The Mikkeller Running Club is a worldwide community of beer snobs fighting a futile battle against their beer gut, or at least that's how people who aren't in it might describe it. The motto's self-explanatory: "keep up the good spirit, run and drink a lot of beers." Now that Shanghai has a Mikkeller Bar, it obviously needs a chapter of the Running Club. Starting from Saturday, August 1, you can drop by and ask to join at the bar on Yanping Lu: the 500rmb annual membership comes with a special t-shirt (new year, new shirt, new color) as well as a 10% discount on the Mikkeller webshop and at all Mikkeller bars and restaurants in the world (assuming you'll be able to travel before next August).
They're going to start with a 5k route (plan is eventually to work their way up to a 10k option) beginning and ending at the bar... with a beer. Naturally. That's how this works. You know, if you joined this, the Rooster Run every Thursday and the Charlie's Run every Tuesday, you might even manage to lose weight.
The pandemic rages still, and international flights remain restricted. This means that international major sporting events will most likely be cancelled until further notice. Official promoter Juss Sports Group today announced that the cancelled events this year include the annual Shanghai Rolex Masters, Longines Global Champions, Shanghai Masters, and the IAAF Diamond League Shanghai. Notable exception was the Shanghai leg of F1, which was not mentioned. Doesn't mean it'll happen, but doesn't mean it has officially been cancelled. The General Administration of Sport have also released an official statement detailing that international sports events and activities (apart from ones events related to the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022) cannot be held this year.Juss Sports Group says it'll continue working with the Sports Bureau of Shanghai and other official associations to determine new dates for these championships soon.
Outdoor pools are another thing the virus won’t let us have. Mass gatherings of people bobbing about in the same water is not considered this safe this year, no matter how chlorinated. Understandable. Still a bummer. Dino Beach water park isn't opening at all this year. The popular Mandarin City Pool is contemplating doing the same. But there's a little hope! We checked in with as many pools as we could find, and, lo and behold, some are open! Click the jump to see where to swim and tan this weekend.
Let them be met on the grassy field of honor that one or the other may be crowned champion of the beergut. May doughty knights abhorrent cross uh, I guess shinguards, in the name of the impoverished girls of rural China. A noble contest of skill at arms, uh, legs — look, it's soccer. It's a soccer match, for charity. The scaly punk lizards at Specters Famous Monsters have agreed to come blinking and hissing into the sunlight for a change, to face off against the variously-haired-teenage-delinquents-that-never-grew-up of the Inferno Satans. All of them probably still drunk from Friday night!
There'll be booze and merch for sale from Pistonhead, Shanghai Tattoo and Fireball (!!!), with the money going straight to Educating Girls of Rural China. Plus! Actual soccer scarves, official bar jerseys and branded denim jorts (first two are real, the last one is speculation and a fervent, fervent wish). There'll be indoor seating, in case it rains. No such respite for the players. Should make it extra fun to watch. It's happening on Saturday, June 13, from 2-4pm at the rooftop soccer court at 299 Fahuazhen Lu. Details on the flyer.
By far and away, by a country mile, the worst thing about this whole outbreak is that Shanghai's garishly festooned events calendar is barren. Nothing's going on. Craig David's gone. The Pixies are gone. Not a whiff of classical music to be heard in the city's many concert halls and, worst of all, worst of all, the annual vrooom nyewooo motorsportathon at the Shanghai F1 Circuit is indefinitely postponed.
Luckily, Singapore's F1 is still happening on September 18—for now— and frankly, it sounds pretty awesome. It's at night! Amazing! There're like four distinct zones with all kinds of live music and food! Wow! And there are nearly 20 package options so you can have your space car viewing experience just the way you like it! Superlative. Plus, tickets to Singapore are only like 2,000rmb if you book soon. Three-day tickets to Singapore F1 are available over on SmartTicket (single-day tickets go on sale May 13).
As the general nixing of large gatherings of people continues, F1 is the latest to announce that they're postponing the Chinese Grand Prix vroom-vroom championship, originally set to take place on April 17-19. According to the organization FIA, quoted in Shine, "The FIA and F1 Formula 1 have taken these measures in order to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans." It's a postponement, not a cancellation, but they haven't announced new dates yet. If you bought tickets on SmartTicket, your reservations will stay valid for the new dates, but if you'd like a refund, get in touch here.
The city might be quiet and your friends are at home wiping down their groceries with alcohol pads, but the Super Bowl, the bro-est of the bro-games, stops for no virus. A couple of places have bowed out (Cages, Boxing Cat Brewery, Calypso) but the game is still happening as usual with watch parties at Pudong's Kerry Hotel (opens 7am, first come first served), Big Bamboo (6.30am opening), Blind Pig (6.30am opening), Co. Cheese (6am opening) and Abbey Road (6.30am opening). After calling around, they all said you'll be fine to just walk right in. The only place that seems to be busy is The Rooster, who are showing the game but say they are fully booked, so maybe avoid that one.
