Sports briefs for July 3

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Ski Town golf tourney a hit

Haymaker Golf Course head pro Hank Franks can compile quite a list of factors that made Friday and Saturday's Ski Town USA Classic golf tournament a special success, from it being the 10th year of the event and both Haymaker and Sheraton Steamboat Golf Courses being in peak condition, to the nice weather and Henery Hernandez's Friday hole-in-one.

"It appeared a good time was had by all, especially the winning teams," Franks said of tournament, hosted by The Steamboat Dream Team and the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs to support the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley. A field of 43 four-player, mixed gender teams competed at the "Classic," in both gross and net team divisions.

Taking first in the Gross Team Division was the foursome of Michael Goode, Larry Bookman, Don Redlinger and Brian Siegel. The Net Team Division's winning team included Joe Jensen, Bill Whelihan, Tom Jurich and Terry Hagerman.

Main Street sprint

Kit Rice, sports coordinator for Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services department, reminded runners to show up on time for the 16th annual Steamboat Sprint.

"It ends up going really fast," Rice said of the 400-yard sprint down Lincoln Avenue, from Ninth Street to the Routt County Courthouse.

The race starts promptly at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday with a registration table opening at 8:45 a.m. at the start. Cost is $4 (which includes entry to the prize raffle) and is open to all ages. Gift certificate prizes will be awarded to the top three placers in each age/gender division. Points will not be counted toward the 2007 Steamboat Springs Running Series standings.

Worlds bid

Steamboat Springs Running Series director John Chapman is hoping to bring a world championship event to Mt. Werner, having hosting a successful trail running national championship event, the 2007 USA Track and Field 10K Trail Championship, on Saturday.

The 2009 World Mountain Running Trophy Race would be held Sept. 17 to 19, at Mt. Werner, with opening and closing ceremonies in town, bringing 400 competitors from more than 30 countries.

At tonight's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting, Chapman plans to request a letter of support and a $25,000 city grant in 2008 to partially cover the projected hosting cost of $228,470.

Even with the letter of support, Chapman still will have to travel to Switzerland to convince the World Mountain Running Association Congress that Steamboat should host the prestigious 25th anniversary race instead of Austria or other international bidders.

Marathon madness

Area runners will have an opportunity to run in half marathons for the next two weeks. Sunday marks the 29th annual running of the Mountain Madness Half Marathon. The Steamboat Springs Running Series event starts at 8 a.m., from Howelsen Hill and heads out River Road to the Dakota Ridge subdivision and back. The race also includes a 10K, out-and-back race along River Road. Visit www.runningseries.com for more details.

The Wolford Mountain Trail Half Marathon, the third trail run in Kremmling's Center of the Universe Trail Running Series, will start at 8 a.m. June 14 at the Wolford Mountain Reservoir Dam. The race, which heads around Wolford Mountain, will run on single- and double-track trails. A five-mile trail race also will be held on race day. Registration, which costs $20 or $10 for "no frills" (fleece vest and prize eligibility), opens at 7 a.m., or is available online at www.active.com. Visit www.runkremmling.com for course maps and more series details.

Over the hills

Just because the ski area is closed doesn't mean that Steamboat Springs Over the Hill Gang is hanging it up until winter. Jack Ferguson said that "quite a contingent" from the active group of 50-and-over adults who offer a free, guided ski program in the winter, partook in the recent Bicycle Tour of Colorado - a one-week, 418-mile cycling tour that started and ended in Steamboat Springs on Saturday.

"We started riding after the ski season," Ferguson said. The tour "gives you a reason to go out and try to get in shape again. You just hope to get enough miles in for an enjoyable trip."

Ferguson noted the challenging mountain passes, including the day-three climb over both Berthoud and Loveland Passes.

"You get to see Colorado, do the climbs, and it was nice for Steamboat to be part of it," Ferguson said, reveling in the fact he could ride straight home.

Joining Ferguson were OTHG members Jim Peterson, Gary Arentz, Fred Garrison, Gordon Jones, Don Eden, Dan Fritz, Bill Belisle and Steve Kelton.

Other local tour riders included Lee Cox, Craig Olsheim, Marty O'Leary, Tom Keenan, Alex Berger, Cyndy Mansur, Jimmy Westlake, Jim and Madeline Vail, Chris Diamond, Steve Southworth, Carol Milligan, George Krawzoff, Jack Dysart, Bob Weiss and Bill Stuart.

Bike to Work Week finale

More than 60 bicyclists, ages 3 and up, put an exciting end to Bike to Work Week with Saturday morning's first-ever Cruiser Rally through downtown Steamboat Springs. While some dressed in 1950s garb or flaunted vintage bikes, like a 1969 Schwinn tandem, most rally participants just rode and then took home donated prizes from the Routt County Riders-sponsored event. Patrick West won the grand prize cruiser bike donated by Ski Haus.

"Thanks to all the sponsors, including those who sponsored the gourmet breakfast on the county (courthouse) lawn Wednesday morning and to all the local businesses who promoted BWW to their employees," said Steamboat Springs Bicycle Friendly Community campaign coordinator Emmanuelle Vital, recognizing the Yampa Valley Medical Center, Steve Green Company, Irene Nelson Interiors and Computer Cures as particular examples of support for their employee bike commuters.

- To reach Dave Shively, call 871-4253

or e-mail dshively@steamboatpilot.com

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