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Snowmass will host the 2006 Blast the Mass Mountain Challenge, which is also race No. 5 in the Mountain States Cup Regional Championship, this weekend.Along with National Off-Road Biking Association events like cross country, downhill, mountain cross and super-d, Blast the Mass includes two free kid’s races and non-competitive rides for the whole family.Information: (303) 432-1519; http://www.racemsc.com.

Colorado Volleyball Officials’ Association invites people who are interested in becoming volleyball officials to a series of meetings and training classes. CVOA officials referee high school and middle school volleyball in the Re-1, Re-2, Aspen and Eagle school districts and private/parochial schools. Training will cover High School Federation rules, scorekeeping, line judging, and officials’ mechanics and game procedures.The classes and meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings July 26, Aug. 2 and Aug. 9. The test will be given on the Aug. 16 meeting for new officials. Classes/meetings will be held in Glenwood (Spring Valley) at 3724 County Rd. 115 (Red Canyon Road) in the Spring Valley Castle.Information: Bob Arrington, 928-9312.

Past, present, future Sopris Barracuda swimmers and parents are asked to come help celebrate Howard Jay on July 24 on at Sunlight Mountain.The team will be honoring Jay, who after 20 years of coaching, will be stepping down at the end of this season. A barbecue will be provided on the Sundeck at Sunlight and attendees should bring a dish to share. Donations for a big gift for Jay are welcome, please send to P.O. Box 1851, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.

The third annual Longhorn Stampede 5K is set for Aug. 5 at Basalt High School. The race is a fundraiser for Basalt High’s boys and girls cross country programs.Race-day registration begins at 7:45 a.m. with the race beginning at 8:30 a.m. Refreshments and age group awards will be provided.The 30th annual Basalt Half Marathon is slated for Aug. 19. Race-day sign-up will start at 6:15 a.m. in front of Basalt Middle School. Buses will transport runners to the start near the Ruedi Dam at 7 a.m. The race will begin at 7:45 a.m. Preregistration is available at http://www.active.com. Information: Ron Lund, 618-2063.

Friday’s article about the Courage Classic cycling race erroneously stated that Team Roaring Fork has 2,000 members. Team Roaring Fork has 50 members and 2,000 people take part in the Courage Classic.


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