Sports Briefs

Durango Nordic to host Junior Olympic Qualifiers

Want to make nationals? This weekend is your last chance.

The Durango Noric Ski Club will host the region’s final Junior Olympic Qualifier at the Nordic Center this weekend, and about 200 racers ages 9 to 19 will buckle in for the event.

The spectator-friendly sprint race will start at 9 a.m. Friday; the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals for the boys and girls 14- to 15-year-olds and the boys and girls 16- to 19-year-olds will follow.

The skate distance race will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, and racing is expected to last until about noon Saturday.

Spectators are welcome to attend the Junior Olympic Qualifier, and some of the Nordic trails will be closed to the public during the events.

Community Cares for Bruce Anderson

This year’s Community Cares 5K – the first 2012 road race in Durango – is labeled the Run for Bruce.

Participants are invited to jog, run or walk the 5-kilometer course or the 1-mile fun run. The 1-mile will start at 10 a.m. and the 5K at 10:45 a.m.

Race-day registration is from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday in the Windom Room at the Durango Community Recreation Center. The race will traverse the Animas River Trail with a start and finish at the rec center amphitheater.

The race is free, but a $10 donation is suggested to help benefit Bruce Anderson, local radio broadcaster and active volunteer in the Four Corners community. Anderson suffered a stroke in September 2011 that left him partially paralyzed and has affected his ability to swallow and walk.

Currently, Anderson continues to convalesce at the Four Corners Health Care Center.

For more information, call race director Ken Flint at 749-4290.

Durango Herald