Thursday, June 20, 2013
7 oddball sports events to liven up your weekend in North Texas
Midget wrestling, paddle boarding, drag races, and more!
Long days, sunny skies, hot temperatures — yep, it’s summer in North Texas. And while we often recommend large doses of pool time with a frosty beverage in hand, we know there’s more fun to be had in North Texas. This weekend especially, there are a surprisingly high number of oddball sports activities. So the next time someone asks to be taken out to the ballgame, respond with, "Y'mean drag races or midget wrestling?"
Lawn games at Klyde Warren Park — As part of the Dallas Arts District Summer Block Party Friday, the new deck park hosts a variety of late-night lawn games. Free activities include badminton, croquet, cornhole, and petanque, and all sports equipment is provided. Klyde Warren Park also has its usual ping pong tables and putting green available for play. Check out the fun beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, and don’t forget to swing by the free museum attractions as well.
Drag racing at Texas Motor Speedway — The heat is on at the race track Friday night, when the venue will play host to a series of drag races. The night begins with a Show and Shine competition at 6:15 p.m. — basically a chance to show off your ride and earn designations like “Best in Show” and “Best Classic” — followed by a parade lap from participating cars. At 9:15 p.m., the checkered flag waves to commence the first group of racers. Participants pay $20 for drag racing, $20 for Show and Shine, and $20 for infield parking. Spectators may park for free at Gate 6; tickets for viewing cost $7. Helpful hint: It's a BYOCoolers event, but glass is not allowed.
Run or Dye 5K — As of late, quirky, themed running events are popping up all over the place. This Saturday, Run or Dye fits that claim as an East Dallas journey that will leave you looking like a colorful canvas. Runners register for $50 in a group or $55 individually, and follow a course that stops at five dye stations along the way where they will be splashed in a rainbow of powdered color. (All dyes are safe and eco-friendly, according to the 5K website.) The race begins at 9 a.m. and the fun — and dye — is sure to stick with you throughout the day.
Texas Ultimate Stand Up Paddle Classic — Paddleboarding requires standing on a surfboard-like device and using a long oar to paddle in the same fashion as a kayak. Enthusiasts will be out in full force Saturday and Sunday at Meadowmere Park on Grapevine Lake to test their skills and “paddle with a purpose,” according to the Texas Ultimate SUP Classic website. There are several different divisions for competition, including a four-mile race, nine-mile race, SUP sprint, and relay races. There will also be several kayak races, for those who prefer the comfort of a boat. Registration fees depend on the race division, and spectator tickets are also available for $5 (one day) or $8 (two days). Saturday night, there will be a Hawaiian luau dinner party to which admission is $15 for spectators and free for competitors.
Extreme Midget Wrestling — I know what you’re thinking and, yes, this will be awesome! Expect little guys making big tackles, all to the tune of hardcore metal music. The show at Trees in Deep Ellum begins at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $25 for VIP and, if you really want to go all out, $35 for ringside seats.
Dallas Derby Devils matches — If you’re looking for some physical contact and sultry entertainment, the ladies of local roller derby league battle head-to-head at NYTEX Sports Centre in North Richland Hills. The High Seas Hotties take on the Wrecking Crew at 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by a match between the Suicide Shifters and Slaughterers. Tickets are $12 online and $15 at the door. Kids 10 and under receive free admission.
Dodge Bowl tournament — Co-ed teams face off at the Sole Roll Indoor Soccer facility in a day-long dodgeball tournament Saturday. There are two divisions — 16 years and older, and 15 years and younger — that play round-robin style before the winning teams head to a single-elimination championship bracket. Metals will be awarded to the first, second, and third place teams in the upper division, and the first place team in the younger division will receive trophies. Registration is $8 per player or $56 per team, and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps wounded military service members.
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