Chicago - Lebanon's Laura Hagley went for a long run on Sunday, and she did it a long way from home.
The 29-year-old finished high up among the best female runners at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon with a time that left her among the top 300 runners in the event. Hagley completed the 26.2-mile race in 2 hours, 47 minutes, 15 seconds, a timme good enough for 10th place in the women's 25-29 age group as well as 24th out of all women in the race. Hagley also claimed 15th place among all American women in the marathon as well as the best time among 60 New Hampshire residents who completed the course.
Other Upper Valley runners competing at Chicago included:
∎ Michael Smyth, 36, Orford, 4:01:58 (12,435th overall).
∎ Navajeevan Bokinala, 39, Lebanon, 4:23:28 (18,272nd).
∎ Amy Huyffer, 43, Strafford, 4:53:52 (26,360th).
∎ Mary Duryea, 28, Hanover, 5:04:04 (28,718th).
A total of 38,871 runners completed the marathon, which began and ended in Chicago's Grant Park.
Win Foliage Five
Thetford - Competitors from the Upper Valley Running Club claimed victories in the Foliage Five-Miler road race on Saturday at the Union Village Dam Recreation Area.
White River Junction's Mike Barton, 40, claimed the overall win, clocking a time of 28 minutes, 17.99 seconds. Former Hanover High runner Georgia Griffin, of Norwich, took the women's title, finishing third overall in 31:27.50.
Norwich's David Cahill took second place in the field of 55 runners, finishing in 31:13.00. Bjorn Blakeson, of West Dummerston, Vt. (32:00.50), and Grantham's Thomas Gessner (33:02.00) rounded out the top five overall.
Canaan Race Upcoming
Canaan - Mascoma Valley Parks and Recreation will get in the spirit of the halloween activities in chicago season by hosting the Jack-o-Lantern 5K and Kids Trick or Trot 1K fun run on Oct. 26.
The run begins and ends at the Canaan Hall parking lot, with 5K runners heading up Orange Road and turning around at Tuttle Hill Road. There will be two water stops along the way and refreshements at the finish line. The cost for the run is $15 through Oct. 21 and $20 the day of the race. Walkers of a 3K route are invited to join as well, at $12 in advance and $15 on race day. The kids' fun run is $7 in advance and $10 on race day.
The runners kick off the day at 10 a.m., with the fun run to follow at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Kati Laqry Jopek at email@example.com or call 603-523-4501, ext. 111.
EOC Hosting Match
Enfield - The Enfield Outing Club will host some friendly autumn competition with its first Harvest Match, an NRA-sanctioned target shooting competition, on Oct. 26.
Shooters of all ages are welcome to participate. The match will involve competition with .22-caliber rifles from three target-shooting positions. The cost to particiapte is $10 per person.
For more information, contact the EOC's Scott Thompson at 603-632-1005 or visit www.enfieldnhoc.com.
On the Pitch
Sullivan FC Charity Match
Claremont - The Sullivan Football Club U10 girls soccer team will hold a fundraiser for the Susan B. Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation on Saturday at River Valley Community College.
SFC will host a squad from Hanover's Lightning Soccer Club in the charity match, wearing pink to raise awareness for the cause of fighting breast cancer. In addition to the 10:30 a.m. match, the club will sell refreshments and hold an on-site raffle of prizes. All proceeds from the day will go to the Komen foundation as part of the SFC girls' community service project.
For more information, contact Gene Grumman at 603-742-6990.
On the Slopes
Northeast Slopes Cleanup
East Corinth - The Northeast Slopes ski area will hold a work day on Saturday to get ready for the coming skiing season.
Volunteers are sought for a number of tasks; experience is not necessary. Work will go from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with lunch provided by the ski area. Volunteers are welcome to take part for the whole day or just an hour or two, but are advised to bring work gloves and any necessary gear. A second workday is also on the schedule for Oct. 26, also from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., also with lunch provided.
For more information, contact Genevieve Faherty at 802-439-6233 or visit www.northeastslopes.org.
On the Ice
HHA Hockey Introductions
West Lebanon - The Hanover Hockey Association is offering a pair of programs for children ages 4-8 interested in getting started in the sport of ice hockey.
The HHA will hold a series of free clinics this weekend for first-timers. The clinics will be on Friday from 5:10-6:10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:30-11:20 a.m. Parents needing equipment can acquire some at Stateline Sports and, once the clinic is done, may return it for a charge of $55 or keep it and register for the coming season at a cost of $220-$250.
