Special Olympics Summer Games
Special Olympics Oregon will be holding its annual Summer State Games this weekend in Newberg, and a number of local athletes will be competing.
One of those locals will be Jackie Buxton, who will take part in the golfing competition, which is being held at Chehalem Glenn Golf Course. Skills contests and 18-hole golf will start at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and 9-hole golf will start at 9:30 on Sunday. More than 200 athletes are expected to participate.
Athletes who have mastered the individual skills can compete in pairs with an able-bodied partner or as individuals in 9- or 18-hole tournaments depending on their abilities.
The 2014 Summer State Games will be held this weekend at Newberg High School and numerous other sites in Newberg. The event is expected to draw an estimated 5,000 visitors.
The Summer Games opening ceremony will be held Saturday at Loran Douglas Field. The ceremony preshow will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the parade and opening kickoff at 7.
The main attraction, the games many track and field events, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The state-level competitions mark the culmination of more than 30 regional events held across Oregon throughout the year.
Hagg Lake set to host annual event
A longtime staple in the Pacific Northwest triathlon calendar, the 32nd annual Hagg Lake Triathlon and Duathlon is scheduled for Saturday.
This years event will consist of four races: a sprint triathlon (1/2-mile swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5K run), an Olympic triathlon (1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run), an Olympic duathlon (5K run, 40K bike, 5K run) and a tri-it novice triathlon (1/4-mile swim, 20K bike, 5K run).
The Olympic triathlon race will serve as this years Tri Northwest Olympic distance championship. All four races will be based out of Boat Ramp C at Hagg Lake, with the bike and run portions of each race taking place on roads around the lake.
Registration for individuals is $110 at packet pick-up and on the day of the race. Registration for teams is $45 (per person) through Thursday or $55 at packet pick-up and on race day. Packet pick-up will take place on Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Athletes Lounge, 2671 NW Vaughn St. in Portland.
Go to aasportsltd.com for more information or to register online.
Camp for cyclists returns to Pacific
USA Cycling is once again holding one of its Regional Talent ID Camps in Forest Grove starting later this month. The camp is for cyclists ages 14-22 and will take place July 27-Aug. 1 at Pacific University. Back for the fifth consecutive year in western Washington County, the camp has a road racing focus.
The Forest Grove camp is one of 13 such regional camps taking place across the country this year. The aim of the camps is to identify athletes who show signs of cycling potential at an early age. Campers will receive instruction in cycling fundamentals including training, nutrition and bike mechanics both in presentation settings and training sessions.
Prospective campers should have some training and racing experience and belong to USA Cycling. Tuition ranges from $750 to $850. Cyclists can also apply for grants to help offset the cost of tuition. See uscdf.org for more information.