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Area Sports Briefs

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Glenwood Springs CO Colorado

Fall sports practices begin Aug. 17 at Glenwood Springs High School.

The varsity football team is scheduled to practice from 6:30 to 11 a.m., Monday through Friday. Freshmen football players will go at 3:30 p.m.

The boys soccer team will hold Monday-Friday practices from 7 to 8 a.m. at the high school (running shoes only) and then at 5:30 p.m. at Glenwood Springs Middle School.

Cross country runners should report to the high school at 4 p.m. each day for practice.

Volleyball players will practice from 6:30 to 8 a.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. at the high school each day.

Fall sports are right around the corner at Glenwood Springs Middle School

Football players should report Aug. 17 to pick up gear. Eighth-graders should show up from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Seventh-graders will receive their gear from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Players should have their physicals already completed and furnish proof of insurance. A $30 athletic fee will be collected.

Full football practice starts Aug. 18 and runs from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m.

Volleyball practice will begin at 3:15 p.m. on Aug. 17 in the GSMS gym. As with football, players should have their physicals already completed, furnish proof of insurance and bring a $30 athletic fee.

For more information, contact GSMS at 384-5500 or 384-5504 or get in touch with the coaches.

Valley locals are invited to take part in a free road biking skills clinic hosted by Sun Dog Athletics founder Erik Skarvan on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

The clinic, which runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Aspen Recreation Center, will give riders the opportunity to quickly and safely gain new skills for climbing and ascending. Space is limited to six riders, so interested participants are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.

Locals can also take advantage of a new special: Private mountain and road biking lessons through August for $45 per hour. Private group discounts are also available upon request.

For further information, or to make a reservation, contact Skarvan at 925-1069.

Skiing legend and former World Cup Overall champion Bode Miller is slated to take part in Challenge Aspen’s Locals’ Tournament on Aug. 20 at River Valley Ranch Golf Club.

The event will raise money to fund the International Paralympic Committee’s 2010 World Cup Finals, which will be hosted by the Challenge Aspen Competitive Program.

Participants will compete for prizes in categories ranging from longest drive and closest to the pin to best dressed and worst team.

The cost to participate in the tournament, a shotgun start that begins at 2 p.m., is $800 per foursome. Hole sponsorship is available for $500.

For more information, contact Kevin Jardine (970-618-6382) or Tracey Mendrek (847-858-4389). Those interested can register online at

Saturday, Aug. 22 will mark the 15th running of The Aspen Mountain Hill Climb, the second event of the Aspen Summer Race Series.

The race will start at the base of Ajax, just above the Silver Queen Gondola. The 4.5-mile course climbs 3,4000 vertical feet and will follow the Summer Road to the Sundeck at the summit. The mountain biking wave starts at 8 a.m., and the running/

hiking wave will begin 15 minutes later. Aid stations will be located at Gwyn’s and Bonnie’s restaurants and at the finish.

The cost to participate is $15, and those interested can register at Ute Mountaineer in Aspen until 5 p.m. on Aug. 21, or on race day at the gondola patio until 7 a.m. Online registration is also taking place at (keyword: Aspen). All proceeds will benefit the Aspen High School cross country team.

For more information, contact Chris Keleher at 319-7519, or visit Ute Mountaineer.

The sixth annual Aspen/Snowmass Ride for the Cure – which has 10-, 30-, 50- and 100-mile routes – returns to the valley later this month.

The ride has a new date and place this time around. The event will take place Aug. 22 and begin and end at the Snowmass Recreation Center. Parking is available, but carpooling is recommended.

Registration is $100 and those interested can sign up until Aug. 21. In addition, each participant is required to pledge $500 for Komen Aspen, which helps in the fight against breast cancer. Three hundred riders have registered as of this week, and organizers are hoping to raise $3 million.

For more information, or to register, visit

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 (618-0354, or 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.

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