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Triathletes, Jocks, Watermen, and Athletes of the Spectator Variety


Circumnavigate the island on the 32-mile Waterfront Greenway Bike Route (the stretch along the Harlem River at 155th Street is just finished).   Fitness Freak
On July 29, run the New York City Road Runners 5K race that ends at home plate of Shea Stadium.   Fitness Freak

  Competition Junkie

Play in the weekly, beginner-accommodating ultimate Frisbee pickup games held at 2:30 on Saturday afternoons in Central Park’s East Meadow.   Fitness Freak

  Competition Junkie

  Novelty Fiend
Start preparing for November’s New York City Marathon by using the newfangled “interactive trainer” at to make a workout schedule and find running partners.   Fitness Freak

  Novelty Fiend
Try out the windsurfing lessons tailored for utter novices by the folks at the Windsurfing Hamptons shop in Southampton (even wetsuits are provided).   Fitness Freak

Watch some real Fitness Freaks finish the New York City Triathlon near the Central Park band shell on July 16.   Fitness Freak

Run the steps, knock out Apollo, and scream “Adrian!” with Rocky in Bryant Park on August 21.   Fitness Freak

Watch the United States’ best cricket players take on “the Caribbean Eleven” on July 8 and 9 at Floyd Bennett Field in the Rockaways.   Competition Junkie
Take the 3:49 LIRR to Shea—scheduled specially by the MTA to make it to the stadium in time for batting practice—for Mets home games.   Competition Junkie
Grab a spot at notorious soccer bar Nevada Smith’s to watch the World Cup final when it opens at 10 a.m. on July 9. Wait/drink until 2 p.m., when the final actually starts.   Competition Junkie
Enter the Coney Island Beach Volleyball tournament on August 12 and 13, then discover how it’s really done at the inaugural pro tournament to be held in a 4,000-seat stadium in Coney Island the following weekend.   Competition Junkie

  Novelty Fiend
Skip the scrounging-for-permits-that-seem-to-have-all-been-taken-by- February Central Park softball scene and sign up for ZogSports’ fall league (registration opens July 24; slots fill up fast).   Competition Junkie
Kayak down the Hudson River and then barhop in Tribeca on Friday night with Manhattan Kayak’s “Paddle and Pub.”   Novelty Fiend
Get your scuba certification with Adventure Scuba’s “one-day” pool training (sandwiched between a day of studying and a day of testing, but still the fastest way to get certified).   Novelty Fiend
Or try Outward Bound’s outings for first-time hang-gliders.   Novelty Fiend
Combine firearms and alcohol in the legally acceptable order with Outdoor Bound’s July 1 “Bullets, Beer, and BBQ” clay-pigeon-shooting outing to the Poconos. No experience required.   Novelty Fiend

Summer Stuff for Triathletes, Jocks, Watermen, and Spectators
Agendas for Competition Junkies and More
How to Pretend You’re in Cali
Sweat Without Setting Foot in a Gym
Swim to Brooklyn or Die Trying
Catch Your Supper in the Rockaways
Ride Your Bike to Montauk
Hit the Links for $400k or $51


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