Sportsfest returns to Del Monte Beach with new events

September 16, 2015
SPORTFSEST RETURNS TO DEL MONTE BEACH WITH NEW EVENTS

Waterman Challenge, Ikaika Dash and kids’ event are new offerings for on-the-beach festival in Monterey

Monterey, CA — Returning for its second year on Del Monte Beach, October 3 and 4, the Monterey Beach SportsFest has added new events and an expanded Expo to its unique on-the-beach and in-the-water festival of events.

This year’s SportsFest offers new sporting events including Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) events, a non-swim Ikaika Challenge (run-strength-run), and even a beach run for kids.  Adjacent to the beach, more than 20 non-profits representing ocean and wellness organizations will showcase their information to the public.

“This weekend celebration of wellness of the oceans, beaches and human athletic potential is intended to draw both athletes and anyone interested in learning about our local beach and ocean community by engaging in activities,” said Terri Bilbro, founder and director of the event.

Bilbro and a team of dedicated volunteers have created new events to enhance the sports offerings.  In addition to several distance open-water swim events (.5, 1 and 2.5 miles), participants can now enter a 2-mile SUP race or take part in the Waterman Challenge of three loops where athletes first swim, then paddle in a prone position, followed by a final loop standing up. Other events include a Splash and Dash (swim-run) on Saturday morning, the multi-distance Ikakia Challenges which combine swimming, strength activities and beach running on Sunday, and 2-person beach volleyball both days.  A schedule of the event competitions and links to registration can be found on the event’s website:  www.montereybeachsf.com.

Throughout the weekend, various health and wellness activities are offered free to the public.  These include beach yoga, Pilates, stretching, beach running and others.  Wellness-oriented organizations from chiropractors to joint specialists to integrated health practitioners will be on hand with information for the visitors.  Focusing on ‘ocean wellness,’ organizations such as the Surfrider Foundation, Camp Sea Lab and Save the Whales will be exhibiting on Saturday.

Key event sponsors include Rox – a performance volleyball apparel company, FINIS – a swimwear and gear company and local companies and organizations including the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

For more information about Monterey Beach SportsFest visit www.montereybeachsf.com.