Beyond that, the HHA starts its first learn-to-play-hockey session for youths ages 4-8 with little or no prior hockey experience on Oct. 26. The classes will be held every Saturday from 8:10-9:10 a.m. through February, a total of approximately a dozen skates over 6-7 weeks. The cost of the program is $125. Hanover's Mite program, the follow-up to learn-to-play, also begins on Oct. 26 and is open to youths ages 6-8 who have completed at least three learn-to-play sessions.
For more information, visit www.hanoverhockey.org or contact LTP@hanoverhockey.org.
On the Diamond
Hanover - The Dartmouth College softball program will hold its first community clinic for girls in grades 2-8 on Oct. 19 as part of its annual Green-White game.
All activities will be held at the Dartmouth Softball Park, with the one-hour skill development clinic and autograph session to follow the 10 a.m. game. There is no charge for the clinic or game.
For more information or to register, contact Lindsay Vanover at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the Court
IAABO Referee Classes
White River Junction - Vermont Board 105 of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials will hold a series of classes for aspiring referees beginning Oct. 28 at Hartford High School.
The classes will run on Monday and Thursday nights for four weeks, meeting 6:30-9 p.m. on each occasion. There is a cost to attend the seminars.
For more information, contact Dan Pause at 802-683-9315 or email@example.com.
On the Run
Run for Pie
Grantham - Why focus on the meal? Eastman Recreation will eat dessert first by holding the Run for Pie 5K road race on Nov. 9.
The five-kilometer course will be along Eastman's paved and dirt roads, while an associated two-mile walk will be held on a wooded trail along the west side of Eastman Pond. True to the race's name, homemade pies will go to winners of the race.
Advance registration is available at eastman.org at a cost of $15 for individuals and $32 for families. Race day registration starts at 9:30 a.m. at a cost of $18 for individuals and $38 for families. Race time is 11 a.m. Call 603-863-6772 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
On the Trails
Baker's Crossing Walk
Lebanon - The Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department will lead a easy and scenic quarter-mile walk in the Baker's Crossing Conservation Area on Nov. 17.
The walk will cover a route along the Mascoma River and floodplain meadow, starting at 1 p.m. While scheduled for an hour, anyone interested in extending the walk along the Northern Rail Trail for up to two more hours will be accommodated.
Participants are asked to meet at the Baker's Crossing parking area, on Hardy Hill Road just east of the Packard Hill Covered Bridge, to join the walk, which is free of charge.
Fall Friday Hikes
Lebanon - The Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department has scheduled a series of Friday fall hikes for folks of all ages.
Each trip begins at Lebanon City Hall at 9 a.m. with transportation to that day's trailhead, with a planned noon return. The schedule:
∎ Oct. 18: APD Nature Trails, Lebanon (easy/moderate).
∎ Oct. 25: Two Rivers Conservation Area, West Lebanon (easy).
Participants are asked to bring snacks, water, a backpack (if necessary), properly layered clothing and hiking boots or sturdy sneakers. Each hike is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 603-448-5121 for more information.
Wednesday Walkers Back
White River Junction - The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department is hitting the Upper Valley's prime hiking spots again this fall with the resumption of its Wednesday Walkers program.
Meeting every two weeks, trip leader Jay McDonough will guide walkers on two-hour hikes at various locales. Hikers meet at 9 a.m. at the Hartford Municipal Building for transport to the hike site, returning by noon. The schedule:
∎ Oct. 23: Cole Pond Trail, Enfield.
∎ Nov. 6: Velvet Rocks, Hanover.
Hikers are recommended to bring boots, appropriate clothing, water and a snack. For more information on this series of free hikes, call Hartford Parks and Rec at 802-295-5036.
Benefit Ping Pong Event
Lebanon - The Lebanon Assembly of God will host a fundraising ping pong tournament on Oct. 26 for the benefit of the Pregnancy Center of the Upper Valley.
The event will be held at the church, located at 45 Buckingham Place in Lebanon, starting at noon. Prizes will be available, including trophies for the tournament winners. Potential participants are asked to register online via the ping pong link at christianbrilliance.com by Oct. 17. The registration fee is $25 for the tournament along with a $5 hot dog lunch.
For more information, contact Joel McPherson at 603-448-3333 or email@example.com.