Pro teams like the Washington Redskins, Wizards and Capitals aren’t the extent of the sports scene in Washington, DC. The city also hosts well-attended endurance races thanks to its temperate weather and a wildly popular annual equestrian display. See what sports events are coming this autumn:
AT&T Nation’s Football Classic, Sept. 13
Howard University and Morehouse College will square off at RFK Stadium in this annual classic. The Howard Bison have taken the last six games versus the Tigers of Morehouse, butthe all-time games tally is 23 wins for Howard, 10 for Morehouse and two games ending in ties. Aside from football, there will be events lasting from Thursday to Sunday, such as the Kick-Off Rally at the 9:30 Club on Friday night or the pre-game Pepsi Fan Festival on the RFK festival grounds.
Nation’s Triathlon, Sept. 7
Now in its ninth year, the Nation’s Triathlon is an Olympic distance race with a 1.5-kilometer swim in the Potomac River, a 40-kilometer bike course through DC, followed by a 10-kilometer run. The race cuts through the heart of the city, including around the National Mall, where cheering sections can snap some exquisite photos of their favorite athletes.
Washington Redskins Home Opener, Sept. 14
The hometown ‘Skins open the season against the Jacksonvile Jaguars. Fans will kick off the season with some tailgating at the FedEx Field parking lot before the real kickoff at 1PM. Other marquee matchups: Tennessee Titans (Oct. 20) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nov. 16)
Washington Nationals, ongoing through Sept. 29
There’s only a little time left to catch the 2014-2014 NL East Champions at Nationals Park and to see firsthand what “Natitude” is all about. Sluggers like Bryce Harper, Ian Desmond and UVA product Ryan Zimmerman will dazzle with the bat, as you bat back hunger with half-smokes from Ben’s Chili Bowl and frosty beverages of your choosing.
Upcoming series: July, August, September
Washington Capitals Season Opener, Oct. 9
The Washington Capitals take to the ice against the Montreal Canadiens in their home opener. Catch Ovi, Nicklas Backstrom and the enthused Verizon Center faithful, and see why the venue is one of the best in the NHL. A visitor tip: If you want to fit in, rock the red.
Army Ten-Miler, Oct. 12
Runners flock to DC for this annual race, which starts and ends in the Pentagon parking lot and occurs during what is arguably the area’s best climate. Spectators congregate near the start and finish lines, which provides a great photo op, but also consider setting up near the Kennedy Center, on Independence Avenue or atop the 14th Street Bridge.
Washington International Horse Show, Oct. 21-26
Riders from across the globe head to DC, horse in tow, to compete in jumper, hunter and equitation classes at the nation’s premier metropolitan indoor horse show. There are many fun kids’ activities, too, from Barn Night (Thursday, Oct. 24) and its scavenger hunt and pony races to Kids’ Day (Oct. 26), which is completely free.
Marine Corps Marathon, Oct. 26
The terrain at this year’s Marine Corps Marathon has changed, and runners can breathe a sigh of relief because the course is going to be flatter. Marathoners run on both sides of the Potomac River in this race, offering spectators plenty of good spots to cheer on participants. And for extra motivation, try to win the Spectator Shout Out Contest, which will feature five shout-outs read aloud by the announcer right before the race.
Washington Wizards Pre-Season Opener, Oct. 10
The Washington Wizards had one of their best seasons in 2013-2014, winning their first playoff series in some time. Players and fans alike are excited for the 2014-2015 season, which kicks off against the Charlotte Hornets.