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Sports Briefs

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

Registration will be held tonight 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 and avoid the line on the morning of Jan. 7.

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.

Independence Run and Hike in Carbondale is putting on the third annual Jingle Bell 5K Run on Sunday. 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.

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