has written about fashion, food, wine, and travel for various online publications. Currently, Joseph is Assistant Editor at Wine Enthusiast Magazine, where he geeks out on his interests regularly. Read Joseph's blog at Pith + Moment or follow him on Twitter.
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