Staff Column: Unique sports to watch

Everyone knows that San Antonio is home to a number of outstanding sports teams: the Spurs, the Silver Stars, the Rampage and the Missions to name just a few.  Added to the roster this year are the Scorpions and the Talons; no one can deny that San Antonio is a sports-fan paradise.

However, beyond these “typical” games for the run-of-the mill aficionado, there is also a host of intriguing sporting events off the beaten path.

One of these promising events is the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam monster truck extravaganza at the Alamodome.  This powerful tour de force (literally) was very popular this year, appealing especially to that demographic of beer-chugging can crushers looking to expand their horizons while getting high on diesel fumes.  The event is currently scheduled to be back in San Antonio in January 2013.   Tickets are already on sale, and online vendors expect a high turn out.  Visit http://www.monsterjam.com for more information.

The San Antonio Stock and Rodeo Show, an obvious choice for cowboys and cowgirls living in the city, is an annual event that takes place each February.  If cow-wrastlin’ or horse-ridin’ does not stimulate the senses, the good-lookin’ fellas out there in the arena ought to do.  Visit http://www.sarodeo.com for more information.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon race has become the annual event that no longer includes only the lean, lanky long-distance runner types — on the day of the increasingly large event there is always great diversity.  The most fun for race spectators, of course, is categorizing this diversity of runners: the hipster (literally), the flailer, the grandma-turned-jogger, the hotty, the runner-turned-walker, etc.  For more information about how to run, volunteer or simply cheer, visit http://runrocknroll.competitor.com.

For anyone that watched “Richie Rich” as a child or participated on the Trinity Fencing Team, March 2013 promises a rollicking good time.  The NCAA Fencing Championships are scheduled to take place at the Henry B. Gonzalez Center from March 21-24, and will surely serve up some chivalrous good fun.  Visit http://www.ncaa.org for more information.

For fans that are bored easily by one sport, the San Antonio Rugby team will provide the perfect mix of skills from soccer, football, basketball  and wrestling to entertain even the most disinterested spectator.   The community team’s season runs Sept.-March, but visit http://sanantoniorugby.weebly.com/index.html for an updated schedule next fall.

For those with a strong affinity for trucks, Pocahontas, margaritas or all of the above, keep an eye out for the Ford Canoe Challenge on August 4 of this year.  In this friendly, Ford-sponsored competition, canoe teams of all ages paddle through downtown San Antonio in a race to the Chamber of Commerce.  It is an ideal location for a spectator sport, as the River Walk provides good seating and great margaritas for fans. Visit http://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/events/ford-canoe-challenge/ for more information.