Sports in Juneau

Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2003

Friday, May 9

• Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club - Tee Harbor short course road race: Meet at 6 p.m. at the Lynn Canal Fire Station (at the corner of Glacier Highway and Point Stephens Road, near Tee Harbor) for a 22-mile race that begins at 6:30 p.m. Helmets are required. Info: Doug Woodby, 463-3095.

Saturday, May 10

• Southeast Road Runners club - Mendenhall Mud Puddle Meet: Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the University of Alaska Southeast main parking lot for a 9 a.m. race start. This race features a 9-mile round-trip course. Info: Glenn Frick, 789-7279.


• Juneau Youth Football League registration - JYFL coaches and board members will conduct registration for kids for all levels of football in Juneau - from Pee Wee through Varsity - on Saturday, May 10 and 31, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Nugget Mall1. Info: Renee Cox, JYFL player personnel chair, 789-4908.

• Raincountry Fly Fishers monthly meeting - Meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, at Twin Lakes for the club's final monthly meeting of the spring. This will be the annual fly-casting clinic. Free instruction, tips, and an opportunity to test out some rods will take place, as well as the infamous long-distance casting contest for the coveted cup. Info: Tony Soltys, 789-9159, or Steve Martin, 790-2206.

• Ultimate Frisbee registration - The Ultimate Players of Southeast Alaska (UPSEA) are accepting registrations for their 2003 summer league, which runs through August. It is a coed league of all ages. New players are encouraged to join, and weekly instructional clinics will be held in May and June. Games are held weekly. The cost is $35 for the season. More information and on-line registration and payment can be found at Info: Peter van Tamelen, 790-6678.

• Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation youth outdoor soccer - Registration for Parks and Rec's youth outdoor soccer program will start on Monday, May 5, and run through Friday, May 16. For one night only, on Monday, May 5, there will be a registration table from 5-8 p.m. in the main corridor of Mendenhall Mall. Otherwise, the registration form is available at the Parks and Rec office on the second floor of city hall, or on the Internet at Info: Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation, 586-5226.

• Juneau-Douglas High School Swim Team/Glacier Swim Club wildlife cruise - This three-hour wildlife viewing cruise departs from the Allen Marine Tours dock at Statter Harbor in Auke Bay at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, and returns at 5 p.m. The cruise costs $50 per person, and the price includes food and refreshments. Tickets are available from GSC senior swimmers and JDHS team members. Make checks payable to "Glacier Swim Club." All proceeds go to help fund the two swim programs. Info: John Wray, 789-1759, or Cyndy Guylas, 586-2955.

• Julie Hughes Triathlon volunteers - Volunteers are needed for the 19th annual Julie Hughes Triathlon in Sitka. The triathlon takes place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, and all registration takes place from 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9, at the Sheldon Jackson College Hames Physical Education Center. The entry fee is $20 and includes a t-shirt. Adult athletes will cover a course with a 1,000-meter swim, a 12-mile bike and a 5-mile run. Youth athletes (age 12-younger) will have a course with a 500-meter swim, a 4-mile bike and a 2-mile run. All bikes must pass a prerace safety inspection and riders must wear helmets. Info: Kristy Totten, 1-907-747-3024.

• Kluane to Chilkat International Bike Relay registration - Registration is open for the 2003 race, which takes place on Saturday, June 21, from Haines Junction, Yukon Territory, to Haines, Alaska. This year team captains need to enter their team in its proper category and pay the fees as soon as possible, with the final team roster being submitted by June 10. The early registration deadline is May 20, and there is a limit of 1,200 riders in the relay race. The categories are for eight, four, two and solo riders, with men's, women's and mixed divisions. All team members must be registered by 3 p.m. ADT, on June 10. Race information is available on the Internet at, or by contacting Sport Yukon in Whitehorse, Y.T., or the Haines Chamber of Commerce in Haines. Info: Sport Yukon, 1-867-633-2579, or by e-mail at

• Yukon River Quest canoe and kayak race registration - Registration for the 460-mile (740 kilometers) paddling marathon is due by May 31. The race starts in downtown Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, on Wednesday, June 25, and teams must reach the finish line in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, within 96 hours. Teams must reach the Carmacks checkpoint (200 miles, 315 kilometers into the course) within 40 hours. The race record is 52 hours, 9 minutes, with most teams finishing between 65 and 80 hours. Last year 36 teams entered, including one from Juneau and one from Skagway. Race categories include voyageur canoe, tandem canoe, tandem kayak and solo kayak. Prize money is $19,500 (Canadian dollars). Entry forms and race information can be found on the Web at Info: Yukon River Marathon Paddling Association, by e-mail at


• Youth open gyms - Meet from 8-11 p.m. on Saturdays (May 10, 17, 19 and 26) at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gym. Friday night youth open gyms at Floyd Dryden Middle School have been canceled due to lack of participants. Youth open gyms are free for students in grades 5-12. Info: Community schools director Joyce Kitka, 463-1700, Ext. 327.

• Adult volleyball/basketball open gyms - Meet from 7-9 p.m. on Fridays (May 9, 16, 23 and 30) and from 7-9 p.m. on Sundays (May 11, 18 and 25) at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gym. Cost is $4 and open gym is limited to adults (age 18-older) only. Info: Community Schools, 463-1700, Ext. 325.

• Adult indoor soccer open gyms - Meet from 7-9 p.m. on Fridays (May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30) and from 7-9 p.m. on Sundays (May 11, 18 and 25) at Floyd Dryden Middle School gym. Cost is $4 and open gym is limited to adults (age 18-older) only. Info: Community Schools, 463-1700, Ext. 325.

• Adult outdoor soccer games - Open soccer scrimmages for adults age 18-older take place from 5-7 p.m. on Sundays (May 11, 18 and 25) at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park football-soccer field. There are open scrimmages from 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays (May 8 and 15) at Dimond Park, with sessions from 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays (May 22 and 29). There will be a seven-a-side coed tournament on Saturday, May 31, at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. Info: Kurt West, Capital City Soccer League, 364-2503.

• 4-H cross-country running program - This year's program will meet at 5 p.m. on Thursdays through the summer at various locations around Juneau. The upcoming schedule has the May 8 meeting at the Wetlands Trail (at the end of Radcliff Road), the May 15 meeting at Perseverance Trail (end of Basin Road), the May 22 meeting at Riverbend School (for the 4-H Outdoor Olympics) and the May 29 meeting at Cope Park. There will be two running clubs this year - one for elementary school students led by Jamie and John Bursell, and one for middle school students led by Craig Farrington. The two age groups will have different workouts, but will meet near the same place to make car-pooling easy for parents. The season will culminate with the Douglas Two-Miler run on July 4. There is a $6 enrollment fee to join the club. Info: Jim Douglas at the University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Office, 465-8749.

• 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.

Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau. It runs when space is available and event notices should arrive at least one week before they are scheduled to take place. To submit an item to Sports in Juneau, please fax the info to 1-907-586-3028 or e-mail it to

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