Yoga Not a Stretch For Many Events By Karen Robes Meeks Until about five years ago, Liana Lozada’s interest in yoga did not extend beyond the gym. The 30-year-old writer from Miami practiced yoga occasionally to help with back problems stemming from endometriosis, but it wasn’t until 2011 when she checked out the Wanderlust Festival […]

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Boxing Rolls With the Punches By Greg Mellen Every few years, someone comes along claiming that boxing is down for the count. That someone will cite the rise of mixed martial arts, a lack of network television exposure, an inherent brutality, or the decline of homegrown stars in the sport. There are always those ready […]

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Baseball and Softball Keep Interest Alive By Zoie Clift Rob Manfred, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, made it clear upon succeeding Bug Selig: He wants to see more kids playing baseball. Judging from an announcement in early June detailing the partnership between USA Baseball, ASA/USA Softball and MLB on its Play Ball initiative, that […]

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Triathlons Test the Limits of Endurance By Zoie Clift The first triathlon took place in San Diego in 1974 and since then the sport has grown to levels those first participants couldn’t possibly have imagined. Today, triathlon is not only part of the Olympic program but is enjoyed on a professional and recreational level each […]

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Host Cities Gear Up For Cycling Events By John Vivirito Speed and endurance are marquee attributes of competitive cyclists. And they’re what fans come to see at the organized cycling races contested nationally and internationally each year in a variety of disciplines including road, mountain, track and BMX. Both major and minor events bolster enthusiasm […]

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Running Events Evolve With the Times By Jason Gewirtz After years of double-digit growth, running events are having to rethink how to attract more participants, and especially those in the next generation. Dan Nagler is similar to other runners. A few years back, he and a buddy signed up for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon […]

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The NCAA Tournament Prepares for Liftoff By Greg Echlin The Final Four returns to Houston while the women’s tournament marks its 35th anniversary with all three divisions playing in one host city There is liftoff in Houston, as well as in the other cities around the country chosen to host this year’s NCAA men’s and […]

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Bowling Events Need Room to Spare By John Vivirito From professional tours to some of the largest amateur events in the sports world, bowling offers host cities the chance to feature one of the most popular sports in the country. Bowling has long been popular as a recreational endeavor. But over the years, its competitive […]

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Figure Skating and Hosts Pair Well By Greg Mellen Figure skating is a rare sport in the Olympic world. While its popularity is strongly rooted in the Winter Games, it has evolved into a sport for all seasons. According to leaders at U.S. Figure Skating, the metric has been changing for some time. Each year, […]

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Combat Sports Events Throw Down the Action   By Zoie Clift Taekwondo, judo and karate feature dozens of marquee events that can be held in a range of venues, offering attendees an exciting look at sports with long traditions. Combat sports encompass a broad range of fighting styles, including those of taekwondo,​ judo and karate. Though […]

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