Rec Briefs: Enfield’s Smith Runs CBHM Victory Streak to Three

Peter Harris

Peter Harris

Quechee — Signs of early summer: The Covered Bridges Half Marathon arrives, scores of runners from outside the Upper Valley invade the neighborhood and Enfield’s Rich Smith runs them into the ground.

Smith, 44, paced a field of nearly 1,800 runners across the line in the 23rd edition of the 13.1-mile Woodstock-to-Quechee run on Sunday, posting a winning time of 1 hour, 14 minutes, 27 seconds, for his third consecutive CBHM victory.

Smith has been a regular at the CBHM for more than a decade. The victory was his fourth overall — he also won in 2008 to go with his ongoing streak — and his time on Sunday was his fastest in the even since the 1:14:17 he recorded in his ’08 win.

James Wyper, of New York, took second in 1:15:14, followed by Windsor’s Ben Pangie in third at 1:16:26. Philadelphia’s Anne Aufhauser led the women’s field, taking 15th overall in 1:24:21.

The top 100 finishers and other notable performances by Upper Valley competitors can be found in the chart on this page.

Skip’s Run June 15

Lebanon — Runners are invited to help a worthy cause as part of the 11th Skip Matthews Memorial Run, a four-mile road race scheduled for June 15.

Proceeds from the race benefit the Norris Cotton Cancer Center’s brain tumor fund. The day begins with a one-mile fun run and walk at 9 a.m., followed by the four-mile road race at 10 a.m. Runners will follow a loop route along the Northern Rail Trail , beginning and ending at Lebanon City Hall.

T-shirts will go to all pre-registered runners (through Monday). Awards will go to the top overall male and female runners along with top-three finishers for both genders. A post-race BBQ at Salt Hill Pub closes the festivities.

For details on the race or to register, visit

Vt. Senior Track/Field

South Burlington, Vt. — The Vermont Senior Games will hold its state track and field meet on June 28 at South Burlington High School.

The games are open to anyone turning 50 years of age by Dec. 31. The meet begins at 8 a.m. and serves as a qualifier for the 2015 National Senior Games track and field finals.

The SBHS meet will include the 50-, 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes and the 800- and 1,500-meter runs. Field events include the shot put, discus, javelin, high jump, long jump and triple jump. No pole vault or hammer throw will be staged this year.

As an open meet, Vermont residency is not required to participate. The cost is $25 for competing in four or fewer events and $35 for five or more. Visit to register online or contact coordinator Barbara Jordan at or 802-658-4486 for more details.

On the Trail

Tree ID Walk in Wilder

Wilder — The Hartford Tree Board will hold a tree identification walk along the Hazen Trail on June 14.

All ages are welcome to take part, and no previous knowledge is required to enjoy the walk in the outdoors. The walk is scheduled to go from 10 a.m. to noon; participants are asked to meet at the Hazen Trail parking lot on U.S. Route 5 between Wilder and Norwich to take join in this free event.

For more information, contact the tree board at

Trail Work Day

Norwich — National Trails Day arrives on Saturday, and the Upper Valley Trails Alliance is celebrating by serving as an information source for trail work days around the Upper Valley.

Join friends and neighbors in cleanup and maintenance projects, making use of the UVTA’s calendar to identify opportunities. Visit for information, or contact the UVTA’s Becky Lewandoski at or 802-649-9075.

On the Pitch

LSC Travel Tryouts

Norwich — The Lightning Soccer Club will begin tryouts for its travel youth soccer teams on Monday at Huntley Meadows.

Tryouts for the 2014-15 season will continue on June 10-11, 16-17 and 19-20, all in Norwich and all running 4:30-7 p.m. LSC offers competitive soccer for players ages 8-19 with teams that compete in the New Hampshire Soccer League and New England Premiership.

For more information, contact LSC’s Kristin Graham at 802-649-7096 or Information is also available at the club website,

On the Tee

$ Million Shot at Crown Point

Springfield, Vt. — A fundraiser for the Upper Valley Baseball Academy will turn the Crown Point Country Club into a par-3 course on June 8 with multiple prizes up for grabs.

The $110 entry fee buys golfers into competition for individual and team best score as well as closest-to-pin on each hole along with putting competitions. The 1:30 p.m. scramble start also includes a $5,000 prize for sinking a 50-foot putt plus a $1 million prize for a hole-in-one during the closest-to-pin final competition.

For more information, contact Steve Cerrone at 802-296-5987.

On Skates

Twin State Derby Sets Doubleheader

Woodstock — Twin State Derby will return to the floor with doubleheader action on Saturday at Union Arena.

The organization’s home teams, the White Mountain Mayhem and the Green Grasskickers, start off the night at 4:30 p.m., with the Upper Valley Vixens following against the Green Mountain Derby Dames’ Black Ice Brawlers. Tickets are available online at for $10; tickets can be purchased at the door as well for $12. Kids ages 12 and younger get in for free.

For more information, contact Taylor Long at or 206-419-8580.

On the Ice

Twin Valley Registering

Meriden — The Twin Valley Youth Hockey Association has opened registration for all of its 2014-15 youth hockey programs.

TVYHA will offer learn-to-skate programs up through Midget-level hockey next winter. The association plans to offer U10 developmental and U12 house teams for girls as well.

For more information, contact registrar Stephanie Schell at 603-469-3527.

On the Trail

Wednesday Walkers Sets Longer Excursions

White River Junction — With summer knocking on the door, Hartford Parks and Recreation’s Jay McDonough, the coordinator for the Wednesday Walkers hiking series, will stretch out the walks to 3-4 hours on nearby mountains, with each group meeting at the Hartford Municipal Building at 10 a.m.

Each trip is moderate to difficult in nature, intended to foster social interaction and visit places that participants may not have previously been able to experience. The schedule:

∎ June 25: Cardigan Mountain, Orange.

∎ July 9: Moose Mountain, Hanover.

∎ July 23: Mount Ascutney, Windsor.

∎ Aug. 6: Smarts Mountain, Lyme.

All walks are free of charge. Contact Hartford Parks and Rec at 802-296-5036 for more information.