Sports in Juneau

Posted: Monday, August 02, 2004


Friday-Sunday, August 6-8

• Juneau Freewheelers cycling club - Tour of Juneau: The local road cycling season culminates in the three-day Tour of Juneau series. Friday's stage is the 5-mile Eaglecrest Hill Climb up Fish Creek Road, a mass-start race that starts at Mile 0.5 Fish Creek Road at 7 p.m. Saturday's stage is the 40-kilometer time trial on the North Douglas Highway, starting and finishing near Douglas side of the Douglas Bridge with a 9 a.m. start and riders hitting the road in 30-second intervals. Sunday's stage is a 52-mile road race that starts near the Auke Bay Alaska Marine Highway ferry terminal at 10 a.m. and finishes at the Auke Recreation Area after run to the end of Glacier Highway and back. Shorter distances will be available in the sport class. Racers should check in an hour before the start of each stage. Info: Lou Edwards, 789-3455, or Chris Chiles, 789-5138, or by e-mail at

Saturday, August 7

• Southeast Road Runners - 13th annual Frank Maier Memorial Marathon and Douglas Island Half-Marathon: The 26.2-mile marathon begins at 7 a.m. (a 6 a.m. start is available for slower runners), and the 13.1-mile half-marathon begins at 9 a.m. (an 8 a.m. start is available for slower runners), both from Savikko Park in Douglas. The races are out-and-back along the Douglas and North Douglas Highways, with aid stations every 2.5 miles. There will be a pre-race pasta dinner at Chinook's in the Goldbelt Hotel from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6 (cost $15 adults, $7 kids; pay with registration or at the door); a BBQ picnic at the race finish; and a no-host pizza social at 6 p.m. Saturday at the downtown Bullwinkle's pizza parlor. For more information on registration and costs, look on the Web at, or contact: Ben Van Alen, 586-8322 or; or Bob Marshall, 586-6200 or

Saturday-Sunday, August 7-8

• Juneau Yacht Club - Sailing Squadron - Juneau Cup Challenge Race, Round Five (Legs 10-11): Racing takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday with a day race from Juneau to Point Arden and back, and at 10 a.m. Sunday with a day race from Auke Bay to Vanderbilt Reef and back. These are the 10th and 11th legs of the six-round, 13-leg summer point series, which replaced the Rum Cup racing series. This event is open to all single-hulled sailboats and it used a special handicapping system that factors in variables such as whether the boat is used as a liveaboard, has a dog on it, inexperienced crew, etc. Info: Juneau Cup coordinator Jim Mahan, 463-6470, JYC-SS fleet captain McKie Campbell, 586-5856, or JYC Commodore Del Carnes, 789-7301, or on the Web at

• Juneau Sports Association - Eighth Annual Coed Softball Benefit Tournament: There will be a full weekend of coed softball games, raffles, silent auctions and concessions at Dimond Park. Each year, the event raises money for a local charity or cause. This year's proceeds benefit the Ray Bradley Jr. memorial fund. Info: Juneau Sports Association, 463-3633, or on the Web at



• Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country running team - The team's first meeting takes place at 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 2, at the JDHS commons. Runners must have an up-to-date physical exam form on file to practice, but all interested students should attend for an informational meeting. Info: coach Guy Thibodeau, 463-8442.

• Juneau-Douglas High School football team - The first practice for the varsity and junior varsity Crimson Bears takes place at 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 2, at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park football field. All potential players must have an up-to-date physical exam form on file to participate. The annual JDHS Red & White scrimmage takes place at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 9 (Note new day and time), at the football field. Admission is free. Info: JDHS head football coach Reilly Richey, 789-4361.

• Juneau Parks and Rec Summer Youth Swimming Lessons - The final session of the summer youth and preschool swimming lessons will be held from 8-11 a.m. Mondays through Fridays from Aug. 2-13 at Augustus Brown Pool. Lessons cost $47.25 for the first child, $42.00 for additional immediate family members. Registration takes place July 28-30, continuing through Aug. 2 on a space-available basis. Forms can be picked up at the pool, or can be accessed on the Web at Info: Augustus Brown pool, 586-5325.

