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Sports Update: June 2014

Published: June 26, 2014

Summertime is finally upon us, which means sunshine, barbeques, and free time to spend with family and friends. The Eugene, Cascades & Coast region has seen many large events in the past months, and this summer will be no exception. There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy, whether you’re strapped in on a sandboard, or pedaling comfortably on a bicycle.

Watch sandboarders fly down the dunes at Sand Master Jam

Watch sandboarders fly down the dunes at Sand Master Jam

Sand Master Jam July 19, 2014, Sand Master Park (Florence)

If you want to check out a sports event that is unique to the Oregon Coast, then Sand Master Jam is the perfect opportunity. Sand Master Park, the world’s first sandboard park (thinking snowboarding on sand), will be hosting its annual professional and amateur sandboard competition on Saturday, July 19. This event is free to the public (whether you wish to compete or just watch), and is a great excuse for heading west to enjoy all that Florence has to offer. It’s the longest running sandboard competition in the world, and draws big names that catch even bigger air.

Located on the beautiful Pacific coast, Sand Master Park has 40 acres of private sand dunes with a variety of activities the whole family can enjoy while checking out Sand Master Jam. Sandboards, sand sleds, boogie boards, and skim boards are available for rent and lessons are offered for first-timers wanting to carve the dunes. Dune buggy tours are also available, and spectators and participants can stay on-site at Sand Master Park’s RV park.

Shoot hoops and support the Lifetime Fitness Project - it's a win-win! (photo courtesy of Michael Kevin Daly)

Shoot hoops and support the Lifetime Fitness Project - it's a win-win! (photo courtesy of Michael Kevin Daly)

Pacific Northwest Masters Basketball Tournament July 31 - August 2, 2014, Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation (Springfield)

If you love basketball and want to show off your skills, there's still time to sign up for the Pacific Northwest Masters Basketball Tournament (PacNWMBB)! It is the first premier competitive Masters Hoops tournament on the West Coast, with brackets for players ages 50 - 70+. Registration is open until July 15 for teams or individuals, who can sign up to be a “free agent” and be placed on a team.

The tournament will be the first event of the Lifetime Fitness Project, a non-profit organization that intends to promote youth sports, clinics, and scholarships, as well as support older athletes that are still competing. It’s a perfect way to have fun and support a great organization at the same time.

Along with a full weekend of basketball games, the PacNWMBB has other social events planned throughout the duration of the tournament. Participants can tour Ninkasi Brewing Company in Eugene’s historic Whiteaker neighborhood, and enjoy a night of pub games and delicious local food on the University of Oregon campus.

What better way to see our lakes, rivers, mountains, and vineyards then by bike! (photo courtesy of Tour de Lane Bike Rally via Facebook)

What better way to see our lakes, rivers, mountains, and vineyards then by bike! (photo courtesy of Tour de Lane Bike Rally via Facebook)

Tour de Lane Bicycle Ride August 1 - 3, 2014, Various routes throughout Lane County

Can’t make it to Europe for the Tour de France? Well, we have a pretty good local alternative! The Tour de Lane is a three day, non-competitive festival that will highlight some of the most stunning road rides throughout our region. Eugene has been named one of the top five bike-friendly towns in the United States, and the Tour de Lane is the perfect way to experience why first-hand.

On the Tour de Lane, cyclists can choose from a variety of routes based on length and degree of difficulty. These rides include a Bike Builders’ Tour, where riders will tour the facilities of three local, high-end bicycle manufacturers, as well as a Wine Country Ride, which will pass some award-winning wineries in the area.

Registration is still open, and covers snacks and beverages at rest stops, maps, mechanical support, shuttle service, a salmon BBQ dinner, beer and wine garden, and more. Also included are registration fees and amenities for Blackberry bRamble, another premier bike ride and celebration on August 3. Don’t miss out!

Author: Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission

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