Swim meet highlights busy weekend in the valley
Swoopin’, hoopin’ and shreddin’. Separate competitions, featuring some of the best athletes on the Western Slope will take part in separate venues across the valley this weekend. And the best part for spectators? Admission is free. On Friday, the Sopris Barracudas travel to the James Moore Pool in Aspen for the weekend-long Western Slope Club Swim Championships.The meet brings together the top club swimmers from Grand Junction, Steamboat, Durango, Craig and points between. The event is also the swan song for Barracudas’ head coach Howard Jay, who is retiring after 20 years at the helm of the program.Likewise, this weekend’s championship meet will be the final time longtime members Jennifer Betts, Jonathan Jay, Molly Jankovsky, Alina Roberts will compete for the local swim team.They, along with fellow Barracudas Sierra Grove, Claire Noone, Keevan Scholl and Jack Cassidy, are among top contenders in their respective events and divisions for championship medals.Action gets under way at 10 a.m. Friday, followed by a second session at 2:30 p.m. Events continue Saturday and Sunday with morning and afternoon sessions daily.Further downvalley, two high-profile events will take place in Carbondale Saturday.The Second Annual Run for Your Life race will be held in Triangle Park on the River Valley Ranch complex at 8:30 a.m. The event features a 4-mile run for adults, a 1-mile race for athletes 15 and younger, and also a mile-long walk.Proceeds from the event will be earmarked for the new cardiovascular suite, to be built by funds from the Valley View Hospital Foundation, and a smaller percent of the proceeds will go to the Glenwood Springers youth track club.Weekend: see page A16Race winners, along with the oldest and youngest participants, receive gift certificates donated by local restaurants.As the races winds down, competition in the Carbondale Concrete Cup heats up across Highway 82 at the North Face Skatepark. Beginning at 10 a.m., skateboarders of all ages will vie for cash and prizes in street course, freestyle and full pipe events.Registration begins at 8 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $20 for beginners, intermediate and advanced boarders, and $30 to compete in the sponsored division. Later Saturday afternoon on the legendary outdoor basketball courts at Sayre Park in Glenwood, the area’s best outdoor 4-person teams square off in the second of the summer G’Wood Hoop D’Ville series.The initial game is scheduled to tip off at 1 p.m. Event coordinator Michael Picore said 12 teams, including last year’s winners, have pre-registered for the double-elimination tournament. They face a stiff challenge in repeating the feat. Top contenders include the Lost Planet Airmen, the 2005 tournament runner-up; the 2006 3-on-3 tourney winner headed by Judah Legg, and a squad consisting of former Glenwood Demons Sean, Michael and Kevin Flohr, bolstered by Roaring Fork High standout Aaron Markham and GSHS grad Tyler Thimsen.
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