https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sports/rss.xml en Half marathon brings about new traditions https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/half-marathon-brings-about-new-traditions <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-gtishalfmarathon01-sh-081419.jpg" alt="More than 1,400 people crossed the start line for the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon on Saturday morning." title="More than 1,400 people crossed the start line for the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon on Saturday morning." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> IDAHO SPRINGS &mdash; For the past 41 years, the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon has served a community not only by providing exhaustive fun but financially as well.</p> <p> The race, which starts at Georgetown Lake, circles Georgetown and follows the I-70 frontage road down to the rec center in Idaho Springs. On Saturday morning, 1,400 people &mdash;&nbsp;250 more than last year &mdash;participated in the competition.</p> Abrahamson hopes to make her mark in college hoops https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/abrahamson-hopes-make-her-mark-college-hoops <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-lillieabrahamson-080719.jpg" alt="Clear Creek graduate Lillie Abrahamson cuts down her part of the net after the George Fox University women’s basketball team wins its conference championship in February." title="Clear Creek graduate Lillie Abrahamson cuts down her part of the net after the George Fox University women’s basketball team wins its conference championship in February." align="left" hspace="6" width="123" height="85" /><p> Mere months after Lillie Abrahamson cut down the net at Clear Creek High School, she repeated the feat again; this time, she did it with her college team.</p> <p> On Feb. 23 in the Northwest Conference championship, George Fox University&rsquo;s Division-III women&rsquo;s basketball team defeated Whitman 66-52 to claim the conference crown. Through all the highs and the seldom lows &mdash; the Bruins finished 25-4 &mdash; the 2018 CCHS graduate helped her team behind the scenes to aid in their success.</p> Hundreds come out for Mount Evans Hill Climb https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/hundreds-come-out-mount-evans-hill-climb <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-mtevanshillclimb03-sh-073119.jpg" alt="Riders in the Mount Evans Hill Climb ride up Highway 103 toward Echo Lake before completing the final ascent to the summit of Mount Evans." title="Riders in the Mount Evans Hill Climb ride up Highway 103 toward Echo Lake before completing the final ascent to the summit of Mount Evans." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Alexandra Purcell<br /> For the Courant</strong></p> <p> <strong>IDAHO SPRINGS</strong> &mdash; Hundreds of bicyclists flooded downtown at sunup on Saturday with one goal in mind: To summit one of the state&rsquo;s most beautiful peaks, Mount Evans.</p> <p> The Bob Cook Memorial Mount Evans Hill Climb is an annual race, organized by Team Evergreen Cycling.</p> <p> It&rsquo;s held on the highest paved road in North America, Colorado 5. This year was the 54th running, and close to 700 cyclists took the challenge despite the threat of rain.</p> Clear Creek grad excelling in college athletics https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/clear-creek-grad-excelling-college-athletics <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-rachellewis02-072419.jpg" alt="Clear Creek graduate Rachel Lucas, currently a track and field athlete at Colorado Christian University, sprints down the track. Lucas just completed her freshman season." title="Clear Creek graduate Rachel Lucas, currently a track and field athlete at Colorado Christian University, sprints down the track. Lucas just completed her freshman season." align="left" hspace="6" width="63" height="85" /><p> Rachel Lucas may not be the three-sport workhorse of her Clear Creek High School days anymore, but she&rsquo;s certainly picked up speed in college.</p> <p> Last year, she chose to compete at the next level in the one sport she was least familiar with: track and field.&nbsp;</p> <p> After just her freshman year at Colorado Christian University, she&rsquo;s seeing great strides in her performances in and out of competition.&nbsp;</p> Double Bypass bike ride attracts athletes near and far in a 75-mile climb from Georgetown to Avon https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/double-bypass-bike-ride-attracts-athletes-near-and-far-75-mile-climb-georgetown-avon <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-doublebypass01-071719.jpg" alt="Nick Rieple and Pierre Reedy take in the views at the top of Loveland Pass." title="Nick Rieple and Pierre Reedy take in the views at the top of Loveland Pass." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> GEORGETOWN &mdash; It was a bright and early morning for local cyclists on Saturday but not quite as early as it could have been.</p> <p> As local riders geared up near Georgetown Lake for the Double Bypass &mdash; a mountainous bike ride to Avon &mdash;at 8 a.m., they were grateful they didn&rsquo;t have to start their day at 6 a.m. in nearby Evergreen for the Triple Bypass.</p> <p> Evergreen resident Ginna Rieple was no stranger to either ride. This year, the Rieples made the event a family affair.</p> Locals and visitors partake in the 4th of July 5K run in Georgetown https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/locals-and-visitors-partake-4th-july-5k-run-georgetown <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-tomhayden5k03-sh-071019.jpg" alt="Self proclaimed “stroller champs” Brian Quarnstrom and Oscar, 4, of Golden run to the finish line of the Tom Hayden Memorial 5K in Georgetown on July 4." title="Self proclaimed “stroller champs” Brian Quarnstrom and Oscar, 4, of Golden run to the finish line of the Tom Hayden Memorial 5K in Georgetown on July 4." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> GEORGETOWN &mdash; The Fourth of July is about patriotism, family and community, and the Tom Hayden Memorial 5K in Georgetown perfectly embodies those qualities as residents and visitors alike come out to race by historical homes and around the lake.</p> <p> Last Thursday, a local and a visitor each won their respective races.</p> <p> Aspen Taylor, 7, rang in the new 1K race with a first-place time of 15:38. In her native Texas, she&rsquo;s participated in similar races. She and her family were in town for the holiday.</p> Fraternity brothers from all over U.S. cycling for a higher purpose https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/fraternity-brothers-all-over-us-cycling-higher-purpose <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-fratbiking02-070319.jpg" alt="Members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity flex their muscles along their cross-country biking route." title="Members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity flex their muscles along their cross-country biking route." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> EMPIRE &mdash; As the old saying goes, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not about the destination. It&rsquo;s about the journey.&rdquo; For a group of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity brothers, that motto couldn&rsquo;t be truer.</p> <p> Over the past three weeks, members of the fraternity have traversed the country via bicycle, raising money and awareness for people with disabilities through Journey of Hope, an organization tied to the Ability Experience.</p> Berg, Young shine in Slacker Half Marathon debuts https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/berg-young-shine-slacker-half-marathon-debuts <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-slacker06-fc-062619.jpg" alt="Runners take off from a snowy starting line at Loveland Ski Area for the annual Slacker Half Marathon on Saturday." title="Runners take off from a snowy starting line at Loveland Ski Area for the annual Slacker Half Marathon on Saturday." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong>GEORGETOWN</strong> &mdash; Joseph Berg is used to the weather. After all, he is a Colorado native. So when the Florida Institute of Technology sprinter started his first Slacker Half Marathon on Saturday morning, in spite of light snow at the Loveland Ski Area starting line, it wasn&rsquo;t a factor. If anything, the cool temperatures were welcoming.</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m glad the weather worked out,&rdquo; Berg said.</p>