Sports in Juneau

Posted: Friday, April 29, 2005

UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30

• Juneau-Douglas High School Track and Field - The Crimson Bears host the Juneau Invitational Track and Field Meet at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park this weekend. Friday's action starts at 2 p.m. while races get underway Saturday at 9 a.m.

Friday, April 29

• Juneau Freewheelers North Douglas Bicycle Road Race - The race starts at the False Outer Point parking area on North Douglas Highway. Registration begins at 5:45 p.m. There will be a 24-mile course or a 10-mile course (sport class). All ability levels are welcome. The entry fee is $15. The complete Freewheelers race schedule is at http://www.juneau.com/freewheel. For more information, please call Jeff White at 364-2948.

Saturday, April 30

• Play Women's Ice Hockey For Free - The Juneau Adult Hockey Association will be hosting a "come try ice hockey" eventd for women on Saturday, April 30, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Treadwell Arena. The event is free and hockey equipment, including goalie gear, will be provided. Skates may be rented from the arena for $2. On-ice instruction in hockey basics will be followed by a scrimmage. Info: Karen Blejwas, 586-4827.

Saturday, April 30

• Mendenhall Mud Puddle Meet - The Southeast Road Runners will sponsor this run which starts at the UAS parking lot. Registration is at 8 a.m. The distances are nine miles and one mile and starts at 9 a.m. Please contact Glenn Frick at 789-7279 for more details.

Sunday, May 1

• Kids' Rotary Park Run - Kinds have three races to chose from - one, two or three laps around the Duck Pond. First race starts at 1 p.m. at the Duck Pond (Rotary Park) on Riverside Drive in the Mendenhall Valley. Race-day registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Registration forms are also available at the valley location of the JRC/The Alaska Club. Registration is $1 per child. This year, kids have to pick which race they want to enter - no multiple races please. Info: Shelly, 790-2566.

Saturday, May 21

• 2005 Julie Hughes Triathlon - The 21st Annual Julie Hughes Triathlon will take place May 21 starting at 9 a.m. Participants must register on Friday, May 20, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Sheldon Jackson Hames P.E. Center. Entry fees are $20 and include a t-shirt specially designed by D.J. Robidou. Adult athletes will race a course of a five-mile run, 12-mile bike and 1,000 meter swim. A short course for 12 & under athletes will consist of a two-mile run, four-mile bike and 500 meter swim. Bikers under the age of nine must be accompanied by an adult during their event. Race catagories for individula men and women include: 12 & under, 13-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50 & over. Relay catagories include: family, corporate, mixed (male/female), 12 & under girls, 12 & under boys, 12 & under mixed, 13-18 women, 13-18 men, 13-18 mixed, masters women (40 & over), masters men (40 & over), open women and open men. Bikers should be inspected for safety prior to the race. This may be done free of charge at the Yellow Jersey Bike Shop. All 8 & under bikers must accompanied by an adult. All swimmer in every age group will be required to have their own counter on the pool deck prior to starting their swim. Anyone wishing to volunteer to help, please contact Kristy at 747-3024 or Susan at 747-0519 or see our listing at http://www.active.com.

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MEETINGS / CLINICS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Evening Masters Swimming program - The Augustus Brown pool hosts a twice-weekly Evening Masters Swimming program. The program will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and is designed to promote and improve the physical and mental well-being of adults age 19-older. Participants must be able to swim crawlstroke and backstroke. Info: Augustus Brown swim pool, 586-5325.

• Yukon River Quest 2005 registration - The longest annual canoe and kayak race in the world is accepting applications for its 2005 race. The race takes place June 29 through July 3, and the 460-mile (740-kilometer) course follows the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City, Yukon Territory. The deadline for entries is May 26, 2005, and more information is available on the event's Web site at http://www.yukonriverquest.com. Last year 51 teams from around the world, including racers from Southeast Alaska, started the race and 35 teams finished. A limit of 70 teams has been set for 2005 and the race is open to tandem and solo kayaks and recreational tandem canoes and voyageur canoes (that seat 6-14 paddlers). Entry fees are $600 (Canadian) for tandem canoes and kayaks, $300 for solo kayaks and $200 per person for voyageur canoes. The total purse for the race is $15,500 (Canadian), which is distributed among the top 10 teams overall and to category winners. The first-place team receives $3,000 and an entry into the 2006 race. Info: Peter Coates (of Whitehorse), YRMPA president, by e-mail at petercoates@sun.com, or Jeff Brady (of Skagway), YRMPA vice president, by e-mail at dotjeff@aptalaska.net.

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OPEN GYMS / SCRIMMAGES / ONGOING

• Mount Jumbo preschool open gym - Preschool open gyms for children ages 1-6 and an adult parent or caregiver take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through April. There must be at least one adult present for every four kids. There is a $1 per child fee, or punchcards for $10 and $50 can be bought at the gym, which is located at 909 4th Street in Douglas. Tricycles, mats, balls, a Little Tykes climber, building blocks and a kid-sized basketball hoop are available. Info: Myiia Whistler, Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation, 586-5226, or by e-mail at Myiia_Whistler@ci.juneau.ak.us.

• Zach Gordon Youth Center climbing wall - Climbing wall hours are 5-7 p.m. on Mondays, and 3:30-7 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The climbing wall can be used by people of all ages. Climbers age 20-younger climb free, while adults 21-older pay $5 to use the wall. Youth-adult interaction is encouraged, so an adult climbing with a youth pays no fee. Private rental times are available for $25 per hour. Info and scheduling: Zach Gordon Youth Center, 586-2635.

• Treadwell Arena schedule - An ice rink schedule is posted on the arena's Web site. Info: Treadwell Arena, 586-0410, or on the Web at http://www.juneau.org/parksrec/icerink/.

• Juneau Archery Club youth shooting - Archery shooting is held on Friday nights, with sessions at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost of each session is $1, and they are designed to help youngsters learn the basics of archery. Info: John Cooper, 789-3422, or by e-mail at jcooper@gci.net.

• Juneau Community Schools open gyms - Basketball, volleyball and soccer open gyms for adults are available several times a week. Basketball and volleyball open gyms are held Fridays and Sundays from 7-9 p.m. at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. Soccer open gyms are held Sundays from 6:45-8:45 p.m. at Floyd Dryden Middle School. The cost is $5 per session, and 10-session punchcards are available for $40 each. Info: Juneau Community Schools, 463-1717.

• Basketball/volleyball court rentals available - The Juneau Community Schools program has basketball/volleyball court rental times available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. The cost to rent the court is $20 per hour, which must be paid at the time of rental. This is for adult activities only. Info: Juneau Community Schools, 463-1717.

• Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation Wednesday and Saturday hikes - For updates on locations of Wednesday and Saturday group hikes, call the Juneau Parks and Recreation Hikes Hotline. Always remember to bring plenty of food and water, wear warm layers of clothing and proper footwear for the hike. No dogs or firearms are allowed. Wednesday hikes are limited to hikers 18 years of age or older. Saturday hikes are open to families, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Info: Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation Hikes Hotline, 586-0428.

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