Every Step Counts, June 3, Bello Machre, 7765 Freetown Road, Glen Burnie, (410) 255-3805, website. You choose: Walk, bike, or rollerblade across the finish line to benefit individuals with developmental disorders.
Queen Anne’s County Relay for Life, 6 p.m.-9 a.m. June 9-10, Kent Island High School, Stevensville, (800) 304-0779, website. Spend your Friday night doing something helpful, like joining the fight against cancer, instead of watching The Ghost Whisperer on your couch.
Blackwater Eagleman Triathlon, 7 p.m. June 11, Great Marsh Park, Cambridge, (410) 964-1246. Qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii with 1.2 miles in the water, 56 miles on a bike, and 13.1 miles on your feet. We’ll be watching it on TV.
Tuckahoe Triathalon, 8 a.m. June 11, Tuckahoe State Park lake area, Queen Anne, (410) 820-1668, website, $15. Be an iron man or woman with a 2-mile run, 10-mile bike ride, and a 1-mile canoe course through the very attractive state park.
AMA/Chevy 125/250 Motocross Pro National, 9 a.m. June 18, Budd’s Creek Road, Budd’s Creek, (301) 475-2000, website. Any fans of mud and flying bikes probably know how to throw a good tailgater, so bring a case o’ beer and bum a burger.
6th Annual Charity Shoot, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 24, Pintail Point, Queenstown, (410) 827-7065, website. Shoot-em-up, with 75 targets, food, prizes, and an auction, to benefit Johns Hopkins oncology. Use it as an excuse to take out some of that aggression while you’re ostensibly doing good.
B.A.D.D.A.S.S. Charity Ride for Diabetes, 10 a.m. June 24, All American Harley Davidson, 8126 Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, (301) 274-5000, website. Aw, see, these biker guys are sweet, riding for charity. Just don’t make eye contact.
Baltimore Women’s Classic 5K and Kids’ Fun Run, 8 a.m. June 25, Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, website. Cheaper than a girls’ night, twice as healthy, and your money goes to cancer research, not a grumpy bartender.
Legg Mason Tennis Classic, July 29-Aug. 6, William H. G. FitzGerald Tennis Center, 16th and Kennedy streets NW, Washington, (202) 721-9500, website. Hot boys—James Blake, Andy Roddick—in their whites, and all you can do is politely tennis-applaud.
Cal Ripken World Series, Aug. 13-20, Ripken Stadium, 873 Long Drive, Aberdeen, (410) 823-0808, worldseries.ripkenbaseball.com. 15 teams—10 from the US and five international—battle it out in a mini-Camden Yards. 12-year-old baseball players are much more fun to watch than (alleged) roid-heads.
Aberdeen Ironbirds, Ripken Stadium, 873 Long Drive, Aberdeen, (410) 297-9292, website. The stadium is practically brand-new, the beer is cold, the games are well-attended, and you might even see a Ripken or two. How ‘bout dem Arnbirds?
Amphibious Horizons Kayaking, 600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis, (410) 267-8742, website. Aquatic fun for kayakers of all levels, with lessons for beginners, organized group trips (including Friday night paddles to watch the moon rise over the water), and rentals for the independent type.
Annapolis Yacht Club, 2 Compromise St., Annapolis, (410) 263-9279, website. Slip on your deck shoes and watch the Wednesday night races, a summertime tradition since the 1950s, then amble around the waterfront.
Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, 216 Emory St., (410) 727-1539, website. Those shithead Yankees fans may try to forget it, but the Babe was a product of working-class B’more, not Brooklyn, and we’ve got his birthplace to prove it. Learn about his life and career in the renovated rowhouse where it all began.
Baltimore Bayhawks, Johnny Unitas Stadium, 8000 York Road, (866) 994-2957, website. Now, Baltimore might be sorta inconsistent with the baseball and football, but lacrosse, there is a sport we can really do. The boys in blue-green made it to the national championships four of the five years the MLL has been around, and won twice-including last year. Come for the mullets, stay for the violence.
Baltimore Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St., (410) 685-9800, website. Do the pre-game at Pickles, buy two bags of peanuts outside and tickets in the cheap seats, and bask in the glorious sunshine of a summer afternoon game. Who knows, this season, the O’s may even win a few.
Bonaire Charters, Troy, Virginia, Va., (434) 589-5717, website. Take a spin around old Virginny in a hot air balloon, with a champagne toast and photos of your ride.
Bowie Baysox, Prince George’s Stadium, 4101 N.E. Crain Highway, Bowie, (301) 805-6000, website. Watch wannabe major leaguers and Orioles sent back to the minors on “rehabilitation assignment”—these are the guys who really play their lil hearts out.
