Small Market Meetings

FEB 2017

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www.smallmarketmeetings.com Meeting Ideas 22 Courtesy Sarasota Co. Sports Comm. Beach volleyball tournament organizers love the soft white sands of Sarasota. skiing, snowboarding and biathlons, and during the warmer months, golf teams can choose from one of the state's 140 golf courses. One of the state's newest sports is pickleball, a racket sport similar to tennis and ping-pong. "We are one of the fastest-growing states for pickleball," said Sheila Brennan Nee, strategic director at the Maine Sports Commission. Though the game emerged during the 1960s, its popularity has spread rapidly over the past few years. Players can set up a game at the Racket and Fitness Center in Portland, which is also where the Atlantic Regional Pickleball Tournament takes place each summer. The landscape sets the perfect stage for cycling and racing events, such as the Casco Bay Islands SwimRun. Originating in Europe, the swimrun competition now claims Portland as its first North American destination. The event requires an immense amount of endurance, as participants alternately swim and run among several outlying islands in the Casco Bay region near Portland. For an unconventional farm-to-table dining experience, cyclists cannot miss the Farm to Fork Fondo, a noncompetitive cycling event in which 1HWZRUNLQJ %HVW0WJ(YHU .DQVDV&LW\.6 VisitKansasCityKS.com Kansas Kansas City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.

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