April Sports Around the World
First run in 1839, the handicap steeplechase, with horses jumping 30 fences over two circuits, welcomes over 150,000 race fans to Aintree Racecourse for three days of equestrian revelry.
APRIL 3 - 5
Baseball fans celebrate the season’s start with the time-honored tradition of Opening Day. As home of the first-ever pro team, Cincinnati is recognized as the "traditional opener," with much of the town taking the day off to hit a parade and cheer on the Reds.
Leave it to France to host a marathon that’s undeniably French. Wine and cheese are served to runners near the end of the route, which has a near-cliché start at the Triumphal Arch and passes the iconic Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and Place de la Bastille.
The quiet town on the Savannah River is invaded by hordes golf enthusiasts for one of the sport’s biggest games that's played annually at the Augusta National Golf Club.
APRIL 7 - 13
Amateur and pro runners from around the world have been braving New England’s hilly terrain and unpredictable weather since 1897 at the annual Boston Marathon. Around 500,000 spectators turn out for the world’s oldest marathon, which is held on Patriots' Day, the third Monday of April.
Following races in Monaco and Abu Dhabi, Shanghai hosts the Formula One season’s third race at its Shanghai International Circuit, which was one of the most-expensive tracks ever built when it was completed in 2004 at a cost of $240 million. The Chinese Grand Prix, first held that same year, welcomes 200,000 race fans to the action.
APRIL 18 - 20
London lays out a route that gives runners a tour of its landmarks. The 30,000 participants in the London Marathon traverse a flat course around the River Thames that crosses the Tower Bridge, with views of Big Ben, St Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye before finishing on The Mall.