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All paddlers are invited to compete in a fall freestyle kayaking event at the Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park (located on the Colorado River at the Midland Avenue Bridge) on Sept. 27 as the Glenwood Ender caps the boating season.

In freestyle kayaking, the goal is to throw as many moves as possible in a 60-second time frame – and the higher the degree of difficulty the better. Judges award points based on difficulty and variety. The more moves performed, the more points a competitor can accumulate. Tricks will be performed on the G-Wave at the Glenwood Whitewater Park, or on the “hole” in the river next to it.

Spectators are welcome.



For more information, e-mail Tyler Newton at tynewt@gmail.com or call 618-8079.

The Glenwood Springs High School cheerleading team is hosting a mini clinic for all school-aged girls on Oct. 2.



Registration starts at 3:45 p.m. and the camp runs from 4-6 p.m. at the high school. Campers will perform the routines they learn in camp at the night’s GSHS home football game against Battle Mountain.

The camp cost is $25. T-shirts are a $10 optional purchase.

For more information, contact Lynn Goluba at 379-1848.

Telemark Skier Magazine is presenting a screening of “The Freeheel Life: A Telemark Movie by Josh Madsen” at Colorado Rocky Mountain School on Oct. 3.

The cost is $8 at the door and all ages are welcome.

The Sunlight Winter Sports Club and the Sunlight Volunteer Ski Patrol will be holding the annual Great Ski and Sports Swap from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 3.

The location is the Orrison Distributing Warehouse, which is three miles south of Glenwood Springs on Highway 82. The swap is the first of the season, meaning the selection will be broad.

New this year, early-bird admittance from 8-9 a.m. is $10 and gives shoppers a head start on snagging the merchandise they want. Admission is $1 thereafter.

New and used skis, snowboards, telemark, ski boots, snowboard boots, bindings, cross-country equipment, clothing, long underwear, gloves, hats, goggles and helmets will be available for purchase in both youth and adult sizes.

If you wish to sell your new or used gear, consignment items will be checked in from 6-8 p.m. at the warehouse on Oct. 2. There is a $1 fee to sell your item and 20 percent of the sale price is donated to support the Sunlight Ski Club and Sunlight Ski Patrol.

For more information, call Bob Lockard at 618-2101.

The 10th annual Grand River Gallop 5K Run/Walk will take place on Oct. 10 at Davidson Park in Rifle.

The race is a benefit for the Western Garfield County Meals on Wheels program and the cost to enter is $18 individually or $30 for a family if registered in advance. The cost is $20 for individuals or $35 for families if registered on race day. Race-day sign-ups start at 8 a.m., with the race beginning at 9 a.m.

The Gallop is the final race in the 2009 Colorado River Valley Charity Race Series.

Contact Sarah at 625-6439 for more information.

Runners and walkers are invited to stretch their legs for literacy Oct. 3 in the Glenwood Canyon Shuffle Race for Literacy. A half marathon (13.1-mile) run and relay race and five-kilometer (3.1-mile) run/walk will take place on the bike path in scenic Glenwood Canyon east of Glenwood Springs.

The half marathon begins at 9 a.m. and the 5K starts at 10. Buses will take participants from the finish line at the No Name exit of Glenwood Canyon to the race starting points. Relay teams of up to five people are welcome to participate in the half marathon. Team sponsorships by companies, service clubs, etc., are encouraged.

The entry fee is $25 per person in the half marathon, and $50 per team, and the 5K cost is $15 per person. A late fee of $5 per person and $25 per team applies to entries received after Sept. 28.

Online registration is available at http://www.active.com. Or, for a race form or further information, contact Dennis Webb at 876-0768 or by e-mail at djwebb@sopris.net. The race entry fee includes a long-sleeved T-shirt.

The event benefits Literacy Outreach, a sponsored program of Colorado Mountain College. Literacy Outreach provides one-on-one tutoring for adults through professionally trained volunteers in Garfield County.

The Denver Broncos recently picked Glenwood Springs to join their roster of cities deemed official Broncos Country.

To celebrate the honor, Broncos team representatives, including team alumni, cheerleaders and Miles the team mascot, will be in town on Sept. 29 for a kickoff event.

The proceedings will coincide with the Glenwood Downtown Market annual soup contest held at Centennial Park.

Autographs and giveaways will highlight the event, which starts at 4 p.m. and ends at 6. Fans can also get photos and a close-up look at the Broncos’ two Super Bowl trophies.

High school winter sports conditioning classes are being offered at Accelerate Human Performance. Classes, which are geared to both boys and girls, will target speed, agility, power, core strength and multi-directional quickness for basketball, lacrosse, ice hockey and snow sports. Classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays at 4 p.m.

Also offered is a middle school fitness class that enhances agility, coordination, endurance, muscular development and self-confidence. The class is designed for boys and girls going into the sixth through eighth grades. Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 p.m. at Accelerate Human Performance.

If interested in these classes, call John at 379-1375 or visit 1512 Grand Ave. (Suite 104) in the building next to Rite Aid and behind the Xpresso Coffee kiosk.


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