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Community notebook: Local Special Olympics athletes win national medals

By , Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter

Three athletes from Clark County earned medals at the Special Olympics USA National Games, which took place June 14-21 in New Jersey.

Wesley Altig was a member of a Special Olympics Washington swimming team that took the silver medal in the 4-by-50 freestyle relay.

Nathan Ellis won bowling gold medals in both singles and doubles tournaments.

Michael Vanoni won a gold medal in the running long jump and was a member of a Washington 400-meter relay team that took the bronze medal in its division.

The three athletes from Clark County earned their spots on Washington’s team by winning gold medals at regional or state meets in 2013.

Clark County Special Olympics sports coordinator Rick Cook attended the national event as the head coach for Washington’s track and field team.

Special Olympics fundraisers July 19 and 20 — From 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday Clark County Special Olympics will accept clothes donations at the Arc of Southwest Washington, 6511 N.E. 18th St., in Vancouver. Clothing, linens, shoes, purses and other accessories can be donated.

On Sunday, a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. car wash at the Burgerville at 11704 S.E. Mill Plain will raise funds to buy uniforms and equipment for Clark County Special Olympics.

Contact Elizabeth Francis at ccsowa.pr@gmail.com for more about these events.

Girlfriends and Dudes Triathlon is Sunday

The Girlfriends and Dudes Triathlon, Duathlon and Kids Tri will take place at 9 a.m. on Sunday at Frenchman’s Bar Park.

The triathlon includes a half-mile swim with the current of the Columbia River, a 12.5-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run or walk.

More than 350 people are expected to participate in the races, according to Sherri McMillan of Northwest Personal Training. Registration remains open. Through Thursday, individuals can register for $90. The price is $95 for those who register after Thursday.

In addition to the triathlon, options include a corporate relay, a run-bike-run duathlon, and a short kids triathlon for ages 3 and older.

The event’s charity is The Children’s Center, which provides mental health services to children and families in Clark County.

To learn more or to register for the race, visit www.nwpersonaltraining.com, or call 360-798-4744.

CCRC summer series

Oscar Bauman of Vancouver finished a 3-mile run at Salmon Creek Park in 15 minutes to win the July 9 installment of the Clark County Running Club’s series of summer Wednesday evening runs.

Bauman, 41, was 14 seconds in front of Jesse McChesney.

Katarina Mueller, 22, of Vancouver continued her string of wins among women, finishing in 18:21.

A total of 119 runners finished the course. Complete results are in the Community Sports Scoreboard.

The July 16 run will take place at Frenchman’s Bar Park, 9612 NW Lower River Rd., Vancouver. The race starts at 7 p.m. Participants should arrive 20 minutes early to register. Cost is $3 for those who are not CCRC members.

Pickleball tourney on tap in Washougal

The Columbia River Pickleball Club will host a doubles tournament Saturday and Sunday to mark the opening of the new Washougal pickleball courts at the east end of Hathaway Park. The park is at the corner of I Street and 28th Street in Washougal.

The 96-player field was almost full as of Monday, according to tournament organizer Mike Wolfe.

Competition will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Players must provide their own paddles.

Cost is $10, with money going to help cover the cost of building the courts.

To register, or to learn more, visit www.columbiariverpickleball.com or contact Mike Wolfe at 360-335-1333 or wolfemike@aol.com.

Softball tournament aids cancer patient

A one-pitch softball tournament to benefit a cancer patient will take place Saturday at Fallen Leaf Park in Camas.

Players can sign up through Thursday to participate in the Team Kelly Classic Softball Tournament. Teams will pitch to their own hitters with each batter getting one pitch per at bat.

It costs $20 per player to participate. Money raised will help breast cancer patient Kelly Miller and her family.

To sign up to play or to learn more, call 360-907-5751. To make donations, call 360-844-5096.

Camas soccer camp slated

The Dan Macaya Soccer Camp for girls and boys ages 5-14 will run July 28 to Aug. 1 in Camas. The camp runs 9 a.m. to noon each day.

The cost is $100. Register at www.macayasoccer.com.

The coaching staff includes current and former collegiate players. A portion of the proceeds will go to Camas High School soccer programs.

Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter