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CONWAY — The Kennett High Key Club will host a 5K road race and two mile fitness walk on August 2. The race/walk is a fundraiser for the charities that the Kennett Key Club supports, which include Camp Sunshine, the UNICEF Eliminate project, the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute, and Children for Peace International.

Registration can be completed on-line at runreg.com for $10 for runners or $5 for walkers, or on the day of the race, starting at 8 a.m. for a slightly higher fee of $15. The race begins at 9 a.m.

There will be prizes for too finishers. This is a fun-filled event that will benefit many worthy charities, so sign up and spread the word!

If you have any questions, please email Eliza Burke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

CONWAY — Jim Johnson, of Madison, ran away from the field in the 27th Annual Cranmore Hill Climb on Sunday, winning the race by over two minutes.

Run in overcast conditions, Johnson, 37, covered the course in 52:01 to take top honors. Matthew Veiga, 27, of Lynn, Mass., was the runner-up in 54:15. Rounding out the top three was Todd Callaghan, 44, of Beverly, Mass., who finished third in 54:29.

Kim Nedeau, 34, of Everett, Mass., was the top female finisher crossing the line in 1:02:48, 16th overall. She was followed by Kelsey Allen, 31, of Sterling, Mass., 1:04:33; and Christin Doneski, 43, of Hopkinton, 1:05:03.

The course was two laps up and down Cranmore, totaling 6.6 miles with 1,229 feet of elevation per lap.

The race attracted 188 runners from across New England.

Local finishers besides Johnson included: Leslie Beckwith, of Albany, 27th, 1:07:27; Dana Holmes, of Glen, 1:7:34; Paul Bazanchuk, of Center Conway, 34th, 1:09:21; Daniel Doherty, of Center Conway, 45th, 1:12:20; Marc Ohlson, 53rd, 1:14:17; Dawn Heinrich, of Wolfeboro, 59th, 1:15:40; Kyla Brustin, of North Conway, 1:18:55; Frank Holmes, of Eaton, 1:20:49; Abbey Larkin, of Glen, 1:23:20; Andrew Light, of Glen, 95th, 1:25:21; Scott Johnson, 104th, 1:28:50; Mary Doherty, 148th, of Center Conway, 1:42:04; and Chris Ballou, of Madison, 151st, 1:42:52.

The Cranmore Hill Climb has in the past served as the host of the 2009, '11 and '13 USA Mountain Running Championships and the 2013 NACAC Mountain Championships.

 

CONWAY — There will be a co-ed softball meeting for all coaches and players interested in playing on a team Thursday night (July 24) at the recreation office in Center Conway at 5:30 p.m.

According to Conway Parks and Recreation Director John Eastman, the league heading into its fifth year hopes to begin play the second week in August (Aug. 10). Teams will play two to three nights a week (based on the number of teams) through the last weekend in September.

"We have had a lot of interest from people who want to put a new team in the league," Eastman said.

You must be 18 and older to play in the co-ed league.

Cost and size of schedule will be discussed at the meeting.

For any additional softball information contact the recreation department at 447-5680.

 

CONCORD — The deadline for the 2014 NH Moose Hunt Auction is fast approaching, so if you want a chance to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall, it's time to get your bid in!

Two moose hunt permits are available through the annual auction, which benefits the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire. Bids must be received by Aug. 8. Official bid guidelines and documents can be downloaded from the Foundation's website at http://www.nhwildlifeheritage.org or by calling 496-2778.

Courtesy of LHR Sporting Arms, Rochester, the highest winning bidder was to receive a 50 percent off coupon towards the LHR's new RCF Centerfire Rifle. This newly designed rifle has the option of 7 interchangeable barrel configurations on one receiver, and changes easily without tools in under a minute!

Due to an unanticipated production delay, the RCF Centerfire Rifle will not be available until mid-2015, so we are offering the winning bidder a free LHR Muzzleloader of their choice, or he or she can choose to wait for a free RCF Centerfire Rifle when it becomes available next year. The next four highest bidders will receive a free New Hampshire 2014 fishing, hunting, bear or turkey license of their choosing.

As the official nonprofit partner of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the Foundation is authorized to auction up to five permits to the five highest bidders. Proceeds from the auction help support critical fish and wildlife conservation initiatives and education programs of the N.H. Fish and Game Department, such as Canine Search & Rescue, Barry Conservation Camp, Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, The Great Bay Discovery Center, Operation Game Thief, Orphan Bear Cub Rehabilitation Center, Karner Blue Butterfly Restoration Program, aerial stocking of remote trout ponds, Operation Land Share, Low Plains Stewardship Endowment, 2013 North American Moose Conference, Wild Times for Kids magazine, and the National Hunting and Fishing Day N.H. Expo.

Last year, the auction garnered 19 bids from nine states, with the highest bid at $10,000. Winners came from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Wisconsin and Washington.

Successful bidders in the 2014 auction will need to show proof of a previous hunting license or a certificate of completion of an approved hunter education training program. Winning auction permit holders will be able to harvest one moose of either sex in a wildlife management unit of their choice, and will be responsible for purchasing their own 2014 New Hampshire hunting license to accompany their moose permit.

Individuals who received a permit in the 2014 New Hampshire moose hunt lottery are subject to the rules of the lottery, and will not be eligible to participate in the auction. A portion of a winning bid may be tax deductible as a charitable donation; potential bidders should check with their tax advisors to determine eligibility.

Additional information on moose hunting in New Hampshire, including rules, permits, and licenses and can be found at http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm.

Since its establishment in 2006, the Wildlife Foundation of New Hampshire has supported many Fish and Game projects through grants, donations and sponsorships. The Foundation accepts tax-deductible donations throughout the year from individuals as well as institutions, and provides access to PayPal through its website for donor convenience. To learn more about the Foundation and how you can help, visit http://www.nhwildlifeheritage.org or call 496-2778.

 

Organizers are happy to report that registrations for the August 9 Midnight Owl 15K run are coming in and several sponsors have been secured ensuring that the first annual event will be a success.

Thus far Settler's Green Outlet Village and Lampron Energy have committed at the Silver Sponsorship Level with Cooke's Skate Supply and Cooper Cargill and Chant also lending financial support. Varsity Beverage will be providing water and Gatorade to participants with White Mountain Hostel offering economical lodging to out of town participants.

Finishers awards are being handcrafted by Lori Badger of Silver Moon Mosaics with merchandize awards bring donated by New Balance Outlet.

Local businesses such as Jog-a-Lite and Barn Door Screen Printing have also offered their products and services at reduced rates helping to keep this a "local" event.

The Midnight Owl 15K has the unique format of a midnight prediction run meaning that the winners will be the first runners (or walkers) to cross the finish line AFTER MIDNIGHT. The course starts at Schouler Park in North Conway and makes its way, under the light of a full moon, to the finish line at the Ham Arena in Conway via West Side Road. The event is bring hosted by the MWV Skating Club and net proceeds will support its Learn to Skate programs. Full details regarding the Midnight Owl 15K and exactly how it works can be found by visiting www.mwvsc.org. Registration is through www.racemenu.com and will end on Aug. 8. There is no race day registration. Participants are encouraged to register by July 24 to be guaranteed a Dry Teck Performance T-shirt.

Discussions regarding sponsorship opportunities with other financial and "in-Kind" sponsors are ongoing. Any local business or individual wishing to be part of this exciting event, either as a sponsor or volunteer, are encouraged to contact race director Madeleine Ryan at 986-1650 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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