There are sporting events and there are world stopping sporting events. They grab the attention of sports and non-sporting fans alike and make a major impact socially and economically. The large hats come out every year in the springtime to watch the fastest two minutes in sports. We may not be a fan of horse racing, but we’ve heard of the Kentucky Derby, especially if there’s a Triple Crown contender.
Enjoy a countdown of annual sporting events that are followed and enjoyed by citizens of the world.
On the first Saturday in March, International teams of men and women on sleds, pulled by dogs, leave Anchorage to Nome, a near 1,200 miles of cold pain across Alaska. Two weeks later when the winner crosses the finish line, it makes news worldwide.
24 hrs of Lemans
An endurance race that crowns the fastest driver to complete the course. The race is attended by over 200,000 spectators yearly, and is responsible for many technological automotive innovations, from windshield wipers to the disk brake.
Little League World Series
It’s ironic that the true World series is played not by multi millionaire world class athletes, but by eleven to thirteen year old kids in countries around the world, who hope to someday be super rich world class Major league athletes. The US domination is slowly receding as teams from Asia and South America are quickly catching up.
Dating back to when horses were the main form or transportation, the Kentucky Derby held every year on the first Saturday in May continues to be the most popular horse race in the world. The run for the roses at Churchill Downs is the culmination of the two week long Kentucky Derby festival.
Tour De France
The race around France existed before Greg Lemond, and Lance Armstrong, the first two and only Americans to win the tour. It’s the most prestigious bicycle race on the planet, covering over 2,000 miles, touching several countries and finishing on the Champs Ellysees in Paris.
How do you celebrate driving 500 miles faster than all competitors at the famed Brickyard, you drink milk. A tradition started back in 1935 by driver Louis Mayer. The greatest spectacle in racing had its start in 1911, and continues to attract 400,000 spectators every year on Memorial Day weekend.
New York City Marathon
The premiere marathon in the world attracts over 100,000 runners, featuring the guy and gal next door to world class athletes. Over 300 million people watch the race every year, a far cry from its inaugural start in 1970, when a mere 127 runners started with only 50 completing the looping central park course. Fred Lebow’s dream is truly a New York City establishment.
Running Of The Bulls
Yes, I’d like to run in front of angry, 500 pound bulls with sharp horns, charging me at full speed, as long as its in my dream or a virtual reality simulator. But yet thousands do it every year while fully awake. I vow to someday watch one of the most popular, unique, long lasting human spectacles on the planet. The event is part of the yearly San Fernin Festival, where among other attractions is a contest of erotic pictures with the bulls. See you in Spain.
Tennis Grand Slams
Tennis has four major tournaments, the Australian Open in January, The French Open in May, Wimbledon in June and the US Open in August. Every year over almost 2 billion people attend the two week long tournaments. The US Open alone attracts crowds over 700,000 people, generating over 195 million dollars in revenue. The French open is not far behind, generating over $175 million. The four tennis powerhouses share a rich and long sporting history that continues to grow every year.
Check your bucket list, and make sure it includes at least one the above events. Whenever we think about bucket lists, we think of our immortality. Many of these great events are about racing, highlighting our obsession with time. No matter what the song says, time is not on our side, we can’t buy it, and can only live it. Have fun.