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Paddle-a-thon set for July 13

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Hire-a-Hockey playerYoung hockey players are now trying to earn money to take part in the Vail International Hockey Trip, which will tour Eastern Europe and Russia in December. Hockey players are available for temp work in a range of skills. To help out a hockey player and help them earn the trip of a lifetime, contact Charlene Zent at (970) 926-0076 or, or contact Rebecca Maddux at or 390-0906, or Beth Wright at 328-7163 or 100 fast approachingRegistration for one of the toughest events in all of mountain biking is currently underway as individual and team entries are now being accepted for the 2003 Ultra 100 Mountain Bike Race.Scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23, with the Start/Finish in Beaver Creek, the 2003 Ultra 100 will feature the traditional 100-Mile Individual and Team competitions, along with the second annual 100-K Individual race, complete with a new course configuration.New to the event this year will be a 100-K Team competition, designed to provide an additional race opportunity for riders that don’t necessarily have the time to train for the individual events, with two members per team.The main difference between the last year’s inaugural 100-K course and the 2003 edition will be the elimination of the Muddy Pass climb, although racers must still negotiate the challenging June Creek climb. This course change does away with approximately 3,400 feet of climbing, providing for a much more manageable and enjoyable experience for the 100-K competitors.Competitors may register for this year’s event online at Individual entries for the 100-Mile race are priced at $160, while registration for the individual 100K competition is priced at $130. Team entries for the 100-Mile event are priced at $130 per person, while 100-K team registration is priced at $75 per person. Participants may also register in person in the Vail Valley at the Mountain Pedaler in Eagle and Minturn, Venture Sports in Avon or the Kind Cyclist in Edwards.All entries received prior to July 15 will also receive a custom event race jersey, while all competitors will receive a value-packed racer gift bag, finishing award and medal, pre-race dinner, complete aid station support and professional chip timing and results. Entries may be transferred for a $50 fee.In addition to a strong lungs and legs, the Ultra courses also require solid intermediate technical mountain bike handling skills. Run primarily on four-wheel drive roads that traverse some of the most spectacular scenery in the Vail Valley and the White River National Forest, the 100 also features a pair of steady climbs of more than 3,600 feet, along with several 1000-foot ascents thrown in for good measure.SCUBA dive with Beaver DiversBeaver Divers’ next beginning SCUBA classes are Monday and Thursday July 14 and 17 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Avon. They will also be offering a weekend course in Basalt on Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13 from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Complete the certification by doing Openwater Check-Out dives in a 90-degree hot spring on July 1920. Call Beaver Divers for more information (970) 949-1012. See the Web site at http://www.beaverdivers.comThis Sunday, July 13, First Descents is hosting its Second Annual Paddle-a-Thon on the Upper Colorado. This is a great opportunity to get out on the river with a fun group of people and raise money for an awesome cause—young adults with cancer.The Paddle-a-Thon works just like a walk-a-thon. Participants solicit pledges for each mile they paddle. The Upper C from Rancho to State Bridge is about 5 miles and we will run a continuous shuttle for all Paddle-a-Thon boaters. For novice boaters, the Colorado River Center has offered to provide full kayak equipment rentals for just $15 and there will be plenty of support for you on the river. Expert boaters…try to keep up with Mike Duffy who is shooting for 40 miles. Non-kayakers, try a sit-on-top or a ducky.All the money you raise goes towards First Descents–a Vail-based kayak camp that helps young adults with cancer.Volunteers from First Descents will be at Rancho del Rio at 10 a.m. to sign up participants. Organizers will be there until about 6 p.m. so come out for as long as you’d like. After the Paddle-a-Thon, all participants will receive free entry to State Bridge Lodge to see Mary & Mars a bluegrass trio and FREE BEER.– Vail Trail staff reports

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