Aman, Mullen Race at Hershey Finals

An ebullient Carolyn Cole, of Cornish, sets out on the 112-mile bike portion of the Lake Placid Ironman triathlon on July 27 in Lake Placid, N.Y. Cole was one of two Upper Valley residents to take part in the event.
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An ebullient Carolyn Cole, of Cornish, sets out on the 112-mile bike portion of the Lake Placid Ironman triathlon on July 27 in Lake Placid, N.Y. Cole was one of two Upper Valley residents to take part in the event. Courtesy photograph

Hershey, Pa. — Hanover’s Richie Aman and Hartford’s Kennedy Mullen ran to respective seventh-place finishes on Saturday at the Hershey Track and Field Games North American Championship at the Milton Hershey School.

Both youths competed in the 400-meter dash. Representing Hanover Recreation, Aman finished in 1 minute, 11.23 second in the boys 9-10 age group. Running for Hartford Parks and Recreation, Mullen clocked a time of 1:07.36 among girls ages 11-12.

Both were also representing a Hershey region covering New England and eastern Canada after winning their events at their respective state finals and receiving invitations to attend Saturday’s championship. Aman advanced after running a 1:10.19 at the New Hampshire Hershey meet in Hanover last month.

Mullen staked a claim to Pennsylvania by setting a record at the Vermont Hershey state meet in St. Johnsbury on July 26. Her time of 1:05.60 beat the previous state record by just less than a second. The Hartford girls team took fourth place at states, while the boys finished eighth.

On the Diamond

CV South Plans Fall Softball

West Lebanon — The Connecticut Valley South Babe Ruth League has scheduled a series of skills camps and low-key games for autumn, beginning Aug. 19 at Sachem Field.

The opportunities will be open to all girls in grades 7-12 hoping to work on their softball skills. Coaches from CV South will run skills clinics on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and scrimmages on Sundays from 1-3 p.m.

The cost to participate is $50; registration is ongoing and players are welcome to join in the middle of the program if they choose. Clinics and scrimmages will continue through mid-October. Contact CV South president Ben Nichols for more information at nicholstrees@gmail.com or 603-795-4392.

On the Court

Pickleball Party Saturday

New London — Players of all ages and ability levels are invited to the New London Outing Club tennis courts on Saturday for celebration of the game of pickleball.

The paddle sport is played on a badminton-sized court. The event will give players a chance to meet new people and enjoy the game in a different atmosphere. Participants are invited to bring a shack to share. Should rain intervene, the event — scheduled for 9-11 a.m. — will move indoors to the old New London Middle School gym.

Contact Carter Bascom at 603-526-8321 or carernloc@gmail.com for more details.

On Two Wheels

Tour de Taste on Tap

Fairlee — Get some exercise and enjoy good food when the Upper Valley Trails Alliance hosts its annual Tour de Taste progressive pedaling picnic on Sept. 7.

The event runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and will be centered at Samuel Morey Elementary School. Three routes will be available: the 20-mile Classic Loop, the 34-mile River Road Extension and a family-friendly six-mile Lake Morey Loop. Throughout each loop, riders will be able to stop and sample food supplied by a wide array of area merchants.

Registration ranges from $10 to $30 depending on the route chosen. Online registration is available at www.uvtrails.org. For more information, contact Becky Lewandoski at 802-649-9075 or becky.lewandoski@uvtrails.org.

In the Saddle

GMHA Plans Century Ride

South Woodstock — With all parts of its original route repaired from the damage of Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, the Green Mountain Horse Association will revive its historic three-day, 100-mile competitive trail ride on Aug. 29-31.

Irene damaged multiple portions of the 100-mile route, none more important that the Taftsville Covered Bridge. The span’s reopening last September made it possible to restart the trail ride, which will mark its 78th year with August’s competition.

Riders will cover 40-, 35- and 25-mile segments of the trail ride over the three-day competition. They will head across U.S. Route 4 in West Woodstock, traverse trails in the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, cover sections of River Road in Woodstock and Taftsville and cross the covered bridge before heading back toward the GMHA campus.

The 100-miler is part of Distance Days at GMHA, a four-day festival of distance trail riding that will feature six different competitive trail ride events and three days of pleasure rides. For more information, contact the GMHA at 802-457-1509.

On the Tee

Haven Tournament

Enfield — The Upper Valley Haven has scheduled its fourth Haven Golf Tournament for Sept. 12 at Montcalm Golf Club.

Playing a “shamble” format, the tournament tees off at 10 a.m. For a $1,500 fee, four-player teams will get 18 holes on Montcalm’s Golf Digest award-winning layout, a cart, lunch, prizes and a post-tournament awards reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

Sponsorship opportunities, with guaranteed tournament play, are also available. Online registration and other information is available at uppervalleyhaven.org or by calling Haven development associate Kate Dawson at 802-478-1843.

On the Run/Ride

Rail Trail Run & Ride

Andover, n.h. — Special Olympics of New Hampshire is inviting runners and cyclists to take part in its inaugural Rail Trail Run & Ride on Sept. 27 at Proctor Academy.

Activities will take place on the Northern Rail Trail. Runners may compete in 5K or 10K runs, while bicyclists can take part in either 50K or 100K rides. A 4.5-mile family fun ride is also scheduled as part of the day, which starts at 8:30 a.m. Race fees range between $25 and $65, depending on the event chosen. No advance registration is required.

For more information on the event or on SONH, contact Chelsea Gill at 603-624-1250 or chelseag@sonh.org.

Hurricane Hill 5K/10K

White River Junction — The Friends of Hartford Track will stage the Hurricane Hill 5K/10K Trail Run as part of the Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series on Sept. 13 at the Hartford Town Forest and Conservation Area.

Race-day parking and registration will be held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center, with bus transportation to the starting line. Both runs begin at 9 a.m.; the 10K will be the qualifying run for WNHTRS standings purposes.

The cost to run is $20 through Sept. 12 and $25 on race day. Advance registration is available through www.wnhtrs.com.

On the Pitch

Soccer Officials Sought

Lyndonville, Vt. — The Vermont Soccer Officials Association is again putting out the call for help with the upcoming high school season.

The VSOA is in need of referees to cover junior varsity, freshman and middle school matches in central and northern Vermont this autumn. Games start at 4 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. on weekends, with pay of $45 plus mileage for games. Prospective officials must be 17 years of age with their own transportation and a desire to learn the rules of the game.

Contact Bruce James at brucejamessoccer@hotmail.com or 802-626-3317 for more information, including a schedule of informational clinics coming up in early August.