Weekend of Sports

This weekend there are two celebrations of athleticism. First, on Saturday May 19th, Ponce is hosting the first ever Grand Prix - Atletismo Ponce 2007. This event, which will be held in the Estadio Paquito Montaner, will feature an invitational of relay races for local high schools. The invitational will include 4 by 100 meters and 4 by 400 meters for both masculine and feminine runners. In additional there will be a special 5,000 meter (5 kilometers or 3.2 miles) for masculine runners.

The event is being held in memory of Professor Franki Colón Alers. Anyone who wishes to help out at the event, can call (787) 812-7070 or write voluntariosporponce@yahoo.com to volunteer. Tickets are on sale at the the Estadio Paquito Montaner. Rakim & Ken Y will close the event with a performance in the stadium.

The second event is the conclusion of the 14th Festival Olimpico, organized by the Comite Olimpico de Puerto Rico (COPUR). The COPUR is holding events across the island during this weekend. Perhaps one of the most anticipated events is the First NORCECA Circuit Beach Volleyball tournament. The tournament will be held at the Balneario de Carolina on the 18th, 19th and 20th. The mens and womens finals will be televised Sunday on Teleoro, channel 13. The womens final is at 3:00 p.m. and the mens will be at 5:00 p.m.

In addition, there will be a shooting contest (Escopeta) at the Albergue Olimpico in Salinas starting at 10:00 a.m. and a weight lifting contest in the Centro Criollo Multiusos Deportiva in Caguas. Weigh-ins will be at 10:00 a.m. and the competition will start at 12:00 p.m.

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