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Area Events: 2014 Quidditch World Cup

27 Aug

North Myrtle Beach is abuzz with the impending opening of the brand new North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex scheduled for March 1, 2014, and they have secured the rights to a unique sports championship to celebrate its birth.

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Coming soon to North Myrtle Beach: the 2014 Quidditch World Cup!

The International Quidditch Association’s 2014 World Cup will be held April 5-6 at the complex, and expects to bring in teams and spectators from all around the world. Initially a fringe sport inspired by its portrayal in the Harry Potter novel series, Quidditch now is played at over 300 universities and high schools in the US, Australia and Europe. The sport involves players “riding” broomsticks (unlike the portrayal in the novel, they don’t fly) and utilizes three balls: the bludger (typically a dodgeball), the quaffler (typically a volleyball, thrown through one of three vertical hoops placed on the pitch) and the snitch (a tennis ball in a sock, carried by a neutral snitch runner). As played by college teams, the size of the field can vary, and can encompass the entire college campus in some instances. Players can score points by throwing the quaffler through the hoops on the pitch, and the object of the game is to capture the snitch. There are plenty of other intricacies to the sport, and we would highly suggest reading up on Muggle Quidditch for the full explanation.

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Speed, power, agility, tenacity: all are attributes a true Quidditch master must possess.

The International Quidditch Association hosts over 25 tournaments a year, and awarded North Myrtle Beach the 2014 World Cup hosting privileges after it submitted a bid for the competition. According to the IQA website:  “North Myrtle Beach put in a fantastic bid, which includes free use of their facilities and other amenities as well as robust financial support. Together with a new IQA policy called Stay & Play, the IQA will be able to give back to teams with lower per-player registration costs, free parking, and an unrestricted ability to bring food and drinks into the complex.”

The North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex aims to bring in many tournaments of various sports, from baseball and softball to rugby and ultimate Frisbee. The complex will feature 8 soccer/football/lacrosse fields, 6 baseball/softball fields, a 27-acre lake, a 1-acre dog park, picnic shelters, playgrounds and an amphitheater. It is scheduled to open in March 2014.

Make sure to book your trip early, since this is bound to be a hugely popular event! Head over to Barefoot Resort Vacations for deals on a great condo to accommodate your stay!

Area Events: BFF Pink Ribbon Run

27 Feb

As we speak, Barefoot Landing is gearing up for the inaugural Breast Friends Forever Pink Ribbon Run! Taking place on Friday, March 8th and Saturday, March 9th, thousands of guests are expected to turn out. In partnership with Grand Strand Running Club, Faith Works Partnerships and Susan G. Komen Lowcountry For The Cure, the event will promote awareness and raise funds for research and treatment of breast cancer.

The two-day event kicks off on Friday with an Expo near the Alabama Theatre where participants are invited to mingle and pick up their race packs. There will be a fun area for kids, and the evening will include a survivor celebration ceremony, a tribute walk and live music from bands.

On the following day, the focus will be on the races. At 8:30 am the 5K and 10K will commence, traversing the layout of Barefoot Resort. There will also be a Tot Trot for kids 5 years and under and a Kids Run for those age 6-10, both of which are free events.  At 10:30, there will be an awards banquet and closing ceremony at Dirty Don’s Marina in front of the Barefoot Yacht Club.

This event is sure to be a fun time for patrons and a great way to give real support to a worthy cause. More info can be found at the BFF Pink Ribbon Run website. If you’re planning on participating and spending some a weekend in beautiful North Myrtle Beach, we’d love to help you pick out the perfect accommodations! Contact us at 1-800-449-4005 for specials and to get a quote on a stay.