https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sports/rss.xml en 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" /><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" /><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" /><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> Rafting company ready for hell or high water https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/rafting-company-ready-hell-or-high-water <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-rafting01-061919.jpg" alt="With the high snowfall levels throughout much of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, rafting companies like AVA are preparing for high waters this summer. " title="With the high snowfall levels throughout much of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, rafting companies like AVA are preparing for high waters this summer. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> One may think the winter&rsquo;s heightened snowfall and subsequent rising water level would create a headache for Colorado&rsquo;s rafting companies this summer, but at AVA Rafting and Zipline in Idaho Springs, the guides are more than prepared to take on the challenge.</p> <p> As of Saturday, Clear Creek was running at 952 cubic feet per second and at a 6.23-foot height near Golden, and flood stage is 7.5 feet. As temperatures continue to rise, the raft guides at AVA believe those numbers will go up in the coming weeks, though they admit that timeline would be hard to predict.</p> Gerding represents Clear Creek well on the state’s big stage https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/gerding-represents-clear-creek-well-state%E2%80%99s-big-stage <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gerding2.jpg" alt="Clear Creek graduate Lucas Gerding lines up in the trenches during the All-State football game at Adams State University in Alamosa last week. " title="Clear Creek graduate Lucas Gerding lines up in the trenches during the All-State football game at Adams State University in Alamosa last week. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Lucas Gerding couldn&rsquo;t have asked for a better ending to his high school athletics career.</p> <p> After winning a state title in the 4x100-meter relay at state track last month, Gerding, now graduated, got one last chance to represent Clear Creek High School. In Alamosa last week, he briefly played quarterback for the North team at All-State.</p> An ass-ertive finish: Mini burro with ‘magical powers’ wins again https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/ass-ertive-finish-mini-burro-%E2%80%98magical-powers%E2%80%99-wins-again <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-burrorace03-an-052919.jpg" alt="Joe Polonsky races toward the finish line with his burro Jake. Although Polonsky was the first human to finish the race, Jake did not win. " title="Joe Polonsky races toward the finish line with his burro Jake. Although Polonsky was the first human to finish the race, Jake did not win. " align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> IDAHO SPRINGS &mdash; Donkeys tend to get a bad rap for being lazy or difficult. Over Memorial Day weekend in Georgetown and Idaho Springs, however, several dozen of Colorado&rsquo;s finest animal athletes proved the haters wrong when they competed in the mountain towns&rsquo; burro races.</p> <p> On May 26, seven burros stunned the competition when they all finished within 15 seconds of each other in a crazy finish on the nearly six-mile course.</p> CCMRD hosting a summer golf program for kids https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/ccmrd-hosting-summer-golf-program-kids <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-ccmrdgolf02-052919.jpg" alt="Clear Creek County’s kids enjoy a day on the greens at Keystone Ranch Golf Course as a part of Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District’s summer program in 2018. This year, it’s bringing the program back starting June 11." title="Clear Creek County’s kids enjoy a day on the greens at Keystone Ranch Golf Course as a part of Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District’s summer program in 2018. This year, it’s bringing the program back starting June 11." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District will be sending local kids back to the greens starting June 11 after a successful first summer on the golf course.</p> <p> Through the rec center in Idaho Springs, the district is hosting a program for kids aged 7 to 14 who want to try out golf at the Keystone Ranch Golf Course. It will run every Tuesday through Aug. 6 and aims to teach kids about the inner workings of the sport.</p> <p> Program coordinator Paul Dalpes said the program&rsquo;s first year was a huge success.</p> CCHS boys 4 x 100 relay wins the 2A state championship https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/cchs-boys-4-x-100-relay-wins-2a-state-championship <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-ccstatetrack01-sh-052219.jpg" alt="The boys 4x100 relay team from left, Ben Griffin, Lucas Gerding, Brandon Pennell and Michael Burch took home the state title Saturday at Jeffco Stadium, May 18, 2019." title="The boys 4x100 relay team from left, Ben Griffin, Lucas Gerding, Brandon Pennell and Michael Burch took home the state title Saturday at Jeffco Stadium, May 18, 2019." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> LAKEWOOD &mdash; Ben Griffin sprinted at maximum capacity down the last leg of the track with three competitors right on his tail. When he finally crossed that finish line first, barely, he pumped his fist and yelled in exhilaration.</p> <p> Clear Creek track had state champions in the 4 x 100-meter relay. It can often take years for someone to make history. For four Clear Creek track athletes, it only took 44.10 seconds.</p>