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Friends of Hartford Track Taking to the Woods

White River Junction — The Friends of Hartford Track and the Upper Valley Aquatic Center will get out of the pool and into the woods to host the Hurricane Hill 5K/10K Trail Run on Sept. 28 in a fundraiser for FOHT, a nonprofit group working toward the construction of a running track at Hartford High School.

The runs begin at 10 a.m., with registration starting at 8 a.m. All registration and parking will be at UVAC, which will provide shuttle bus transportation to the race start site about three-quarters of a mile from the center. The 5K is open to runners, walkers, families and youths, while the 10K will be for runners only.

The cost to participate is $20 for adults and $15 for youths (ages 13-17) through Sept. 22, increasing to $25 and $20 up to and including race day. All children ages 12 and under are free. All preregistered participants will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt, and all participants will receive 50 percent discount coupons for UVAC day passes the weekend of the race.

For more information on the event, contact friendsofhartfordtrack@gmail.com.

UVRC T-10s at 5K

Portsmouth, n.h. — Two members of the Upper Valley Running Club claimed top-10 spots in Monday’s St. Charles Childrens Run 5K, the next-to-last race in the seven-event New Hampshire Grand Prix Racing Series.

Concord-based UVRC runner Eric Williams, 48, finished fifth in the five-kilometer race in a time of 16 minutes, 36 seconds. He was joined in the top 10 by clubmate Rob Edson, of Hanover, who took 10th overall in 17:21.

The UVRC sent another dozen competitors to the event to score team points that will help determine a series champion after the series’ conclusion. The NHGPRS wraps up with the Granite State 10-Miler in Concord on Oct. 20.

VTC Hosting Invitational

Randolph Center — The Vermont Technical College cross country team will hold a 5K run for all ages on Sept. 14 as a precursor to its own invitational meet.

The 5K starts at 9 a.m. and will traverse a route including maple trees, hilltop views, apple orchards and a stretch of roadtop. The registration fee is $25, increasing to $30 on race day. T-shirts are guaranteed to all preregistered runners, who are welcome to stay after the 5K to watch VTC host seven other college teams in the Vermont Tech Cross Country Invitational.

Online registration is available at www.3craceproductions.com. For more information, contact VTC cross country coach Bob Dunkle at 802-728-1771 or rdunkle@vtc.vsc.edu.

WNHTRS Concludes
With Lebanon Events

Lebanon — The Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series is down to its final two events, both of which will be staged in Lebanon in September.

The first is the Farnum Five.5 on Sept. 7 in the Farnum Hill Preserve on Poverty Lane. The series concludes on Sept. 21 with the Lost a Lot Trail Race, a 7-mile trek through the Boston Lot. Both races begin at 9 a.m.

The cost to race in the Farnum Five.5 is $15 in advance and $20 on race day. The cost for the Lost a Lot Trail Race is $20 in advance and $25 on race day. Online registration and deadlines are available on each race’s page at www.wnhtrs.com.

For more information on the series, visit www.wnhtrs.com or contact series director Chad Denning at 603-558-2352 or cdenning@teamamp.org.

On Two Wheels

Tour de Taste on Tap

Fairlee — The Upper Valley Trails Alliance will put out the picnic table for pedalers when it hosts the annual Tour de Taste progressive bicycle ride and fundraiser on Sept. 8.

Riders will get to pedal at their own pace along one of three routes, with stops along the way to sample fare from a dozen Upper Valley restaurants and caterers. Routes range from the family-friendly circuit of Lake Morey (six miles) to a 20-mile loop and the 34-mile River Road extension.

Organizers will provide route maps and support vehicles throughout the day. Everything starts at 10 a.m., with all routes beginning and ending at Samuel Morey Elementary School.

Details and online registration can be found at www.tourdetaste2013.eventbrite.com. Proceeds from the Tour de Taste go toward trail work throughout the Upper Valley. Call the UVTA at 802-649-9075 for more information.

On the Tee

Claremont Ladies Night

Claremont — Paige Gauthier, Linda Dolan and Peggy Davis won their divisions during last Thursday’s Claremont Country Club ladies league tournament.

Gauthier, recently selected to represent New Hampshire at the USGA State Team Championships later this month, won the first division ahead of Marie Mailoux and Julie Richardson. Jodie Fennessy and Marty Wiggins tied for honors in the least-putts category. Dolan surpassed Lou Ells and Jane Haley in the second division, also taking the fewest-putts award, and Davis won over Elena Burch and Marti Beagan in the third division. Davis and Beagan shared lowest-putts honors in their division; Diane Chiasson holed the longest putt on the second hole, while Richardson won the closest-to-the-pin award on the same hole.

The ladies league concludes tonight with a fun tournament aimed at speeding up play in light of the shorter daylight hours. The league will hold a closing banquet on Sept. 12, and potential new members are welcome to attend. Call CCC at 603-542-9550 for more information.

