Outdoor notes

Published: Thursday, Oct. 15 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT


U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team athlete Bryan Fletcher of Steamboat Springs, Colo., will participate in the Walk for Hope on Saturday in Salt Lake City.

The race portion of the Walk for Hope begins at 8 a.m. at Liberty Park, followed by the walk portion of the event at 10 a.m.

Fletcher teamed up with Candlelighters, an organization that helps families and children with cancer, to put on the event, which hopes to raise $30,000 that will be donated toward cancer research and to help families by sponsoring special programs for children who have been stricken with the disease.

"Our goal is trying to raise $30,000 for the program," says Fletcher, who was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia at age 3 but, after undergoing chemotherapy treatment for a year, the cancer went into remission. "This is a small organization. They only go up to kids that are 18 years old, so the focus is the kids; $30,000 is an average goal for them, but it will help out tremendously."

For more information, go to www.childhoodcancer.org.


PROVO — On Halloween day, Oct. 31, Volunteers involved in Development Abroad will hold its second annual Haunted Fundraiser 5K/1-mile walk/jog/stroll.

All proceeds raised from the event will go toward the group's Mexico housing project. In November, volunteers will spend days 10 Mexico building a home for a town-selected recipient as well as working in an orphanage there.

The Haunted Fundraiser will be held at Kiwanis Park, 820 N. 1100 East in Provo. Registration and check-in begins at 8 a.m., and the race starts at 9 a.m. Registration fee is $15 — or $10 for those wearing a Halloween costume — or $30 per family.

Register online at vidarun.blogspot.com.


The Utah State Parks and Recreation Department is seeking a representative to serve on the Utah Recreational Trails Advisory Council, and to specifically represent the interests of equestrian trail users.

Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, Dec. 1.

This council reviews non-motorized trail project fiscal assistance requests and makes recommendations to Utah State Parks staff and the Board of Utah State Parks. The nine-member advisory council consists of representatives from the Bureau of Land Management, USDA Forest Service, Utah League of Cities and Towns, Utah Association of Counties; and members representing hikers, bicyclists, equestrians and Nordic skiers; and one member-at-large representing the interests of non-motorized trail users in general.

For more information or to apply for this position, contact Utah State Parks Trails Coordinator John Knudson at johnknudson@utah.gov or 801-538-7344.


Children ages 8 to 15 are invited to celebrate Halloween with an evening of riding at the Jordan River Off-Highway Vehicle Center on Friday, Oct. 30, from 3 to 8 p.m.

Cost is $10 per family. Prizes will be awarded for best, most creative and scariest costumes. Also a trunk or treat will be held from 6 p.m. to sundown with prizes for best, most creative and scariest trunks or vehicles.

All riders must wear helmets and all machines must be currently registered. State required youth off-highway vehicle education certificates are mandatory. The Jordan River OHV Center is located on Rose Park Lane, Exit 25 off I-215.

For more information, call 801-533-5425.

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