Tournament time: The Keystone Wooden Racquet Open, a 3-on-3 basketball tourney and Run the Rockies
There’s nothing like a good tournament to heat up the dog days of summer.
Over the next three weeks, just about every corner of Summit County plays host to a tournament or race of some sort. There’s tennis, trail running and basketball, not to mention the final two events in the Summit Mountain Challenge Series, including the fabled Fall Classic.
Here’s a look at the athletic roster for the end of August. Take advantage of the sun now — the snow will start falling before you even know it.
Keystone Wood Racquet Open — Keystone, Aug. 15
This weekend, the Keystone Tennis Center harkens back to the days of Jack Kramer and Jimmy Connors with the inaugural Keystone Wood Racquet Open. The one-day tournament has only one requirement: all players must use an old-school wood racquet for at least two games of each round. Simple enough.
Players can supply a personal racquet or rent one at the pro shop. The tournament begins at 9 a.m. Mixed doubles rounds will be divided up by ability levels, with male and female participants. Registration closes as soon as play begins. Along with goodies for top teams, there will also be a prize for the best “old-school” tennis apparel, so whip out the headbands, short-shorts and tube socks. It’s time to get retro.
More info: http://www.keystoneresort.com
Phone and registration: 970-496-4220
Run the Rockies trail 10K and half marathon — Frisco, Aug. 15
For the third year, the Frisco Peninsula is the host site for the Run the Rockies trail races on Aug. 15. This year brings a 10K and half marathon — both beginning and ending at the Frisco Nordic Center.
The half marathon begins 8 a.m., and the 10K starts at 8:30 a.m.
“This is a great race for first-time trail half marathoners and runners looking for a fun course that offers singletrack, dirt roads and spectacular mountain views,” said Linsey Kach, the town’s recreation programs manager. “The Peninsula awards runners with panoramic views of Dillon Reservoir and the Tenmile Range throughout the race.”
All racers will receive a tech tee and mason jar at the finish. Overall winners in the half marathon and 10K races receive awards, along with the top-three male and female finishers. The awards ceremony will take place immediately following the race in the finish area at the Frisco Adventure Park.
A post-race party will be held at the Frisco Day Lodge, located across the street from the finish line. All racers must present a race bib for the post-race meal. The meal includes pizza from Peppino’s, and everyone older than 21 years old gets a beer from Backcountry Brewery.
Registration is $60 for the half marathon and $40 for the 10K. Day-of registration is $65 for the half marathon and $45 for the 10K, beginning at 6:30 a.m. Competitors 17 and younger get a $10 discount on the race fees.
Don’t want to race? Volunteers are still needed, and all volunteers receive a Run the Rockies T-shirt and, of course, tons of Frisco love. To volunteer, contact Linsey Kach at 970-668-9133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More info and registration: http://www.runtherockies.com
3-on-3 At the Summit basketball tournament — Silverthorne, Aug. 29
Rainbow Park in Silverthorne is back in business after a round of sweeping renovations and upgrades earlier this summer. To celebrate the new look — not to mention brand-new basketball and pickleball courts — the recreation center is hosting a three-on-three basketball tournament on Aug. 29.
The tournament is limited to 16 teams on a first-come, first-serve basis. Fees are $15 for individuals or $45 for a team of up to four players. The format is double elimination, and individuals will be paired with teammates before the first game begins at 8 a.m. — no random, on-the-spot draw.
Until the tournament, rec staff host organized drop-in games on Sundays from 1-3 p.m. and Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays from 9-11 a.m. is reserved for pickleball.
More info: http://www.3on3atthesummit.com
Phone and registration: 970-262-7370
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