Central Oregonian medals at world event — Misty Holloman, a High Desert chapter Special Olympian, earned a spot on the podium in one of her events at the Special Olympics World Games, staged Jan. 29 through Feb. 5 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Holloman, 22 and of Bend, won a silver medal in the novice super-G F7 division and also participated in the novice giant slalom and slalom events. She was one of five Special Olympics Oregon participants, all of whom earned at least one medal, in the world games. The Special Olympics World Games are staged biannually and alternate between winter and summer editions. More than 3,300 athletes and coaches from more than 100 nations were expected to take part.
Youth league registration now open — Registration for the Bend Park & Recreation District’s spring youth lacrosse league is available now through March 3. Boys and girls in grades one through eight are eligible to participate. The season starts April 1 and concludes May 31. Teams will play an eight-game schedule and practice twice per week, all on weekdays. Helmets for boys, goggles for girls, and sticks, jerseys and mouthpieces will be provided. Participants should supply their own gloves, shoulder pads and arm/elbow pads. Cost is $75 for park district residents, $101 otherwise. Volunteer coaches are needed. For more information, contact park district sports coordinator Rich Ekman at 541-706-6126 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is available at bendparksandrec.org.
Bend student qualifies for national event — Joni Ransom, a student at Bend’s High Desert Martial Arts, earned a second-place finish in forms in the ages 12-14 black belt division and another runner-up result in the ages 12 to 14 48-51-kilogram black belt division in Olympic sparring at the USA Taekwondo Oregon State Championships, staged Feb. 2 in Portland. By finishing in the top three, Ransom, 12 and of Bend, qualified for the USAT National Championships, which are scheduled for July in Chicago.
New trail series includes Central Oregon race — The Northwest Mountain Trail Series is set to make its debut this year, and one of the six races in the series is slated to take place at Smith Rock State Park. The Smith Rock Ascent, scheduled for April 27, kicks off the series and will take participants on a 15-mile run from in the park to the top of Gray Butte and back. Other races in the series are the Mt. Hood 50 (miles), the Dog Mountain 10K in the Columbia River Gorge in July, the Volcanic 50 (kilometers) around Mount St. Helens, and the Mountain Lakes 100 (miles) that starts near Olallie Lake in September, and the 15-mile Elk-King’s Mountain Traverse in the Tillamook National Forest in October. Registration is open for all six events; cost ranges from $65 to $250. The Smith Rock Ascent costs $65. For more information, go to trailmountainseries.com.
COCC announces spring race series — Central Oregon Community College has released the dates for its annual spring running series. The 6 Mile Relay is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on May 9, the Jungle Run/Walk for May 23 and the 18th annual Storm the Stairs on June 6. All three races will begin at 5:30 p.m. In the relay race, teams of two to four runners will alternating running laps on the COCC track until they complete 6 miles. The Jungle Run/Walk offers 2-mile and 4-mile distances that include singletrack trail, mud bogs, steep climbs and descents, and log crossings. In Storm the Stairs, participants will start the 2-mile race at the track and finish above Juniper Hall. Entry fee is free for COCC and Oregon State University-Cascades students and staff, $5 otherwise. Day-of-race registration will be accepted for all three events from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. To register early, forms are available in the COCC club sports office and at local running stores and athletic clubs. For more information, contact Bill Douglass at email@example.com.
Meetings on tap — The Bend Park & Recreation District has scheduled meetings for the upcoming adult softball season. Leagues are open to players age 18 and older and high school graduates. Teams interested in joining a league must send a representative to the appropriate meeting. Those who do not may not be able to participate in the season. All meetings are scheduled for March 20 and will be held at the park district office, 799 S.W. Columbia St. Cost is $740 per team for all leagues except for women’s metro, which is to be determined. Meeting times are 5:15 p.m. for senior metro, 6 p.m. for women’s metro, 6:45 p.m. for coed metro and 7:30 for men’s metro. Fees and rosters are due by April 3. For more information, call 541-389-7275.
—Bulletin staff reports