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TOP SPORTING EVENTS: AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 5

The summer’s final Nite Moves swimming and running event takes place Wednesday, August 31, at Leadbetter Beach. The Reef & Run Series at East Beach will continue for the next three Tuesdays.

Another summer classic, the high-goal polo season at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, comes to a climax Sunday with the championship match of the Bombardier Pacific Coast Open. The first semifinal on Thursday matches last year’s finalists, defending champion Lucchese and ERG. Audi meets Piaget in the other semi.

The hardiest of runners will tackle the Pier to Peak Half Marathon on Sunday morning.

The high school fall season starts this week, with three football teams – Santa Barbara, San Marcos and Dos Pueblos – all playing on the road Friday night. Santa Barbara hosts a pair of girls volleyball matches.

SBCC’s football team travels to Santa Maria for its season opener against Hancock College on Saturday. Westmont College hosts a soccer tournament Saturday and Monday, while UCSB’s nationally ranked men head east to face Duke and North Carolina State.

Tuesday, August 30

Running / swimming – Reef & Run Summer Series (1k swim, 1-mile swim, 2-mile run, 4-mile run), East Beach Bath House, 6:25 p.m. Continues every Tuesday through September 13. reefandrun.org .

Wednesday, August 31

Running / swimming – Nite Moves Summer Sunset Series (1k swim, 5k run), Leadbetter Beach, 6 p.m. runsantabarbara.com.

Thursday, September 1

Polo – Bombardier Pacific Coast Open semifinals at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club: Lucchese vs. ERG, 1 p.m.; Audi vs. Piaget, 3 p.m.

High school girls volleyball – Royal at Santa Barbara, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, September 2

College men’s soccer – UCSB at Duke, 4:30 p.m.

High school girls volleyball – Newbury Park at Santa Barbara, 6:30 p.m.

High school football – San Marcos at Cabrillo, Lompoc High, 7 p.m.; Santa Barbara at Channel Islands, 7 p.m.; Dos Pueblos at Righetti, 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 3

Lawn Bowling – Memory Glass Pairs Tournament at MacKenzie Park, 9 a.m.

College cross country – Nationball Classic, Westmont vs. Claremont Mudd-Scripps, Chase Palm Park, 9 a.m.

College women’s soccer – William Jessup at Westmont, 11 a.m.

Polo – Western Badge and Trophy at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club: Grant’s Farm vs. Mansour, 1 p.m.

College men’s soccer – Heritage Club Classic at Westmont: Azusa Pacific vs. CSU San Marcos, 1:30 p.m.; Rocky Mountain (Montana) vs. Westmont, 4 p.m.

College football – SBCC at Hancock, Righetti High field, 6 p.m.

Sunday, September 4

Running – Pier to Peak Half Marathon, Stearns Wharf to La Cumbre Peak, 6:30 a.m. runsantabarbara.com.

College men’s soccer – UCSB at North Carolina State, 9 a.m.

Lawn Bowling – Memory Glass Pairs Tournament at MacKenzie Park, 9 a.m.

Polo – Bombardier Pacific Coast Open championship at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, 2 p.m.

Monday, September 5

College women’s soccer – Rocky Mountain (Montana) at Westmont, 11 a.m.

College men’s soccer – Heritage Club Classic at Westmont: Azusa Pacific vs. Rocky Mountain, 1:30 p.m.; CSU San Marcos vs. Westmont, 4 p.m.

RUNNING, WALKINGCYCLING

Saturday-Sunday, September 17-18 –Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, Chase Palm Park to Carpinteria State Beach. avonwalk.org.

Sunday, September 25 – Carpinteria Triathlon (1.5K swim/40K bike/10K run or 0.5K swim/15K bike/5K run) Carpinteria State Beach, 7:30 a.m. carpinteriatriathlon.com.

Saturday, October 1 – Pacific Pride Foundation 10K AIDS Walk, Leadbetter Beach, 10 a.m. pacificpridefoundation.org.

Saturday, October 8 – Santa Barbara 5K Heart Walk, Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, 10 a.m. sbheartwalk.com.

Sunday, October 9 – Carpinteria Kiwanis Big Avocado 5K Run, Carpinteria Bluffs, 8 a.m. active.com.

Environmental Defense Center “Ride on the Wild Side” (100K, 30-mile, 10-mile bike rides), Leadbetter Beach, 7:30 a.m. edcnet.org.

Sunday, October 16 – Cancer Center 10K Run and 5K Walk/Run, Montecito Union School, 8 a.m. ccsb.org.

Saturday, October 22 – Santa Barbara Century bicycle ride, Leadbetter Beach, 7 a.m. For experienced riders. santabarbaracentury.org.

Saturday, November 5 – Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk, Santa Barbara Zoo, 9 a.m. alz.org.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks, 2 miles, East Beach, 10 a.m. walknowforautismspeaks.org.

Saturday, November 12 – Select Staffing Santa Barbara International Marathon, Dos Pueblos High School to SBCC, 7:15 a.m. Half Marathon, Page Youth Center to SBCC, 7:45 a.m. sbimarathon.com.

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