Weekend Pick: Say Goodbye (Maybe) to the Bele Chere 5K

first_imgThere is probably no other race that brings a community together than the town 5K. What’s great about the five-kilometer distance is that it is short enough that even the casual runner feels comfortable running hard and going for a PR, which takes the energy level up at the start and throughout the race. This also makes for some interesting racers as running a 5K in a banana suit, gorilla costume, naked or chugging beer is not too tough. It is also a great distance to walk for those who want to participate but are not joggers or runners without taking all day. You can usually keep the course within town limits or along the busy streets of the city or town so it is self contained and super spectator friendly. Plus, it the race is over by mid morning, so you have the rest of the day to treat yo’ self as the saying goes. Yes, the 5K is the perfect community race and this weekend one community could be saying goodbye to the most popular 5K in a town that has a bunch of them. Asheville’s 34th annual Bele Chere 5K just may be it’s last, so don’t miss it.The Bele Chere festival has been held in Asheville for each of the past 35 years, but with the city pulling its funding for the music and arts festival, Bele Chere, and subsequently the Bele Chere 5K will fade into oblivion unless someone steps in to fill the void. The Asheville Track Club has held the race every year since 1980, making the 5K one of the oldest and most popular races in the region – last year’s race drew over 1,500 runners and you can expect just as many if not more for this year’s race given the precariousness of the funding situation.Along with the traditional 5K, there will also be a 1K kids fun run (featuring Dora the Explorer and Diego), a team costume contest, children’s costume parade. You can register on Friday or on race day, but the race kicks off at 7:30 am you you’ll want to go online to register. Do it by tonight (Thursday July 25) at 9pm you will be pre-registered and eligible for the guaranteed race t-shirt – the first 1,300 pre-registered racers get the t-shirt which could become a collectors item given the nature of the race as I’m sure the first race t-shirt will be (if there is one).So, get out there and support the Asheville Track Club and the community of runners in what could be the last race for the Bele Chere 5K.View Larger Maplast_img read more

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After Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy suffers violent collision, MLB catchers and All-Stars react

first_imgCLEVELAND — When Jake Marisnick violently collided with Jonathan Lucroy, it was felt by catchers all over the majors.As the players gathered for the All-Star Game on Monday, there was much discussion about what had happened to the Angels catcher during Sunday’s final game before the break.“There’s definitely a brotherhood behind the plate,” Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto said. “It’s hard to see that. We’ve all been in situations like that where you’ve gotten hit or just missed getting hit. It’s scary.”Lucroy remained in Houston on Sunday night to be evaluated. He was diagnosed with a concussion and a fractured nose. After the swelling has subsided after the All-Star break, he will see a specialist further assess his condition. PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Jonathan Lucroy, center, is carted off the field after colliding with Houston Astros’ Jake Marisnick at home plate during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Jake Marisnick, right, collides Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20) while trying to score during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Houston. Marisnick was called out under the home plate collision rule. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Jake Marisnick, right, collides Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20) while trying to score during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Houston. Marisnick was called out under the home plate collision rule. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsHouston Astros’ Jake Marisnick, right, collides Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20) while trying to score during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Houston. Marisnick was called out under the home plate collision rule. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Jake Marisnick, (6) collides Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20) while trying to score during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Houston. Marisnick was called out under the home plate collision rule. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Jake Marisnick, left, checks on Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy after they collided at home plate during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Houston. Marisnick was called out under the home plate collision rule. Lucroy was carted off the field. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels’ Jonathan Lucroy, center, is helped by medical personnel after colliding with Houston Astros’ Jake Marisnick during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels’ Jonathan Lucroy is helped by medical personnel after colliding with Houston Astros’ Jake Marisnick during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels’ Jonathan Lucroy, center, is carted off the field after colliding with Houston Astros’ Jake Marisnick at home plate during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Jake Marisnick, right, collides Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20) while trying to score during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Houston. Marisnick was called out under the home plate collision rule. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)NextShow Caption1 of 8Houston Astros’ Jake Marisnick, right, collides Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20) while trying to score during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Houston. Marisnick was called out under the home plate collision rule. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Expand“My prayers go out to him,” Milwaukee Brewers catcher Yasmani Grandal said. “I had him in my prayers last night after I saw it.”To Angels manager Brad Ausmus, it was not merely an unfortunate play, though. A former catcher, Ausmus said Major League Baseball should consider suspending Marisnick for the hit on Lucroy.Joe Torre, Major League Baseball’s chief baseball officer, told the Houston Chronicle on Monday that his office is “still having conversations” about discipline.At least one catcher came out strongly in favor of disciplining Marisnick. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina wrote in a profanity-laced Instagram post that baseball “need(s) to take action.” Molina’s opinion, however, was not shared by the players asked about it during the All-Star media day on Monday.“If your question is whether it’s a dirty play or not, I don’t think so,” Grandal said. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter center_img “I’ve known Jake for a long time,” Realmuto said. “He’s a great guy. I know he wasn’t trying to do any harm. It was just an unfortunate play that happens. It’s tough to watch. I’ve been there, where you’re going full speed, it happens so fast there’s no way you can avoid it.”Alex Bregman, who is obviously biased as Marisnick’s teammate, said the Astros are hoping that Lucroy will be OK.“We love competing against Lucroy,” Bregman said. “He’s a great player. We hope he recovers ASAP. In no way, shape or form did Jake try to make a dirty play. Would he ever try to make a dirty play? That’s a no. At the end of the day, there should be zero suspension.” Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Realmuto, who knows Marisnick from their days together in the Miami Marlins farm system, said he didn’t believe there was any malicious intent.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more

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Giannis Antetokounmpo becomes record 11th 50-point scorer of season

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The other 50-point scorers this season: LaMarcus Aldridge, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, James Harden, LeBron James, Damian Lillard, Derrick Rose, Klay Thompson and Kemba Walker. Harden has done it six times, the others once apiece.The 11 players have combined for 16 games of 50 or more points this season. That’s the NBA’s most since 2006-07, when there were 18 — 10 by Kobe Bryant alone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs FILE – Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after making a shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won, 131-114. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE — This is now the season of the 50-point scorer in the NBA.There have been 11 players to score at least 50 in a game this season, the most of any season in league history. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 52-point effort in Milwaukee’s loss to Philadelphia on Sunday was the record-breaker, after 10 different players scored 50 in each of the last two seasons.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chiefcenter_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ PBA D-League: Letran recovers, routs McDavid View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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