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Sports Digest

Miscellaneous

Triathlon: The 20th annual Columbia Gorge Aluminum Man Triathlon will be held this Saturday, Sept. 6, at Riverfront Park in The Dalles, Ore.

A registration/entry fee of $85 is available from Sept. 4 until the day of the races. The entry fee includes a commemorative T-shirt and a lunch following the race.

This year’s event is limited to 350 competitors. Athletes will have a choice of two events: The Olympic course featuring a 1-kilometer swim, 50km bike ride and 10km run or the Sprint course consisting of a .5km swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run.

Swimmers are allowed to wear wetsuits and helmets are required on the bike ride. To register online, go to racecenter.com.

Checks can be sent to NWCPRD, 414 Washington, Suite 1D, The Dalles, Ore., 97058. For more information, call (541) 296-9533.

On the Tube: The 2008 National Football League season kicks off tonight with a nationally televised game on NBC (KGW-TV Ch. 8) between the Washington Redskins and the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. The season-opening game starts at 4 p.m.

Other national games on the first week slate include Sunday’s contest on NBC between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts (5:15 p.m. kickoff) and a pair of Monday games on ESPN: Minnesota at Green Bay, 4 p.m.; and Denver at Oakland, 7:15 p.m.

Fans of the Seattle Seahawks can catch their favorite team in action Sunday morning against the Buffalo Bills. Their contest gets under way at 10 a.m. on FOX (KPTV Ch. 12).

Saturday’s collegiate football schedule features a double-header with local interest on FOX Sports NW: Washington takes on Brigham Young starting at noon, and Washington State opens Pac-10 play at home against California starting at 3:30 p.m. (Check the local TV listings for the correct channel.)

Cycling: Soroptimist International of Goldendale has put together three bicycle tours of the valleys, forests and fields of the Klickitat Valley with proceeds supporting Soroptimist programs for women and children. The approximate lengths of the tours are 100, 65 and 35 miles.

The tour date is Saturday, Sept. 20. Riders are free to depart any time between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. All tours will begin and end at the Goldendale Grange Hall.

The registration fee is $40 for the longer rides and $35 for the 35-mile ride. A $10 late fee will be added for registrations received after Aug. 31.

Volunteer support vehicles will monitor the routes and aid stations with snacks and water will be distributed along the way.

Winter Sports: Skiers and riders can now purchase 2008-09 Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort season passes online, at significant savings off full unlimited season pass prices.

Among the group package discounts available through Nov. 16 are Meadows’ popular 4x4, 3x3, 2x2 and 10-Time passes. For details on these and other deals, visit the Web site skihood.com.

Moreover, the Platinum Pass returns at the same $2000 price as last season. The unlimited season pass includes season ski check, a season locker and up-front reserved parking space all season long. This season Nordic track privileges at both Meadows and Cooper Spur Nordic Centers and a Cooper Spur season lift and tube pass have been added.

Meadows is holding the price on its off-peak lift ticket price at $54 to encourage more midweek and low-season business. On peak days $15 is added to the lift ticket (weekends and holiday time frames from opening through the first weekend of March). The night ticket price of $25 is the same as last season (good 3 p.m. - close).

Fishing: If you love to fish for salmon, want to enjoy some of the best salmon fishing in the Pacific Northwest, and maybe feel a little lucky, head to the Tri-Cities Oct. 4-5 for the 13th annual Knights of Columbus-Tri-Cities Prep Salmon Derby.

The main event for this annual charity tournament, which attracted about 200 people last year, begins at 5 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008. This year, weekly prizes will be offered starting Sept. 13, so a good number of participants and plenty of fun are nearly certain.

There are some really big upriver bright fall chinook salmon expected this year. "Our weekly prizes give anglers a lot more opportunities to participate in the derby. And the first prize of $1,000 for the main event means a lot of the anglers will want to save October 4th-5th on their calendars,” said tournament coordinator Don McBride. “Plus, the run this year is shaping up to be spectacular…lots of large fish and some great early returns across Bonneville Dam. If the early fishing downriver at Buoy 10 was any indication, the fishing during the derby this year is going to be great.”

The tournament also offers seven other prizes on the main derby weekend. Best of all, there’s another prize pool and a discounted entry fee for kids 12 and under—so it’s an event for the whole family. The weekly prizes are $100 for the biggest fish and $50 for the biggest fish caught by a child.

Derby fishing will be open on the Columbia and Yakima rivers. The prime area for most anglers will be the Hanford Reach, a 45-mile stretch of free-flowing river upstream from Richland, where tens of thousands of "upriver brights" are expected to return to spawn this year.

The salmon are entering the Columbia River in huge numbers now and will be crossing McNary Dam in a few weeks. Fishing will steadily improve from now until it peaks right at the main derby weekend. “We expect to see a good catch this year, especially with the good run forecast, because the timing for the derby is just about perfect", said McBride.

All proceeds from the derby go to Tri-Cities Prep, a Catholic high school that opened in 1998 in Pasco. Entries for the derby cost $25 (one entry covers both the weekly and main events) and are available at sporting goods stores in the Tri-Cities, Yakima, Wenatchee and Desert Aire. The entry fee for kids 12 and under is only $10.

For more information, call Don McBride at (509) 554-9202.

Running: The Historic The Dalles Days Run will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, at The Dalles Dam train vistor center. The 8-kilometer run/walk is on a course that goes across the dam and returns back.

A pre-registration $5 entry fee ($15 with shirt) is available until Sept. 18. It’s $3 (without shirt) for runners under age 18. Registration on the day of the race is $10 or $20 with purchase of a T-shirt. The fee is $5 for those under 18 (without shirt) and a parent’s signature is required.

There will be timed results but no awards for runners. Proceeds will benefit Historic TD Days Committee.

Checks can be sent to Historic The Dalles Days, 445 E. Knoll Dr., The Dalles, Ore., 97058.

For further information, call Bob Thouvenel at (541)-298-1119.

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