By Twin Cities Pride
There are a lot of ways for you to show off your athletic prowess at Pride (or, to cheer on your athletic friends while you just enjoy the sunshine).
The Rainbow Run
Saturday, June 28
Packet Pickup in Boom Island Park on Race Day
On your mark, get set, go! Lace up your sneaks and get ready for a bright, colorful fun run (yes, we used fun and run in the same sentence) that starts in Boom Island Park and winds through the streets of Minneapolis, filling the city with a rainbow of runners before reaching the finish line in Loring Park. The run wraps up right before the Ashley Rukes GLBT parade, so you’ll still have time to take in the parade in all of its glory. Runners get a bright, colorful shirt and lots of post-run endorphins.
You can find race registration information at www.tcpride.org.
Cost is $30 until June 5, then $35 until online registration closes on June 24. Same-day registration will be available for $40.
Studs vs. Femmes: Building Community through Basketball
Symone Clay appears to have an endless amount of energy. A lifelong baller (her cousin is the WNBA’s Tamara Moore), a mother, and an event planner and DJ by profession, Clay has found the time to grow her Studs vs. Femmes basketball game from a small event at a little park in Minneapolis to one of Pride’s most popular sporting events. “The idea grew out of supporting health in our community,” Clay explains, “Creating community activities beyond going to the club or grabbing a drink.” Interested in participating? You can sign up at www.4studs-fems.eventbrite.com. Or, show up at 3:00 p.m. sharp for tipoff on Sunday, June 28th at the basketball courts at Loring Park to see if the Femmes can keep their winning streak and pull off a four-peat victory. If you’re interested in lending a hand, either with event logistics or sponsorship, you can contact Symone at [email protected].
Meet the Minnesota United
Minnesota United Football Club holds the unofficial title of Handsomest Professional Soccer Team in Minneapolis. They also happen to be very good at soccer. Lucky for Pride-goers, they’ll be at the Athletic Fields from 12–2 p.m. on Sunday. Improve your technique, run some drills, or just meet and greet your favorite players from the MN United FC. The hottest Loons in Minnesota invite fans of all ages and abilities to stop by their booth to test their skills, learn some new techniques or show off with a juggling contest and lots of great prizes. Huddle up: some of these babes will be at Pride.
Pride Sports Schedule
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Bump, set, and spike your way to volleyball infamy at Saturday’s volleyball tournament. Games kick off at 8:00 a.m. at the Pride Sports Field (near the shuffleboard courts). Sign up your team at www.glassports.org.
Once again, the Mayhem Rugby Football Club will be showing off their skills at their exhibition game at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Pride Sports Field. If you want to get your scrum on, you can join the fun during the co-ed touch game at 3:30 p.m. Mayhem RFC and their lady rugby club partners, the Valkyries and the Menagerie, will have a booth for people who want to join the team, so put your game face on!
Studs vs. Femmes, 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 28
MN United Football club drills, giveaways, and more.
Sunday, 12:00–2:00 p.m. at the athletic fields.
The United States Tennis Association will hold court all day on both Saturday and Sunday. If you’re interested in learning the game or stepping up your skills, head to the tennis courts. They’ll have experts available to help with equipment selection for players of all ages and those with adaptive needs.