• Juneau Youth Football League cheerleading - Summer conditioning for the JYFL cheerleading program takes place from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursday at the Riverbend Elementary School gym. Tryouts for the Juneau-Douglas High School varsity and junior varsity cheerleading teams take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3, at Riverbend. Info: JYFL cheerleading coach Michelle Workman, 789-1661.

• Juneau Youth Football League registration - Registration, weigh-ins and drills will be held for various JYFL divisions on Saturday, Aug. 7, at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. On each day, Peewee registration begins at 9 a.m., Juniors at 10 a.m. and Seniors at 11 a.m. A registration session for all divisions will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. Info: On the Web at or by e-mail to

• Juneau Parks and Rec men's and women's volleyball registration - Team manager packets are available at the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation office, located in Room 218 of the municipal building downtown. Team registration takes place at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5, in the Juneau Assembly Chambers. Late registration takes place during business hours on Friday, Aug. 6, at the Parks and Rec office. Men's and women's leagues start play on Monday, Aug. 30. Team registration information is available on the Web at Info: Juneau Parks and Rec, 586-5226.

• Alaskan Camp of Champions wrestling clinic - The Juneau Youth Wrestling Club is sponsoring this wrestling clinic that takes place from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 5-7, at the Marie Drake Gym. Registration before Tuesday, Aug. 3, costs $20. Leading the camp are Ohio State assistant coach Ken Ramsey, Lakeland College head coach and former all-American wrestler Peter Rogers, Ohio State wrestler and national qualifier Jesse Leng, North Carolina undefeated wrestler Vincent Ramirez and Juneau-Douglas High School assistant coach and former all-American wrestler Lee Kadinger. Info: Lee Kadinger, by e-mail at (preferred), or by cell phone at 723-2879 (after 5 p.m. only).

• Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team - A mandatory meeting for athletes hoping to compete for the Crimson Bears this year takes place at 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 9, at the JDHS Commons. All students must bring an up-to-date physical exam form to the meeting, and the team's first practice starts at 3 p.m. on Aug. 9. Info: JDHS swim coach John Wray, 789-1759 (nights).

• Juneau Disc Golf Association registration - The Juneau Disc Golf Association's season is underway. The new course is at Aant'iyeik Park, located above Glacier Highway between the Auke Rec turnoff and Lena Loop Road. For more information on joining the JDGA and about tournaments, call the JDGA at 463-3353.

• Thunder Mountain Sports Camps lost and found - Items left at the field during July's Thunder Mountain Sports Camps can be picked up Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at the Juneau Parks and Recreation office in downtown Juneau at 155 S. Seward Street. For more information or to identify an item, call 586-5226.

• Juneau Parks and Recreation Department survey - Juneau Parks and Rec invites sports participants and parents to complete an Internet survey about P&R sports programs. To combat declining participation the department is considering changing when sports are offered through the year, and it is seeking public feedback. The survey can be found on the Web at Hard copies can be picked up at the Parks and Rec office in City Hall or at the Zach Gordon Youth Center. Info: Recreation supervisor Myiia Whistler, 586-5226, or by e-mail at



• Zach Gordon Youth Center climbing wall - New 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 summer schedule - Events through Friday, Aug. 13, include court rentals from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday, open in-line skating at 4-6 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, drop-in basketball at 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, drop-in roller hockey for ages 8-16 at 6-8 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday nights, drop-in roller hockey for ages 17-older at 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and open in-line skating and roller rink nights from 6-8 p.m. on Fridays. On Saturday and Sunday, the rink is open for rentals only from noon to 6 p.m. Helmets, hockey gloves, shin pads and in-line skates are mandatory for in-line hockey games, and full face masks and mouth guards are required for players age 18-younger. Info: Treadwell Arena, 586-0410, or on the Web at

• Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center guided hikes - The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center offers twice-daily, one-hour guided hikes on the Trail of Time. The free hikes, led by a naturalist from the visitor center, meet at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the flagpoles in the first parking lot. Info: Wayne Ward, 789-6640.

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