There’s a two-for-one sports special in Long Beach this weekend. On Saturday, August 21, Red Bull will present the US Tour of its “FlugTag” program. Then on Sunday, August 22, the Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Games will conclude with a 10K Open Water race at the Long Beach Marine Stadium on Alamitos Bay.
Red Bull’s “FlugTag” is the premiere event of human flight. Competitors tinker with inventions at home designed to let them fly without the assistance of a motor. About 200 feet is the furthest anyone has gotten so far, but the spectators come from hundreds of miles. The event will take place in Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach, near the Aquarium of the Pacific.
The Pan Pacific Games is a swimming competition of Olympic greats and Olympic hopefuls from North America, South America and Asia. The pool based events will take place August 18 to 21 at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine. Lead sponsor Mutual of Omaha has been a long-time supporter of the Pan Pacific Games and also sponsored the last competition in Vancouver, Canada in 2006.
Top competitors are coming from 21 countries to participate in the Pan Pacific Games, The list includes Australia’s Jessica Schipper, Eamon Sullivan, Stephanie Rice and Leisel Jones; Canada’s Ryan Cochrane, Brent Hayden and Annamay Pierse; Japan’s Ryosuke Irie and Kosuke Kitajima, Korea’s Tae Hwan Park, China’s Zige Liu, Brazil’s Cesar Cielo and Tunisia’s Ous Mellouli. You can also see swimmers who have never appeared in Southern California before, like Garth Kean of New Zealand, who placed first in the men’s 100 Meter backstroke trials. Unlike Sunday’s event in Long Beach, there is a fee for the races in Irvine. A day pass is $30 — a fraction of the cost for tickets to see these Olympic competitiors at an Olympic event.
Many great local swimmers will also help build the popularity of swim meets in Southern California. Olympian Katie Hoff has relocated from UC Berkely to Chapman University in Orange County. OC is also home to Hoff’s archrival Chloe Sutton and renowned male swimmers Jason Lezak and Aaron Peirsol.
This exciting event is literally just a click away at http://www.swimnetwork.com. Just click on the arrow at “Live Event.”
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