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Raleigh marathon opens registration and reveals new start-finish site

Registration is under way for the fifth annual City of Oaks Marathon and Rex Healthcare Half Marathon, which will take place at 7 a.m. Nov. 6 and will feature a new start-finish location.

Competitors can register at www.cityofoaksmarathon.com for the 26.2-mile marathon and the 13.1-mile half marathon.

The new start and finish line will be at N.C. State’s Bell Tower.

Fundraising-events keep recreational sports organizations busy in winter

Cold weather puts many outdoor activities on hiatus, but that doesn't mean participants stop preparing for next season.

Many area recreational sports organizations keep busy through the winter by planning and conducting benefit events to raise funds to pay for equipment, facilities, travel, entry fees or any of the many expenses affiliated with their activities.

Here are three fundraisers coming up over the next three weekends:

Triangle teams sweep N.C. Swimming Senior Championships

The Marlins of Raleigh-Wolfpack Aquatics, the YMCA of the Triangle Area and the New Wave Swim Team swept the top three spots in the N.C. Swimming Senior Championships held Thursday through Sunday at the Triangle Aquatics Center in Cary.
 

'Out front' strategy pays off as Durham 10-year-old runs to national title

Durham fifth-grader Coleman Mitchell Jr. finished 2010 by adding a national cross country championship to his accomplishments.
A Creekside Elementary School student and member of the Durham-based Triangle Champions Track Club, Mitchell won the Bantam (age 10 and younger) Boys Division at the USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships on Dec. 11 at Veterans Park in Hoover, Ala.
He covered the 3K course in 11 minutes, 14 seconds to win by seven seconds, a victory margin that might have produced as much relief as celebration for the young champion after some stressful anticipation.

Narron Family baseball clinic cancelled

The free baseball clinic for seventh graders offered by Texas Rangers assistant hitting coach Johnny Narron, previously scheduled for Saturday, has been cancelled because of the expected inclement weather. Johnston County Schools have called off any activities at schools scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The clinic was set to be held at Smithfield-Selma High School.

Spring baseball, softball registration starting soon around Triangle

Winter started barely two weeks ago, but it's already time to count down to when pitchers and catchers report.

And that means parents planning to sign up children for spring baseball and softball leagues should plan now. Some area leagues fill up fast, and registration deadlines will arrive long before warm weather does.

To find leagues in numerous sports and instruction for all ages, check the Play! Recreational Sports Calendar regularly. The online version of the calendar is updated weekly, and the print version appears each Tuesday in the Sports section.

Henderson Old Schoolers win senior bowling title

The Old Schoolers of Henderson rolled their way to victory in scratch and handicapped divisions during the Capital Area USBC Association’s annual B.H. Barbour Senior Tournament held Dec. 3-5 at Pleasant Valley Lanes in Raleigh.

The bowling organization recently released official results.

In the team handicapped competition, the Old Schoolers rolled a 3,031 total to win the $800 top prize. Second place and $400 went to a Raleigh team called Whatever with a 2,905.

Redskins, Cowboys, Tigers crowned Raleigh youth football champions

The Redskins, the Cowboys and the Tigers recently won their division championships in the Raleigh Parks and Recreation's youth football program.

Pedro the Lion among bowling champions

Pedro the Lion had a great weekend during the Capital Area USBC Association Open and Women's Tournament held over the weekends of Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 6-7 at Buffaloe South and AMF Capital Lanes.

The Raleigh bowling organization recently released the official results of the event, the CAUSBCA's first tournament of the winter season.

Apex Cougars finish well at Pop Warner cheerleading championships

The Apex Cougars finished with a top-five performance at the Pop Warner National Cheer & Dance Championships held Dec. 6-11 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Only the top five in each category are scored. The Cougars were awarded 52.60 points, finishing behind the champion Amity (Conn.) Spartans' 59.88 in the Novice Division Junior Midget Small category.

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