Sports Briefs: Strongman competition, New Castle bike and running races this weekend

GarCo Fair strongman (and woman) competition

The fourth Strongest of the Strong competition takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Garfield County Fairgrounds outdoor arena track, as part of the County Fair and Rodeo.

There are weight-class divisions for both men and women. Events include axle press, odd object carry, farmer’s deadlift, arm-over-arm drag/push and Atlas stone to shoulder.

Weigh-ins take place from 3-7 p.m. Friday at 130 N. Ninth St. in Silt. Registration and additional details can be found at

The event benefits Brent’s Place for children who are battling cancer, and their families. The event is free for spectators.

For more information, contact Greg Orosz at

New Castle bike and running events

The annual New Castle Rides and Reggae festival this weekend features running and mountain biking competitions on Saturday.

A 10K trail race takes off at 7 a.m. starting at VIX Ranch Park, followed by the Dirty Dozen mountain bike race at 9 a.m. starting from the same location.

The festival includes a variety of reggae bands playing Friday evening and all day Saturday, also at VIX Park. The event is a benefit for the New Castle Trails Group.

GSHS fall sports parent meeting Wednesday

There will be a fall sports parent meeting at Glenwood Springs High School at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the school, 1521 Grand Ave.

School offerings for the fall season include football, volleyball, boys soccer and coed cross country. Parents can online register their athletes at using the athletic registration button. 

Glenwood Community Center tennis courts closure

Three of the four tennis courts at the Glenwood Springs Community Center will be closed for rehabilitation beginning Thursday. Courts 1, 2 and 3 will be closed for approximately three months while crews convert asphalt to post tension concrete, according to a city news release. 

To facilitate construction, there will be a pedestrian detour around the front of the Community Center to the rear where the courts are located. Pedestrians and bicyclists should follow posted signage. Additionally, the northeast Community Center parking lot will be used as a temporary construction staging area, the release states.

In the meantime, court 4 remains open this season, and courts are also available at Sayre and Veltus parks for public drop-in use.

Intermittent closures of Community Center court 4 may be required for safety. For additional court guidelines, visit

Temporary tennis lines are be added to courts 1, 2 and 3 at the end of the construction, and crews are to return in 2023 to paint. Next year, court 4 will be resurfaced and painted with both tennis and pickleball lines, the release states.

Pyro’s Push It Up trail races coming Aug. 13

The eighth annual Pyro’s “Push It Up” 3.5K, 7.7K and 13K trail races take place Aug. 13 on the East Elk Creek trail network north of New Castle.

The race is held each year in memory of Capt. William “Pyro” DuBois, who died when his F16 crashed while he was serving in the Middle East in 2014.

Race details and and a link to the registration website at

Dog Day 5K for CARE is Aug. 20

The Dog Day 5K race to support the shelter pets at Colorado Animal Rescue takes place Aug. 20 at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs. Registration opens at 8 a.m., with a 9 a.m. race start.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome (good on leash, around other dogs and people, etc.). Register online at through Aug. 19, or on site the morning of the event. The race fee is $30 for adults and $15 for kids (under 12).

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