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Area Sports Briefs

Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Basalt resident Alec Toney’s first-place finish in downhill highlighted a strong showing by area riders in this past weekend’s USA Cycling Mountain Bike Nationals at Granby’s Sol Vista Bike Park.The 15-year-old topped his competitors in the 15-18 age group, crossing the finishing in 2 minutes, 39 seconds. Carbondale’s Madison Bailey followed in fourth place. Gus Berg took seventh.”Your adrenaline is really rushing as you come out of the clearing and head down to the finish with all the crowds cheering,” Toney said in a news release. “Having a nationally ranked race in Colorado really brings out the crowds.”Brian Buell, coach local squad “Team Geronimo”, finished third in the pro division in Sunday’s mountaincross. In the junior mountaincross race, Roy Benge finished in third among 9- to 14-year-olds, Robert Petit was eighth and Tyler and Tanner Spence crossed the line in 12th and 13th, respectively. Benge’s older brother Teddy (15-18) followed up a fourth-place result in downhill with a third in mountaincross.The group will look to post similar results when the Mountain States Cup heads to Snowmass on Aug. 7-9 for Blast the Mass.

The 31st annual Sopris Runoff returns this Saturday, July 25.The 16.5-mile race, which begins at the 7-Eleven in downtown Basalt and ends at Sopris Park in Carbondale, will start at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $24 prior to the race and $25 on race day. The price includes a T-shirt and refreshments at the finish line.Registration on the morning of the race begins at 7 a.m. at the start. For more information, call Bruce Gabow at 927-4135.

Musicians Vince Gill and Amy Grant are pairing with PGA pro Fred Funk on Aug. 3 and 4 to raise money for Challenge Aspen.The sixth annual Vince Gill & Amy Grant Golf Classic will begin with Aug. 3’s dinner, live and silent auctions and exclusive concert at the Aspen Meadows Resort’s Doerr-Hosier Center. One day later, Gill and Grant will join Funk at the Aspen Golf Club.The comprehensive “Golfer’s Deluxe” package includes golf with PGA Tour pros and celebrity friends, two tickets to the opening-night gala, personalized instruction from the pros, VIP gift bags and complimentary food and beverages during the tournament. The cost is $2,500 per player. Also, a limited number of “Evening Out” packages, which include cocktails, auction, dinner and the concert for $500 a person, and “Music Lovers” packages, which includes only the concert and costs $100 each.Challenge Aspen will also be honoring a group of newly injured servicewomen who recently returned home from Iraq. The group will be part of a new C.A.M.O (Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities) retreat, which includes activities such as rafting and equine therapy and wellness and educational workshops. Grant is scheduled join them for part of the retreat.For more information, or to register, visit or contact Challenge Aspen at 923-0578 ext. 200.

Glenwood Soccer is hosting two summer camps for players 4 to 13 years old.The camps will be held at the Glenwood Park soccer field from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 13-17 and Aug. 10-14. The cost is $110 per session and registration is available online at or by calling the club office at 945-6091.

Registration for Three Rivers Youth Football is now in progress. All boys and girls entering the fifth and sixth grades in the fall are eligible to participate.Practices begins Aug. 31 and games start Sept. 13. Registration is $200 and includes the league fee and equipment rental. Space is limited – the league will field two teams of approximately 22 players each – so those interested are encouraged to contact Ron Morehead and sign up early.A flag football program for all incoming second, third and fourth graders is also being offered by the Aspen Recreation Department. For more information, call 920-5140.

Longhorns head coach Carl Frerichs is hosting a free football camp for players entering fifth and sixth grade will take place at the Basalt High School field on Aug. 11, 12 and 13.Participants, who will be asked to sign a waiver, will learn fundamentals and work with curtrent high school players at the camps, which run from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. Everyone will receive a T-shirt. Those interested are welcome to attend one or all of the sessions. For more information, contact Frerichs at 948-3381.

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