The thought of running 26.2 miles for fun is not a common, dare I say sane, thing for a person to contemplate. Add in the fact that according to Greek prose, the race derives from the ill-fated trip of a courier named Pheidippides delivering news of victory at the Battle of Marathon—he died—and it’s understandable that on average only half of one percent of the United States population has undertaken this challenge before.
If you happened to miss the epic beach volleyball battles served up at the 2016 Rio Olympics, fret not, for the Asics World Series of Volleyball (AWSOBV) will bring more than a few heavy hitters to Long Beach to throw down once again, during the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) tour’s kick off Grand Slam event this week.
Olympic players, including Americans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, fresh off their loss in the beach volleyball quarterfinals in Rio, will next compete in Long Beach just next week.
Anyone with an ear for music who was in the dance tent at the Long Beach Pride Festival in May could hear DJ DaCapo's excellent style and taste. His abilities landed him a gig at the Olympic Games in Rio, where he's finishing up an amazing week DJ'ing during the track cycling events in Rio's Olympic Velodrome Arena.
The United States Olympic Men’s Water Polo Team is having a rough start to their performance in Rio, but is looking to bounce back. Long Beach fans certainly have a close connection to the group as team captain, five-time Olympian, Long Beach resident and Wilson Classical High School alumnus Tony Azevedo is a key player in helping bring the US squad to victory.
The Long Beach Hash House Harriers (LBH3) are part of what’s probably the worst kept secret in the world. Hashers, the name given to members of this running group, have kennels that literally stretch across the globe, yet you wouldn’t know you were seeing a hash in action unless you were invited to be part of this "drinking club with a running problem" that has a history dating back to World War II.