Sporting Events in Topeka
If, as a sports fanatic, you find yourself in Topeka with a yearning to see some competitive action, don’t worry. As well as a host of regular sporting events, there’s a variety of events that carry more of the local flavour that will satisfy that urge.
It would be downright neglectful to talk about sports in Topeka without bringing up the races that take place at the motorsports Mecca that is Heartland Park. Here you can see dirt track, drag strip and road course racing amongst other events. This year in May, over the Memorial Day weekend, the NHRA Kansas Nationals will be held at Heartland Park, where petrol heads can get a three day fix of high octane action, including some fastest funny cars in the world.
If you’d rather see something a little more unusual then you might want to check out steer wrestling. If you’ve no idea what that actually involves, it’s basically an event in which a cowboy, mounted on his faithful steed, chases down a steer and makes and acrobatic leap from the horse to the steer. He then proceeds to wrestle the latter to the ground by its horns. As you may have picked up from the description, it’s quite a spectacle and not the safest of sports. Indeed, there are only five regional steer wrestling events that take place, and one of them is held at Topeka’s Domer Livestock Arena in January.
There’s more at the same venue in the same month in the form of the PRCA Championship Rodeo, where you can see roping, bronc riding and all other sorts of events that you’d expect of a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event.
If you want something with an equestrian theme but at a little bit more relaxed of a pace, then you might want to head down to the Kansas State Horseshoe Tournament which takes place at the end of August. Horseshoe pitching is a serious business at this event, with contenders all eager to take the crown. It takes place in Gage Park which, if you take a look at some of our other articles, you’ll see is already overflowing with family friendly attractions.
Another sporting family event that makes for a great day out is the Sunflower State Games. They run for three consecutive weekends during July and feature a huge range of events, from martial arts, to bowling, sand volleyball to orienteering. It’s open to all age groups and ability levels and is all about inclusivity and fun. Whatever sort of sport you prefer, the likelihood is that it’ll be on at the games, which give the Olympics a run for their money with the range of events on offer.
For those older athletes there’s the Kansas Senior Olympics, which take place in September for participants over 50 years of age. Events are held throughout Topeka and act as qualifying for the National Senior games.
If you’re after some more mainstream events then you can make the drive over to Kansas city (which takes about an hour) to see the Kansas City Chiefs. If you want to see baseball, Kansas City is also home to the Royals, whilst if you want to see some high quality basketball, The Kansas Jayhawks, one of the most successful college sides of all time, aren’t too far away either.
Whether you want some run of the mill sporting action, or something a little less usual, Topeka has something to offer sports enthusiasts of all stripes.