SportsEvents Magazine

MAY 2018

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May 2018 12 t SPORTS Talk wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby – were announced recently. Other sports include gym- nastics, DanceSport, Ju-Jitsu, Karate, kickboxing, canoe polo, fistball, floorball, korfball, squash, bowling, billiards, powerlifting, air sports, orien- teering, roller sports and sport climbing, in addition to others in disciplines of ball sports, precision sports, strength sports and trend sports. The 2021 edition of The World Games will mark the 40th anniversary of the Games and the first time the event has returned to the United States since 1981. The event, which also features the traditional pag- eantry of an Olympic Opening Ceremony and concludes with a Closing Ceremony celebration, is projected to generate $256 million in economic impact on the city of Birmingham over the course of 11 days. The Spartan Stadium Series Sprint Heads to Toyota Park LANSING, Ill. β€”The Village of Bridgeview will hold the first Chicago-area Spartan Stadium Series Sprint at Toyota Park on Saturday, Oct. 20, according to the Chicago Southland Con- vention & Visitors Bureau. Two "waves" of activity, one in the morning and one in the after- noon, occur during the event. This is Spartan Race's first time hosting an event in a soccer stadium, having previ- ously raced in stadiums such as Fenway Park in Boston, Mass.; Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc.; and Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. Boast- ing more than 200 events in more than 30 countries, this is a major event for the Chicago Southland. The theme is "run where the pros play," and the goal is to fill Toyota Park with the estimated-average 8,756 racers. Spartan's Stadium Sprints can be best described as a combination of a CrossFit en- durance workout, stair-climbing session and indoor track race. Running is fast and furious, consisting of narrow hallways, sharp turns and plyometric-ori- ented obstacles. Spartans com- pete for a prize pool of more than $20,000, including $3,000 to the overall series winner. For more information, visit www.visitchicagosouthland. com. Sports Anaheim Announces Inaugural Heroes 10-Mile Run ANAHEIM, Calif. β€” Sports Anaheim, the sports develop- ment organization for the city of Anaheim, announced its in- augural Heroes 10-mile run and family-friendly fitness events taking place over Veterans Day weekend to celebrate everyday heroes. From first responders and military service members to educators and community leaders, Sports Anaheim invites the public to make a tribute to the hero in their life during this fitness-fueled weekend. Festivi- ties include the Heroes 10-Mile Run, a 5K Run, Kids Fun Run and a Health & Fitness Expo held at the Anaheim Conven- tion Center. "We founded Heroes Week- end to celebrate all of the home- town heroes in our lives that make a difference every day," says Roy Edmondson, vice president of Sports Anaheim. "We are looking forward to welcoming the community and beyond for a fun and healthy weekend to raise awareness and contributions to the area's heroes and charities." All participants will receive a commemorative medal and the top three finishers in each of the 15 age divisions will receive an award. Special awards will be given to the top three overall finishers (both male and female) in the following hero categories: educator, fire fighter, military and police. For more information, visit https://runanaheim.visit n ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. – The new Rocky Mount Event Center is expected to open in fall 2018 in the downtown dis- trict and local officials say the new sports facility is generating a downtown revitalization. With a modular concept, the unique design of the facility caters to a wide variety of events to draw out-of-town vis- itors as well as provide amenities for local residents. The 165,000-square-foot center features eight basketball or 16 volleyball courts, more than 4,000 telescoping seats to create a championship court, several configurable ball rooms and meeting spaces, party rooms, an onsite family entertainment center, in-house catering and more. Sports Facilities Management (SFM) General Manager Marcus Murrell of the Rocky Mount Event Center is building the business and programs of the facility. The facility, which is operated locally by Murrell and the rest of the team from SFM, has pre-booked 26 major events, which will bring thou- sands of tourists to the city. On the heels of recent commentary about the explosion of the youth travel sports industry by TIME magazine and HBO's "Real Sports" series, which highlighted Rocky Mount's vision of leveraging its new Event Center to position itself a sports tourism, entertainment and events destination, more than $4.25 million dollars of direct investment has occured in 60 days, according to the Rocky Mount Downtown Development Office. This includes real estate purchases in the downtown area encompassing a total of 200,000 square feet by multiple investment groups, as well as reinvestment from the local community. n New Rocky Mount Event Center Spurs Development

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