May 2010 Sports Calendar
by Jonathan Zeller, 04/28/2010
New York City is an exciting destination for sports fans all year long. Below you'll find a list of standout events happening in and around the City throughout May. Visit our team schedules page for the complete lineup of New York's 10 major and minor league teams, including the New York Red Bulls, New York Mets, New York Yankees and the WNBA's New York Liberty, whose season begins this month.
Five Boro Bike Tour
May 2 starting at Battery Park; riders start lining up at 6:30am, with the ride beginning 8–9am
Happy Bike Month! The theme is feted on a day when bikes own the road, and 32,000 cyclists pedal their way through all five boroughs on a traffic-free, 42-mile course. The ride is definitely more of a tour than a race, so have no fear if you're not a pro. It ends in Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, with a festival that includes free stuff, fun activities and even massages. After 42 miles, we think you've earned one. Registration is full, but you can still join by helping raise funds for a charity.
Soccer: Mexico vs. Ecuador
May 7 at New Meadowlands Stadium; 9pm
Before New Meadowlands Stadium hosts the Jets vs. Giants preseason football match on August 16, it'll be home to some serious fútbol. In an area with large Mexican and Ecuadorian communities—not to mention with the 2010 World Cup in South Africa around the corner—both teams want to put on a show. And if you think this atmosphere is exciting, just imagine the scene if the World Cup comes to New York City.
Mayor's Cup Table Tennis Championship
May 8 at SPiN New York; 10am
Click-clack-click-clack. That's the sound of one of the fastest—and fastest-growing—sports in the City, table tennis. Head out to SPiN and see some very talented players compete for the coveted Mayor's Cup. With free admission, it's probably the weekend's best sports bargain—you will be entertained. If all this Ping-Pong excitement piques your interest in the sport, check out our recent NYC table tennis roundup to find out where you can pick up a paddle.
R Baby Mother's Day Run
May 9 at Central Park; the four-mile run starts at 8am, the health walk starts at 9am and the kids' races start at 9:40am
You might just call this "The Mother of All Races." The event gives mothers, kids and everyone else a chance to keep fit and enjoy the outdoors while raising awareness about infant mortality and supporting improved emergency medical care for infants through the R Baby Foundation. In addition to the main four-mile run, participants can take part in a 1.3-mile health walk and various kids' contests. Interested? Be sure to register for the R Baby Mother's Day Run by May 4.
Winged Foot Awards
May 12 at the New York Athletic Club; the reception starts at 6pm and dinner starts at 7pm
Each year, the Winged Foot Awards honor the coaches whose teams won the men's and women's Division I NCAA basketball championships. The 2010 recipients are Geno Auriemma of women's champions the University of Connecticut Huskies and Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke University Blue Devils, who won the men's championship. For more information about the dinner, visit the New York Athletic Club website.
UAE Healthy Kidney 10K
May 15 at Central Park; 9am
Sponsored by the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, this race supports the National Kidney Foundation's fight against kidney disease. Amateurs (including you) can register until May 11. The field will also welcome a number of professional runners to lend a hand to the worthy cause and join the race—in fact, in 2009, Tadese Tola broke the New York City 10K record at this very event.
World Championship Boxing: Amir Khan vs. Paulie Malignaggi
May 15 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden; 6:30pm
World Boxing Association world light welterweight champion Amir Khan fights in the United States for the first time, defending his title against Brooklyn's own Paulie Malignaggi, also known as "The Magic Man." Malignaggi is the current WBO NABO (World Boxing Organization North American Boxing Organization) light welterweight champion and also plays Little Mac in commercials for Nintendo Wii Punch-Out!! Two other big fights round out the evening, including "Vicious" Victor Ortiz versus Nate "The Galaxxy Warrior" Campbell.
May 22 starting at Prospect Park; 8am
Some of New York City's heartiest athletes run in this challenging race from Prospect Park to Coney Island. Participants, if they have enough energy left, may treat themselves to a ride on the Cyclone or sneak a peek of the soon-to-be-opened Luna Park after crossing the finish line. Sorry, prospective runners: registration is now closed—but it should be fun to greet the finishers at Coney Island nevertheless.
Mayor's Cup Youth Chess Championships
May 22 at Frederick Douglass Academy; 10am
Some of the City's best chess players gather under one roof for this tournament hosted by Chess in the Schools, an organization that aims to help kids build confidence and academic success through the game of chess. The kings and/or queens of the day will receive the coveted Mayor's Cup for their efforts. If you want more details, this is the place to check, mate.
Big Apple Hockey Festival Memorial Six-a-Side Tournament
May 29–30 at the Aviator Sports and Events Center; 8am
The Rangers' season is over, but that doesn't mean there's no hockey in NYC this May. The icy game's field-based cousin is the main event at the Aviator Sports and Events Center during Memorial Day weekend, with girls playing in under-14, under-16 and under-19 divisions, as well as separate men's and women's teams clashing in this United States Field Hockey Association–sanctioned event. The 2009 tournament featured more than 50 talented squads, and the festivities are always great fun for spectators and competitors alike.
Great Hudson River Swim
May 29 starting at Pier 45, Hudson River Park; 12:10pm
This 1.3-mile water race starts at Pier 45 in Hudson River Park and finishes at North Cove Yacht Harbor in Battery Park City. Last year, more than 200 competitors took the plunge and embraced the rare opportunity to paddle through one of the world’s most storied and scenic waterways. It's sure to be a fun event, but swimmers need to be experienced and ready for anything if they plan to join, as the water is cold (usually 55 to 60 degrees) and choppy.