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Sports Roundup - Track meet now sponsored/Watch a game or run for fun/Sign up for soccer, football

Track meet now sponsored

After 11 years, there will be some changes to the all-comers track meet this summer.

Event organizer Jim Whiting said he has established the event as a non-profit organization, entitled the Bainbridge All-Comers Track Meet Association.

He also found a sponsor in Bainbridge Self-Storage, which will pay for the insurance and a janitor to come and open the bathrooms underneath the Bainbridge High School grandstand and turn the lights on.

“I’m certainly grateful for Bainbridge Self-Storage stepping up (and sponsoring us,)” Whiting said. “The non-profit status is more attractive to sponsors to pick up the tab, and one of the results of that is that the meets are free, which I always wanted. With a sponsor, we can ensure that the meets stay free.”

The event starts July 10 and is held at the high school track. It runs every Monday until August 28 and it starts at 6:30 p.m. and usually goes until 8:30 or 9 p.m.

It is open to all ages – “I’ve had runners as young as two and as old as 70,” Whiting said – and consists of all running events: the 50-meter dash, the 100, the 200, the 400, the 800, the 1600-meter run, the 3200, the 4x100 relay and the joggers mile, where the winner is the closest to his or her predicted time in their age and sex classification.

For more information, contact Whiting at 780-5664 or at athletikos@aol.com.

Watch a game or run for fun

Two events are being held on the Fourth of July for those interested in or want to watch some athletic competition.

The Bainbridge Island 2006 Fourth Of July Fun Run is currently taking pre-registration forms and must be postmarked by tomorrow’s date.

A fee of $20 is required. Those who register on July 30 through the day of the race will be charged $25. Those signing up for the Kids Dash will pay $5.

All entrants will be given a T-shirt.

The one-mile run starts at 9 a.m. in downtown Winslow, with the 5K run starting at 9:15 a.m.

The Kids Dash is a hopping and skipping event for ages 4 and under and 5 through 8-years-old. It will be held at Winslow Green at 10:30 a.m.

Runners must check in at 7:30 a.m. on the day of the race at Winslow Mall.

Proceeds go to benefit Bainbridge Youth Services no-cost counseling and jobs services for youths 12-19.

For more information, contact BYS at 780-1849.

The Bainbridge Historical Baseball Society is also holding their fourth annual game between the Island Reds and Winslow Grays on the morning of the Fourth at the Bainbridge High School baseball diamond at 9 a.m.

Pre-game festivities are scheduled for 8:30 a.m.

Tickets to the event can be bought at the street fair celebration on the evening of July 3, at the pancake breakfast on the morning of the Fourth or at the gate on game day.

There will be door prizes handed out during the seventh inning stretch. A donation of $5 is suggested. All proceeds go toward the Battle Point Park transmitter building renovation project.

For more info, call Jeff Giblin at 842-6134.

Sign up for soccer, football

Two organizations are holding registrations for their respective sports.

The Bainbridge Island Junior Football and Cheerleaders Association is taking on players to fill their rosters for the 2006 Greater Eastside Junior Football Association fall season.

Players are divided amongst the six teams via an age/weight formula or an age only criteria.

The BIJFCA is looking for players to fill their Rookie and Senior level teams, as they do not have enough to currently field a team.

A minimum of 14 players are required to fill a team at the Rookie, Cub, Sophomore, JV and Varsity level while 18 are needed to fill a team at the Senior level for the GEJFA to recognize the team.

The deadline for the BIJFCA to turn in the number of teams is July 1, but players can be added to those teams up through the second week of September.

To register, visit the organization’s website at www.bainbridgefootball.org.

For more information, contact league president Wayne Houston at 842-3318 or registrar Tina Estabrook at 842-4952.

The Bainbridge Island Youth Soccer Club is taking registration for their 2006 fall season as well.

The fee is $90 per player and $180 per family. Those who register after July 12 will be charged a $25 late fee.

Players must turn 7 before July 31 or, if they turn after July 31, must be physically ready to play with older players.

Returning players who register late are not guaranteed a spot on the same team they played on last year.

A $25 fee per player will be deducted from all registration refunds, and there are no refunds after August 31.

All U8, U9, U10, U11 and new players need to purchase a new jersey, which costs $17.

To register, sign up at www.bisyc.com or e-mail registrar@biysc.com.

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