The Dandelion Chandelier Luxury Calendar for Fitness and Sports highlights sporting events and luxury fitness news in January 2019. For the rest of the Luxury Calendar, click here. And for weekly sports updates read TWIST: This Week in Sports Talk.
sporting events and luxury fitness news in january
In the world of sports this month, the college football season concludes with a championship game in California. The NFL postseason begins, the Australian Open kicks off the new season in tennis, and there are snow sports competitions aplenty, including the Tour de Ski, the X Games and the Snow Bike Festival.
Fitness kicks into high gear with the start of a new year, and there are plenty of ways to burn off holiday pounds including marathons, hot gym openings and fitness-focused cruises.
best events in fitness and sports this january
1. snow sports
The 13th edition of the Tour de Ski continues in Toblach, Italy (Dec 29) and concludes in Val di Fiemme, Italy. The cups are defended by Heidi Weng and Dario Cologna – through Jan 6
Wintersköl, Aspen’s annual “toast to winter,” dates back to a quiet January in 1951 when local Aspenites decided to celebrate Aspen’s unique Nordic lifestyle with an eclectic weekend of festivities. Today the four-day celebration features Wintersculpt, WinterFest, a canine fashion show, fireworks and much more – Jan 10 – 13
The LAAX Open in Switzerland is a high-level international snowboarding event, where men and women compete in halfpipe and slopestyle contests – Jan 14 – 19
The Hahnenkamm Race in Kitzbühel, Austria features the best ski athletes in the world and is a highlight of the World Cup calendar – Jan 21 – 27
Gstaad, Switzerland hosts the annual Snow Bike Festival – a cycling stage race in the Alpine snow open to competitors of all capabilities – Jan 24 – 27
The Snow Polo World Cup in St. Moritz, Switzerland is “the world’s only high goal tournament on snow,” and features polo ponies specially bred to run on snow – Jan 25 – 27
X Games returns to Aspen, Colorado’s Buttermilk Mountain – Jan 25 – 28
2. american football
NCAA college football’s “New Year’s Six” bowl games will determine the final teams in the College Football Playoffs; four have already been played and the remaining games are the Sugar Bowl (Texas vs. Georgia) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans and the Rose Bowl (Washington vs. Ohio State) at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA – Jan 1
NFL Playoffs kick off with the Wild Card Rounds – Jan 5 – 6
The College Football Playoff National Championship takes place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California – Jan 7
The NFL Pro Bowl will take place at Camping World Stadium in Orlando – Jan 27
Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, IN hosts this year’s NHL Winter Classic matchup between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks – Jan 1
San Jose will host the 2019 National Hockey League All-Star Game – Jan 26
4. personal fitness
Tim McGraw has partnered with Snap Fitness to develop a custom line of boutique fitness clubs, called TRUMAV Fitness. The flagship club is slated to open in Nashville’s Gulch neighborhood this month
For travelers who love working out, the world’s ultimate fitness cruise will launch this month. The WOD on the Waves voyage on Royal Caribbean International’s Mariner of the Seas will sail from Miami to the Bahamas and feature fitness enthusiasts, health and wellness experts, and some of the top athletes in the world – Jan 21 – 25
Launching this month is a new light bouncing collection from Tory Sport developed for low visibility environments. Now there is one less excuse for the post work run!
Good Wellness Festival is having a Self-Care Saturday in Charleston, SC where Alexandra Roxo will guide attendees through a workshop to be their most empowered self. Jessica Murnane, Jessica Morse, Sarah Frick and Dr. Carrie khoLi will lead a panel on how to nourish yourself through food, movement, beauty, and the community you build around you – Jan 26
The Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival brings together some of the biggest names in the wellness industry to deliver a weekend of talks, classes and workshops to help us lead healthier and happier lives – Jan 26 – 27
The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon takes place. More than 30,000 runners are expected – Jan 25
The 30th International Marathon of Marrakech is run through olive groves and orange trees in Morocco; it’s a flat and fast course paired with mild weather, with stunning scenery that includes roadside camels and the snow-covered Atlas Mountains in the distance – Jan 27
The 5th World Marathon Challenge invites participants to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. Participants will fly to Novo Base in Antarctica; after the first marathon commences, there will be a 168 hours left to complete the Challenge. Competitors will fly by charter plane and must run standard 42.2km (26.2 miles) marathon distances at Novolazarevskaya aka Novo (Antarctica), Cape Town (South Africa), Perth (Australia), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Lisbon (Portugal), Cartagena (Colombia) and Miami (USA) – Jan 31 – Feb 6
The first Grand Slam of the season is the Australian Open at Melbourne Park – Jan 14 – 27
The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Victoria, Australia is inspired by the prestigious “Spring Classics” of Europe cycling competition – Jan 24 – 27
8. horse racing
The 3rd annual Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Florida’s Gulfstream Park has the world’s largest thoroughbred racing purse – $16 million – run on a dirt track for 1 1/8th miles – Jan 26
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