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Sports in Juneau

Posted: Friday, August 06, 2004

UPCOMING EVENTS

Today-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 6:30 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 1 p.m. start and riders hitting the road in 30-second intervals. Sunday's stage is a 50-mile road race that starts near the Auke Recreation Area at 10 a.m. and will feature eight loops of a circuit that includes Old Glacier Highway, Lena Loop Road and the new cut to Veteran's Memorial Highway. Shorter distances will be available in the sport class. Racers should check in an hour before the start of each stage. Info: John McConnochie, 789-2181 or 586-3641, or Chris Chiles, 789-5138, or by e-mail at chiles@alaska.net.

Saturday, August 7

• Southeast Road Runners - 13th annual Frank Maier 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. Info: Ben Van Alen, 586-8322 or by e-mail at runjuneau@aol.com; or Bob Marshall, 586-6200 or bobm@gci.net; or on the Web at http://www.juneau.com/serr.

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 http://www.juneauyachtclub.org/juneaucup.html.

• Juneau Sports Association - Eighth Annual Coed Softball Benefit Tournament: There will be a full weekend of coed softball games, raffles, silent auctions and concessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day 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 http://www.jsaweb.org.

Monday, Aug. 9

• Juneau-Douglas High School football team - The annual JDHS Red & White scrimmage takes place at 7 p.m. at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park football field. Admission is free. Info: JDHS head football coach Reilly Richey, 789-4361.

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MEETINGS / CLINICS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

• 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. Info: On the Web at http://www.juneaufootball.com or by e-mail to info@juneaufootball.com.

• 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 took place on Thursday, Aug. 5. 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 http://www.juneau.org/parksrec/adult/mwvolleyball.php. Info: Juneau Parks and Rec, 586-5226.

• 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.

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OPEN GYMS / SCRIMMAGES / ONGOING

• Youth open gyms - Meet from 8-11 p.m. on Saturdays at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gym. 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 and from 7-9 p.m. on Sundays 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.

• 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 http://www.juneau.org/parksrec/icerink/.

• Adult indoor soccer open gyms - Sessions are held from 7-9 p.m. on Sundays and most Fridays at Floyd Dryden Middle School. Check http://www.juneausoccer.com for updated schedules. Open to players 18 and older; cost is $5 per session. Contact: Pat Race, 586-3440.

• 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.

• 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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