Local sports briefs
Sopris masters tryouts
Team Sopris will be offering tryouts for its masters swimming group from Sept. 15-31. This group practices from 6-7:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Glenwood Springs Community Center Pool. The minimum skill requirement is the ability to swim the length of the pool (25 meters). There are no practice or meet attendance requirements: Both will be determined by your schedule and your goals. With respect to practice attendance, participants may arrive late or leave early as their schedules demand.
The masters group has swimmers of all ages and abilities, from those learning stroke technique to those competing regularly in pool, open-water and triathlon races. Workout sets, technical advice, and encouragement are offered by head coach Neil Romney. Fees include a $35/month coaching fee and a membership to the Community Center. The only other obligatory cost is the annual registration fee with US Masters Swimming, USA Swimming or USA Triathlon; this provides liability insurance and sanctions participants to compete should they choose to do so.
For further information or to schedule a free tryout practice, please contact head coach Neil Romney (firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-989-4689) or stop by the pool any MWF 6-7:15 a.m.
New Castle Recreation hosting Pickleball Tournament
New Castle Recreation is hosting the Pickleball Challenge Tourney to see who the best players are in our area on Saturday, Sept. 26, on the outdoor courts behind Riverside Middle School. Registration is individual and participants will be randomly paired with others and play a round-robin format until both male and female winners are crowned. A barbecue lunch will be provided for all participants.
The preregistration fee is $15, and the deadline is Sept. 18. Registration can be done online 24/7 at http://www.newcastlerec.com.
For more information, contact New Castle Recreation at 970-984-3352.
Glenwood Canyon Shuffle Race for Literacy registration open
Runners and walkers are invited to enjoy a beautiful autumn tour of the Glenwood Canyon Saturday, Oct. 3, in the Glenwood Canyon Shuffle Race for Literacy. A half-marathon (13.1-mile) run and relay race and a 5K (3.1 mile) run/walk will take place on the bike path through the scenic Glenwood Canyon. This year Literacy Outreach is excited to announce that for the first time, the half-marathon will be last race in the Downhill Half-Marathon series.
The half marathon starts at 9 a.m., and the 5K follows at 10 a.m. Buses will take participants from the finish line at the No Name exit in Glenwood Canyon to the race starting points.
The entry fee is $35 per person for the half-marathon and $25 per person for the 5K. There is a late fee of $5 per person applied to entries received after Sept. 30. The race entry fee includes a long-sleeved T-shirt and a poker hand in Shuffle the Deck. The best poker hand wins $100. Online registration is available at http://www.runningguru.com. Registration forms can also be printed from the Literacy Outreach website at http://www.literacyoutreach.org under the events tab.
The Glenwood Canyon Shuffle Race for Literacy is sponsored by Valley View Hospital, Grand River Hospital District, Garfield County Public Library District, In Search of the Holy Grayling, Joyce Webb Ceramics, Gallegos Corp., Crystal Property Management and FCI Construction.
Ring the Bell 5K takes place Sept. 26
The third annual Ring the Bell at the Bridge 5K run/walk for suicide awareness will be Sept. 26 in Canyon Creek in between New Castle and Glenwood Springs.
The race — which will also feature a 10K — begins at 9 a.m. at the historic little red school house on Canyon Creek Road. It follows the course along Canyon Creek to the bridge where a liberty bell is hung, and participants can ring the bell in memory of those lost to suicide to celebrate making it to the turnaround point.
Parking and registration will be held at the New Creation Church at 8:30 a.m. A shuttle will be provided to take people to the start/finish line at the little red school house.
Cost is $25 for all participants.
Following the race, brats, beans and beverages will be provided to runners. There will also be more than 70 prizes to give away as well.
All proceeds will be donated to the Aspen Hope Center. Information/registration: http://www.ring5K.org, or Erin, 970-355-4770.
Ram Classic, Sept. 25
Roaring Fork athletics will host the Pella Windows & Doors Ram Classic, Friday, Sept. 25, at the River Valley Ranch golf course in Carbondale. Eighteen holes of scramble golf with a shotgun start of 9 a.m. Contests include longest drive, straightest drive, closest to the pin, poker round and hole-in-one. Extras include a boxed lunch, $5 mulligans, a raffle, door prizes and an awards ceremony. To sign up, the cost is $400 per team.
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