Every Step Counts, June 2, Bello Machre, 7765 Freetown Road, Glen Burnie, (410) 255-3805, www.bellomachre.com. First you get anybody who wants to make a difference and help people with developmental disabilities to sponsor you. Then you walk, hike, roller blade, bike, or take as many steps as possible. Lastly, you celebrate with balloons and clowns and feel good about yourself. It's as easy as one, two, three.
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Fly-in and Open House, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 2, Fredrick Municipal Airport, 421 Aviation Way, Fredrick, (301) 695-2159, www.aopa.org, free. You can start to check "learn to fly" off your list of things to do before you die after this full day of seminars, aviation exhibits, and a tour of the AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association). Hey, if Brangelina can do it, so can you.
Run for the River, 9 a.m. till you finish the damn thing June 3, Schlegel Park, Lancaster Ave., Reading, Pa., $15-$22. Walk or run these promised fast, flat, scenic riverfront trails. Do it for your body, mind, and spirit. Become one with the river, because your day of health benefits not only you, but Schuylkill River, too.
Tuckahoe Triathlon, 7 a.m. registration June 9, Tuckahoe State Park, 13070 Crouse Mill Road, Queen Anne, (410) 820-1668, www.dnr.maryland.gov, $20, $15 advance. This race is for serious athletes and amateurs alike. Challenge yourself or your buddies to finish this 13-mile triathlon. The race starts with a 2-mile run along the lake, through the pine forest, then racers mount their bikes for a 10-mile loop course down to the lake, where they will shove off in a canoe for one mile. Bring your fan club, because apparently this course is good for spectators.
Pro National MX Championship, June 15-17, Budd's Creek Track, Budd's Creek Road, (310) 475-2000, www.buddscreek.com. Don't forget Father's Day is June 17. The search for the perfect gift ends here. Nothing says "I love you pops" like the greatest show on dirt. Since you're a bunch of boys who can't find a thing in the damn fridge, here's a short list of things you don't want to forget: sunscreen, a hat, binoculars, an umbrella just in case, lawn chairs, a transistor radio, and a stopwatch for fun. And just so you know, the hard-core fans leave covered in mud.
ASPT Dew Tour, June 21-24, Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St., (860) 339-8687, www.astdewtour.com, $15, kids $5. Action Sports Pro Tour has chosen Baltimore to kick off its five-city tour. The world's top athletes will be competing in skateboarding, BMX, and motocross for the highly coveted Dew Cup, but they are probably more psyched about all the free Mountain Dew they'll most likely drink. The musical talent has yet to be announced, but Hoobastank played the last two years. Stop by and scream; Baltimore native Bucky Lasek might take the cake again.
Baltimore Women's Classic 5K, 8 a.m. June 24, Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, www.baltimorewomenclassis.com. Hey girlfriend, wanna support two causes with one run? Join a bunch of nice womens and run the day away. Do it to stay in shape, and do it for victims of ovarian cancer. Either way, you will feel amazing when you reach that finish line. Plus you can use this as a good excuse to buy a new pair of sneaks.
Golf Tournament, 9:30 a.m. July 16, Hunters Oak Golf, 500 Amberly Farm Lane, Queenstown, (410) 827-6694, www.cbec-wtna.org. Enjoy a day of relaxing golf for a good cause, at a place so beautiful you'll want to get married there. Food, fun, and prizes to benefit the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center. City Paper sizzlin' hot tip: Check the web site www.huntersoak.com for coupons redeemable at the Golf Shop.
Legg Mason Tennis Classic, July 28-Aug. 5, William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center, 16th and Kennedy streets NW, Washington, (202) 721-9500, www.leggmasontennisclassic.com. Hello hotness! Tennis stars sure are handsome and so virginal in their crisp whites. In this sport the boys play nice--they're not beating each other up and rolling on mats together all sweaty. It's sweet that they don't fight over the ball, in fact they keep hitting it to each other.
Kayak Tour of the Canal and Schuylkill River, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 4, Manayunk Canal, Pa., (215) 482-9565, www.manayunk.com, $50. Do yourself a favor, put down the paper and call that number, extension 204, ask for Gwen Cohen and register for this morning of exploration. Don't worry, Hiddeen River Outfitters will teach you how to paddle before setting you free down the Schuykill River. And if it's not breathtaking enough for you, guess what? Lunch is included and ta da da da, it's at the Manayunk Brewery. Then you'll be floating down the river lovin' it.
Aberdeen Ironbirds, Ripken Stadium, 873 Long Drive, Aberdeen, (410) 297-9292, www.ironbirdsbaseball.com. Dissect the Ironbird logo and it's all Cal Ripkin, Jr. and a homage to his family and Aberdeen. He was quite the mama's boy you know--the Ironbird has blue eyes just like his number one lady. How could you not support a place full of love and family?
