Local and national events make Virginia a top destination for sports in 2015 and beyond. From the UCI Road World Championships to AAU Junior Olympics and many new sporting events throughout the state, Virginia has much to offer competitors and spectators this year.
— CENTRAL VIRGINIA —
Richmond will host cycling’s pinnacle event, the 2015 UCI Road World Championships on September 19 – 27. The race will feature 12 races for elite men and women, men under 23 and junior men and women. Athletes compete for their country in three different disciplines including the traditional Road Race, the Individual Time Trial and the recently introduced Team Time Trial.
In 2016, the Richmond Region will host the US Figure Skating Eastern Sectional Synchronized Skating Championships on January 28-30, 2016 and the US Fencing Junior Olympic Fencing Championships February 10-15, 2016.
Liberty University in Lynchburg will host the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Championships, and the Big South Conference Tennis Championship Men and Women 2016.
— NORTHERN VIRGINIA–
Fairfax County and the National Capital Region is hosting the 30th anniversary of the prestigious World Police and Fire Games from June 26-July 5. The event, one of the largest multi-sport, multi-venue events in the world, gives 12,000 first responders from more than 70 countries around the globe the chance to showcase their athletic abilities.
The Tiger Woods Foundation has chosen the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville to host the Quicken Loans National Tournament, his foundation’s invitational professional golf tournament July 27 – Aug. 2. The field will consist of 120 top PGA TOUR professionals from around the world, competing for their share of a $6.5 million purse. The event raises funds and awareness for the Tiger Woods Foundation and pays tribute to our armed forces.
The PONY Nationals returns to Loudoun County July 18-26. Girls ages 10U-18U will compete in the 10-day event at various venues throughout the county.
— COASTAL VIRGINIA – HAMPTON ROADS —
The AAU Junior Olympics will return to Hampton Roads for the 5th time July 29 – Aug. 8. Approximately 15,000 athletes from across the United States will come to participate in the ten day event. Billed as one of the largest amateur multi-sport events for youth in the country, the 10-day series encompasses 20 sports in all.
— VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS —
Virginia’s Blue Ridge – Roanoke, Salem and Botetourt play host to many fast-pitch and slow pitch softball tournaments every year. A few notable tournaments coming in 2015 include:
• ASA/USA Girls Class A 14U Fast-Pitch National Championship – July 26 – August 2
• Amateur Softball Association Eastern Men’s D&E and Women’s C&D Slow-Pitch Championship – September 5-7
• Women’s College Military Appreciation Tournament with the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team – October 3-4
Salem will host the NCAA Division III Football Championship, The Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, December 18 or 19 for the 23rd year.
— SOUTHERN VIRGINIA —
Martinsville will host the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) Division I Men’s National Soccer Tournament that will be held at the Smith River Sports Complex November 16-21.
Virginia International Raceway will host a wide range of professional and amateur auto and motorcycle racing and track events including the Oak Tree Grand Prix TUDOR United SportCar Championship – Aug. 21-23, 2015 and Biscuitville 125 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East – Aug. 29, 2015.
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