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Recreation Briefs: Early Fall Fundraising Golf Tournaments Abound

Got a weekend to spare? Like to play golf to help Upper Valley high school athletic programs? Then the Hartford and Hanover boys ice hockey programs would like to meet you, as they’ll host back-to-back golf tournaments over the first weekend of October.

Hartford starts it off on Oct. 4 with its 15th Greater Hartford Hockey Open Golf Classic at Montague Golf Club in Randolph. Registration starts at 11 a.m. for the noon shotgun start, and a $220 team entry fee nets four golfers their greens fees for the 18-hole scramble tourney, power carts, prize opportunities and a post-tournament dinner.

Proceeds assist the Hartford hockey programs. Contact coach Todd Bebeau at 802-296-6068 with questions. The signup deadline is Sept. 27.

Hanover follows on Oct. 5 with the 11th Hanover High Boys Hockey Golf Tournament at Hanover Country Club. Also an 18-hole scramble, registration starts at 11 a.m. for a noon shotgun start. The cost is $400 for foursomes and $100 for individuals. A raffle and silent auction is also planned, with organizers hoping to raise $15,000 toward costs association with the Marauders’ program this winter. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Contact Hanover High boys hockey coach Dick Dodds at mssddds@gmail.com for details.

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.

Post 84 Tourney

Springfield, Vt. — Jeffrey S. Holmes American Post 84 of White River Junction will hold its third fundraising golf tournament on Sept. 21 at Crown Point Country Club.

Registration for the tournament starts at 11:30 a.m. with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Players are encouraged to form their own teams, but individuals will be placed on teams as well. The cost to play is $75, which includes the tournament, a shared power cart, use of the driving range and practice area and post-tournament food. There will be multiple challenges to win prizes as well through closest-to-the-pin and hole-in-one opportunities, including the $25,000 prize for an ace on the par-3 18th hole that Kenny Spear won last year.

Funds raised help support veterans and children in the area as well as special community projects. For more information, contact Dan Hillard at 603-381-0457 or micmac43@comcast.net.

On Two Wheels

Kearsarge Randonnee

New London — New London’s Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust will again team up with the New Hampshire Cycling Club for the third Kearsarge Klassic Bike Randonnee on Sept. 6.

The club will offer a number of scenic rides for participants, all beginning and ending at the New London Historical Society. Riders are also encouraged to meander along the back roads of the 12 towns that the trust serves.

Participants will be treated to homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the day. Online registration is available through Sept. 4 at www.bikereg.com at a cost of $80 per rider for any of the routes ranging from 30 to 100 miles.

Call Nancy Kipp Smith for more information at 603-526-6555 or nsmith@ausbonsargent.org.

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.

On the Run, Etc.

Whale of a 5K

Enfield — Whaleback Mountain will hold its second Whale of a 5K and Dash for a Pass on Sept. 14 at 10 a.m.

The five-kilometer run and uphill dash will take place on the mountain’s trails, with four season passes up for grabs for winners of the adult and youth divisions. Children will run halfway up the mountain in their dash race. All proceeds from the race will go to the Upper Valley Snow Sports Foundation, which will provide a courtesy barbecue for all participants after the race.

Race-day registration starts at 8:30 a.m. The Dash for a Pass costs $15, while the Whale of a 5K is $25. Online registration is available at www.whaleback.com/5k-dash-sign. Call Nicole Hall Hewett at 603-646-0703 or nicole.h.hewett@dartmouth.edu for more information.

Sprouty Run Sept. 6

Sharon — The fourth Sprouty Run will hit the pavement on Sept. 6 at the Sharon Elementary School.

The 10- and five-kilometer runs will start at 9 a.m., with a fun loop race following at 10:15. Race-day registration ($15 for the 5K, $25 for the 10K) will be available starting at 8 a.m. Kids under the age of 12 are free.

The run was started with the purpose of supporting good health, community spirit and “The Sprouts” — a Sharon Elementary school group that works to get local food into the school cafeteria. Last year, the Sprouts gave $1,000 to the school to buy local food for the cafeteria. There will be free T-shirts for the first 200 registrants.

For more information, contact Clare Holland at clare.holland@earthlink.net.

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.

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.