More contest wins and rugby in Charleston

It pays to read newspapers, y’all.

Two weeks ago, I entered and won yet another newspaper contest. The first win consisted of concerts tickets to the Under the Sun tour (from the Post and Courier), and last week, I won tickets to the USA vs. Canada Rugby game, courtesy of the Charleston City Paper.

The Charleston City Paper is a free, weekly, alternative newspaper that covers mostly local events and happenings, and also has a lot of editorials and opinions. Let’s just say, it’s not your ordinary newspaper- they do things differently. This past week’s issue was geared toward incoming and returning College of Charleston students and featured coloring pages, word searches, and games.


The City Paper is super fun to read, so if you’re ever in Charleston, SC, pick up a copy of it to find out what’s really happening in the Holy City.

I picked up my tickets the day before, and after last Saturday’s run and resting, we headed to Daniel Island for a delicious meal at Ali Baba Deli before the game. Nothing like a hummus and falafel pita to refuel after a 22 miler.


It was mine and Clay’s first rugby game, and we wouldn’t have experienced it if we hadn’t won tickets, so it gave us an excuse to give it a shot. The game kept stopping and starting (which I heard isn’t traditionally how it’s played?), but it’s similar to soccer and football- like a cross between the two.




Before the game, I googled Rugby for Dummies and asked around on Facebook for tips, but honestly… I never fully understood what was going on. But, the weather was great for August and the cooler temps and atmosphere made us long for Carolina Gamecock football!


(Excuse the bad picture, my makeup was sweating off on the walk to the stadium.)

Of course, one of the most fun parts of seeing any sporting event in person is seeing the craziness it brings out in people. People travelled from other states and all over for this game and really showed their American spirit (I also think some people used it as an excuse to wear their red, white, and blue and yell “MERICA” at the top of their lungs).


We had fun at the game and hanging out with Clay’s coworkers. Charleston doesn’t have any rugby teams, but I heard the teams visit every few years for these tournaments so people get really excited. I’m not sure if I’d go back to a rugby game (we really just like football better), but it was a fun experience that I won’t forget.

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13 Responses to More contest wins and rugby in Charleston

  1. Fun! I’ve never been to a rugby game, but it seems like it’s a blast! People-watching at events is definitely the best part.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Yeah! It was fun because it’s so rare to see rugby. Football, baseball, basketball, soccer… there are games all the time here for those sports. But not rugby, so that made it a fun experience. Because it’s not an everyday thing.

  2. spectacuLAUR says:

    You’re a lucky girl! I’ve never been to a rugby game, either, so I would have been completely lost too! Give me some football any day and I’m a happy girl 🙂

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Yeah! I understand soccer and football much better. I’m thankful Clay taught me so much about football and now I sorta know what’s going on on the field. College football is huge here (well, not really in Charleston, but where we moved from it was), so most ladies are pretty hardcore over their teams and a lot of us actually understand, hehe.

  3. allieksmith says:

    You contest winning freak!! How did you win again?! Haha! That is too cool!

    I am pretty jealous you got to experience a rugby game!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Both of them were just through the newspaper web sites, I just happened to win (it wasn’t something where you had to do a meaningful task like write something or be judged).

      And while I’m not a converted rugby fan, it was quite a fun experience.

  4. I love all the craziness of sporting events!! Also, I have no clue how rugby works, but I have friends who play. It terrifies me haha.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I would be terrified too- then again I am a distance road runner for a reason, because it’s not a rough sport (not that it’s easy, but still). A lot of girls play rugby though!

  5. olivetorun says:

    Can you have some of your good luck rub off on me please? 🙂

  6. how fun! I have never been to a rugby game, but the play here in forest park and it looks intense!

  7. Amy says:

    I would love to watch a rugby game sometime so I understand it better. It just seems like a soccer-football cross to me, but actually watching a game I think would be helpful!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      It was fun, but watching it didn’t help me get it much. There were some people there who I think were die-hard rugby fans, but a lot of people were just there to have a good time, dress up in red white and blue, and drink, hehe!

  8. LilMysNinja says:

    Congrats on the wins! And that pita looks deelish!!

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