Sports Briefs

Come on and take a free ride, FREE RIDE! (at Chapman Hill)

The Chapman Hill Freeride Series begins today with the first of five consecutive events on the local ski hill.

Organized by the Purgatory Freestyle and Snowboard Teams in conjunction with Durango Parks and Recreation, the Chapman Hill Freeride Series brings skiers and snowboarders together under the Chapman Hill lights.

The series will run every Wednesday through Feb. 13.

Chapman Hill is the perfect arena, and a great place for kids to come and play,” said Tim Kuss, Chapman Hill Ski Area manager. “The unique venue of Chapman Hill offers a great opportunity for any local kid to participate.”

Registration for the rail jam, the series’ first event, is 4:30 p.m. today at the base of the hill. The entry fee is $15, or $10 for Chapman Hill season-pass holders.

Riders age 12 and under will compete from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and 13-and-over riders will compete after 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to different age classes.

“By engaging and working with volunteers and local area sponsors, the Chapman Hill Freeride Series will expand the opportunity for local kids to do great things,” said Jamie Wienk, Durango Winter Sports Foundation Marketing and Development Director.

For more information, call coach Kirk Rawles at 903-2119.

Ready to Ride? It’s time for Round 2 of the IHBC series

Renae Blanton and Colleen Dunseth will be the second speakers in this year’s free Ready to Ride series, a training platform for the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. The lecture will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Durango Community Recreation Center.

Topics will include:

Eating/drinking guidelines for everyday life.

Food as fuel – turn your jalopy into a Ferrari.

Specific nutritional requirements: before, during and after a training session.

Race-day understanding of hydration.

Eating to combat stress and inflammation.

When good food and pure water just aren’t enough, use supplemental support.

Blanton is the owner of Sonas Integrative Medical Center and has been practicing functional and integrative family medicine since 2001. Blanton also is a former participant of the program.

Dunseth works for Sound Bites and is a certified nutritional therapist and colon hydrotherapist.

For more information, call Iron Horse Training manager Jan Derck at 749-7823.

Nordic Center at Purgatory is holding a skate ski clinic

The Nordic Center at Purgatory will hold a skate ski clinic for all ability levels at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The cost of the clinic is $15 for Nordic season-pass holders and $25 for all other skiers.

Rental equipment is available at the Nordic Center.

For more information, call 385-2114.

Durango Herald