26th Annual 'Mudbowl' Frisbee Tournament Another Success At Talladega Superspeedway

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Approximately one thousand individuals gathered at Talladega Superspeedway this past weekend, March 3 & 4, for the 26th Annual "Mudbowl" Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. This marks the third consecutive year the Birmingham Ultimate Disc Association has hosted the tournament at the track and this year a total of 64 teams competed in the event.

The two-day tournament consisted of three divisions including Club, Women and College. The Club division represented a number of states including Michigan, Arizona, North Carolina and Tennessee. The “Rook” (North Carolina) and “Retanasi” (University of Tennessee Alumni) teams competed in the finals and “Rook” went home with the trophy winning 13-11. In the Women's division, the “FLO” (Nashville) and “Disco Fusion” (Birmingham) teams met in the finals and “FLO” won the title 15-8.

With a total of 30 teams, the College division had the highest number of participants all competing for one trophy. The final match was between “Paideia” (Atlanta High School) and “Emory,” also from Atlanta, and “Paideia” took the win with a final score of 15-8.

“We allow high school teams to play in the college division and “Paideia” is possibly the strongest high school team in the South,” said Birmingham Ultimate Disc Association President and Tournament Director Jay Pigford. “The sport has grown considerably and continues to as evidenced by all of the high school teams in the southeast.”

Pigford says the organization is considering creating a high school division in the future due to the growing number of high school teams participating.

“This year we had two high school teams from Birmingham compete in the college division including ¬Indian Springs and the 'Wizards’ - a combination of Altamont, Vestavia and Pelham,” said Pigford. “There were also two high school teams from Tennessee.”

Ultimate Frisbee is a relatively new sport, having originated in the 1960s. According to Pigford, the basic concept is very similar to most field sports in that each team throws the disc down the field to reach the goal line on the opposing end. When a pass is intercepted, the action reverses immediately as it does when playing soccer. Pigford says there are about 300 members in the Birmingham organization.

Money raised from the event is contributed to Pathways - a United Way foundation in Birmingham that serves homeless women and their children.

The 2007 racing season at Talladega Superspeedway kicks off with the Aaron’s Dream Weekend set for April 27-29, featuring the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series practice and The Birmingham News Qualifying for the NASCAR Busch Series on Friday, April 27. The Birmingham News Qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and the Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Busch Series race is set for Saturday, April 28, and the Aaron’s 499 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Sunday, April 29. To order tickets, call 1-877-Go2-DEGA (1-877-462-3342). For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). Tickets are also available online at www.racetickets.com, or in person by visiting the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. CDT, Monday - Friday. Kids age 11 and younger are admitted free of charge with a ticketed adult on Friday and Saturday of race weekend.

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