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Half marathon leaves positive impact on economy

If 1,600 runners crowding Yamhill Valley’s wineries, shops, restaurants and inns weren’t enough of an indicator that September’s Oregon Wine County Half Marathon was good for the economy, then perhaps findings from a post-race survey will be.

Based on nearly 200 responses, at least half the runners spent more than $500 on food, lodging, wine, transportation and other items during their stay, and almost one quarter spent more than $1,000, according to event organizer Destination Races, a veteran operator of wine country races and headquartered in Northern California.

What might have been just another sporting event was transformed into an economic boon by the Oregon Sports Authority, a group dedicated to promoting tourism and economic development through athletic endeavors. In the past 20 years, the group has injected more than $200 million into local economies through the promotion of tournaments and other types of competition.

Destination Races principal Matt Dockstader contacted OSA, and the two organizations teamed up to work on the 13.1-mile Yamhill Valley event. Destination conducted the follow-up survey.

— Excerpt from the Yamhill Valley News-Register, December 25, 2010

eUpdate – Rev3 Triathlon, Cyclo- cross Nationals, New Members

The Oregon Sports Authority is excited to announce Revolution3 Portland, a half distance 70.3-mile triathlon that will start and finish at Portland’s Waterfront Park on July 10, 2011. Many of the world’s top pro triathletes will compete for a $50,000 purse alongside amateur triathletes from Portland and across the nation. Participants will be greeted by a challenging, yet incredibly scenic course with gorgeous views of the Portland skyline, Mt. Hood, Mount St. Helens and the rolling countryside of Clackamas County.

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Portland to host 70.3-mile Revolution3 Triathlon

Revolution3 is excited to add Portland as the sixth race venue for 2011. The race takes place Sunday, July 10, 2011. Athletes of all levels will compete in the half distance 70.3 mile race. The race consists of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and a 13.1 mile run. Pro-triathletes and amateurs will be competing for large cash prizes.

“We are very excited to bring Revolution3 and its premier triathlon experience to Portland,” said Oregon Sports Authority CEO Drew Mahalic. “We anticipate a huge influx of out of town participants, who will be exposed to Oregon’s breathtaking scenery as well as our region’s special passion for the multisport lifestyle.”

Rev3 not only expects over 1,200 athletes, but also anticipates 3,000 additional family and friends to visit the area during race weekend.

“Revolution3 brings world class quality to everything they do. I couldn’t be more excited that they’ve chosen Portland for the sixth race in their growing series. Participation in this USAT event should be a “must” for local athletes, but spectating will be just as compelling, as the deep professional field will burn up this challenging course.” Gary Wallesen, Athletes Lounge, Portland

The race will begin with athletes swimming the 1.2 mile required course in the Willamette River. They will start the race from the Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. The bike portion of the race will take athletes South of Portland through the cities of Lake Oswego and West Linn and Clackamas County. After completing the 56 mile bike portion, athletes will run 13.1 miles throughout the active and lively downtown area of Portland and witness gorgeous views of Portland’s skyline and Mt. Hood.

“As a destination for outdoor enthusiasts, we are thrilled the Revolution3 Triathlon is coming to Portland in 2011,” said Jeff Miller, president and CEO, Travel Portland. “Competitors will swim, bike and run through Portland’s unique urban setting, while those traveling to support them will find tax-free shopping and culinary options to fill their stay.”

Click here for more info on Revolution3 Portland

eUpdate – Skate America, NAIA Cross Country Nationals, Healthy Youth Initiative

Top figure skaters from around the globe are arriving this week in Portland for 2010 Skate America Friday through Sunday at the Rose Garden. Medalists from three of the four disciplines at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games will compete in ladies’, men’s, pairs and ice dancing events. Skaters include U.S. ladies’ champion Rachael Flatt, American ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who captured the silver in Vancouver, two-time World pairs champions and Olympic bronze medalists Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany, and reigning World champion and Olympic bronze medalist Daisuke Takahashi of Japan.

Tickets start at just $20. Get your tickets now to see many of the world’s best figure skaters compete in 2010 Skate America at the Rose Garden!

— Click below to view the entire Oregon Sports Authority eUpdate

Foundation seeking applicants for Healthy Youth Initiative

The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation announced today it will begin accepting applications for its next Healthy Youth Initiative grant. The grant will award $10,000 toward a project that will engage student participation to support at least one of the following goals: increased physical activity/education in school; after school sports opportunities; and/or increased opportunities for youth to safely walk or bike to school. The grant can be used to help launch an idea or develop an existing project or program.

