WHAT’S NEW & WHAT’S TRENDING Trending on SportsDestinations.com and Social Media FL: USA Ultimate National Championships Returning to Sarasota The USA Ultimate National Championships will return to Southwest Florida this October. The four-day competition is scheduled to kick off October 19, 2017, at the Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch and will be co-hosted by the Sarasota County Sports Commission and Tampa Bay Ultimate. This fall marks the return of the national championships to Sarasota after a four-year hiatus. The event was held in Sarasota for 13 consecutive years before moving to Frisco, Texas, in 2013. NJ: Atlantic City to Host Major League Triathlon The Atlantic City Sports Commission is thrilled to announce that Major League Triathlon (MLT) will hold an event on Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The triathlon will consist of 32 of the best professional triathletes in the world. Each athlete will swim 300 meters in the Atlantic Ocean, bike four miles and run one mile on the historic boardwalk. This triathlon is unique because it is short and fast-paced, which engages and excites spectators. IN: US Club Soccer Returning National Championships to Grand Park US Club Soccer is returning its national championship events – 2017 NPL Finals and National Cup XVI Finals – to Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana. The 2017 NPL Finals, slated for July 13-17, is the targeted destination for all U-13 through U-18 boys and girls NPL teams throughout the country, as the culminating event of year-long, league-based competition. The National Cup XVI Finals, which will take place July 21-24, is the closing event of US Club Soccer’s 16th annual cup-based national championship competition. MO: GO! St. Louis Event to be Held at Motorsports Park GO! St. Louis, a local non-profit organization that specializes in presenting fitness events and programs year-round, announced the addition of a new event to its annual calendar. The GO! St. Louis Run at the Raceway, scheduled for the evening of August 19, 2017, will take place at Gateway Motorsports Park. It will feature a 5K run/walk, one-mile time trial, fun run and beer relay. NY: New York State to Host Cycle the Erie Canal Parks & Trails New York will put on its 19th annual Cycle the Erie Canal tour, an opportunity to bike across New York State and take in the rich history of the canal. The eight-day, 400-mile recreational bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany is scheduled for July 9-16, 2017. This year also marks the beginning of the bicentennial celebration for the Erie Canal. More than three-quarters of the route is off-road on the mostly flat and traffic-free Erie Canalway Trail. TX: Round Rock Multipurpose Complex to Host FC Barcelona The Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau announced that international soccer club, FC Barcelona, will open a youth soccer school in Central Texas with weekday training starting this summer at the new Round Rock Multipurpose Complex. “Soccer is the second-most popular sport in the U.S. behind baseball, and FC Barcelona is opening its third training academy in the U.S. right here in the Sports Capital of Texas. We are honored for Round Rock to be selected as the location for this highly esteemed and globally respected soccer program,” City of Round Rock Director of Sports Management and Tourism Chad McKenzie said. NEW RESEARCH: Game On: The Impact of Youth Sports on a Regional Economy This white paper takes a look at the economic impact of two youth sports tournaments on the Traverse City, Michigan, region. Provided by Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce.
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