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On Deck, a sports calendar for Jan. 7, 2016

BASEBALL

PRESQUE ISLE — The Northern Maine Board of Approved Baseball Umpires will hold their annual umpires clinic beginning on March 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the Library at Northern Maine Community College. Cost of the course is $40 which covers rule book, case book, printed materials and the exam. For more information, contact clinician Bill Casavant at 551-5778 or 764-0810 for more information.

BIATHLON

JEFFERSON — Hidden Valley Nature Center’s sixth annual Liberal Cup Biathlon will be held Sunday, Jan. 31. Space is limited and filling up quickly. Prices will go up on Jan. 16. This year there will be the Youth category for racers ages 10-14. As in other categories, skiers can race individually or in teams of four, and they are encouraged to race in costume. The event uses air rifles, and, in addition to requiring all participants to attend a gun safety session, each station on the gun range will be staffed by safety personnel. Prizes will be awarded for costumes as well as individual and team times. Due to popular demand there will likely not be race-day registration. Details will be updated online at: http://hvnc.org/biathlon-2/. Races will begin about 9 a.m. and continue into the early afternoon. Bonfires and food all day. Registration fees range from $10 to $25. Awards will be given out for best costume, best team name, and for youth and high school aged participants. The winning team will take home the official Liberal Cup trophy. For information, visit HVNC’s web site (www.hvnc.org), write to andy@midcoastconservancy.org, or call 389-5150.

SLED DOG RACES

GREENVILLE — The 10th annual Plum Creek Wilderness Sled Dog Race will take place 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, over 70 miles of forested mountain trails maintained by partners Plum Creek Timberlands and Appalachian Mountain Club. One of only three long-distance races in New England, the Wilderness Race will begin and end at Leisure Life Resort on Lily Bay Road. A 30-mile race also will held and fun activities will be provided by AMC and Greenville Recreation for spectators and families throughout the day at Leisure Life Resort. The race purse has been raised to $10,000. The race trail traverses the mountainous 100-mile wilderness area, and passes through several remote sporting camps such as Appalachian Mountain Club’s Little Lyford Camps and West Branch Pond Camps, where there will be vantage points for the public to watch the racers pass through. The race will be followed by a bonfire.The event is organized by the Wilderness Sled Dog Racing Association, a Greenville nonprofit. For information, visit 100milewildernessrace.org, or call Bethany at the Greenville Town Office at 695-2421.

ROAD RACING

BRUNSWICK — Online registration is open for the 2016 Indoor Insanity 5K event scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 10, at Bowdoin College. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Event day registration for all heats opens at 7 a.m., with the first heat starting at 8. The event will end by 11 a.m. Funds raised will be used to install radon gas treatment systems in low-income housing where radon gas has been detected at dangerous levels. For information and to register, visit the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council’s website at www.maineindoorair.org and click on events. Find and “like” the Indoor Insanity 5K Facebook page for race updates, photos, and more.

WESTBROOK — The inaugural Robert Burns 10K Road Race will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24, at Westbrook Community Center. The race will follow a figure-8 style course through Cumberland Street, Park Road, East Bridge Street, Lincoln Street, and Pierce Street before ending back at the community center. Runners will be able to warm up and change at the community center before and after the race. There will be awards for age groups, top finishers in kilts, and $300 cash prizes for the first-place man and woman. The expected cold temperatures and hilly nature of the course will challenge runners but also make the race more rewarding. Sponsored by Crow Athletics, the race is a fundraiser for the Alternative Education program at Westbrook High School, which works with students that have trouble in a traditional education environment to keep them engaged and involved in school. Robert Burns, the race’s namesake and whose birthday the race celebrates, is the legendary national poet hero of Scotland. There will be recitations of Burns’ poetry at the event and runners are encouraged to wear kilts. Registration is $30 and is open at www.raceit.com/search/event.aspx?id=35328

SKIING

BRIDGTON — Shawnee Peak hosts the second annual Moonlight Challenge on Jan. 22, which is an evening of friendly competition for skiers and snowboarders who compete for the fastest clocked time and to raise the most money in support of The Maine Children’s Cancer Program. Access to the mountain starts at noon and the race kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Participants can register online at www.MoonlightChallenge.org. A second course has been added so that skiers and snowboarders will each have their own gates and prizes. The event will feature an after-ski buffet dinner, outdoor heated bar, awards ceremony, live music and dancing. Skiers or snowboarders of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend. All of the proceeds will benefit the Maine Children’s Cancer Program to help Maine children in their fight against cancer. To learn more about the event, visit www.MoonlightChallenge.org and spread the word by following The Moonlight Challenge on Facebook

SOFTBALL

WATERVILLE — Maine Softball Coaches Association will offer a coaches clinic 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Alfond Center, Thomas College. Instructors will include Kaitlin Cochran, Lisa-Ann Wallace, Terry Parlin, Ryan Sullivan and Nick Caiazzo, who will teach hitting, baserunning, bunting, vision training, catching mechanics and drills, pitching, and organizing drills. Fees are $30 fee per school plus $40 fee per person. Checks may be sent to Maine Softball Coaches Association, 21 Wynmoor Drive, Scarborough, ME 04074. For information, contact David Billings at mathteacher@roadrunner.com . Registration at the door will be an additional $10.

 



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