Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Runners look ahead to Redfish, SV Half

     Sign-ups are underway for two major early-season footraces—the fourth annual Redfish Lake Memorial Run on Saturday, May 24 and the 10th annual Sun Valley Half Marathon set for Saturday, June 7.

     The Redfish Lake event attracted 276 runners last year including 59 in the 13.1-mile half marathon, 89 in the 10-kilometer event and 128 for the 5k race. All three courses are offered again in 2014 on paved, gravel and trail surfaces.

     Entry fees prior to May 14 are $50 half marathon, $40 for 10k and $30 for 5k. They increase $10 for the half and $5 for other races from May 14 through May 23. All races start and end at the lodge. There is a new course this year for half marathon/10k runners.

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     The Sun Valley Half Marathon starts at 9 a.m. June 7 near Sun Valley Pavilion. Last year there were 283 runners including 215 in the half marathon. Once again, 10k and 5k courses will be offered. Cost is $70 plus fees for the half marathon, rising to $100 race day.

     Visit The 10k entry fees are now $50, rising to $80 on race day, and the 5k fees are $30, up to $50.


All-Star baseball tryouts Tuesday in Hailey

     The Wood River Baseball and Softball Association (WRBSA) announced this week that tryouts for All-Star 10U (10-and-under) and 12U teams will be Tuesday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Nelson Field in Hailey. Young players should bring their gloves, bats, cleats and a willingness to make the teams.


Blaine County/Hershey track and field is Saturday

     The Blaine County Recreation District’s spring track and field program for ages 8-14 culminates Saturday, May 3 with the Blaine County/Hershey track and field meet starting at 9 a.m. at Derrick Parke Memorial Field in Carey.


5k Fun Run for autism program is Saturday in Hailey

     As his senior project, current Wood River High School junior Alex Gonzalez is organizing his “Smiling Through Miles 5k Fun Run,” to be held Saturday, May 3 at 10 a.m. at Hailey’s Hop Porter Park.

     Gonzalez, a member of the high school cross country and track and field teams, said, “My project is benefiting the Blaine County Autism Spectrum Disorder Program for elementary students at the Woodside Elementary School in Hailey.

     Registration in advance ( costs $20 per adult, $15 per student, $10 per child and $45 for a family of four. Race day registration at Hop Porter Park increases to $35 per adult, $30 students, $20 child and $60 family of four.

     Bib pick-up takes place Saturday, May 3 from 8:30-9:45 a.m. at Hop Porter Park. There will be prizes for the top three male and female finishers. All registrants receive a t-shirt for as long as supplies last. Water and snacks will be offered after the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) run.


Coed Softball Leagues have meetings Thursday

     The two slow-pitch coed softball leagues in the Wood River Valley will both conduct their organizational meetings on Thursday, May 1.

    · Hailey Coed Softball League commissioner Mike Beall (720-6842) has scheduled the 2014 Hailey Coed Softball League organizational meeting for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at The Wicked Spud in Hailey.

    · The first organizational meeting of the 2014 Ketchum Coed Softball League will be Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Lefty’s Bar & Grill, Ketchum. Team representatives must attend.


Les Bois horses are running Saturday

     Les Bois Park in Boise kicks off its 30-day live horse racing season Saturday, May 3, just in time for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

     Caldwell-based jockey Gary Stevens, 51, who started his racing career in Boise, is expected to ride Candy Boy in Saturday’s Derby. The field of 20 Derby horses will be finalized today, Wednesday.

     Stevens rode Oxbow to sixth place in last year’s Kentucky Derby. He will try to win the Derby for the fourth time, and the first time in 17 years. He rode Candy Boy to third place in the Santa Anita (Ca.) Derby earlier in April.

     Post times at the Expo Idaho track located on Glenwood near Garden City are generally at 5:30 p.m. (gates open 4 p.m.) on Wednesdays and Saturdays from May 3 through Aug. 9.

     There are earlier 2 p.m. post times (gates open 12:30 p.m.) on Derby Day, plus Saturday, May 17 for the Preakness, and on Memorial Day Monday, May 27. Visit


Sign up for Rocky Johnson holiday softball

     Electrician and softball enthusiast Jeff Poggi is planning the second annual Rocky Johnson Memorial slow-pitch softball tournament for Memorial Day weekend in Hailey.

     The coed tournament will begin Saturday, May 24 at Lions Park and continue through Sunday, May 25. Entry fee is $200 per team, with a three-game guarantee. Format has each batter starting with a 1-1 count.

     Sign up deadline is May 19. Poggi can be reached at 481-2128. He said that any youth organization wanting to raise money by selling burgers at the tournament can call him to register its interest.


Nordic skiers qualify for summer camp

     Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation cross-country skiers Carter Ros, Peter Wolter, River Vorse and Zach Williams have qualified for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) National U-16 (ages 14-15) camp July 27-Aug. 3 at Teton Science School Campus in Jackson Hole, Wyo. SVSEF Nordic program director Rick Kapala is the director of the Jackson Hole camp, which includes 20 boys and 20 girls based on their results at the U.S. Junior Nationals.


Relay wins for SV5B at Snake River finals

     Sun Valley 5B swimmers placed seventh overall with its girls’ team in fourth place during the 2014 Snake River Swimming Winter Championships April 4-6 at Wes Diest Aquatic Center in Idaho Falls.

     There were 350 swimmers from 15 teams there. First-place finishes for coach Brian Gallagher’s team were:

     The 200 medley relay in the Women’s 15-19 class with Kaedi Fry, Maddie Johnson, Ashley Dreyfus and Katherine Lemma; and 200 free relay with Dreyfus, Fry, Johnson and Lemma;

     Individual first places came from Mason Johnson (Boys’ 13-14) in 200 back, 200 and 400 I.M., and 200 and 500 free; Maddie Johnson (Women 15-19) in 200 breast, 200 I.M., 200 back and 500 free; and Kaedi Fry 50 and 100 breast in 15-19 class.

     Next up for SV5B: The Boise YMCA’s Spring Fling Invitational at the West Y May 16-18.

     Other SV5B top scorers in their classes at Idaho Falls:

     2—Maddie Johnson 50 and 200 free, 100 breast; Kaedi Fry 100 fly and 200 back; Ashley Dreyfus 50 fly; Zach Deal 50 back, 100 breast and 200 free. 3—Katherine Lemma 50 and 500 free; Mason Johnson 100 back; Petra Glenn 500 free. 4—Faye Prekeges 50 and 200 back. 8—Danielle Doerflein 50 and 200 breast.

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