Friday, March 13, 2009

Halfpipe added to Parrish Memorial fun

Three racing days March 20-22 on Baldy

Halfpipe has been added to the fun of the 17th annual Lane Parrish Memorial. The friendly, local competition is set for Friday through Sunday, March 20-22 on Baldy.

A classic Sun Valley persona of the 1970s and 1980s, Parrish was a speed and bump skier and movie stuntman who died at age 33 in a plane crash near Twin Falls in 1990.

Proceeds from the Parrish Memorial help support the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Freestyle/Freeride Team and the Soldier Mountain Downhill.

Coach Andy Ware of the SVSEF Freestyle/Freeride Team said, "The 2009 Lane Parrish event is a three-day party. Deadline for registration is Thursday, March 19 at 5 p.m. T-shirts are included with registration."

Here is the schedule, including many additional activities headquartered at Apple's Bar & Grill:

Friday, March 20: Halfpipe at 1 p.m. on Lower Warm Springs sponsored by Monster Energy Drink.

Saturday, March 21: Bumps on Race Arena at 12 noon. It's National Corndog Day sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer and there will be music and entertainment at Apple's.

Sunday, March 22: The Parrish Memorial super giant slalom at 10:30 a.m. on the Greyhawk course through Cozy and Hemingway. After the first super G run, the "New Diamond Sun Dash for Cash" will feature the top 15 men and top five women from the earlier heat. Apple's will stage the 4 p.m. awards party.

Combined winners will have the lowest scores when class placings of the Parrish SG and Parrish bumps are added. Air, turns and overall impression are judged in the moguls, with the highest score winning.

In addition, there will be a new three-event category called Super Combined featuring pipe, bumps and SG. Remember, though—competitors can sign up either in combined or for any event individually. The point is to come out and enjoy.

Fee for individual events is $25 per person. The combined cost is $45, and the Super Combined is $60. Sign up at Apple's or at the SVSEF office in the Greyhawk Building by March 19. There will be no day-of-race sign-ups.

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