Recreation briefs: UVRS back up and running

  • Runners take a jog through the rain on Berrill Farms Lane in Hanover, N.H., on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (Valley News - August Frank) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to Valley News file — August Frank

  • Mazie Bourgeois, of Bradford, Vt., has landed a USA Softball All-American opportunity later this summer. Courtesy photograph

Valley News Sports Editor
Published: 6/24/2021 10:54:01 PM
Modified: 6/24/2021 10:54:09 PM

LEBANON — After a year away because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Upper Valley Running Series is ready for its return.

The Upper Valley Running Club, which oversees the series, has scheduled a seven-race slate for 2021, carrying on a roughly once-a-month slate through the weekend before Thanksgiving. The schedule:

July 4: Red, White and Blue 6.2 (10K), Lebanon.

July 31: Shamrock Shuffle (5K), Lebanon.

Aug. 21: Under the Tree (10K), Hartland.

Sept. 11: The Sprouty (10K), Sharon.

Sept. 25: Rail Trail 10K, Enfield.

Oct. 31: Tiger Run (12K), Enfield.

Nov. 21: Turkey Trot (10K), Hanover.

All seven races are open to the public, but runners must be members of the UVRC in order to accumulate points in the series standings. Some of the events have multiple distances, but points will only be awarded for participation in one designated distance.

Pre-registration for the Red, White and Blue 6.2 series opener is open though July 1 at a cost of $20, increasing to $25 through race day. Ages 13-17 can pre-register for $15, increasing to $20 after that date. Ages 12 and under are $10 pre-registered, $15 after that. Information for the race can be found at

Visit for details and links to all seven series races.

YOUTH SOFTBALLBradford’s Bourgeois to nationals

BRADFORD, Vt. — Seventh grader Mazie Bourgeois is headed to the USA Softball All-American Games in Oklahoma City later this summer.

Bourgeois earned a spot on the Northeast Region team through a tryout earlier this year. The 12-year-old will join teammates on a 12U squad that will play other region-based foes on the fields of the USA Softball Hall of Fame complex in Oklahoma City. Each team will play at least four games, with one coming on the main Hall of Fame Stadium field.

Bourgeois’ older sister, Anastase, recently pitched Oxbow High to a VPA Division III state softball crown.

TRAIL RUNNINGStoaked Trail Run set

HANOVER — The Stoaked Trail Race, the fifth event of the Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series and overseen by the Upper Valley Trails Alliance, will take place on Aug. 7 on the Oak Hill cross country trail network at the Storrs Pond Recreation Area in Hanover.

Runners will get a mix of cross country trails and single track over a 12.5-kilometer course from start to finish. Pre-registration is $10 for youths ages 15-19 and $15 for adults. Race-day registration will be available from 7-8:30 a.m. at $15 and $20, respectively, and the race gets going at 9 a.m.

For more information, contact UVTA program manager Katie Eddington at 802-649-9075 or

YOUTH BASEBALLVt. Cal Ripken finals at Maxfield

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Vermont Cal Ripken baseball will take over the Maxfield Sports Complex diamonds for its 10U and 12U state championship tournaments this weekend.

Norwich goes into the 10U draw as the top seed in its bracket after a perfect 3-0 performance at last weekend’s District I regional tourney. Dresden and Hartford will have teams in the draw as well, while South Royalton-based Central Vermont holds the top ranking in its bracket.

Central Vermont also holds a No. 1 seed in the 12U tourney. Norwich, Hartford and Dresden also will have teams in the field.

Games begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with championships in both age groups scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m.

Greg Fennell can be reached at or 603-727-3226.

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