Rec Briefs: UVTA Skate-a-Thon Fundraiser Scheduled for Sunday

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Fairlee — The ice is all set, and so is the Upper Valley Trails Alliance for its annual Skate-a-Thon fundraiser on Lake Morey.

The annual opportunity to do laps on the Lake Morey Skating Trail to benefit the UVTA is Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The day revolves around the skating trail, a 4½-mile loop on the lake that is also the longest groomed trail of its kind in the United States.

The entry fee ranges between $10 and $25, depending on the participants age and UVTA membership status. The fee comes with free Nordic skate rentals (on a first come, first served basis) along with hot chocolate, soup, lunch and raffle ticket. Skaters can earn additional raffle tickets with each lap they complete.

All proceeds from the day go toward the UVTA’s work to develop and maintain recreational hiking trails and other outdoors programs throughout the Upper Valley. The Skate-a-Thon has been making turns on the Lake Morey Skating Trail since 2003.

Tickets are available online at www.uvtrails.org and can also be purchased on the day of the event by cash, check or credit card. For more information, contact the UVTA at 802-649-9075 or info@uvtrails.org.

On the Sled

Barnard Poker Ride

Barnard — The Barnard Mountainviewers Snowmobile Club will hold a poker ride on Jan. 27, starting from the Barnard Town Hall, snow conditions permitting.

Ample snowmobile trailer parking will be available at the town hall. From there, the posted trail ride will cover about 45 miles on the Barnard trail system. Coffee and pastries will be available at the outset, and a hot lunch will be served at the conclusion of the ride.

Riders will be able to start their rides from the town hall any time from 9-10:30 a.m. The cost to participate is $10 per hand plus an additional $1 per card.

For more information, including detailed trail conditions, contact Rob Tracy at 802-234-9785 or Stan Butler at 802-234-9223, or visit www.barnardmountainviewers.com.

In the Pool

Kayak Pool Sessions

Lebanon — The Merrimack Valley Paddlers Club will again host kayaking pool sessions at the River Valley Club, the first of which will be held tonight.

The session will go from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Lebanon-based health club. The sessions present an ideal opportunity to practice strokes, learn new skills, improve abilities and handle assisted rescues, all in a warm saltwater pool. The cost to participate is $20, and paddlers are asked to register in advance at mvpclub.org.

Contact Paula Townsend at 802-299-7781 or uppervalleykayaking@gmail.com for more details.

On the Slopes

Full Moon Fiesta

Lebanon — The Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department’s Full Moon Fiesta winter trek and progressive dinner is scheduled for Saturday, beginning and ending at the Storrs Hill Ski Area and running from 6-8 p.m.

Participants can make their way through the snow on skis, snowshoes or snowboards to stop at several food stations along the way. At least a half-dozen food vendors have signed up to provide light bites and warm beverages at each stop.

The cost to participate is $10 for ages 13 and older and $5 for ages 6-12. Youths ages 5 and younger get to slide along for free. There is also a $30 option for families. All proceeds benefit the Lebanon Recreation Assistance Program and the Lebanon Outing Club. All participants are also asked to help keep the Full Moon Fiesta an eco-friendly event by bringing their own mugs, bowls and spoons.

Contact Lebanon Recreation and Parks at 603-448-5121 for more information.

With Rod and Reel

Youth Derby Coming

Quechee — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department will hold its 18th youth ice fishing derby on Feb. 2 at Dewey’s Pond.

Young anglers will be placed in age groups based on the number of participants and will compete for prizes in a variety of categories within each age group. Food, refreshments, fishing holes, bait and limited equipment will be available.

Participants should be dressed appropriately for the weather. There is no charge to take part, although would-be anglers should pre-register for the derby at www.hartfordrec.com.

Day-of registration will also be available at Dewey’s Pond.

Additionally, Hartford Rec will hold a pair of learn-to-ice-fish clinics this winter. One will be held on derby day at 8:30 a.m., with another set for Feb. 19 at 9 a.m., also at Dewey’s Pond.

