July 7, 2011 | by Kevin Majoros
Heat of the moment

Andres Gomez-Pena, Seth Kalish and Claudia Gebert of D.C. Frontrunners at the 2010 Gay Games in Germany. (Photo by Kevin Majoros)

July brings all kinds of action for the local LGBT sports clubs. It’s never too late to join in the fun. Following are some highlights for the month.

The D.C. Frontrunners are looking to beat the heat. Their Saturday morning run/walks have been moved to 9 a.m. for July and August. Walkers can meet at 23rd and P streets N.W. for a 3-4 mile walk. Runners meet at the same time and location for a 3-, 4- or 6-mile run. The group also meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the same location for run/walks. More times and information can be found at dcfrontrunners.org.

Rainbow Climbing D.C. will be at Sportrock in Alexandria on July 10 from 2-5 p.m. Members will be hosting a class on bouldering and top climbing starting at 2:30 p.m. Cost of the class ranges from $10 to $18 and includes all the gear you will need to climb that day. Check out the climbers on their Facebook page under Rainbow Climbing D.C.

The Capital Area Rainbowlers Association is hosting a social bowling night on July 18 from 8-10 p.m. at AMF Alexandria Lanes in Annandale. Come with a team or by yourself. The cost is only 99 cents a game which includes those fancy bowling shoes. The bowlers can be found at carabowling.org.

The D.C. Sentinels basketball team is hosting its annual Red party on July 23 from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. It will be held at Almaz which is located at 1212 U Street N.W. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. The night will feature a best body contest, Red shooters, raffles and giveaways.  This is a fundraiser for the Sentinels as members prepare for upcoming tournaments, establishing a local basketball league and volunteer activities with local charities. They are located at teamdcbasketball.org.

Congratulations to the District of Columbia Aquatics Club for raising $21,000 for local charities at its annual Swim for Life event last month.  The swimmers are currently in Honolulu competing for their ninth large team trophy at the International Gay & Lesbian World Championships. More details on the swimmers are at swimdcac.org.

Ultimate Out Frisbee continues through the summer. Practices are every Wednesday from 6:30-8 p.m. on the National Mall fields in front of the Air & Space Museum. Cleats are recommended for this sport. Contact Ben at schockb@gmail.com or check them out on Facebook under the name Ultimate Out Frisbee.

If you enjoyed the Night Out at the Nationals event, Team D.C. has two more events in July. Night Out at the Kastles will be held on July 21 at 7 p.m. as the Washington Kastles of World Team Tennis take on the Philadelphia Freedoms in the season finale. The 2011 roster for the Kastles includes Renae Stubbs, Leander Paes, Bobby Reynolds, Venus Williams and Serena Williams. Add to that the hilarious Murphy Jensen in the coaching position and you are sure to have an enjoyable evening. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at teamdc.org.

Night Out at the Mystics will be held on July 26 at 7 p.m. as the Washington Mystics take on the San Antonio Silver Stars. Tickets are $15 and ticketholders will have access to the Acela Lounge for a special gathering throughout the game. Tickets are available at teamdc.org.

For those traveling to Vancouver this summer, the North American OutGames will be contested from July 25-31. Go to vancouver2011outgames.com to learn more.

The Adventuring Outdoors Group continues its series of Arlington Evening Bike Rides on Tuesday. The ride will be 19 miles maintaining a relaxed pace and using bike trails and bicycle-friendly residential streets around the Arlington area. Arrive by 6:25 p.m. at the Clarendon Metro station elevator entrance. Free on-street parking is available. Bring a helmet, water and a $2 trip fee. You can contact the ride leader at scott.binde@gmail.com.

 

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