Had a great time covering Dublin's St. Patrick day celebration. The city of Dublin says there are about 20,000 people who attend the event each year, and according to U.S. News it is the 6th best St. Patrick Day celebration in the country.
It is a great event but I miss the celebration with music, beer and festivities they used to have right after the event under a big tent near a bunch of hotels. None the less the parade was excellent as always and the audience and parade participants were great.
I photographed a Martin Luther King, Jr. remembrance celebration earlier today in Dublin, Ohio. The event always starts out with a portion of the Let Freedom Ring speech by King. It is a great speech and they would play the entire speech or perhaps have it playing in the lobby before and after the event. The event always makes me want to hear more of King's speeches. I'm betting there is a place to find them somewhere online.
Here are some photos from the event as well as a video I created.
A collection of segments from the Dublin Community Remembrance Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Dublin, Ohio on January 17, 2011. The event took place in the auditorium at Dublin Jerome High School.
Today I explored a fairly new style of off-road bicycle racing called cyclocross. It involves riding a ten speed type of bike with rugged wheels across grass and dirt, turning sharp corners and jumping hurdles.
For me the best way to describe cyclocross racing is to combine high school cross-country running with professional cycling and throw in a few hurdles for riders to either jump over on their bikes or run over the hurdles carrying their bikes. Mix that together and throw in a few hairpin turns every hundred feet or so and you get the essence of a cyclocross track.
Coffman Park in Dublin, Ohio became the host of the Cap City Cyclocross thanks to members of Dublin's bicycle advisory task force. Some of the task force members are regular participants in cyclocross racing but for some of the task force members, the Sunday races were their first chance to experience the cycling sport.
One of those who got his first experience to the sport on Sunday by riding in the class C race is Dublin City Council member John Reiner. Reiner, who is a member of the task force, said he would like to eventually see the event grow in size and bring in hundreds of people who spend the weekend in Dublin.
Dublin already hosts several large events such as the Memorial Tournament and Dublin Irish Festival. Having another event for Dublin that brings in the people from across America and the world would benefit not only Dublin but the Columbus area as well.
Overall I would have to say the event looked like a blast, especially for bicycle enthusiast who love the idea of doing some off-road riding. But the one thing that surprised me wasn't the sport itself but the amount of local people already enjoying it. (Ok. I was a little surprised by the hurdles.)
Often when a new sport tries to find a foothold in a community the people who participate in the sport aren't your local city council member or the members of the task force responsible for getting it the venue. Usually the participants are from outside of Ohio or from across the pond.
I had a chance to talk with a large amount of riders, fans, family members of participants that were from the local Columbus area. Many were from the Dublin and Hilliard area but a few were from Cincinnati and other Ohio cities. It will be interesting to see if and how the sport grows in Dublin since it seems to have some interest from local riders already.