Autumn's Athletes

The sporting life beckons in milder temperatures

As the slightest chill creeps back into the weather and the mercury-popping summer recedes, some will no doubt feel a bit more spring in their steps. And in a city as diverse as D.C., there’s a vast field of opportunity for harnessing those steps.

The Washington Renegades Rugby Football Club has already kicked off its fall season – but just barely. Learn all about the Renegades at dcrugby.com. Ned Kieloch, club president, offers an enthusiastic, ”Never too late!” Same goes for the D.C. Gay Flag Football League, which has filled its quota of players, but maintains a waitlist to pick up the stragglers. Register at dcgayflagfootball@gmail.com.

Or, should you prefer high-stepping, the DC Lambda Squares are holding an open-house event Monday, Sept. 12, with fall classes beginning Sept. 24. Call the Squares message line at 202-643-2574.

To take some fall steps in retro-fantastic shoes, bowling beckons. Specifically, it’s the Capital Area Rainbowlers Association, now forming their fall leagues, a dozen in all.

”All of our leagues are social,” promises Robert Treadway, CARA’s vice president, who says the primary differences between leagues are location and meeting time. ”There are a few leagues with higher-average bowlers, but most people are there to bowl and have a good time.” For a full listing of leagues, visit carabowling.org.

If all these leagues, teams and troupes seem excessive when it comes to autumn commitments, Team DC may have the answer that will have you going from summertime sloth to fall fury in just one day. Saturday, Sept. 24, the umbrella group for dozens of local LGBT sports groups offers its first Dodgeball Tournament. To register a team of eight people, with at least two women per team, visit teamdc.org/dodgeball.htm.

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