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The city of Glenwood Springs Parks & Recreation Department is offering Pee Wee wrestling for kids in third through sixth grade. The program will run from April 2-30 and take place every Monday and Wednesday. The cost is $30 for residents and $35 for nonresidents. Registration must be completed by April 1.Information: 384-6301.

A local youth baseball team is looking for serious baseball players 12-14 for the upcoming summer baseball league. Games will be played throughout the Western Slope. All interested players should contact Nick at 471-0792 or e-mail njb3434@aol.com. League play set to start in May.

The Ride for the Pass, a charity bike race/recreational ride to benefit the Independence Pass Foundation, will be held on Saturday, May 17, in Aspen. The Ride is in its 14th year and will follow the traditional route from the Winter Gate, four miles east of Aspen, to the Independence Ghost Town approximately 10 miles east up Highway 82 on Independence Pass. The ride gains approximately 2,200 feet of elevation, from 8,500 feet to 10,700 feet, over the 10-mile route. Highway 82 is a seasonal road which opens for the summer travel season on the Friday before Memorial Day. The Ride for the Pass is traditionally held the Saturday prior to the opening of the road to give racers and riders the opportunity to ride this stunningly scenic route while it is free of motorized vehicles. There are aid stations and turnaround sites at various points along the route in case of accidents, illness or breakdown. The ride is followed by a party in Aspen featuring free beer and many bib prizes. This years party will be at Sky Hotel on East Durant Street.The ride will follow its usual format of a race start at 9 a.m. and a family/recreational start at 9:15 a.m. Families and recreational riders are encouraged to participate. In recent years the ride has attracted around 500 riders, and start-line registration has been crowded, so riders are encouraged to preregister. Mail-in registration forms will be available at local bike and sporting goods shops after May 1. Preregistration will be available at the Ute Mountaineer and Aspen Velo in Aspen and at the Community Bank in Basalt May 14-16. Preregistration is currently available online at http://www.Active.com. Online registration will be open until May 15. Information: Mark Fuller, director, Independence Pass Foundation, 963-4959 or fulcon@comcast.net.


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