Huge International Sports Weekend in San Diego

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Several events will draw international attention to San Diego this first weekend of April.

On Saturday, the IRONMAN season gets its start in Oceanside and on Camp Pendleton as the world’s top triathletes compete for 20 qualifying spots to the 2009 Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Ironman California is sold out but you can cheer on the athletes and spend time exploring attractions in Oceanside.

One of the most internationally recognized regattas, the San Diego Crew Classic, takes place on Saturday and Sunday. Teams from the Ivy League to the Pac-10 and everywhere in-between will be in town to compete on Mission Bay.  This is one of the few collegiate Olympic Sports that gets coverage overseas through the likes of the International Herald Tribune.  It’s a festive atmosphere as alumni and fans rent party tents and cheer on their teams.  You to can be a spectator and then check out some Mission Bay attractions before the summer crowds arrive.

The World’s Fastest Road Race, the Carlsbad 5000 takes place on Sunday. Sixteen world records have been set on this ocean view race course. After cheering on thousands of local runners and before watching the elites attempt to set another world record, fans can take part in a Health & Fitness Expo and a Beer Garden.

Finally, the Women’s Professional Billiard Association will be kicking off their season at Viejas Casino. Watch the women’s top billiard players you’ve seen on TV and then take advantage of the discount shopping in the Viejas Outlets.

It’s going to be a busy weekend for ESPN in San Diego. Rather than being a TV spectator, get out and enjoy these world-class events taking place in our own backyard.  Have a good weekend San Diego!

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