Beach Cities Sports: Beach volleyball, paddleboarding, running and more
Beach Volleyball: Bringing the top college and high school female beach volleyball players together for stiff competition, the third annual E Invitational takes places Friday and Saturday, June 15-16 in Hermosa Beach. One college and one high school player from a field of 32 and 48 players, respectively, will win gold in the event hosted by Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist Eric Fonoimoana. Einvitational.com.
Open to players ages 10 and up, the Father’s Day Beach Volleyball Tournament takes place from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, June 17 at the Manhattan Beach Pier. Action takes place on the short course with four-person matches held on the long court. Registration is $50 per person (18 and Under Divisions) and $100 (four-person team). All participants will receive a T-shirt and other giveaways. (310) 802-5448. citymb.info/departments/parks-and-recreation/special-events.
The 20th Annual BarryBob Invitational tournament will take place Saturday, June 30 at 9 a.m. at 9-4 The Strand in Manhattan Beach. The 8th Annual Junior BarryBob for kids ages 10-14 will also be held. Send sign-ups for both the adult and junior division to Tim Walmer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail entry fee of $50 to Tim Walmer, 640 13th Street, Manhattan Beach Ca 90266.
Triathlon: Registration is open for the Hermosa Beach Triathlon to be held Sunday, June 24 at the Hermosa Beach Pier. The 1/4-mile swim, 10-mile bike and 3-mile run begins at 7 a.m. Entry fees are $115 for individual, $170 for relay. Dayatthebeachtri.com.
Paddleboarding: The Rock 2 Rock race (solo and relay, prone and stand-up paddlers) will be held Sunday, June 24 finishing at Cabrillo State Beach. Rock 2 Rock is a qualifying race for the Catalina Classic, which takes place Sunday, Aug. 23, ending at the Manhattan Beach Pier. Only solo, prone paddlers are allowed in the Classic. Rock2RockRace.com. CatalinaClassicPaddleBoardRace.org.
Running: Registration is ongoing for the 25th Annual Village Runner 4th of July 5K and Firecracker Dash for kids. The 5K race begins at 8 a.m. and features T-shirts, chip timing, age division awards and cash prizes to the top three overall male and female runners. Fees are $40 for the 5K and $30 for the Firecracker Dash. Registration available online (villagerunner.com) or at Village Runner stores: 1811 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach; 1840 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach.
The Manhattan Beach Grand Prix will have a new look this year, adding a 1-mile running race with a prize purse of $4,00. South Bay runner Stewart Harwell partnered with the MB Grand Prix Committee, Village Runner’s Mike Ward and Chevron to add two races of 300 runners each – a women’s race at 12:30 p.m. followed by the men 15 minutes later. Participants receive commemorative run tees, chip timing and there will be medals for the top three finishers in each age division. Race entry is $30 before July 10 (add $10 after). villagerunner.com.
Basketball: Dave Miller, Emmy Award winning NBA analyst, will be hosting his 21st annual MVPCamp.com summer basketball camps at Aviation Sports Complex in Redondo Beach. Session I will be held July 9-13 (coed), Session II July 16-20 (girls only) and Session III July 30-Aug. 3 (coed). Camps will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and open to boys and girls ages 5 to 14. Brochures available by calling (424) 200-0697 or print an application form from the website mvpcamp.com.
Baseball: The Prospects Travel Baseball team will holding tryouts for its 9-14 Under teams July 8 at 4 p.m. at the Beach City Baseball Academy, 430 E. Grand, El Segundo. Beachcitybaseballacademy.com.
Beach City Baseball & Softball Academy will offer four weeks of camps during July and August. Open to boys and girls ages 5-12, the baseball and softball camps will focus on drills that will improve fundamentals of: hitting, outfield, infield, base running, sliding, and more. The West Torrance Camp (5417 Halison St., Torrance) runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. July 9 – 13 and July 30 – Aug. 3. The El Segundo Camp (430 E. Grand Ave., El Segundo) will be held July 16 – 20 and Aug. 13 – 17. Tms.ezfacility.com/OnlineRegistrations.
Swimming: The inaugural Redondo Beach Open Water Swim will take place at 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 15 at Miramar Park, 201 Paseo De La Playa. 1-mile ($40) and 1/2-mile ($30) swims (add $10 after June 30). The event is a qualifying swim for the International Surf Festival Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier swim. Finishers receive a T-shirt. Awards will be given to the top 5 overall and top 3 in each age group. Active.com/redondo-beach-ca/water-sports.
Physical Fitness: GI Joe Charles will be holding his Beach Boot Camp through June 22. Camps begin at 6 and 8 a.m. and 5 and 6 p.m. Contact mbbootcamp.com for more information. A YouCaring.com page has been set up for Charles, who suffered a stroke two years ago that paralyzed him on his left side. He can now walk unassisted. But he still needs financial assistance for speech therapy and other needs. Make a donation at YouCaring.com/helpjoecharles. Checks can be made out to Joe Charles II Special Needs Trust may be sent to Box 3842, Manhattan Beach, Ca. 90266. For more information about how to help, email HelpJoeCharles@gmail.com.
by Randy Angel