Call 802-295-5036 for more details.

Let’s Go FishingComing to Enfield

Enfield — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is bringing its Let’s Go Fishing introductory ice fishing class to the Enfield Community Building next month.

The program is set up on two dates, a classroom session at the community building on Feb. 1 from 6-8:30 p.m. and a fishing outing on Feb. 3 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The class teaches basic ecological concepts of fishing and are geared toward either first-timers or anglers looking to build on lapsed skills.

The course will cover the various types of equipment used in ice fishing along with ice safety, knot tying, fish identification, rules, ethics and proper clothing for making trips out onto the ice. After attending the Friday classroom session, participants will head out onto the ice for the Sunday morning outing to test out their new skills.

A fishing license is not required, but all students must register through New Hampshire Fish and Game in order to be covered. For more information, contact instructor Kyle Glencross at kyle.glencross@wildlife.nh.gov.

On the Run

Red Zone 5K

Wilder — Runners will get their first chance of 2019 to race outdoors while getting ready for another Super Bowl as part of the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department’s Red Zone 5K on Feb. 3.

The 5-kilometer walk and run starts and ends at the Dothan Brook School, with action kicking off at 10:30 a.m. Participants are encouraged to don football garb, with awards going to the best-dressed among runners and walkers. The event is family-, stroller- and dog-friendly (leash required for all four-legged participants), with benefits going toward Hartford Rec’s scholarship program.

The cost to run or walk is $10 in advance and $20 the day of the race. Contact Hartford Rec at 802-295-5036 for more information or to register.

Shamrock Shuffle 5KRegistration Open

Lebanon — Registration is underway for the Shamrock Shuffle 5K, the unofficial start to the Upper Valley’s outdoor running season.

The 18th edition of the Shuffle is scheduled for March 16, with an 11 a.m. start for the kids 1-mile fun run and a noon start for the 5K run around downtown Lebanon. The race begins and ends on Colburn Park in front of Lebanon City Hall.

Once registered, runners can pick up their race packets on the night before the race, from 6-8 p.m. at city hall and can also be received the day of the race. Runners are encouraged to register online through www.shamrock5k.com; pre-registration (through March 10) is $22.50 for ages 17 and older, $17.50 for ages 13-17 and $12.50 for ages 12 and younger; late registration fees increase $2.50 across the board after March 10. Long-sleeve T-shirts are guaranteed to all pre-registrants to desire to have one.

Call Lebanon Rec at 603-448-5121 for more information or assistance.

On the Court

Drop-In Games for Adults

Lebanon — The Lebanon Parks and Recreation Department has set up a pair of nights for pickup volleyball and basketball for adults this winter.

Informal open-gym basketball play is underway on Tuesday nights from 8-10 p.m. at the Lebanon Middle School gymnasium. Each session is open to ages 18 and older regardless of ability level.

Volleyballers can get their spikes in with a weekly drop-in session on Thursdays from 7:30-9 p.m. at the former Seminary Hill School gym. This event is also open to ages 18 and older.

For more information, contact Lebanon Recreation at 603-448-5121.

In the Gym

Wear Out Your TrainerFor a Good Cause

Lebanon — Wayne’s World Elite Fitness Training in Lebanon will link up with a variety of other fitness facilities around the Upper Valley for the Crush Cancer (and Your Trainer) charity fundraiser on Saturday.

Five years into the event’s existence, Wayne’s World owner Wayne Burwell and his peers are expanding their reach from two gyms to seven with the hope of raising $20,000 for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon. The event will offer two ways for achieving that goal.

Each of the seven facilities will host an open boot camp from 10-11 a.m. At a cost of $20, participants can put in some sweat equity for an hour with their favorite trainers and gyms.

At 11 a.m., the tables get turned. Participants can take a train-your-trainer pledge of $5 per minute, where they get to dictate exercises for their trainers to perform. Train your trainer continues until 3 p.m.

For more information on the event, including a list of participating gyms, or to get involved in the fun and fundraising, contact Burwell at waynesworldeft@gmail.com.