Ah, minigolf. The sport of lower middle class royalty. How far it has come in its 500 year history. From leather pouches filled with feathers to plastic and rubber balls, from courses made in sand dunes to custom-built nature reserves, from wooden sticks to steel and synthetic polymer clubs. Then boom! Suddenly we're in the minigolf space age. Lilalicht 3D Blacklight Minigolf, which just recently opened in The Hub, finally brings blacklight minigolf to a mall (sort of) near you. But is it any good?
People with more toenails than sense are running an inordinately long distance this Sunday, based on some arcane, ancient messaging system. That's right, it's... The Marathon! And it's happening this weekend, starting at 7am on Sunday at the Bund Bull. You know, the one whose... are shiny and polished from all the handling. That one. The Wall Street one. It's way too late to sign up but if you'd like to cheer those leg muscles and chafed male nipples on, or just want to avoid the road closures that will happen as the course heads down to the Xupu Bridge, have a look at this high resolution map of the route. Toenails — who needs them!
Taito Station, the biggest arcade games chain store in Japan, the creator behind all-time favorites like Space Invaders and Bubble Bobble, has opened its first spot in Shanghai. Not nearly as big as its world famous six-floor game center in Akihabara, it still promises plenty of gaudy, fluffy fun for fans of claw games. We went to pluck victory from the fluffy jaws of defeat with the robotic hand of God. The Claw! The Claw is our master! It decides who will go and who will stay!
Hey, running fans. Can't help but notice that you seem to have thrown stairs into the mix. Stairs. Who hurt you? Was it the Jing'an Shangri-La? No? Not yet, anyway. The Jing'an Shangri-La is hosting the 2019 Climb for Hope Vertical Charity Run. It's happening next Saturday, Oct 19, kicking off at 7.30am and ending 60 floors, 1,625 steps and a bad case of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome later, at the finish line on the highest floor. The record to beat is 11 minutes and 53 seconds. It's 298rmb per person, including a starter kit, a gift bag, and a breakfast buffet. Sign-up instructions on the event listing.
Exhibits of nocturnal animals are the worst. Foxes, red pandas, tigers, bears, lounging around, often not even sleeping where we can watch them, transfixed, our heavy breathing misting the glass. Welcome news, then! Shanghai Wild Animal Park, whose official slogan should be "At Least We're Not Shanghai Zoo And We Don't Feed Live Animals to the Tigers Anymore," has started evening hours! As of today, Thursday, there's a late-night entry going from 4 to 9pm. The park will be dimming the lights to simulate moonlight, allowing visitors to get a glimpse of the lions, tigers, bears and raccoons during their more active nocturnal cycles. Tickets are 60rmb.
Motocrosssssss. The world's biggest, bestest off-road, closed-track motorcycle competition is having its final races out in Shanghai. The annual grand prix, starting in Argentina this year, sees 20 stations and 1,862 races, 41 teams from 40 countries and 241 riders going head-to-head on a dirt track. The final races in MXGP (450cc) and MX2 (250cc) are taking places on Shanghai's 336 acre Motocross Circuit in Fengxian (which is still technically Shanghai) on September 14-15. They're surrounding the whole track with the usual race-day accoutrements: music stages, food, exhibitions, demonstrations and tons and tons of branded merch stands. Enough Monster energy drink to fill West Lake! Tickets to Shanghai MXGP 2019 just went on sale over on SmartTicket. Prices start at 680rmb.
Shanghai's premiere tennis event, the annual Shanghai Rolex Masters is a knockout tournament played on outdoor hard courts as part of the ATP World Tour Masters and sees the world's greatest tennis stars, all three of them, battling for the trophy, the fame, and the cool seven million US dollars. Little known fact, it's the only ATP tournament in Asia that's going to have Djokovic, Federer and Nadal scheduled to play. Matches go from October 5 to October 13 at the Qizhong Forest Tennis Center in Minhang and tickets start at 360rmb pre-sale. Tickets to Rolex Masters are on sale over on SmartTicket.
Did you hear about the new, 57th Chinese nationality? Baxiren! (Brazilian.) The joke comes out of the recent, astonishing moves that have roiled Chinese football, and it all started with the last World Cup and the last Asian Cup. China wasn’t present at that World Cup, and Qatar won the Asian Cup — with significant help from players from other countries who had become naturalized Qataris, most notably the extraordinary Almoez Ali, who was born in Sudan. China began to dip its toe into the naturalization waters last year, arranging last year for Englishman Nico Yenneris, whose mother is ethnically Chinese, to get a Chinese passport and play for Beijing Guo’an as “Li Ke.” But the process has suddenly accelerated.
Sweaty nights with strangers and acquaintances, perhaps more than a few cocktails — we know that’s how your summer goes down in Shanghai. We’re referring, of course, to hanging out with your buddies on hot nights at Shanghai’s stadiums and watching pro sports. And as always when we talk China and sports, that means we’re mainly talking about football.
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