Courtesy Sarasota Co. Sports Comm.
Beach volleyball tournament organizers love the soft white sands of
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
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