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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Independence Run and Hike in Carbondale is hosting a Salomon demo day and group run on Saturday. A tech representative from Salomon will be coming to the store with a complete demo fleet of the new Salomon XR Crossmax shoes in men’s and women’s sizes that runners and hikers can try out.

The Salomon rep will join in on Independence Run and Hike’s regular Saturday morning group run, which begins at the store at 8 a.m. and centers around the Mushroom Rock/Red Hill trails. The rep will remain at the store until about 5 p.m. for people to come by, try the shoes and enter a raffle for Salomon gear. There will also be giveaways of Salomon gear for people that attend.

The event, which is tied in with Sunday’s Lead King Loop 25K and 12.5K races going on in Marble, is free and open to the public. Call 704-0909 for more information.

The eighth annual Lead King Loop charity races are set for Sunday.

New this year is a 25K race – the Colorado 25K trail championship – with cash prizes for top finishers.

Sign up at http://www.leadkingloop25k.com or contact Craig Macek at 704-1275. All proceeds benefit the Marble schools.

The Tater Trot 5K/one-mile run, a staple of Carbondale’s Potato Day, is slated for 8 a.m. on Sept. 24.

A registration form is available at http://www.carbondalesoccerclub.org.

Registration for the Sept. 24 Vasque Golden Leaf Half Marathon is now open online at http://www.active.com.

Those interested in participating are encouraged to register early. The 2009 and 2010 races reached their field size limit in early August.

The Vasque Golden Leaf Half Marathon has been chosen by Trail Runner Magazine as one of “America’s 14 Most Scenic Races” and was voted by Colorado Runner Magazine as the “Best Half Marathon” in 2008.

The Golden Leaf course traverses the mountains of Snowmass and Aspen. The trail can be narrow and steep at times, with elevation gains of 970 feet and a peak of 9,400 feet. Unlike the many fast and flat marathons on city streets, the Golden Leaf will challenge even the toughest of marathon competitors with its rocky mountain trails.

The field size will be limited to 1,000 athletes. The cost is $55 from Sept. 12-23 or $65 on race day. For details on the race, visit http://www.goldenleafhalfmarathon.com.

Registration for the Glenwood Canyon Shuffle Race for Literacy, a half-marathon run and 5K run/walk, is now open. This year’s race through the scenic Glenwood Canyon is Oct. 1.

Visit http://www.literacyoutreach.org for a race application or for more information. Register online at http://www.RunningGuru.com.

The fourth annual Banzai Trail 5K Run/Walk is Oct. 29 in West Glenwood.

The race, which begins at 9:30 a.m., will start and finish on Donegan Road. The course routes runners into Ami’s Acres Campground before joining a jeep road and single-track trail along Storm King Mountain. Next is a quick trip up Mitchell Creek Road toward the Glenwood Springs Fish Hatchery to the turnaround point. A fast downhill to the finish area follows.

Pre-registration and race-day registration are both $10, with all proceeds going to help the Rifle Animal Shelter, the Pauline Schneegas Wildlife Foundation in Silt and the Valley Dog Rescue in Carbondale.

Pre-registration can be done the week of the race (Oct. 24-28) after 4 p.m. each day at the race start line on Donegan Road or by calling Mike at 945-0979 or Craig at 987-4805. Pre-registration is encouraged as race-morning help is limited.

Refreshments and ribbons will follow the race. Grand prizes will be awarded to the best male and female Halloween costumes of the day, so dress up.

The Ram Classic Golf Tournament, a fundraiser to benefit Roaring Fork High School athletics, is slated for Oct. 7 at River Valley Ranch.

The 18-hole tournament tees off with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and is $100 per person or $400 per team. Individuals and pairs will be matched to form teams.

Contests include: hole-in-one, longest drive, straightest drive, closest to the pin and a poker round. Extras include a box lunch, $5 mulligans, door prizes, a raffle and an awards ceremony. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

To register, call Larry Williams at 355-4554 or email rfbball08@yahoo.com or contact Kirk Cheney at 379-3031.

The Colorado High School Activities Association is looking for a few good high school basketball experts. The association is seeking new members to select, seed and place the 48 teams that will advance to the Class 4A and 5A boys and girls state basketball tournaments.

The process has received positive reviews the past several years, but now there are openings on all committees – one for 4A boys, one for 5A boys, two for 4A girls and two for 5A girls, according to Bert Borgmann, CHSAA assistant commissioner in charge of basketball.

Qualifications for interested persons include a background in high school basketball as a player, coach, adult spectator, administrator or basketball official within the past 10 years, a willingness to attend a minimum of 20 regular season games (with no reimbursement) and a willingness for working with representatives of the 4A basketball leagues across the state.

Finally, there are three mandatory meetings that the selection committee must attend, including one preseason and one mid-season meeting, in addition to the selection meeting.

Borgmann is stressing that representatives are especially needed for 4A boys on the Western Slope, while the opening in 4A girls is for the northern part of the state. The 5A girls openings include one on the Western Slope and one general, while the 5A boys opening has no geographical limitation.

Proper geographical representation is necessary, he notes, for a balanced selection process.

Interested persons can get more information and the application to be a part of the selection committee at the CHSAA website (www.chsaa.org). For more information, contact Bert Borgmann at (303) 344-5050.

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