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Independence Run and Hike in Carbondale is putting on the third annual Jingle Bell 5K Run on Sunday, Dec. 18. The race begins at 11 a.m. and starts at the store.

For the second straight year, the event features a shoe drive, in which the first 50 people to sign up and donate an old (or new) pair of shoes to Independence’s Soles4Souls collection box will receive a free goodie bag that includes a coupon for a free burrito and hot drink of choice from Dos Gringos.

The race is changing from a four-mile run to a 5K this year. From Independence’s location (586 Highway 133), racers run the Rio Grande Trail to Eighth Street, then to Merril/Fourth Avenue and across Main Street to Sopris Avenue. Then it’s a run up White Hill and back to the store.



The cost is $10. Register at the store or beginning at 9:30 a.m. on race day. Call 704-0909 for more information.

There is still time to register for the Sunlight Winter Sports Club’s 2012 Buddy Werner ski season.



Registration will be held on Friday, Dec. 16, from 5-7 p.m. at the U.S. Bank conference room next to Safeway on Grand Avenue.

The Buddy Werner program is designed for skiers aged 6 to 12 years old who want to develop ski skills in a fun, kid-oriented program designed to give children exposure to alpine ski racing.

Participants meet in small groups with volunteer adult coaches on Saturdays, Jan. 7 through March 3.

Skiers are instructed in the basics of ski racing and team participation, with an emphasis on learning slalom and giant slalom under close supervision by experienced coaches and parents who are accomplished skiers.

For those who have already registered, this is your chance to pick up your racer’s bib.

Bring your questions, meet program director Bob Lockard, and find out who your coach will be this season.

The season begins Jan. 7 at 9 a.m. and concludes on March 3. This year’s Western Finale race will be held at Steamboat Springs (Howelson Hill) on March 4.

Call Bob at 618-2101 with questions.

The Coal Ridge Junior Titan Ballers Camp is slated for Dec. 28-31 at Coal Ridge High School. Camp runs from 10 a.m. to noon daily. The cost is $40.

All boys and girls in the third through eighth grade are eligible to attend. The Junior Titan basketball camp will teach ballhandling, shooting, passing, defense and other aspects of the game.

Players will be instructed by the Coal Ridge coaching staff and players. Campers will be coached in skills and drills based on their age and ability.

Contact Paul Harvey at 665-6737, 274-1582 or at pharvey@garfieldre2.org for more information.


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