SportsEvents Magazine

AUG 2015

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August 2015 18 2015 Natural Venues Guide Fit hen Katherine Lee Bates, high atop Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colo., was inspired to pen the words to a poem that would eventually be put to song in "America The Beautiful," she was describing the majestic scenery before her and that which she had seen on her trip out west. While much development has taken place since Bates wrote her poem in 1893, those and many more scenic vistas still exist and are being put to use as sports events venues. From the lakes of the Southeast to the winding roads of the Northwest, sports event plan- ners have many choices of natural venues for their events. But, just as important as the scenic beauty of the venue for an event, today's sports event planners said they also have plenty of practical needs, like parking, security, safety and a challenging field of play for their participants. Thus, a community and sports authority supportive of sports events also makes a big difference, they said. So, while the logistics can be challenging, the rewards of holding an event that allows participants to experience the beauty of the Great Outdoors is often worth it. In this special Natural Sports Venues section, we take a look at several sports events destinations that maximize the use of Mother Nature for sports events, and we include comments from professionals who offer tips for finding just the right venue and navigating any challenges that might be encountered along the way. W By Tammy Leytham Bike Monkey Natural Beauty Natural More Natural Venue stories at Levi's GranFondo race in Sonoma County, Calif.

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