Eligible applicants for the Healthy Youth Initiative include student bodies, school districts, schools, PTAs, park bureaus, cities, and other organizations in Multnomah County. For more information and to learn how to apply, visit the Foundation’s web site at oregonsports.org/foundation. Applications are due by January 15 and a winner will be selected soon after. The grant is intended to be used during the spring of this school year, and fall of next year, with the option to maintain the project through the summer months.

The first Healthy Youth Initiative grant was awarded in September to Franklin High School, and is now funding a new intramural sports program. The grant was awarded following a survey that showed more than 300 Franklin students have a strong interest in participating in intramural sports programs.

“In addition to the physical benefits, the grant will provide an opportunity for a diverse group of students to participate together in a variety of after school sports and health activities,” said Scott Santangelo, athletic director at Franklin.

The intramural program is free to students and the $10,000 received is helping to purchase sports equipment, as well as provide instructors, incentives and prizes.

“There are plenty of kids who would like to participate in sports, but do not try out for a school sports team for a variety reasons. These are the students this grant is able to serve,” said Oregon Sports Authority CEO, Drew Mahalic.

Founded in 1993, the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides grants and conducts programs to support youth sports activities with an emphasis on both underserved youth and increased physical activity. The Healthy Youth Initiative is a Foundation project with a focus on youth, initially within Multnomah County. If the project continues to be successful, future grants will be expanded to youth statewide.

The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation has raised more than $500,000 for youth sports causes throughout Oregon. The Healthy Youth Initiative kicks off the latest round of grants following a brief, recession-induced hiatus. Previous funding has included sports participation fees, successful drives to save PIL spring sports programs in 2003 and PIL golf, tennis and dance in subsequent years, and funds for sports equipment and facility needs of deserving youth. The Foundation has also served as a driving force in the coalition that passed legislation to establish a minimum amount of participation in physical education for Oregon’s public schools, helping to address the trend of childhood obesity among youth throughout the state. In addition, more than 15,000 deserving youth have attended Portland Trail Blazers’ and Winterhawks’ games through the Foundation’s Reward Youth Ticket Exchange program.

Oregon Sports Authority Foundation Mission
To facilitate increased physical activity among Oregon’s youth through sports, physical education, and related programs with an emphasis on opportunities for underserved youth through advocacy, financial support, and program creation.

Oregon Sports Authority | Sports Commission of the Year 2010
Recently named “Sports Commission of the Year” by the National Association of Sports Commissions, the mission of the Oregon Sports Authority is to position the state of Oregon as the preferred location for select amateur and professional sports events, franchises and related activities in order to enhance the quality of life of Oregonians and to stimulate the state’s economy. Visit oregonsports.org/ for additional information.

Oregon Sports Authority Foundation Education Committee
Owen Blank, Tonkon Torp
Rorie Leone, Washington Trust Bank
Randy Miller, Moore Company
Will Rasmussen, Miller Nash
Karen Whitman, Karen Whitman Projects

— November 8, 2010

Franklin High School scores $10,000 sports grant

High school team sports attract media attention. But, relatively few students can participate in these activities.

Recognizing this, the administrative staff at Franklin High School, concerned that many kids weren’t getting the opportunity to stay active, applied for a grant to fund after-school activities. That application paid off on October 1, when executives from Oregon Sports Authority presented check for $10,000 to help fund intramural sports at the school.

“We applied for the ‘Healthy Youth Initiative’ program,” explained Steve Matthews, the school’s Business Manager, who wrote the grant. “Many kids don’t participate in competitive sports; this gives these kids the experience to stay active.”

With the help of P.E. teachers and the school’s Athletic Director, Scott Santangelo, administrators conducted a survey at the end of the last school year to determine students’ interests. “The results were kind of surprising,” Matthews said, as he read off the list of activities — in order of popularity, as voted by the students:

• Yoga

• Badminton

• Bicycling

• Aerobic exercises

• Dance

• Table tennis

“Interestingly enough, we do have a certified yoga teacher here at Franklin,” Matthews said.

At the October 1 Pep Assembly, the Franklin High Auditorium was filled with students on hand to witness the presentation of the symbolic check.