Amphibious Horizons Kayaking, 600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis, (410) 267-8742, www.amphibioushorizons.com. It's called amphibious because your ass is gonna be in the water. The kayak is the boat that's supposed to flip, constantly dipping your body in the water. Come on, it's refreshing.
Annapolis Yacht Club, 2 Compromise St., Annapolis, (410) 263-9279, www.annapolisyc.com. Iron your Izod and press your madras shorts, it's the best time of year to hang at the yacht club. You know you love saying it, it feels rich:"Tist, tist, honey, saunter to the bar and fetch a Macallan 12-year neat and a Chardonnay for yourself--just throw it on the Jefferson Davenport IV tab."
Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, 216 Emory St., (410) 727-1539, www.baberuthmuseum.com. The Babe, the Sultan of Swat, Johnny Unitas, Human Vacuum Cleaner, and the Ironman--where do they come up with these names? Find out here and make it a doubleheader with a stop at the Sports Legends at Camden Yards, too. Warning: It'll make you want a hotdog real bad.
Baltimore Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St., (410) 685-9800, www.theorioles.com. All you need is seven friends to paint yourselves silly with orange and black letters-- O-R-I-O-L-E-S--to get on that big screen. Dancing like a fool is optional. Just don't try that getting down on one knee shit, unless she is a hard-core living and breathing O's fan--even then it's still kinda iffy.
Bonaire Charters, Troy, Virginia, Va., (434) 589-5717, www.bonaire-charters.com. Your summer challenge this year is to do something you have never done before, okay? Here's a super suggestion: an unforgettable hot air balloon ride. The best part is, since the very first balloon voyage, it's been a tradition to toast with champagne. Damn, do those bubbles hit cha when you're 2000 feet in the air.
Bowie Baysox, Prince George's Stadium, 4101 N.E. Crain Highway, Bowie, (301) 805-6000, www.baysox.com. In 1993, it was a tough fight to get this team up and running, giving underdogs a chance to shine under the hot lights of a stadium. Some names kicked around before they were the Baysox include Cosmic Crabs, Bugtussels, Bureaucrats, Bulldozers, and the P'Tooies. Sometimes things are just meant to be--imagine cheering on the P'Tooies.
Butts Tubes and Appalachian Whitewater Express, 10985 Harpers Ferry Road, Loudon Heights, W. Va., (800) 836-9911, www.buttstubes.com. Question: What's this summer's hottest accessory? The answer is a Butt's tube and a life jacket. Don't forget to grab a tube for the cooler to roll in. City Paper sizzlin' hot tip: Butts' little onsite market sells Sparks energy malt liquor so you don't get tired drinking in the sun.
Charm City Roller Girls, Putty Hill Skateland, 8025 Belair Road, www.charmcityrollergirls.com. Dude, if you haven't seen this shit, you have got to check it out. You will be blown away by how hard these girls kick ass. They get the funk down! This season Slap Tackle Pop, Stormin Mormon, and Angthrax join some old-school favorites Disin' Kari, Sizzle Lean, and Siouxsie Slaughter. That's a mouthful--a mouthful of broken teeth. Also, prices are much more family friendly this time around.
D.C. United, RFK Stadium, Independence Avenue and 22nd Street SE, Washington, (703) 478-6600, www.dcunited.com. Red, black, and white are the colors that never run. Matchdays are holidays and stadiums are carnivals when soccer's the game at play.
Delmarva Shorebirds, Arthur W. Perdue Stadium, 6400 Hobbs Road, Salisbury, (410) 219-3112, www.theshorebirds.com. These farmboy Orioles sure do know how to tempt us with their deals. Monday Madness is insanity: For 5 bucks you receive a ticket, a hotdog, and a Pepsi. Thirsty Thursdays is the night for cheap beers, and Silver Slugger Days features the game that everyone knows how to play, BINGO. It's not being cheap, it's thrifty.
Gunpowder Falls Golf Course, 11101 Raphel Road, Kingsville, (410) 592-9165, www.baltimoregolfing.com. Golf isn't so much about the game, as it is about the day spent strolling beautiful greens. It's driving that fun little cart over rolling hills. It's the one-on-one time with your opponent to walk and talk about everything under the sun. Relaxing just thinking about it, huh?
James River Reeling and Rafting, Scottsville, Va., (434) 286-4386, www.reelingandrafting.com. The James River Reeling and Rafting folks are so sweet--they let you sit and chill on the riverbank while they prepare all your gear for you. They'll take your picture if you ask politely, have overnight accommodations, and will show you how to kayak for the first time. They even accept credit cards and have gift certificates available.
Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame, 113 W. University Parkway, (410) 235-6882, ext. 122, www.lacrosse.org/museum/index.phtm, $3, kids ages 5-15 $2, kids under 5 free. U.S. Lacrosse is an effort to unify human and financial resources for a number of independent national constituencies. You gotta love the power of numbers. It certainly makes for a more interesting museum, with more history and fun facts and artifacts to ogle at.
Nutters Crossing Golf Course, 30287 Southampton Bridge Road, Salisbury, (410) 860-4653, www.nutterscrossing.com. Fifty bunkers, classic colonial brick clubhouse, and eight water hazards to keep you on your toes. Nutters Crossing . . . because you deserve it.
Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave., (410) 542-9400, www.marylandracing.com. Thoroughbred fun. Pick a pony with a cute name and make a bet on it. Enjoy super cold beer in plastic cups to help loosen up your inhibitions. Make more bets. Have another cold one. Make bigger bets. Grab two for last call. Leave broke but laughing at how much you believed in "Ms. Kissamee" to bring it home and make you rich quick.
Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover, (301) 583-2400, www.pgsportsandlearn.com. The mecca of parks and "rec-a." This damn-near green building is chock-full of fitness with a pool, tracks galore, and gymnastic mats and trampolines, all linked via the central "Main Street" atrium offering retail and food concessions. Plus, prime people watching from the observation space overlooking the sports venues.
Ravens Training Camp, McDaniel College in Westminster, www.baltimoreravens.com. Get a heads up with your season's "Fantasy Football" picks by scoping out the players first in training. You can still tailgate at these things, right?
Renditions Golf Course, 1380 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville, (410) 798-9798, www.renditionsgolf.com. Here's your chance to golf in a champion's spikes. Each one of the 18 holes is a replica of a hole in one (get it?) of golf's four major championships. The dining clubhouse is a throw-back to Bobby Jones in the 1930's.
River and Trail Outfitters/C&O Canal Bicycling, 604 Valley Road, Knoxville, Va., (301) 834-4173, (888) 446-1529, www.rivertrail.com. Feeling like doing something outdoors but your ADD is kicking in? Just one hour off the beltway, this family-run biz has it all. Rafting, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking, wall climbing, X-C skiing, team building, and, thankfully, overnight getaways, because how could you possibly make a dent in that list in one day? Let's see, what did they leave out? Yep, that's a big fat nothing at all.
Rosecroft, 6336 Rosecroft Drive, Fort Washington, (301) 567-4000, www.rosecroft.com. So why would anyone drive to D.C. when they could go to Pimlico? We'll tell you why, because Rosecroft with pay 10 percent more on all win wagers placed and cashed on site. That means if you're good, you'll make back more than your gas money.
Sports Legends at Camden Yards, 301 W. Camden St., (410) 727-1539, www.sportslegendsatcamdenyards.com. This building was once Baltimore city's tallest, designed to be taller than the Washington Monument. You gotta be that big when you hold just about all the athletic history that is mentioned in this Sizzlin' Summer Guide, and then some.
Virginia Beach Motor World, 700 S. Birdneck Road, Virginia Beach, Va., (757) 422-6419, www.vbmotorworld.com. As far as we know there isn't a support group for adrenaline junkies yet, so it's okay to be totally addicted to the rush. Get your fix here, with go-carts, paintball, "rock" climbing, and a sky coaster. The only way to get rid of the delirium tremens is put the hair on the dog, so thank God they're open seven days a week.
Washington Freedom, RFK Stadium, Washington, (202) 547-3137, www.washingtonfreedom.com. The Freedom was one of the original teams in the first professional soccer leagues for women. They are a force to be reckoned with--who wants a piece? This summer see them tear apart eight different teams, and that's just home games. These ladies can be sweet, too--they just finished up a Kicks Against Breast Cancer Tournament.
Washington Mystics, MCI Center, 601 F St. NW, Washington, (410) 481-7328, www.washingtonmystics.com. The new season has just begun and that'll be the tenth for these gals. This could be a really cool new ladies night. If you can wrangle together 10 chicks, you get a discount; drinking for free depends on how you play your cards.
Whitewater Challengers, Lehigh Gorge State Park, Stagecoach Road, White Haven, Pa., (800) 443-8554, www.whitewaterchallengers.com. The rapids are rushing all summer long, ranging from sissy speed to "oh shit hang on!" along with killer deals like "Raft and Stay" packages with camping or hotel accommodations and home-cooked meals. Some packages even include super scenic bike trips through the gorgeous gorge.
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