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The 30th annual Snowbird Bicycle Hill Climb, the oldest bike race in Utah, will be staged Saturday. Cyclists will race up Little Cottonwood Canyon on a challenging 10-mile course that ascends 3,500 vertical feet.

This year's race has been rerouted due to construction on 9400 South. Saturday's race will begin at 8 a.m. at the Swamp Lot on 8099 S. Wasatch Blvd., continues along Wasatch Boulevard to North Little Cottonwood Canyon Road to the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon and up to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. Vehicle traffic in Little Cottonwood Canyon will be restricted beginning at 8 a.m.

Participants who complete the Bicycle Hill Climb have the option of jumping on their mountain bikes and continuing up to Snowbird's Hidden Peak to complete the Ultra-Widowmaker portion of the course. The Ultra-Widowmaker is a 4-mile climb over 3,000 vertical feet to a peak elevation of 11,000 feet, offering views of the Wasatch Mountains and Salt Lake Valley. Both races will conclude with an awards ceremony at the base of Snowbird at 10:30 a.m., featuring prizes, a raffle and live music.

For registration information on the Bicycle Hill Climb and Ultra-Widowmaker, visit snowbird.com.


The 24th annual Bryce Canyon Rim Run and Walk will be held at Ruby's Inn on Saturday, Aug. 23. The 5-mile trail run and walk begins at 9 a.m., with both the start and finish line at Ruby's Inn in Bryce Canyon City. The scenic, gently rolling course features an elevation of approximately 7,600 feet.

Register online at www.Runnercard.com. Preregister by mail (call for entry form or download from www.rubysinn.com), or register the evening before the race from 5-9 p.m. or the morning of the race until 8:30 a.m. at Ruby's Inn. Entry fee is $20 if postmarked by Saturday, or $25 thereafter, and includes a T-shirt, post-race lunch, awards, prizes and a ticket for free admission to the Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo.

Awards will go to the top overall male and female finisher and the top three finishers in each division. A separate walking race with overall and divisional winners is part of the event.

For information, call 800-468-8660.


The Glacier Ice Arena in Grand Junction, Colo., will host Professional Skater Association Executive Director and former national figure skating champion Jimmie Santee for a figure skating seminar on Saturday and Sunday.

The seminar is for competitive figure skaters only, as it will focus on jumps, spins and other advanced figure skating skills. In addition to the two days of the seminar, skaters are encouraged to schedule a private lesson with Santee in advance.

Skaters interested in attending the seminar should contact Ciji Green at The Glacier Ice Arena at 970-242-RINK or via e-mail at [email protected] for more information. To schedule a private lesson, e-mail Sean Flynn, general manager, at [email protected].


Tundra swans don't arrive in Utah until October. But applications to hunt the swans are already arriving at the Division of Wildlife Resources Web site. Hunters can apply for a swan-hunting permit at www.wildlife.utah.gov. Applications will be accepted until 11 p.m. Monday. Hunters must complete a one-time swan-hunting orientation course before applying for permits. The online course is available at wildlife.utah.gov. It takes about 20-30 minutes to complete.

For assistance with online application, call 801-538-4700 no later than 5 p.m. Monday.