SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
This three-mile run gained national popularity in recent months thanks in part to Twitter and Facebook, where elaborate videos of past races can be found. Kansas City is one of more than 30 stops on the Color Run’s 2012 schedule. After the event filled its allotted number of slots within 24 hours of opening registration, race officials added not only additional slots but also an entire second race. The Kansas City runs will be Saturday and Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. Both begin at 8:30 a.m. and require runners to arrive at the starting line wearing white shirts that will be doused in colorful dust along the way. Individual and team registrations are still available. Race fees range from $50-$55. Details at thecolorrun.com.
Reverend Horton Heat
Neither florid nor fashionable, Saturday’s lineup at Crossroads KC is a triple -bill of homespun roots-rock. Reverend Horton Heat, the evening’s headliner, is a wildly eclectic trio that careens between rockabilly, honky-tonk, punk and blues. After more than 25 years of house-rocking, the Texans have perfected their act. An outlaw bluegrass band from Arkansas, Mountain Sprout plays similarly offbeat music. Tennessee’s Lucero, the most critically acclaimed of the evening’s acts, evokes a ragged version of Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band.
Tickets to the 8 p.m. show range from $21.50 to $61.50.
Sporting KC vs. Chicago Fire
As expected, Sporting KC has emerged as one of Major League Soccer’s top teams this season, shooting to a 9-4-2 start and third place in the league’s Eastern Conference through Monday. Midfielder Graham Zusi and forwards Kei Kamara and C.J. Sapong have been instrumental in the team’s early success, which included a 7-0 run to start the season. The team has also gone 4-1-1 in its past six matches and will look to keep things going when it plays host to the Chicago Fire at 7 p.m. at Livestrong Sporting Park in a battle of Eastern Conference rivals. Tickets range from $20-$67 at sportingkc.com. The game will also be aired on NBC Sports.
KC Roller Warriors
The women of the Black Eye Susans, Dreadnought Dorothys, Knockouts and Victory Vixens have been doing battle since the league’s inception in 2004, and this summer’s schedule is packed with the requisite bone-crunching action. The group of about 80 members and owners has four home dates this season at Municipal Auditorium: Saturday, July 28, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15. Tickets to Saturday’s 7 p.m. event are $13 at kcrollerwarriors.com or by calling 816.513.5000.