Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sports summary

Girls on the Run 5k in Hailey Saturday

The eighth annual New Balance Girls on the Run 5-kilometer and Healthy Living Expo is Saturday, May 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Lawrence Heagle Park in the Della View area of Hailey.

The run/walk/stroll over a 3.1-mile course benefits Girls on the Run, an after-school program that uses the power of running to help prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.

"We had over 85 girls participate in the spring Girls on the Run program. I'm so excited to see many of them complete their very first every 5k," said Girls on the Run executive director Mary Fauth.

Save money by signing up early. Early registration fee is $20 adults, $10 youth ages 12-18 and $40 for families of four. Online registration is available until Friday. Bib bag pick up and early registration is Friday at Atkinson's in Hailey from 5-7 p.m. Race fees increase on race morning to $25 adult, $15 youth and $50 family.

There will be prizes for best decorated bike as well as a bike obstacle course. The Healthy Living Expo activities at the park include inflatable games, a bike obstacle course, yoga, a tumbling area and exhibitions of cheerleading and volleyball.

Information will be offered by community organizations like St. Luke's Elks Rehabilitation, Animal Shelter, Blaine County Recreation, Mountain Rides and Drug Coalition.

YMCA offers Team Idaho track program

Wood River Community YMCA has announced preliminary details about its new Team Idaho track and field program for boys and girls ages 6-18. The local six-week summer program starts the week of Monday, June 6.

Geared toward track and field as well as cross country running, Team Idaho is designed to benefit kids of all abilities and experiences. Practices will be offered in Hailey and Ketchum by outstanding track and field coaches, the YMCA stated.

Two informational meetings have been scheduled.

The first is Tuesday, May 31 at 6 p.m. at the Wood River YMCA along Warm Springs Road in Ketchum. The second is Wednesday, June 1 at 6 p.m. at a location to be announced in Hailey.

For details visit or call 727-9622.

Jones steps aside as SVSEF coach

Travis Jones announced his resignation as head coach of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation's Olympic Development Cross Country Team last Thursday.

No replacement was announced by the SVSEF.

Citing a desire to spend more time with his family, Jones stepped down after three years of coaching elite Nordic athletes in Sun Valley.

Among athletes he coached were U.S. Team members Morgan Arritola and Simi Hamilton, plus Mike Sinnott, Nicole DeYong, Colin Rodgers, Matt Gelso, Katie Bono, Alexa Turzian and Reid Pletcher.

"My time with the ODT has been both exciting and enjoyable," Jones said. "I've enjoyed the opportunity to work with both outstanding athletes and as part of an outstanding staff. The SVSEF and the ODT are world-class programs and I feel very fortunate to have been a part of the organization."

Originally from Steamboat Springs, Colo., Jones was a member of the 1995 NCAA championship cross country team at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He lives in Hailey with sons Sebi and Mats.


James Nelson Memorial Golf Tournament is Saturday

Get your foursome together or sign up individually for the first annual James Nelson Memorial Golf Tournament scramble set for Saturday, May 21 at 1 p.m. at The Valley Club. It will raise money for the Nelson Boys College Fund and also for the Wood River Baseball and Softball Association.

The fee of $150 per person or $560 for a team of four includes 18 holes of golf, cart, appetizers and access to the no-host bar after play. The tournament is limited to the first 24 teams and 96 players signing up, so contact Buffy Brunker at 720-1998 or Val Seamons at 721-7413 to put the process in motion.

Ketchum Coed Softball League final meeting May 25

The final organizational meeting of the 2011 Ketchum Coed Softball League has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 25 at 5:30 p.m. at Lefty's Bar & Grill in Ketchum. Team representatives should attend. For details visit

Mountain Rides Bike Swap is Saturday in Hailey

As part of National Bike Month and the local 11th annual Smart Moves transportation campaign, the Mountain Rides organization is holding its sixth annual Bike Swap Friday and Saturday, May 21-22 at Sturtevants in Hailey.

Prospective sellers can bring bikes to Sturtevants Friday from 1-7 p.m. The bike swap itself is Saturday from 9-5 and Sunday from 9-2 at Sturtevants. In addition, the city of Hailey and Sturtevants are sponsoring a free bike maintenance clinic Saturday from 11-2 in front of the Hailey Sturtevants' store.

Mountain Rides will also accept kids' bike donations for Sun Valley Adaptive Sports if the bikes aren't sold in the Bike Swap by the end of the weekend. SVAS plans to restore the donated bikes, so they can be given to kids who can't afford one. Don't worry if bikes aren't in great working shape—all are welcome.

Famous Idaho Potato Marathon in Boise

It just seemed like everybody was out running Saturday in Boise for the 33rd annual Famous Idaho Potato Marathon plus half marathon and 10-kilometer/5k runs. There were 2,394 finishers along the Boise greenbelt—200 in the 26.2-mile marathon, 1,037 in the 13.1-mile half marathon and over 1,100 in the 10k/5k runs. Local results:

Marathon—Women's 35-39: 11—Gina Penn, 38, 5:05.07 (157th overall, 64th woman).

Half marathon—Women's 30-34: 68—Jennifer Johnson, 32, 2.06:36. Men's 45-49: 3—Jeff Ealey, 49, 1.34:11 (34th overall). 4—Lance Doby, 45, 1.34:44 (37th overall). Women's 50-54: 21—Leigh Walters, 53, 3.01:24. Women's 55-59: 15—Barbara Neiwert, 55, 4.00:04.

10 kilometer—Women's 18-24: 25—Amanda Bayless, 24, 1.11:13. Women's 25-29: 7—Brandy O'Grady, 27, 55:07. Men's 25-29: 9—Riley O'Grady, 28, 49:51. Women's 65-69: 1—Barbie Crandlemire, 68, 1.08:17.

5 kilometers—Women's 30-34: 23—Lacie Thompson, 32, 32:57. Women's 50-54: 12—Marta Thompson, 52, 45:08.

Sign-ups for 4th of July Tennis Championships

Sun Valley Tennis Club will host the Lyle Pearson 4th of July Tennis Championships Saturday through Monday, July 2-4. Tournament director David Perry (877-799-4377) said the three-day U.S. Tennis Association Intermountain tourney has the largest purse in the Gem State, offering prize money in the Men's Open and Women's Open divisions. Entries close June 28. Visit, and use the tournament ID 257408511 to sign up. You can sign up for three events, $40 per player for the first event, $30 for the second and third.

Figure skater Lamb honored by USFS

Julianna Lamb, a local student attending school in France for her senior year, has been recognized by U.S. Figure Skating (USFS) with a 2011 Graduating Seniors Program Award of Gold Level distinction.

USFS will publish award recipients' names on the its School Programs home page and in Skating magazine.

The Graduating Seniors Program consists of four level designations. Gold is the highest level achievable without having competed at the U.S National Championships.

Lamb, a USFS gold medalist in Moves in the Field who skates at Junior Ladies Free Skate level, is an honor student, a National Merit Scholarship finalist and the recipient of a Congressional Gold Medal and Girl Scout Gold Award.

Coached by Holly Wheeler with program choreography by Gia Guddat, Lamb will compete in the U.S. Collegiate Championships scheduled for Sun Valley July 21-24.

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