Sports & Recreation

Walk to Cure Diabetes is this Saturday

Walk to Cure Diabetes is this Saturday

More than 5,000 walkers will participate in the Annual Walk to Cure Diabetes benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) North Florida Chapter on Saturday, April 9th at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. The local chapter’s goal is to generate $575,000 for research of type 1 diabetes and its complications. This year’s Walk presented by Vistakon, CSX, Lender Processing Services (LPS) and the GATE Foundation, has festivities planned to begin at 8 a.m. with the D-Line of the Jacksonville Jaguars leading walkers out of the Fairgrounds onto Bay Street for the three mile walk official beginning at 9 a.m.

Jacksonville RollerGirls “Roller Riot” Saturday, April 16

Jacksonville RollerGirls “Roller Riot” Saturday, April 16

The Jacksonville RollerGirls (JRG) presents Jacksoville’s first professional WFTDA roller derby bout.  JRG home team River City Rat Pack will battle Hard Knox Rollergirls “B” Team, following with JRG’s all-star New Jax City Rollers skating against Hard Knox Rollergirls “A” team. With the UNF Arena able to hold thousands of fans, this will undoubtedly be JRG’s biggest and most exciting bout to date. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the first bout will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the second at 7:30. Tickets are $10.00 in advance or $12.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Skate Bomb in Jacksonville Beach, www.BrownPaperTickets.com, or from one of your local roller derby girls.

Half-time entertainment: Hoop dancing and aerial silks performer Kayla Dyches of www.riothooping.com

Jacksonville Sports, Outdoors & Adventure, Spring 2011

Adventure Landing Jacksonville Beach opened Shipwreck Island Waterpark for the 2011 season March 25, remaining open weekends through May 14, when the park re-opens daily for the season.  The park features four major water slides, Lil’ St. Johns River for leisurely tubing, Kiddie’s Cove for tots, Pirate’s Play Village, Wave Pool and other attractions.

 

Calling All Seniors for Mayor's Annual Fish-A-Thon

Duval County residents 60 years of age and over are invited to join in the fun of the Mayor’s Fish-a-Thon.  The highly anticipated annual event will feature fishing, games, lunch and an awards ceremony with trophies for most fish, largest fish, smallest fish, ugliest fish and prettiest fish.

No NFL Season, Would AFL Be Enough Football?

No NFL Season, Would AFL Be Enough Football?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Wearing face paint and giving the news a fake name is a good way to remain incognito.

And that's probably the best course of action one Jacksonville Sharks fan could have taken after his strong words about the Jaguars.

"There are so many more fans at the Sharks games because the Jaguars suck, let's put it that way," said the fan, who only said his name is Tag.

Tempering his emotion a bit was another rabid Sharks fan who says while the games are fun, this can't match the Jags.

"For the time being this will take care of my need for football," said Tom O'Donnell. "But in the long term no, the Jags are the bomb, but the Sharks are a good fun game."

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Bob Hayes Invitational Draws Thousands

Bob Hayes Invitational Draws Thousands

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For the past four decades, the Bob Hayes Invitational has been the premier expo for young athletes in Florida.

It's T'Nayah Mitchelles second year in the competition. "Last year I did hurdles, and I came in 5th place. This year I came in first," she said.

With 5,000 competitors at the meet, Mitchelle says the environment at the Hayes Invitational pushes her to succeed.

"Usually we just go against teams from Orange Park, and now it's teams from Jacksonville, Miami. It's real competitive," she said.

Head Northwestern Track Coach Carter Williams agrees. "It's the bread and butter of this entire community," he said of the meet.

Watching his students get so excited about this meet, Williams says he's also nervous this could be the last year it's around.

Jacksonville Landing Turns Green for St. Patrick's Day

Jacksonville Landing Turns Green for St. Patrick's Day

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A leprechaun appeared at the Landing this morning to help get the city ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, and he helped turn the water green.

As the holiday had its official launch, the fountain in the courtyard began spewing green water, which will continue through the weekend as events are planned for each day.

At today's launch, the leprechaun read a proclamation, which was drowned out by the nearby bagpiper.

Thursday, bagpipers from Jacksonville Pipes and Drums will roam about the Landing as happy hour gets underway at 4 p.m., featuring, of course, green beer.

Live music takes the stage beginning at 7 and lasting until midnight.

Contests include hourly drawings for cash for anyone wearing green and there will be a green bikini contest at 9 p.m.