Ermeling Graduates
From Golf Academy

Myrtle Beach, s.c. — Former Lebanon High golfer Matthew Ermeling joined 31 fellow students to earn an associate degree in golf complex operations and management from the Golf Academy of America during graduation ceremonies on Aug. 16.

The degree concludes a 16-month program for Ermeling at GAA, formerly the San Diego Golf Academy, which balanced classroom studies and practical experience with an understanding of both the game of and business of golf.

Ermeling is a 2006 Lebanon High School graduate. The former Raider was a member of the high school golf program and was part of the team that finished second in the NHIAA Class I team championship during his senior year.

Legion Tourney
Coming to CPCC

White River Junction — Hartford Post 84, a new American Legion post dedicated to the memory of the late Jeffery Holmes, will hold its second fundraising golf tournament on Sept. 22 at Crown Point Country Club in Springfield, Vt.

Post 84 is hoping to build on the success of last year’s inaugural event, which drew 96 golfers and volunteers. Prizes are being lined up for the tournament, and all proceeds from it will go toward programs that benefit Upper Valley youths and families in times of need. Holmes was a Hartford High School graduate who died in 2004 while serving in the Marine Corps in Iraq.

For more information on registration or donating to the tournament, contact Dan Hillard at 603-381-0457 or micmac43@comcast.net.

KMS Tourney Set

Killington, Vt. — The Killington Mountain School will host a fundraising golf tournament to support its KMS trail initiative project on Sept. 20 at the Killington Golf Course, across from the Killington Grand Hotel.

The cost to participate is $125 per player for the 10 a.m. shotgun scramble. Four-player teams will get an 18-hole round, a power cart, a barbecue lunch and a post-tournament cocktrail receptoin at the Lookout Tavern at the end of the day.

Prizes will go to the teams with the low net and low gross scores. Individual golfers will have chances to win prizes for the longest drive and closest shot to a designated pin.

For more information or to register, contact Chuck Hughes at 802-422-5671, ext. 274 or chughes@killingtonmountainschool.com.

NCCC Tourney
Raises $17K

Grantham — Golfers participating in June’s Eastman Benefit Golf Tournament combined to raise $17,000 for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, according to an Eastman news release.

The day included a tournament as well as a pick-a-prize raffle. “The community should be very proud of its efforts,” tournament co-chairman Carol Moses said.

The event was held at Eastman Golf Links.

On the Ice

Hanover Gear Sale

West Lebanon — The Hanover Hockey Association will hold its annual skate and equipment sale on Sept. 15 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Campion Rink.

The HHA is already accepting donations for the sale, which can be dropped off at Campion.

For more information on the sale, contact Bill Miles at 603-643-3007 or wmiles@rassias.com.

Twin Valley
Equipment Swap

Meriden — The Twin Valley Youth Hockey Association will hold its annual hockey and soccer equipment swap on Sept. 7 at the Plainfield School.

The swap runs from 9-11 a.m. Families are welcome to drop off equipment that no longer fits and pick up some that does, all for no charge.

Twin Valley still has a few openings for this winter for all of its youth hockey teams. The Flyers practice and play all home games at Kimball Union Academy’s Akerstrom Arena.

For more information on the swap or program, contact Stephanie Schell at 603-469-3527 or tschell@aol.com.

On the Board

Hartford Seeking Commission Member

White River Junction — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Commission is seeking to fill one vacancy on its board.

The commission consults with and advises the department’s director on matters affecting programs, projects, policies and finances. The commission also assists in developing long-range plans for the town’s recreation and park needs. New members must be committed to attending one meeting a month, held the second Thursday of every month at 4:30 p.m.

Contact Tad Nunez for further information at tnunez@hartford-vt.org or 802-295-5036.

At the Net

Learn-to-Play
Pickleball at CCBA

Lebanon — The Carter Community Building Association will host a series of monthly learn-to-play pickleball clinics, with the first coming on Saturday.

No experience is required to take part in the clinics, which are also slated for Oct. 5 and Nov. 9 from noon-2 p.m. in the CCBA’s Witherell Center Gym. The clinics coincide with the building’s regular Saturday pickup session. All equipment is provided, with instruction gears toward learning this fun and fast-growing game.

There is no charge to CCBA members for the clinic, while the cost to nonmembers is $4. Call the CCBA at 603-448-6477 for more information.

With the Big Kids

Adult Sports Nights

Lebanon — The Carter Community Building Association will begin a series of adult sports nights on Sept. 18.

The program will meet on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m., rotating a variety of games such as dodgeball, touch football, pickleball and others. Each week’s games will be posted on the CCBA website, www.joinccba.org, a week in advance. There is no charge to CCBA members to take part, with a nonmember cost of $4.

Contact the CCBA’s Kevin Talcott for more information at 603-448-6477.