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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 (coachneil@teamsopris.org or 970-989-4689) or stop by the pool any MWF 6-7:15 a.m.

Youth swim team holds fall tryouts

The Sopris Barracudas Swim Team will be holding free swim team tryouts from 5:15-6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the Community Center Pool. Minimum requirements are the ability to swim the length of the pool (25 meters) in freestyle and backstroke. The emphasis is on skill acquisition, physical fitness, and fun in a safe, professionally coached environment. Swimmers from 6-18 are welcome.

For more information, please contact Head Coach Neil Romney (coachneil@teamsopris.org or 970-989-4686) or visit the team’s website (http://teamsopris.org/).

Fundraiser

Rally the Valley

Rally the Valley is a communitywide fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 19, to support patients at the Calaway-Young Cancer Center at Valley View Hospital. There are multiple ways to Rally: a 24.5-mile bike ride or a 4-mile walk through downtown Glenwood Springs or a 1.5-mile family walk — Peyton’s Parade. However you decide to Rally, all participants will come together for the Rally Party in Sayre Park. The party will be a treat for all with fabulous food, a beer garden and a kids zone with bouncy houses and more.

Rally for those who have survived cancer. Rally for those whom we have lost. Rally to support the best cancer care for our community. For website and registration help or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities email Dina Belmonte at Dina.Belmonte@vvh.org or Erika Leavitt at Erika.Leavitt@vvh.org. For any event, adults are $30 and children under the age of 13 are $10.

RUNNING

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.

Literacy Outreach provides classes and one-on-one tutoring for adults that need assistance with basic literacy skills such as reading, writing and math through professionally trained volunteers in Garfield County.

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.

RECREATION

New Castle youth flag football programs

The New Castle Recreation Department is currently accepting registration for youth flag football programs that begin in early September. The intro to flag football is for boys and girls in first and second grades and will be held on Monday from 4:30-5:15 p.m. The Youth Flag Football League is for children in grades 3-6 and will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The fee for the Intro program is $40 by Sept. 11, and $50 after. The fee for the League is $60.

Registration can be completed by phone at 970-984-3352, or online at http://www.newcastlerec.com.


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