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Cycling race a test in the Pasco hills

The Hilly Hundred, a mainstay cycling tour through the hills of Pasco County, will take place on Oct. 18. Distances depend on how many times riders go around the 18-mile loop, with a 100-mile ride being the longest available. This is not considered a beginner's competition, as some of the hills within the course pose quite a challenge to new riders.

"We start at Pasco-Hernando Community College in Dade City and the race goes off toward Hernando County," said Ruben Watson, president of Tampa Bay Freewheelers. "This is considered a challenging ride particularly with a section of consecutive hills. We have another race in the spring that is done on a flatter terrain that would be better for beginners."

There is no age requirement for this competition. The race starts at 7:30 a.m. and the cost is $22 for online registrations completed before midnight Sunday, after which the price increases to $25. For information, call (813) 404-5721 or visit

TRIATHLON: The fifth annual Longleaf Triathlon weekend will take place at Longleaf Town Center on Oct. 19. The event is sanctioned by USA Triathlon and gives participants an opportunity to qualify for regional and national competitions with an Olympic distance course. This competition may be too difficult for beginners. For information, call (727) 847-2424 or visit

GOLF: Catholic Charities' fifth annual golf tournament will be held Oct. 30 at the Dunes Golf Club at Seville to benefit the building of the Arnold Andrews Northern Counties Service Center serving Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties. Registration is at 11 a.m., buffet lunch at 11:30 and shotgun start at 1 p.m. For a hole in one, golfers can win a Harley-Davidson "Street Bob" courtesy of Harley-Davidson of Crystal River, a new golf cart courtesy of Country Club Cars, a Mazda 6 courtesy of Ed Morse Auto Plaza or a one-year membership at the Dunes, which is off U.S. 19 just south of the Citrus-Hernando border. There will also be games, prizes and a raffle-style auction. Cost per player is $60. Registration and sponsorship opportunities are available until Oct. 26. For information, call (352) 686-9897, ext. 25.

GOLF: A golf tournament to benefit Mitchell High School's boys basketball team has been scheduled for noon Nov. 21 at Timber Greens Country Club in New Port Richey. Cost is $65 per person or $280 for a foursome. For information and registration, contact John Farrell at (727) 207-7259 or at

AND MORE GOLF: The Port Richey Rotary will hold its annual golf tournament at 1 p.m. Oct. 31. The scramble format tournament will be held at River Ridge Golf Club and the cost $60 per person. Registration starts at noon; the proceeds will benefit several charities that the Rotary supports. For information or to sign up, call Joe Maceda at (727) 457-7762.

KARATE: The New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center offers Isshinryu Karate classes to anyone age 6 and up, regardless of their experience level. The classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays and are divided into three sessions. The advanced class runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m., followed by an hourlong beginner class at 7 p.m. and an adult class at 8 p.m. The classes are taught by Marty Betts, a fifth-degree black belt. The cost is $35 per month for members of the recreation center ($45 for non-members without a pass). For information, call (727) 845-4560.

SKATEBOARDING: The skate park at New Port Richey's Recreation Center will hold its Spooky Skate Competition from 4:30 p.m. to dusk Oct. 23. Winners of the competition can receive a one-month membership to the skate park. Trick competition ages are 4-6, 7-10, and 11-14. Events include best trick and open skate. All participants need elbow and knee pads as well as a helmet. Parents must fill out liability waivers at or before the event. For information, call (727) 841-4560.

TENNIS: USPTA instructor Christina Hill is offering lessons at the New Port Richey Recreation Center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Hill teaches beginners, intermediate and advanced levels as well as a cardio tennis class on Mondays and an adult class on Thursday nights. Private lessons are available by appointment. Call (727) 841-4560 or (727) 375-7678 for prices and times.

FLOOR HOCKEY: Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson offers open floor hockey from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays for players age 16 and up. Ages 12-15 play from 6 to 7 p.m. There are no skates allowed. For information, call (727) 861-3033.

FITNESS: Zumba workouts combine body sculpting movements with dance steps from several different dance styles. Starting Tuesday, Veterans Memorial Park will offer Zumba for ages 18 and up through certified Zumba instructor Marisel Rosado. The cost is $6 per class or $20 for four classes a month. Pre-registration is required. Classes will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. For information and times, call (727) 861-3033.

MORE ZUMBA: Starting Oct. 19, Crest Ridge Gardens Community Club, 4806 Phoenix Ave. in Holiday, will offer Zumba Gold fitness for the active older adult. Classes will be at 10 a.m. Mondays, taught by Kim Trempe. Cost is $4. For information, call (727) 938-3503 or visit

GYMNASTICS: Veterans Memorial Park offers gymnastics classes from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Fridays and 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Saturdays for ages 5 and up. Classes are taught by Ann Buice and cost $30 per month or $9 per class. Classes cover basics of gymnastics, including balance beams, acrobatics and tumbling. For information call, (727) 861-3033.

CHEERLEADING: BAAM Athletics All-Stars will host cheerleading tryouts for the 2009-10 season at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the BAAM Athletics Gym at 7814 Leo Kidd Drive in Port Richey. No fee or cheering experience required. For information e-mail or visit

Cycling race a test in the Pasco hills 10/09/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 9, 2009 9:08pm]
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