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Recreation briefs: Norwich’s Reed podiums at duathlon nationals


Staff Reports
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

GREENVILLE, S.C. — What’s a little thunderstorm to a triathlete like Jeff Reed?

The Norwich resident and former Hanover High boys lacrosse coach joined a field of 217 athletes for Sunday’s USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championship and, like everyone else, had to adjust to the weather conditions. Reed ultimately finished third in his men’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28 minutes, 32 seconds.

With severe weather in the forecast, organizers shortened Reed’s race to an opening 2K run followed by a 6K bike segment and a closing 1.35K run. Reed trailed only Michael Kearns, of Pittsburgh (27:58), and David Morrow, of Tarpon Springs, Fla. (27:59), in the final age-group standings.

Reed was also 69th among all men in the field and 80th overall.

IN THE PITCanaan horseshoe signups

CANAAN — The Canaan Horseshoe League will hold a signup event for the coming season on May 6 at 6 p.m. at the Williams Field pits.

The cost to play is $25 for the full summer season. Teams can consist of four players, but individuals are also welcome to join and will be connected with other singles or assigned to an existing team short on players.

Matches take place every Monday night at 6 p.m. at Williams Field through the middle of August.

For more information, contact Kari Lundberg at karilundberg@live.com or visit to the league’s page on Facebook, @CanaanHorseshoes.

IN THE POOLUVAC open house

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Upper Valley Aquatic Club will host a open house for members and the general public on April 27 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

This family-themed event will offer a variety of activities, from a bounce house and face painting to family yoga and a demonstration from the Upper Valley Aquatic Club swim team. Adults can take classes in circuit training, TRS and Pilates. Posture screenings also will be offered.

There is no cost to attend.

Storrs Pond formingsummer swim team

HANOVER — The Storrs Pond Recreation Area is gauging interest toward forming a summer swimming team this year.

The team would involve multiple skill levels for ages 6-18 and would compete in the Vermont Swim Association, with races and practices at the Storrs Pond lap pool. The program, which would be overseen by both the SPRA and Norwich Recreation Department, aims to focus on fun, safety, teamwork, fitness and building competitive skills.

The season would run seven weeks, from mid-June through the first weekend of August, and practices would most likely be held on weekday mornings from 8-9 a.m., with occasional evening workouts as well. To be on the team, a swimmer must able to enter and exit the pool without aid, swim with the face in the water and go one pool length (25 yards) unassisted in the freestyle technique. This is not a learn-to-swim program; swimmers new or experienced in competition are welcome to join.

For more information, contact Alexa Manning at findalexa@yahoo.com. Sufficient interest is required for the program to go forward.

On the Court

Buddy Up Tennis returns

LEBANON — The River Valley Club will stage its second Swing Into Spring with Buddy Up Tennis to provide adaptive matches for kids with Down Syndrome on April 28.

Last year’s Swing Into Spring event raised $8,000, which allowed RVC to start the first Buddy Up Tennis program in New England. This month’s event will give volunteer buddies a chance to team up with partners in round-robin play, take part in a return-the-pro’s-serve competition, socialize and enjoy snacks and drinks.

The event begins at 9 a.m., runs until noon and includes a pair of 75-minute sessions. Players ages 13 or older and owning a 3.0 rating or better are welcome to register.

Information and online registration is available at www.swingin2spring.org.

On the RunColor Splash run

THETFORD — The Clara Martin Center will hold its third Color Spalsh fun run on May 5, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Thetford Academy.

The untimed 5-kilometer race will take place on the wooded trails of Thetford Academy’s cross country running network. Walkers and runners are both welcome. The cost to participate is $35 for adults and $20 for chidlren ages 12 and younger. There will also be free activities for children.

Registration is open from 8:30-10 a.m., and the event goes until 2:30 p.m. Register online at 222.claramartin.org/color-splash.

In Threes DisasTour VIII coming to Vt.

ROCHESTER, Vt. — The Rochester/Randolph Area Sports Trail Alliance will host its DisasTour VIII multi-sport triathlon on April 27.

The event, open both to individuals and teams, consists of a 19-kilometer cycling trek, an 8K paddle and an 11K run. Advance registration is $50 per leg for individuals and $100 for ironmen and ironwomen; race-day registration is $55 and $110, respectively. Visit www.bikereg.com/disastour-2019 to sign up.

On-site registration also will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. on the park in Rochester. The race starts at 10 a.m., and most finishers usually cross the line at Rochester’s Green Mountain Bikes between 12:30 and 2 p.m. A 3 p.m. party and awards wraps up the day.

For more information, contact Kinley Tener at Tener_Kinley@hotmail.com or 802-7700-4328, or Tracy Beers at tswilson99@gmail.com or 610-349-9977.

On the Diamond Adult Softball Meeting

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Teams interested in playing in this summer’s Hartford Parks and Recreation co-ed slow-pitch softball league are required to attend a team meeting for upcoming season on April 23 at 6 p.m. at the Hartford Municipal Building.

Each team planning to play in this season’s league must have a representative on hand. Co-ed slow-pitch games will be played at George Ratcliffe Park in White River Junction between May 13-Aug. 10, with games starting at 6 p.m. Teams must register and pay the $500 team fee in full by May 3 to be included.

Online team registration is available at www.hartfordvt.myrec.com. For more information, call the department office at 802-295-5036.

On the trail Wednesday Walkers resuming

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department’s periodic series of Wednesday Walkers hikes resumes with a trek through the Hartford Town Forest on April 24.

Wednesday Walkers gives participants a chance to enjoy short treks to a variety of Upper Valley locations. Each trip begins with a meet-up at the Hartford Municipal Building at 9 a.m. before traveling to that day’s site. Each hike designed to be done by noon. Participants should dress for the weather, bring water and a snack and wear shoes meant for trail conditions. The remainder of the spring schedule:

May 15: Boston Lot Lake, West Lebanon.

May 29: Colette Trail, Enfield.

Each hike is free, but participants are asked to register in advance at www.hartford-vt.org. A minimum of three hikers is required for any given trip to proceed. Call Hartford Parks and Recreation at 802-295-5036 for more information.