Sports in Juneau

Posted: Tuesday, May 03, 2005

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday-Friday, May 4-6

• Juneau-Douglas High School softball - The Crimson Bears host the first of a three-game Southeast Conference series with Sitka at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Melvin Park. Juneau also plays Sitka at 7 p.m. on Thursday and at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Thursday-Friday, May 5-6

• Juneau-Douglas High School baseball - The Crimson Bears host a doubleheader against Sitka at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park baseball field. First pitch is at 3 p.m. on Thursday, with the second game to follow 30 minutes after the first game ends. The two teams will play a second twin-bill at 3 p.m. on Friday.

Friday, May 6

• Outer Point Time Trial Bike Race - The Juneau Freewheelers are sponsoring a 10-mile time trial that starts at 6:30 p.m. at the False Outer Point parking lot on North Douglas Highway. Registration begins at 5:45 p.m. The race is free, but requires a $10 club membership. Info: Steve Thornton, 364-2253.

Saturday, May 7

• May Mud and Mountain Run - Meet at 7:15 a.m. at the Fish Creek parking area on North Douglas Highway for an 8 a.m. race start. This annual event features a 3-mile mud run across the Gastineau Channel and back at low tide, with a longer 7-mile mud and mountain run that adds a trek up Fish Creek Trail toward Eaglecrest Ski Area to the mud run. Pre-registration available at both JRC locations, Nugget and Foggy Mountain Shop. Info: David Thomson, 586-1363, or on the Web at http://www.juneau.com/serr/.

Sunday, May 8

• Mother's Day Bicycle Race or Ride - The Juneau Freewheelers are sponsoring the first ever women's only bike race in Juneau. There will be tracks of 14 and 24 miles with a choice of competitve or non-competitive ride or race. The start is at 10 a.m. at the Douglas Bridge and registration begins at 9 a.m. Entry fee for the ride is $5 and entry fee for the race is $15. Ride will include food and beverages at the halfway point. Info: Terry Ward, 586-2563.

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MEETINGS / CLINICS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Play Ultimate Frisbee for free - The Ultimate Players of Southeast Alaska invite everyone to come try Ultimate Frisbee. Come find out about this fast-paced, exciting sport in a non-competitive and welcoming environment. These events are free, open to women and men of all ages, and include instruction and scrimmages. No experience or equipment is needed, just a desire to play, run and learn a new sport. It happens from 9-11 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, and from 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park football field. Info: Peter van Tamelen, 790-6678, or on the Web at http://www.upsea.org.

• Ultimate Frisbee registration - The Ultimate Players of Southeast Alaska (UPSEA) invites everyone to register for the spring coed hat league. Players of all abilities are welcome. League play begins on Wednesday, May 11, and runs through June. Registration should be completed by May 11 for particpants to compete in the entire season. The cost is $25 and includes game and pickup play twice weekly and an end of season tournament and BBQ. There will also be opportunities to play throughout the summer and fall. Info: Peter van Tamelen at 790-6678, or on the Web at http://www.upsea.org.

• 2005 Julie Hughes Triathlon registration - The 21st Annual Julie Hughes Triathlon will take place starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, in Sitka. 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. Info and volunteers: Kristy Totten at 747-3024 or Susan Suarez at 747-0519 or see our listing at http://www.active.com.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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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