BIKING, REGIONAL EVENTS
BikeWalk Virginia. Formerly known as Bicycling Education Association, it sponsors Bike Virginia in June. BikeWalk Virginia, sponsors the Tour de Chesapeake, held in Mathews, from May 15 to 17. Nonprofit group that promotes ease and accessibility for bicyclists and pedestrians. P.O. Box 675 Norge, VA 23127. 229-0507. www.bikevirginia.org and
BIKING, GROUP RIDES
Peninsula Bicycling Association. Group rides several times a week throughout the Peninsula. P.O. Box 12115, Newport News, 23612. 356-1451. pbacycling.org
Williamsburg Area Bicyclists. Group rides several times per week year-round, mostly in Williamsburg. Open to bicyclists of all experience levels. Coordinates Bike Month during May. P.O. Box 2222,
Williamsburg, 23187-2222. 229-4046.
Eastern Virginia Mountainbike Association. Group often rides at New Quarter Park in Williamsburg, Freedom Park and York River State Park, among other places. P.O. Box 7553, Hampton, 23666. Kirk Moore and Penny Rich, 566-1121.
Hampton Roads Kart Club. Has races from April through October at Langley Speedway. P.O. Box 8146, Yorktown, 23693. 249-5278.
Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club. Club maintains a ten-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail. They offer hiking, canoeing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, skiing, rock climbing, rappelling and other outdoor activities across Virginia, including the Peninsula. P.O. Box 8246, Norfolk 23503. tidewateratc.com.
Virginia Rowing Club. Recreational and competitive rowing for men and women in single, four- and eight-person shells. Summer classes for novices. Based in Hampton but open to all Peninsula residents. Meets three times a week in summer, and has monthly races. P.O. Box 9661, Hampton, 23670.
Newport News Rugby Football Club. Practices Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Crittenden Middle School, with games on Saturdays. Brian Whitehead 753-6683. Information: 1-800-340-1125. newportnewsrugby.com
Colonial Road Runners. Based in Williamsburg but serves runners from throughout southeastern Virginia. Organizes races, social events, daily group runs and weekly speed-work interval sessions. Open to men and women of all ages. Many races (each with run/walk between 5 kilometers and 8 miles, often along with 1-mile fun run) held annually in CRR Grand Prix series from March to November.
P.O. Box 657, Williamsburg, 23187. Rick Platt, 229-7375.
Peninsula Track Club. Has about 35 races a year, ranging from 5-kilometer events to half-marathons, including many summer events, along with social events. P.O. Box 11116, Newport News, 23601. Joe Hanney 826-6952.
Fort Eustis Hash House Harriers. Weekly group runs combined with social events. 552-8043.
Hampton Roads Community
Sailing Center. Nonprofit organization offering classes for adults, kids and people with disabilities. Kids classes begin in mid-June and run through Labor Day. Adults fees, with classes from April through October, are $275; kids fees are $225. P.O. Box 131, Hampton 23669. Red Eilenfield, 651-4273.
Back Creek Park. Public. Six lighted outdoor hard courts. $2 an hour before 5 p.m., $4 an hour after 5 p.m. Open 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 5-10:30 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday. Closed on weekends. 3000 Goodwin Neck Road. For more information, call York County Parks and Recreation. 890-3500
Centre Court Racquet Club. Semiprivate. Eight hard indoor courts. Members play for $20-$24 an hour. Non-members play for $23-$27 an hour. Leagues, lessons, clinics offered. 12445 Warwick Blvd., Newport News. 595-5639
Hampton Tennis Center. Public. Opens April 1. Seven lighted outdoor clay courts. $5 an hour per court; reservations encouraged. Leagues, lessons, clinics offered.
9 Woodland Road, Hampton. 727-1193
Hilton Tennis Club. Private. Four outdoor clay courts. 111 Municipal Lane, Newport News. 596-9958
Huntington Park. Public. 20 asphalt outdoor courts with lights. $2-$2.50 an hour. Leagues and private lessons available. 361 Hornet Circle, Newport News. 247-8587
Kiln Creek Golf and Country Club. Semiprivate. 1003 Brick Kiln Blvd., Newport News. 988-3210
Kingsmill. Private, but the courts are open to the public. 13 clay courts and two hard courts. Memberships available. Private/group lessons, cardio tennis, tennis 1-2-3, leagues, junior clinics available to the public. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Non-members: singles $36, doubles $48. 931 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg. 253-3945
Howard Mast Tennis Complex. at Lake Meade Landing. Public.
10 hard courts, four lighted. Free. Main Street, Suffolk. Suffolk Tennis Association, 934-7822. staofva.org
McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center. Semiprivate. Six indoor courts. Hours and rates vary. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg. 221-7378
Riverside Wellness and Fitness Center. Private. Three indoor hard courts and six "hydro-clay" outdoor courts. 12650 Jefferson Ave., Newport News. 875-7525
Two Rivers Country Club. Private. Four hard courts (lighted) and six clay courts (four lighted).
1400 Two Rivers Road, Williamsburg. 258-4607
Williamsburg Inn. Semiprivate. Memberships available for locals, and courts are available for hotel guests in Colonial Williamsburg. Non-members, $24 an hour. Six clay and two hard courts. Opens near end of March. Teaching pro available and pro shop. Francis Street, Williamsburg. 220-7794
Windsurfing Enthusiasts of
Tidewater. Meetings are the first Thursday of each month on the Peninsula and are announced on the Web sites. Sponsors the Mid-Atlantic Windsurfing Series, April 28-30, open to beginners, amateurs and pros. Free introductory lessons available throughout the year. Beach Sports, 851-3224.
Hampton Roads has a variety of health and fitness clubs, each with different resources.
Bally Total Fitness. Located on
12255 Hornsby Lane, across from the Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News, this club has a pool downstairs and a variety of free weight and cardiovascular machines. Personal training is available for an extra fee and group exercise classes, such as spinning, yoga and pilates are free with a membership. For membership costs and more information, call 249-1315.
Curves For Women. With locations in Newport News, Hampton, Yorktown and Poquoson, these facilities specialize in 30-minute workouts, three times a week, consisting of strength training and aerobics. For phone numbers in your area, visit curvesinternational.com/locations.
Gold's Gym. Located at 815 Middle Ground Blvd. in Newport News Some of the amenities include racquetball and basketball courts and a theater that has cardio equipment instead of seats. You can watch movies on a projection screen while you work out. Group exercise classes and personal training are also available. For more information, call 599-4653 or visit goldsgym.com/locator.
Riverside Wellness and Fitness
Centers. With two locations in
Newport News and one in Gloucester, Riverside offers a variety of facilities and classes, depending on the location. Some locations offer such amenities as tennis, racquetball, volleyball and basketball courts and swimming lessons. Group exercise classes, personal training and fitness testing also
are available at some locations.
For a list of phone numbers, membership costs and available services, visit riversideonline.com/rwfc
YMCA. With locations in Hampton, Yorktown, Suffolk and Newport News, these facilities offer more than just aerobic and strength training equipment. Adult recreational basketball and volleyball leagues for men and women are available. Swimming lessons and group exercises also are available
at some locations. For a list of phone numbers in your area,
Boo Williams SportsPlex. New 135,000 sq. foot sports plex. Seats 4,000. Eight basketball courts,
12 volleyball courts, eight field hockey fields, competition track surface. Open 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Court rentals available. 5 Armistead Pointe Parkway, Hampton, VA 23666. 637-7300.