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Today's Sports

  • A really cool hike around an...

    Heading up the mountain to Echo Lake Park, the temperature begins dropping and the scenery becomes magnificent. Sweeping views of snow-capped mountains come into view as you travel along Highway 103 from Bergen Park to your hiking destination around a natural alpine lake.

  • Column: Early risers embrace...

     It’s 5:45 a.m. on Saturday morning as I struggle to get up, get dressed and meander my way up to Bergen Park to catch a few last-minute riders and event officials. Who would think that there would be a scattering of cars working their way up into the mountains so early for a weekend getaway, much less cyclists who’ve already been on the road for nearly two hours for the first of two days of the Triple Bypass.

  • Ride holds special meaning for...

    This year’s Triple Bypass was a special one for Travis Retzer. It not only was the 40-year-old San Francisco-area rider’s first Triple, but it also holds a meaning closer to his heart.

    He was going to ride it with his dad, Jim, who got him started in cycling more than 10 years ago. It was his father who started him out riding century (100 mile) rides. But last Oct. 29, at the age of 65, Jim unexpectedly passed away. A planned family vacation, including a visit to Yellowstone National Park, was now a memorial ride in honor of his late father.

  • Early wildflowers, tall grass a...

    On a brief ride around the Evergreen area last week, I was surprised to see so many wildflowers blooming. Many seemed a bit earlier than usual. I believe this is due to the exceptionally warm weather and rain in early June.

    Late June had very little rain, but the Fourth of July brought a late-afternoon torrential shower, so it is once more hot and humid. This is not my favorite weather as it leaves me feeling hot, sticky and short of breath.

  • Annual tourney set to benefit...

    The 10th annual Andy Smith Sr. Memorial Special Needs Golf Tournament, presented by the Mountain Foothills Rotary Club and Evergreen Park & Recreation District, is scheduled for July 21 at Hiwan Golf Club. Money raised goes toward the district’s special needs programs.

  • Burke ready to make debut

    Seventeen-year-olds rarely have life-altering decisions to make like the one Brock Burke faced last month. The University of Oregon signee, who won’t turn 18 until Aug. 4, was drafted in the third round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Tampa Bay Rays.
    Does one go to college and get that degree or go straight to work as a professional baseball player? Tampa Bay made the decision easy for him.

  • Weiner repeats at Freedom Run

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Bob Weiner is someone you don’t want to run into if you’re on the wrong side of the law in Jefferson County and someone you don’t want to run against in the Freedom Run 5K.

  • Bald eagles near Evergreen Lake...

    Everyone in Evergreen has been excited about the two bald eagles that have been hanging out in a dead tree near Evergreen Lake for the past week. I have had several people call me, and others have brought me photographs of the birds. They are apparently two adult bald eagles, easily recognized by their size, dark bodies, white head and tail.

  • Slacker veteran Crespin finally...

    GEORGETOWN — Lucas Crespin wasn’t going to be denied any longer.
    The 29-year-old Lone Tree resident has been painstakingly close to winning the Slacker Half Marathon three times before, finishing fourth in 2008 and ’09 — the first time after a detour cost him some precious minutes — and he was the runner-up in 2012. But each time, he got a little bit faster.

  • Baylor’s Kloack tackles first 5K

    By Tim Donohoo
    For the Courier
    This year’s edition of the Elk Meadow 5K/10K was not your ordinary run for Carly Kloack of Parker. The June 28 event served as the Baylor University lacrosse athlete’s first 5K, and despite finishing 11th overall in a field of 32 runners — 52 runners competed in the 10K portion — Kloack was all smiles as she crossed the finish line in 32 minutes, 20 seconds.