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Fall Guide 2012

Fall Guide 2012: Sports & Recreation

Photo: Issac Baldizon, getty images, License: N/A

Issac Baldizon, getty images

Photo: Photo by Sam Clark, License: N/A

Photo by Sam Clark

Oct. 12-Oct. 13
iFLY International Bodyflight Association Competition Contenders with varying skill levels take on five different disciplines in this indoor skydiving competition, with featured heats including formation skydiving, freefly, neo-freestyle solos, two-way vertical formations and three-way formation skydiving scrambles. 9 pm Friday, 6 am, 8 pm Saturday; iFly Orlando, 6805 Visitors Circle; $54.95-$350 entry fee, free for spectators; 407-903-1150; iflyorlando.com.

Oct. 13
Gridiron National Championship This Gridiron Developmental Football League youth football game, themed "Ball Out for the Cure," helps raise money for breast cancer awareness by donating a portion of proceeds to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 5 pm Saturday; Florida Citrus Bowl, 1610 W. Church St.; $15; 407-849-2020; ticketmaster.com.

Oct. 14
Orlando FootGolf Open The Orlando FootGolf League, a local outfit bringing the soccer-golf mashup to Central Florida, hosts a kickoff event at the area's first official FootGolf course, featuring local celebrities and league players in an 18-hole tournament, with a champagne breakfast, an after-game dinner and an awards ceremony. 11 am Sunday; Wedgefield Golf & Country Club, 20550 Maxi Parkway; $150 includes a uniform; 407-810-1146; footgolf.info.

Oct. 19-Oct. 27
Howling Halloween Brave visitors hop on the Screamline Haunted Zipline for a chilling twilight journey across three haunted bridges swaying as high as 68 feet above the ground and seven ziplines with racing speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. Various times Friday-Saturday; Forever Florida, 4755 N. Kenansville Road, St. Cloud; $85; 407-957-9794; floridaecosafaris.com.

Oct. 20
Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival As the finale of the Great White North Dragon Boat racing series, this one-day major league paddling regatta pits dozens of national and international rowing teams against each other in a bevy of watercourse battles. 8 am-5 pm Saturday; Downtown Disney, 1478 E. Buena Vista Drive; various entry fees, free for spectators; gwndragonboat.com.

Oct. 25
Harvest Hustle 5K The Junior League of Greater Orlando invites you to wear a Halloween costume, run the 3.1-mile course and then enjoy a finish-line party with live entertainment, food and drinks and trick-or-treating. 6:30 pm Thursday; Baldwin Park, New Broad Street and Jake Street; $20-$30; jlgo.org/orlando.
Spooktacular Costume 5K Run/Walk The Rose Runs Series asks runners and walkers to wear a Halloween costume and compete in a three-mile route, with a post-race networking party, prizes for the best costume and a portion of proceeds to benefit Meningitis awareness. 5 pm Thursday; University of Central Florida, 4000 Central Florida Blvd.; free, donations accepted; roserunseries.com.

Orlando Solar Bears

As the newest sports team on the block (and the third professional hockey team to play in Orlando), the Solar Bears hit the ice at Amway Center this fall for their first East Coast Hockey League season. The team should be in good hands under the direction of head coach (and former NHL player) Drake Berehowsky, but don't expect an easy road as far as schedule goes: The Solar Bears play their first home game against current 2012 ECHL Kelly Cup champs the Florida Everblades (Oct. 20), and later in the season they'll endure a triple-header stint with fellow Eastern Conference (and South Division's top-ranked) foe the Gwinnett Gladiators (Nov. 7, Nov. 8, Nov. 11).
The following home games all take place at the Amway Center, 400 W. Church St.; various prices; 407-951-8200; orlandosolarbearshockey.com.

Oct. 20
Orlando Solar Bears vs. Florida Everblades 7 pm Saturday
Oct. 25
Orlando Solar Bears vs. South Carolina Stingrays 7 pm
Oct. 28
Orlando Solar Bears vs. Greenville Road Warriors 3 pm Sunday
Nov. 7, Nov. 8, Nov. 11
Orlando Solar Bears vs. Gwinnett Gladiators 7 pm Wednesday-Thursday, 3 pm Sunday
Nov. 10
Orlando Solar Bears vs. Elmira Jackals 7 pm Saturday
Nov. 17, Nov. 18, Nov. 20
Orlando Solar Bears vs.
Kalamazoo Wings 7 pm Saturday, 3 pm Sunday, 7 pm Tuesday

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