No alpine skiing for Yellowknife games

Thursday, the Arctic Winter Games International Committee announced the sports that will be included in the Yellowknife 2008 Arctic Winter Games.

Thursday, the Arctic Winter Games International Committee announced the sports that will be included in the Yellowknife 2008 Arctic Winter Games.

The only significant change was the elimination of alpine skiing. Yellowknife lacks a facility.

“The committee has been directed by the political leaders responsible for the Games to maintain total participation numbers over the next three Games to stabilize the funding demands on host societies and travel costs for participating teams,” said Games president Gerry Thick.

In 2008, participation has been capped at 1,850 athletes, roughly the same number that competed in Kenai, Alaska, earlier this year.

A complete summary of the sports selected for the 2008 Games is available at http://www.awg.ca/Sport_Selection_Press_Release.html.

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories will host the event from March 9 to 15, 2008.

Yukon Selects soccer

Help support the Yukon Selects Soccer Club by watching the World Cup in a great, soccer-mad setting at the Roadhouse Bar and Grill.

For $10 you get a burger, fries, and a beer.

Semi: Tuesday, July 4 —11:30 a.m.

Semi: Wednesday, July 5 — 11:30 a.m.

Final: Sunday, July 9 — 10:30 a.m.

“The pub will be packed full of soccer fans, it’s going to be a great atmosphere and a lot of fun, so come out and support our teams,” said the Selects’ Peter Mather.

Tickets will be sold at the door.

Intersport fun run

There were 39 runners and walkers out for Tuesday’s Intersport fun run/walk event. The fastest female on the five-kilometre course was Jody Gustafson in a time of 23:08; the fastest male was Rodney Hulstein in a time of 18:23.

Top finishers:

Male five-kilometre run

1st Rodney Hulstein, 18:23

2nd Chris Locke, 19:58

3rd Bill Greer, 20:02

Female five-kilometre run

1st Jody Gustafson, 23:08

2nd Laura Vanderkley, 25:13

3rd Lene Neilsen, 25:47

Female five-kilometre walk

1st Ruth Hall, 35:38

2nd Tanya Astika, 35:41

3rd Suzanne Dennehy, 37:59

Male 2.5-kilometre run

1st Owen Munroe, 9:51

2nd Kenny Atlin, 13:43

3rd Willy Everett, 13:53

Female 2.5-kilometre run

1st Alexis Gee, 15:19

2nd Rachel Dawson, 16:17

The next Athletics Yukon hosted event is the Canada Day Riverwall One Mile Run on July 1, 2006.

Registration starts at 1:45 p.m. at the parking lot area near Robert Service Campground, (at the Welcome to Whitehorse signs).

The run follows Robert Service Way down on to the river wall and ends at Rotary Peace Park. Race start is 2:15 p.m.