Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sports summary

Tickets on sale for Don Felder concert

It was such a success last year that musician Don Felder is returning to Sun Valley Pavilion Wednesday, Aug. 18 in another "An Evening at Hotel California" benefit concert for leukemia and cancer research.

Felder was lead guitarist of The Eagles for 27 years. A multi-Grammy award winner and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Felder will perform a special benefit concert during the 34th annual Danny Thompson Memorial golf tournament week.

Tickets went on sale Tuesday, June 15 at or through the Sun Valley Recreation Center at 622-2135.  Premium seating includes a VIP cocktail party with Felder prior to the concert and are limited in number.

Felder's benefit concert is sponsored in part by US Bank.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the St. Luke's Mountain State Tumor Institute and University of Minnesota Cancer Research.

Last year, Felder performed a Thompson Memorial kickoff concert to over 1,300 delighted fans at the newly opened Sun Valley Pavilion. Afterwards, Thompson Memorial president and director Georgie Fenton of Ketchum was approached by many who had seen the concert and asked if he would be returning for an encore in 2010.

Fenton said, "Don Felder truly rocked the Sun Valley Pavilion and had a great time himself with the Sun Valley audience. We are pleased that he, along with his band and the audience had such a positive experience that it encouraged him to schedule a return performance in 2010."

Entries close July 14 for Perch's Backcountry Run

The Elephant's Perch of Ketchum has announced details of its 30th annual Backcountry Run scheduled for Saturday, July 17 starting at 8 a.m. from Hulen Meadows Park three miles north of Ketchum.

Save-money advance entries close Wednesday, July 14 at midnight at The Perch (726-3497) or online at

Offered are 16.5-mile and 10-mile single-track courses through the Adams Gulch and Fox Creek drainages north of Ketchum. Total elevation gain is 1,750 feet, and total vertical feet exchanged is 3,570.

Fees are $30 through July 14, and $40 on Thursday and Friday, July 15-16. There is no race day registration. Runners can pick up their packets Friday, July 16 from 9-6 at The Perch in downtown Ketchum.

Last year there were 62 runners on the long course and 206 finishers on the 10-mile route. Winners were Evan Honeyfield (1.52:28) and Joelle Vaught (2.12:15) for the 16.5-miler, Mike Sinnott (57:29) and Morgan Arritola (1.07:05) for the 10-miler.

Brundage mountain bikers

Among local mountain bikers in Saturday's Brundage Mountain cross-country event of the Wild Rockies racing series near McCall were the following, with class finishes:

Pro Men: 2—Sam Young 1.52:14. Category 2 Women 35-up: 3—Mia James 1.55:17. Cat. 2 Women 19-34: 2—Hannah Young 2.07:01. Cat. 3 Men 19-29: 1—Matt Fishman 1.02:47. Singlespeed: 5—Pat Schott 1.57:57.

La Alianza volleyball

La Alianza Multicultural Center is hosting a beach volleyball tournament on Saturday, July 10, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The adult coed event will take place at the Blaine County Aquatic Center in Hailey. To register, call Ruby at 727-8738 or 450-9317. Details are available at 578-5408.

Silver anniversary for Boise Spudman Triathlon July 10

Local triathletes are training for the 25th annual Boise Spudman Triathlon sponsored by the Treasure Valley Family YMCA on Saturday, July 10 from Spring Shores Marina to the Albertson's headquarters parking lot on Parkcenter Blvd., Boise.

Presented by PowerBar, the 31.9-mile (51.5k) Boise Spudman Triathlon includes a 1.5k open water swim at Spring Shores Marina out past Lucky Peak Dam, a 40k bike course along S.H. 21 ending in Boise, and a 10k mostly flat run along the Boise River greenbelt. Start times are 8:45 a.m. for individual men, 8:50 a.m. individual women and 9 a.m. teams.

Registrations will be accepted through the morning of the race for $51 YMCA members, $56 non-YMCA members and $79 teams. Visit to sign up. Packet pickup begins Friday, July 9 from 5-7 p.m. at the Spudman finish line just north of Red Robin along Boise's Parkcenter Blvd. For more details call 208-344-5501.

Last July, 2004 Community School graduate Amy Alexander, 23, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, won the Spudman women's division by over three minutes in 2.12:01. She was ninth of 201 male and females triathletes finishing the course.

Captain Ben Hurtig shoot is coming July 25

The annual "Captain Ben Hurtig Birthday Shoot" will be held at the Ohio Gulch Gun Club between Ketchum and Hailey Sunday July 25 at 9 a.m.

Plans call for a 50-bird .410 skeet contest with the winner's name engraved on the permanent Hurtig plaque displayed in the clubhouse. For those not interested in the .410 skeet shoot there will be 50-bird combo shoot, a 25-bird Wobble Trap plus a 25-bird 5-Stand with cash prizes. The entry fee is $30. It includes targets and a barbeque lunch. All surplus money will be donated in Ben's name to the McStay Youth Shooting Program.

New, extended summer hours began Wednesday, June 30 at the Ohio Gulch facility. Hours of operation from June 30-Aug. 29 are 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. For more information call Terry at 788-2681.

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