Butts Tubes and Appalachian Whitewater Express, 10985 Harpers Ferry Road, Loudon Heights, W. Va., (800) 836-9911, website. Float down the Shenandoah any way you want—take it slow in an inner tube, get active on a canoe or kayak trip, or go thrill-seeking rafting on whitewater.
D.C. United, RFK Stadium, Independence Avenue and 22nd Street SE, Washington, (703) 478-6600, website. American soccer has all the slide tackles, all the injury fake-outs, all the bicycle kicks, and all the extreme leg muscles of European football, with just a fraction of the hooliganism.
Delmarva Shorebirds, Arthur W. Perdue Stadium, 6400 Hobbs Road, Salisbury, (410) 219-3112, website. The Orioles’ farm team, just outside of Ocean City, has weekly promotions (including $3 ticket/food deals and $1.50 drafts on Thirsty Thursdays), giveaways, fireworks, and a mascot named Sherman the Shorebird. And they play baseball, duh.
Gunpowder Falls Golf Course, 11101 Raphel Road, Kingsville, (410) 592-9165, website. Want to hit the links but don’t have all day? This course is mid-length, meaning you can do all 18 holes in three hours or under. Also great for beginners who aren’t ready for the big courses yet.
James River Reeling and Rafting, Scottsville, Va., (434) 286-4386, website. Tubing, rafting, canoeing, and kayaking on the James. Best of all, the overnight packages offer a “late riser” option for campers who prefer to sleep in.
Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame, 113 W. University Parkway, (410) 235-6882, ext. 122, website, $3, kids ages 5-15 $2, kids under 5 free. Memorabilia, artifacts, and photos describe the history of Maryland’s official team sport, all the way from its Native American origins up to Baltimore native/current lacrosse poster boy Kyle Harrison.
Virginia Beach Motor World, 700 S. Birdneck Road, Virginia Beach, Va., (757) 422-6419, website. Here’s a place where you can do all those things you are definitely not supposed to do in real life—drive like an idiot and deliberately run into other cars (go-karts), jump off high places (the Skycoaster), and shoot your friends and family (paintball). Then, once you tire of life as an outlaw, play a round of mini-golf.
Mountain Club of Maryland, 7923 Galloping Circle, (410) 377-6266, website. The MCM folks plan hikes all over the region, grading them according to difficulty and length. Grab some granola and hit the dusty trail, and check out Maryland from the ground.
Nutters Crossing Golf Course, 30287 Southampton Bridge Road, Salisbury, (410) 860-4653, website. Just a chip shot (well, 25 miles) from Ocean City—stop in on the way to the beach as a break from the interminable weekend traffic.
Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave., (410) 542-9400, website. No slots yet. Betting on super quick animals with super fragile legs is much more exciting, plus you get to be out in the sunshine.
Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover, (301) 583-2400, website. An all-in-one indoor facility where you can locate your inner athlete, with a field house, fitness center, gymnastics facilities, aquatic center, and interactive exhibits—plus an observation space overlooking FedEx Stadium.
Ravens Training Camp, McDaniel College in Westminster, website. Football season is never long enough. And since the Ravens can’t always make it to post-season, at least we don’t have to wait until fall to see them again—starting July 30th they’ll be getting back into shape and the rookies will be playing Survivor.
Renditions Golf Course, 1380 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville, (410) 798-9798, website. Pretend you’re a famous golfer while you play 18 holes, all replicas of holes from major championships. You may not be winning the big purse, but at least the course is free.
River and Trail Outfitters/C&O Canal Bicycling, 604 Valley Road, Knoxville, Va., (301) 834-4173, (888) 446-7529, website. Perfect for the indecisive outdoorsman—these guys can help you personalize your activities, offering hiking, biking, canoeing, rafting, kayaking, tubing, and climbing, either in a lesson or on your own, or combined in package deals (one includes a jazz brunch).
Rosecroft, 6336 Rosecroft Drive, Fort Washington, (301) 567-4000, website. Harness racing two to three days a week, plus off-track betting if you can’t make it down there. Just because the jockey ain’t sitting on top of the horse don’t mean you can’t gamble.
Sports Legends at Camden Yards, 301 W. Camden St., (410) 727-1539, website. An impressive array of items and exhibits visiting Maryland’s athletic history—and not just Johnny, Cal, Brooks, and lacrosse, but also the Terps, the Black Sox, and Pam Shriver.
Washington Freedom, RFK Stadium, Washington, (202) 547-3137, website. This women’s club soccer team is ranked 10th in the world, y’all, and now-retired Mia Hamm was a founding player, so they must be pretty damn sweet.
Washington Mystics, MCI Center, 601 F St. NW, Washington, (410) 481-7328, website. Just like the NBA, but with lady parts.
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