While many of us enthusiastically follow international sporting events like the Olympics or the World Cup, a very small percentage of people are actually able to participate. But why should professional athletes have all the fun? There are plenty of sports events around the world that anyone can participate in, whether you’re a fitness fanatic, an amateur athlete, or an adrenaline junkie looking for a new thrill. Read on to learn about a few of the international events that you can take part in.
Running of the Bulls: Pamplona, Spain
Probably the most well-known event on this list, the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, is an annual mad dash in which runners attempt to cover 875 meters (just over half a mile) without being gored or trampled by the herd of bulls that are set loose behind them. It’s free to participate and there’s no official sign-up, but it’s certainly not for anyone who is particularly concerned with their own mortality. The 2013 event saw a total of 35 injuries, with the majority of them occurring in a massive pile-up at the entrance to the bull ring on July 13th. If you laugh in the face of danger and still have the Running of the Bulls on your bucket list, get yourself over to Pamplona between the 7th and 14th of July. The event is run every morning at 8 during this week, and participants meet up near the historical Town Square.
The following is a guest post by Dan Patterson of CityPASS.
When planning your trip to Boston, you may find yourself in a fluster, struggling to soak up the city for every inch of street it offers. Being one of the most historic cities on the globe, there are certainly a plethora of amazing sites to see. Though you may be consumed with nostalgic tours of the city, we want to help you discover Boston from a totally different perspective, allowing you to taste the city’s true flavors.
Between the mix of professional sports, comedy shows, art galleries and more your long weekend will certainly be filled with excitement. There are plenty of destinations off the beaten path, so we’d like to throw a few pointers your way so that you can leave the hub of New England satisfied with the sights and sounds.
The following is a guest post written by Kandace Heller.
When it comes to picking out the five most popular teams in the world, it would be hard to bet against teams in England and Spain. These are the only two countries you need to look at while you are searching for the teams on this list, and the passion behind these club teams is found to be at the same level as some of the most followed national teams in the world. These teams were chosen based on the ever-increasing popularity. Often, their fans are loyal and make sure to show this loyalty at games with body paint, jerseys or footy scarves.
Founded in 1886, Arsenal is one of the top clubs in England, and their current fan base is somewhere around 115 million people. The team's jerseys are made by Nike and the team is sponsored by The Emirates Group. The kit colors are white and red. Although they play their club matches in London, Arsenal is one of the few clubs that is able to garner a lot of attention from different parts of the world. In fact, Arsenal has routinely been referred to as the favorite club of American fans of the sport.
The following is a guest post by Chris Jones.
Count another bastion of major network television among the endangered species. CBS and Turner Sports recently announced that TBS will broadcast the NCAA men’s basketball tournament semifinal games in 2014 and 2015. The Final Four always had been broadcast on major network television prior to the latest agreement.
The Final Four joins “Monday Night Football” and the college football bowl system (minus one game in 2012) that have made the transition to cable (or satellite) television. According to Sports Illustrated, cable subscription fees are the underlying factor that several major sporting events are cutting ties with the Big Four television networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox). Those over-the-air networks don’t charge viewers broadcast fees.
The following is a guest post by Colin Knight
Golf is a sport that is as popular as it ever has been. Though it lacks the speed of soccer, or the danger of motor racing, the sport still pulls in massive TV audiences, and huge crowds still flock to live tournaments. So what's the appeal?
The one thing that does make golf great sporting theatre is how rapidly things can change, even in the last few rounds of a tournament. In a tennis match, when one player wins the first set comfortably, then they will often go on to win the match. In golf, the leader in the clubhouse at the end of the first day of a tournament will rarely win the event. The uncertain nature of golf is what makes us watch and play the sport. No two days are ever the same and it's a sport that no one can ever really say that they have mastered.