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A taste of something sporty

Shauna Farnell

BRECKENRIDGE – Sometimes all it takes is a small taste of something to establish a lasting favorite flavor.

The Breckenridge Recreation Center is conducting a Wednesday Summer Adventure Series for children between the ages of 10 and 14 years with a variety of activities designed to get their feet wet for future hobbies.

This Wednesday, six boys quadrupled their mountain bike skills in the course of a few hours when they rode a loop down the Peaks Trail from Peak 8, down to Gold Hill, up Gold Hill and on the bike path back to Breckenridge.

“Everybody that showed up were avid riders already,” said mountain bike pro Tim Faia, who led the group Wednesday. “They were psyched. They had a great time. They did well. I gave them a rundown on trail maintenance and erosion, just general ecology.”

The previous Wednesday’s adventure took a group of kids on a three-hour crash course in kayaking and future activities include rock-climbing, mountain boarding, hiking a fourteener, scuba diving and skateboarding.

“Kind of what we wanted to do is give them a taste of something fun and new and give them something else to do afterwards,” said Diane McBride, recreation coordinator for the Breck Rec Center, who also joined the group on the Peaks Trail. “After three hours of something, you could say, “I love it.’ So, we have the option of giving them something else to do afterwards. If they like kayaking, they can get involved in Summit Kayak. They can get involved in the Mountain Bike Little League with Maverick Sports. There’s lots of options, instead of throwing yourself into something more expensive.”

Anyone between the ages of 10 and 14 years is encouraged to sign up for the Wednesday series, which costs $16.50, or $15 for Breck residents. Rec center staff wanted to target this particular age group with the series because, as series organizers pointed out, while older children have the option of getting a summer job and younger children can attend day camps, middle school-aged children are often left twiddling their thumbs during the off-school months of summer.

“They’re a great population to work with,” McBride said. “It’s an in-between age. It’s an awesome one to teach new activities to.”

“It might be a different group every week,” added Faia. “I’m sure a few of the parents are apprehensive at their kids getting hurt, but it’s really great to get the kids out there and into different sports. Next time, hopefully we’ll get some girls out here too, and word spreads.”

Everyone attending the Wednesday series should register by the previous Monday at Breck Rec Center or by calling (970) 453-1734.

Summer Adventure Series schedule:

June 26 Rockclimbing

July 3 Skateboard lessons

July 10 Hiking a fourteener

July 17 Mountain boarding

July 24 Scubadiving

Shauna Farnell can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at sfarnell@summitdaily.com.


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