The StandUp4SEALs Beach Challenge will mark its third year in Ocean City on May 23 with a new name and a broader beneficiary base.A standup paddleboard race is open to individuals or relay teams.The event is now known as the Memorial Beach Challenge and will benefit not just the families of Navy SEALS killed in service but the families of fallen heroes in all branches of the military, according to an event c0-founder, Mike Vaules.Registration is open for the Challenge’s three events: a stand-up paddleboard race, a beach obstacle course race and a fun run for kids.Register and get more information at memorialbeachchallenge.com.In its first two years, the event became a popular part of Ocean City’s Memorial Day Weekend calendar with more than 600 competing in the combined events in each year.Kids climb makeshift sand mounds as part of the fun run in the Memorial Beach Challenge.The Challenge provides a spectacle for visitors watching obstacle-course competitors run through a water-filled pit sprayed by a fire hose, crawl under the Ocean City Music Pier, carry sand-filled sacks, perform calisthenics, traverse balance beams, and climb walls.The stand-up paddleboard race includes a box course that starts and finishes on the beach and takes racers through the surf.This year’s event is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, May 23, on the beaches surrounding the Ocean City Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace. The bulk of the course will be between Fifth and 14th streets.The Memorial Beach Challenge benefits the Navy SEAL Foundation, the 31 Heroes Project (named for the SEALS killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011) and the Travis Manion Foundation. Manion was a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and a Marine from Doylestown, Pa., who was killed in action in Iraq on April 29, 2007. One of the obstacles in the annual Beach Challenge is a water-filled pit.
Full-back Cesar Azpilicueta has urged Chelsea to tighten up at the back in order to continue their fine start to the Barclays Premier League season. “We scored a lot of goals but we conceded a lot as well, and as defenders we are not happy, but at least at the end we got the three points,” he said. “We are scoring more goals but we are conceding more goals from last year. “As a defender I don’t like to concede but I think we are playing better football collectively. I’d prefer to win 1-0.” Two of Mourinho’s summer signings – Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas acquired at a combined cost of £62million – showed what a difference they can make at Goodison Park. Costa, a threat throughout, scored in the first and last minutes while Fabregas was influential in midfield. Chelsea have already scored 11 times in three matches, conceding four, and taken a maximum nine points compared to the same spell last season which brought four goals, one against and seven points. A lack of goals is what cost them in the title race last term, but that does not look like being a problem this time around. “Last year sometimes we had to play very well to score goals and sometimes it looks easier now – obviously Diego is scoring for us,” Azpilicueta added after seeing Costa take his tally to four. Press Association Blues boss Jose Mourinho called for defensive improvements after overseeing a thrilling 6-3 victory at Everton Saturday. And, despite the glut of goals, Azpilicueta too would rather it had been straightforward. “I played against him last season and he is a good striker and we are happy to have him in our team. “He is a competitive guy who tries his best for the team. He is a worker and we want to provide better balls for the striker. “We have to progress and keep improving. We have to play with more quality. “It is important for the squad to keep pushing because we want to play better and to win the games, which is most important. You get nothing for just playing well and having possession. “We have a very good squad and we have three wins from three games and it is important to start well.”