“One City Marathon” in Newport News

The Fourth Annual One City Marathon will be held on Sunday, March 4th. This is an exciting weekend event including a two-day Health and Wellness Expo, kick-off celebration at Boathouse Live, pasta dinner, and four races!

Choose from the Boston Qualifier Marathon, Marathon Relay (teams of 2-4 split the marathon), Maritime 8K or Nautical Mile Fun Run. The marathon starts at Newport News Park and is a point to point course taking you through scenic Newport News. You’ll enjoy beautiful views of the James River, a flat course, enthusiastic fans, course support, and more.

This year, the Saturday night pasta dinner will take place at Boathouse Live. Join the awesome runners and staff at the official One City welcome party with great food, live music and guest speakers. The menu will include salad, two pasta dishes, vegetables, bread and dessert. Tickets are $17.50 per person with group discounts available.

Once the race is over, you’re invited to celebrate at ‘One City, One Celebration’, the official after-party for the race. This event will feature a live DJ, food provided by Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill, craft beer by Tradition Brewing Company, runner-relaxation area and fun children activities.

For more info and to register, click here.

“Hampton Roads Welcomes Lionsbridge FC”

“It’s about more than soccer. It’s about community. It’s about a family night out. It’s about local flavor.” Newport News is excited to welcome Lionsbridge Football Club to the area with games beginning in May 2018.

Not long ago, bringing high-level soccer to the area was a dream for local businessman, Mike Vest, Dan Chenoweth and Kevin Joyce. Now, thanks to their hard work and a very excited community, that dream has become a reality. The team will play in the Premier Development League (PDL) of about 75 teams that Vest says represents the best amateur soccer in the nation.

POMOCO Stadium will be home for the team named after the iconic bridge in nearby Mariners’ Museum Park. The coaching staff will recruit players from area and state schools, including CNU, William & Mary, Virginia Wesleyan and Old Dominion.

Lionsbridge FC’s owners want to make the games more than just sporting events. Each game will be preceded by a ‘pre-game community festival’, featuring live music, a beer tent, food trucks, bounce houses  and other family-friendly activities. Don’t miss the fireworks displays as well! Ticket prices will be $8 for adults and $2 for children. Season tickets are also available for purchase.

Tradition Brewing Company will have craft beer on site at each game. Fans have the option to watch the games up close and personal at the Tradition Sideline Lounge at POMOCO Stadium. Tradition will also host Lionsbridge FC events, including ‘St. Patricks Day Human Foosball Tournament’.

For details information and more about the team, click here.

“Flat-Out Events’ Group Run” at Tradition Brewing

Have you thought about running an upcoming race? Are you like me and require a little bit of encouragement and accountability? Okay, a LOT of encouragement and accountability? Every Wednesday, Flat-Out Events hosts a 3 mile group run through City Center ending with a happy hour.

The run begins promptly at 6pm at Tradition Brewing Company. You will definitely meet some very cool people and I can almost guarantee, you’ll return the next week. Yes, I speak from experience. What I like most about this weekly event is runners and walkers of all levels are welcome.

The group run is free and open to the public. Come learn more about Flat-Out Events, their races, the staff, and most importantly achieving your fitness goals. Oh, and beer, great beer when you finish!

For more info, visit flatoutevents.com/group-runs.

“Sunset Paddle Board” at Bell Isle

Bell Isle Marina and Beach Club is excited to announce another fun Thursday evening event. Beginning August 3, 2017, Sunset Paddle Board Tours will be available every Thursday starting at 7:15p. The tour will launch from the marina and take you on a relaxing journey to Factory Point and then back to the Isle after sunset.

The tour is adaptable to ALL skill levels. The maximum capacity of the group is 8 people.

For more info and to reserve your spot, visit https://www.facebook.com/BellIsleMarina/.

Inside Look: Bell Isle Marina in Hampton

So, you’ve heard of Open Mic Night, now how about Open Boat Night? The fine folks at Bell Isle Marina have partnered with the preferred charter, ‘Fightin’ Time’ to bring Thursday evening charter tours.

Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting the marina and took a tour of the grounds. I was pleasantly surprised to see such a large, private beach, a charming family-friendly area with several grills, picnic tables and tents along with an incredibly kind staff. There are beach chairs available for use, a snack bar onsite, and a 60 ft aqua lily pad to play on!

The marina provides the option to rent SUP paddle boards, paddle boats, sea-cycles, hydrobikes, and kayaks by the hour. Bell Isle features a growler-filling station with Larry’s Lemonade, and a few other options from Bull Island and Smart Mouth.

This is also the only local marina that allows month-to-month boat slips. Membership options are $250/year for the first person in the household, then $50 for additional. You can also just visit for a day for a fee of $25.

The Thursday night ‘Open Boat’ charter was so much fun. It would be great for a girls night, family fishing trip, or just to cruise. With a party of 6 people, the Captain will completely accommodate you. We did a little fishing, and we did a little cruisin’. You can also bring your own food and drinks on board. You’ll enjoy 4 hours on the water with Bell Isle Crew and Captain Mac Firth for only $60 per person.

The boat departs at 5pm sharp. You must arrive early to get signed in. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase at the marina store and the boat will provide water, coolers and chairs.

For detailed info and to purchase tickets, visit the Facebook Event Page.

“Chick-Fil-A 5K/10K” at Mariners’ Museum

It’s almost time for those crazy cows again! Join Flat-Out Events May 27th for the 10th Anniversary of the Chick-Fil-A 5K/10K. This family-friendly event features a scenic course through the Mariners’ Museum and along the James River. Once you’ve conquered the race, enjoy the post-race celebration area featuring the Chick-Fil-A Family Fun Zone with crafts, a petting zoo, magicians, and a complimentary food item for all 5K/10K runners.

Bring the youngest runner in the family for the “Running of the Cows Fun Run” and run alongside the Chick-Fil-A cows. Dress up to show your cow spirit and have a blast! There will also be live music by the Joe Gosman Band. This year, there will be a couple of exciting surprises in store to celebrate the 10 year anniversary.

The Chick-Fil-A 5K/10K is managed by Flat-Out Events and supports the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank and Students Run the Streets.

For more info and to sign up, visit cfa5k.com.

“Derby Party” at Tradition Brewing Co.

Finally! The Peninsula will actually get our own Derby party. Tradition Brewing Company is excited to host a ‘Kentucky Derby Party’ Saturday, May 6th. Grab all of your friends and come enjoy the most exciting two minutes in sports! Don’t forget to wear your best Derby attire. There will be a contest for the best hat and bow tie at 7.30pm.

This event is from 5.30pm-11pm. The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby will start at 6.34pm.

For more info, visit the Facebook Event Page.

“Revolution Golf and Grille” Coming to Williamsburg

A virtual reality revolution will be coming to Williamsburg on Memorial Day Weekend. Coming soon to The Shops at High Street, this one of a kind sports bar will feature Virginia’s first indoor high-definition golf center with six simulation golf bays which will be built into the grille. The bays will allow guests to play nine or eighteen holes at digital courses from 26 world-class golf resorts, including Pebble Beach.

The grille will feature steak, seafood, burgers, and wraps along with appetizers that are tailored specifically to bars. A variety of beer, wine, and cocktails will also be available to enjoy. All levels are welcome, novice to professional.

Revolution Golf and Grille is locally owned and operated by longtime friends and Air Force veterans Jim Hartney, Jeff Leeper, and Ken Terry who all share a passion for good food and great golf.

For more info and further details, visit revolutiongolfandgrille.com.