Rolling with Vice City squad a hit

 

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Saturday: (Drawn to the Beach Family 5K at Hollywood Beach Boardwalk, A1A at Garfield St., Hollywood): Looking for a way to get the kids off their game system? You can run or walk in this 5K race, which is raising funds for Broward County schools. Registration is $25 in advance and $35 the day of the event for adults. Kids are $10. Visit www.active.com

Saturday: (5K Foam Fest at Amelia Earhart Park 401 East 65th St., Hialeah): This 5K run will take you through a wet and soapy obstacle course that is filled with water slides, muddy pits and wall climbs. Registration is $75 and will end Friday. Discounts are available for advance registration. Visit: www.active.com.

Saturday: (Color Me Rad 5K Miami, Sun Life Stadium): You won’t want to wear your nice running shoes in this color-infused race, which begins at 9 a.m. There will be color bombs going off over the course every five minutes. The race benefits the Miami Dolphins Foundation. Registration is $40. Visit www.colormerad.com for more information.

Sunday: (Doral Cycling Challenge at 11010 NW 92 Terr., Miami): Starting at 8 a.m. you can test your speed in this high speed-cycling race with individual categories for all ages. Registration is $15 to $35 depending on your division. On-site registration will be available the day of the event.

Sunday: (FIU Color Run at Biscayne Bay Campus, 300 NE 151st St., North Miami): This 5K fun run is sure to be a bright experience as participants will be painted with more colors than you can find in a pack of Starburst candy. Registration is $50 for adults and free for FIU students. For more information, visit www.active.com.


Marcy “Pinky Gomez” Mock is a hard-hitting, elbow-throwing, hip-tossing, body-slamming jammer for Miami’s roller derby team — the Vice City Rollers.

On Saturday, the Vice City Rollers won their home opener at Suniland Hockey Rink with a 166-115 victory over the Bradentucky Bombers.

The sport of women’s roller derby is growing, and with each new match, more people are signing up to compete. There are hundreds of leagues across the world, and the sport is being considered for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics.

But this isn’t a sport for the faint of heart. All that each skater is allowed to wear for protection are her helmet, elbow and knee pads, wrist guard and a set of roller skates — and this is a full-contact sport as Mock describes it.

“You can get pretty banged up out there; there have been a couple of ankle breaks, broke a couple ribs,” Mock said. “We are trained how to hit, body slam — that is how the game is played.”

During a roller derby match, two teams of five players each skate in the same direction around a track.

Both teams designate a jammer, who scores points by lapping players on the other team. The blockers on each team assist their own jammer while trying to keep the opposing team’s jammer from passing them.

Mock, 41, of Miami is a graphic designer and a spinning instructor. She decided to participate after attending an open house in May 2011.

“We are all athletes, and a lot of girls do it for the exercise. I remember seeing the roller derby back in the ’50s and ’60s on TV, and I grew up on roller skates,” Mock said. “I decided to do it before I couldn’t do it anymore.”

The Vice City Rollers were founded in 2011 and have a growing following. The team is allowed 14 skaters and two subs on the roster for each game.

One of the team’s founders, Kristen De La Rua, got her start with the Gold Coast Derby Girls but wanted to join a team closer to home.

“I got started after going to watch a friend who was playing with the GCDG, and after watching, I asked how to join up,” De La Rua said. “We are looking for more people to join up. We can use guys to be officials and some people to take score.”

Skaters must be older than 18 to try out for the team. There is also a junior league for girls younger than 18.

Miami’s next home game is March 2 against the Sintral Florida Derby Demons.

For more information,

email miamirollerderby @gmail.com.

Running

Get your running shoes out for the Publix A1A Marathon on Feb. 16. The race will start at Seabreeze Boulevard and Harbor Drive in Fort Lauderdale.

The oceanside marathon takes a route down old A1A, where participants can enjoy palm-lined beaches during the run.

Registration is $120 for the full marathon and $100 for the half. Visit: www.A1Amarathon.com.

Paddling

Whether or not you have your own board, you can participate in the DOWN2EARTH Stand Up Paddle Board Race Series on Feb. 16 at the Blue Marlin Fish House (2500 NE 163rd St. in North Miami Beach). The novice course runs 4.2 miles and the sport course is 8.4 miles. Registration is $70, which includes the board rental fee, or $50 if you have your own equipment.

For more information, visit www.active.com.

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