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MAY 2018

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com May 2018 23 t SPECIAL Feature Indoor Motocross Race, USYF Great Lakes Regional Championship, Ohio Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championship, the Samson Dubina Akron Newgy National Open (table tennis) and the first annual Cuyahoga Falls Kayak Race. This year the USA BMX 2018 Gold Cup Final, USA Wrestling Cadet & University Nationals, and the AAU All- Ohio Tae Kwon Do Championships will host events in the area, in addition to other sporting events. The John S. Knight Convention Center, Goodyear Hall, the University of Akron, Canal Park Stadium and the Copley Road Soccer Complex are just a few of the venues and facilities available. Mahon said Akron is also home to the All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship Race and the PGA hosts its Bridgestone Invitational at the iconic Firestone Country Club while the Akron Marathon (Akron Marathon Race Series) will celebrate its 16th year. It is a Boston Marathon qualifying race. In the northern-most New England State of Maine, Sheila Brennan Nee, strategic director, Maine Sports Commission said, "the map of Maine with its seemingly endless coastline and beckoning islands, inviting lakes and streams, and iconic mountain summits, boasts an impressive calendar of large signature events held in smaller cities and charming towns." "It takes a village for a well-executed event," said Nee, adding that participants, families and fans are met by much of the "village" and charitable partners are fre- quently part of the event model whether it's hosted by a "Mainer" or "from away" (as proud natives refer to anyone not born in the state). Nee said destination marketing organizations (DMOs), venue managers, chambers of commerce and the sports commission also collaborate to create a successful event. Some events in smaller markets include the Millinocket Marathon and Half Marathon each December since 2015 with snow blanketing the ground and views of Mount Katahdin. This event in Maine's "Biggest Small Town" drew 1,856 runners last year and expects 2,500-3,000 this year. With no registra- tion fee, this sporting event encourages participants to spend money in the host community. Last year, more than $30,000 was donated for local projects. The Portland-based Bayside Bowl in its fourth year is televised nationally on ESPN and consisted of 64 players from 12 countries with 450 fans last year. Bayside Bowl will host two Professional Bowling Association (PBA) tournaments in 2019. "Conducting an event in a smaller market has two distinct advantages for the PBA," said Tom Clark, commissioner of the Professional Bowlers Association. "One is the attention given to us by the local media. The other is the community feel that envelops the tournament. Both of these contribute to the great value local sponsors and partners gain from our event. When the PBA comes to Portland, we feel like part of the community." The TD Beach to Beacon, founded by Maine Olympian Joan Benoit Samuelson is celebrating 21 years and today draws elite runners from around the world the first Saturday of August. "Families line the course, signs held high, water stations manned and radios blaring, making for an impressive small town event on the larger scale of top caliber racing," Nee said. And finally, the Ironman Maine 70.3 in Old Orchard Beach was formerly a Rev 3 race that grew 100 percent from its first year, and attracted more than 2,000 com- petitors in 2017 for the annual event. The race winds through Saco, Dayton, ► 2nd Annual Cuyahoga Falls Kayak Race in Akron, Ohio The Missouri Rush Mother's Day Classic in historic Saint Charles, Mo. Greater Saint Charles CVB Akron/Summit CVB

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