Sports bloom during Strawberry Week |

Sports bloom during Strawberry Week

Phil SandovalPost Independent Staff
Post Independent File PhotoRunners set their watches at the start of the 2004 Strawberry Shortcut 5K. The race, which annually draws more than 900 runners, has been moved to Sunday, June 19, this year. The event features 10- and 5-kilometer runs, plus a 1-mile family fun run/walk.

The slate of sporting events in Strawberry Days allows athletes of all ages those extra helpings of strawberries and ice cream theyll be eating this week.Starting Wednesday, a bushel of athletic treats and sweets is available to pick from. For the younger set, Wednesdays place to be will be the Glenwood Springs High School track the site of the annual Hershey meet. The event is free for kids ages 9-15. Events include boys and girls races at 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1,600 meters, the 4×100 relay.Field competitions include the long jump and softball-throw.Pre-registration begins at 3:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the track. The first running event is slated for 4 p.m. Participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate to compete.Event winners advance to the Hershey state finals on June 25 in Fort Collins.Tennis anyone?Wednesdays also opening day for the Strawberry Days tennis tournament at the Glenwood Community Center courts.The event features tournament play for juniors and adults of varying levels.Play opens with the juniors Wednesday and continues through June 17. Divisions include boys and girls singles and doubles for players age 10 and younger, 11-12, 13- 14, 15- 16 and 17- 18 year-olds. Ages are determined on the first tournament day a player enters.Adult action begins Thursday and concludes Sunday.The mens division consists of singles and doubles tournaments at the 4.0, 3.5 and 3.0 levels.For women, the slates the same, along with a tournament at the 2.5 level.Registration for the mixed-doubles tournament include players at the 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 levels.Registration forms are available at the Community Center. Deadline to register is 6 p.m.Rodeo opens FridayThe 108th version of the Strawberry Days Rodeo kicks-off a two-day run at the rodeo grounds, next to the airport, Friday. Events begin at 6 p.m. both nights.Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children 12 and under. On Friday, in honor of Fathers Day, dads who bring their kids will be admitted free.Competitions at the Colorado Pro Rodeo Association-sanctioned event include bull, saddle bronc and bareback horse riding; team, mixed team and ladies breakaway roping, plus steer wrestling and barrel racing.The mutton-busting competition is open to children 7 and younger, weighing no more than 55 pounds. Children 12 and younger can participate in a catch-a-calf event. There is a $10 per-person registration fee for both events. Registrations can be filled out at KTMS-FM radio next to Wells Fargo Bank, or at the rodeo grounds the day of the event.Get a load off your feet Grab a lawn chair after Saturdays parade and head over to Glenwood Park or the Community Center Pool for a couple of must-see events.At 1 p.m. in Glenwood Park, the Defiance rugby team plays its annual intersquad game, featuring veteran team players the Old Boys against the local clubs younger players.Earlier that morning, some of the states top youth club swimmers gather for the 38th annual Sopris Barracudas swim meet. Its the first time the Barracudas host a meet at the Community Center pool. Events run from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.Run, run, runJoin your friends and neighbors Sunday morning for the 28th annual Strawberry Shortcut. The event, which benefits Special Olympics Colorado, draws more than 900 runners annually.The 5K and 10K events start at Centennial Park on Ninth Street, east of Grand Avenue and conclude, then winds through west Glenwood to the finish line at Seventh Street underneath the Grand Avenue bridge.Start times are 7:30 a.m. for the 10K. The 5K zooms off at 8:45 a.m. The 1-mile Family Fun walk/run, which starts and ends under the Grand Avenue bridge, begins at 9:45 a.m.Every registered runner, walker and baby jogger receives a 2005 Strawberry Shortcut T-shirt. Registration forms are available at Bank of Colorado branches in Glenwood and Basalt, at Performance Footwear in the Glenwood Springs Mall and the Basalt Toy Shack through Friday.Registrations can also be made online at are $20 for either the 5K or 10K race, or $25 to run in both races. The cost is $18 for the fun run and $50 for families. The cost goes up $5 for all events after June 15.

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