“We asked high schools to make requests for how they would use the money,” Oregon Sports Authority Foundation President Larry Remmers said. “Of the 25 proposals that were received, I’m honored to say that Franklin High School had by far the finest proposal. You’ve won a $10,000 award to help your programs.”

After nearly a minute of student cheering subsided, Oregon Sports Authority CEO Drew Mahalic exclaimed, “We’re proud to present this check to Franklin High School for its Healthy Youth Initiative program. We believe this will be the beginning of a great program here at the school today.”

After receiving the check, Franklin’s Principal Shay James told THE BEE, “It’s wonderful to have partnerships with community members and businesspeople who step up — as in this case — so students will more opportunities to be healthy and active.”

Athletic Director Santangelo added, “In addition to the physical benefits, the grant will provide an opportunity for a diverse group of students to participate together in a variety of after school sports and health activities.”

— From The Bee, November 3, 2010

Nelscott Reef Gets Green Light for Massive Swell

Nelscott organizers have given the green light for the 2010 Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic. The event will run on Tuesday, November 2 under what looks to be the biggest conditions for a Nelscott Event ever. Conditions forecast for Tuesday are for light and variable winds, and very large surf. If the system continues to develop as expected, swell should be 21’+ at 16-18 seconds. That is quite a bit larger than previous years. The largest swell that the event has run in was 17’@17 seconds, which produced waves in the range of 30-40’+.

“This swell caught my eye the second it started showing up on the charts. The wind and a competing South swell were my only concerns, and now it looks as though neither will be an issue”, said John Forse, event founder. Forse has proven his knack for calling the contests at Nelscott Reef. On top of the fact the Nelscott Reef event is the only big wave event to have been held every year since its inception, it has been called on what turned out to be the best days of each year.
Conditions this size will be a true test for the organizers and competitors, as the 2010 contest will be the first year the event is paddle in only.

The change to paddle in coupled with the event being a part of the Big Wave World Tour has ensured that some of the top names in the industry will be present on Tuesday. To top it off, Nelscott looks to be the first big wave contest to feature women. Tuesday is set for an amazing day of surfing in huge Oregon surf.

For the latest information on the event, where to stay, etc., visit the Nelscott Reef web page at www.nelscottreef.com and www.bigwaveworldtour.com.

2010 Women’s Invitees:
Maya Gabeira
Jamila Starr
Keala Kennelly
Mercedes Maidana
Savanah Shaugnessy
Sarah Gerhart

Men’s Invitees:
Carlos Burle
Mark Healey
Chris Bertish
Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker
Peter Mel
Shane Desmond
Greg Long
Shane Dorian
Grant Washburn
Jamie Sterling
Anthony Tashnick
Ramon Navarro
Gabriel Villaran
Tim West
Danilo Couto
Tyler Smith
Shawn Dollar
Travis Payne
Josiah Schmucker
Chad Jackson
Steve Harnack
Rusty Long
Zach Wormhoudt
Tyler Fox

Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic enters holding period

Nelscott Reef promoters revealed the new web page for the 2010 Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic, confirming that this year’s event will indeed be a paddle in only event. The web page launch also coincides with the opening of the 3 month holding period.

As previously announced, the Nelscott Reef contest changed from a tow in event to a paddle in event. This change was brought on from pressure from the competitors after the previous years contests gave them a taste of paddling in to some Nelscott bombs.

“The guys would rather paddle than tow, and they proved it can be done”, said event founder, John Forse. The 2010 Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic is also participating as a stop on Gary Linden’s Big Wave World Tour. The tour includes four other events in Chile, Peru, Mexico, and California. 2010 will be the second season for the tour, which will grow from 4 events to 5, including Nelscott Reef.

The Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic continues to attract the top names in big wave surfing from around the world. Changing from a tow in event to a paddle in event offers organizers some new talent for this year. Along with Nelscott veterans, there are a lot of surfers competing at Nelscott for the first time.

“I have a lot of respect for some of the older guys we invited that have chosen to step aside and let some of the up and coming talent take a turn”, said John Forse. “People like Gary Linden and Ross Clarke Jones have given up their spots for younger surfers to have a chance. It is the ultimate show of sportsmanship in my opinion.”

The Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic will continue to operate on a traffic light system during the holding period. Red represents no favorable conditions in the near future. Organizers will change to yellow status if they spot a forecast for favorable conditions. If the event is called, the status will change to green and competitors will have 48 hours to make it to Lincoln City, OR. This system has worked well in the past, as the event has been held on what turned out to be the best days of each of the past five years.

The Nelscott Reef web page contains the most up to date information on the event. People can sign up for email alerts as well. The Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic is honored and proud be a part of the Big Wave World Tour and promote big wave surfing internationally. For more info go to and www.nelscottreef.com and www.bigwaveworldtour.com

This years invitees are:
Carlos Burle
Mark Healey
Chris Bertish
Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker
Peter Mel
Shane Desmond
Greg Long
Shane Dorian
Grant Washburn
Jamie Sterling
Anthony Tashnick
Ramon Navarro
Gabriel Villaran
Tim West
Danilo Couto
Tyler Smith
Shawn Dollar
Travis Payne
Josiah Schmucker
Chad Jackson
Steve Harnack
Rusty Long
Zach Wormhoudt
Tyler Fox

Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver – Playoffs

The Portland Timbers open the postseason against the Vancouver Whitecaps in the first round of the USSF Division-2 Pro League playoffs this week. The two-game, aggregate-goal series begins Thursday in Vancouver, with the Timbers hosting the second game Sunday at Merlo Field on the University of Portland campus at 6 p.m.

Franklin High to offer intramurals thanks to Oregon Sports Authority

Watch highlights from the announcement at Franklin High

The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation will present a $10,000 award to Franklin High School during a student assembly starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 1 at the school. The grant will fund a new intramural sports program this school year following a survey that showed more than 300 Franklin students have a strong interest in participating in intramural sports programs.

The intramural program will be free to students who choose to sign up. The $10,000 received will help purchase sports equipment, and provide instructors, incentives and prizes.

The grant is the first of the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation’s Healthy Youth Initiative to positively impact the lives of high school youth and achieve at least one of three goals: Increased opportunity for physical activity, organized after-school sports opportunities, or increasing the number of youth who can safely walk/bike to school.

“There are plenty of kids who would like to participate in sports, but do not try out for a school sports team for a variety reasons. These are the students this grant will serve,” said Oregon Sports Authority CEO, Drew Mahalic. “We hope the grant will become a model to be replicated at other schools next year.”

“In addition to the physical benefits, the grant will provide an opportunity for a diverse group of students to participate together in a variety of after school sports and health activities,” said Scott Santangelo, athletic director at Franklin.

Founded in 1993, the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides grants and conducts programs to support youth sports activities with an emphasis on both underserved youth and increased physical activity. The Healthy Youth Initiative is a Foundation pilot project with a focus on high school youth within Multnomah County. If successful, future grants will be expanded to elementary and middle schools on a statewide basis.

The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation has raised more than $500,000 for youth sports causes throughout Oregon. The Healthy Youth Initiative kicks off the latest round of grants following a brief, recession-induced hiatus. Previous funding has included sports participation fees, successful drives to save PIL spring sports programs in 2003 and PIL golf, tennis and dance in subsequent years, and funds for sports equipment and facility needs of deserving youth. The Foundation has also served as a driving force in the coalition that passed legislation to establish a minimum amount of participation in physical education for Oregon’s public schools, helping to address the trend of childhood obesity among youth throughout the state. In addition, more than 15,000 deserving youth have attended Portland Trail Blazers’ and Winter Hawks’ games through the Foundation’s Reward Youth Ticket Exchange program.

NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships awarded to Cascade Collegiate Conference

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) today announced that the 2012 and 2013 NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships have been awarded to the Cascade Collegiate Conference office, which will partner with CCC member Corban University (Ore.) to host the 61st and 62nd annual events at Creekside Golf Club in Salem, Ore.

The 72-hole tournaments will be staged May 22-25, 2012, and May 14-17, 2013. It will mark the first time in 56 years that the championships are contested on the West Coast.

“We are thrilled to have the Cascade Collegiate Conference and Corban University as hosts for the 2012 and 2013 NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships,” said NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr. “I am confident that they will carry on the strong tradition of this event and make it a memorable experience for all student-athletes, coaches and fans involved. On behalf of the NAIA, I would like to recognize the efforts of our current host, the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau of Iowa and Illinois, for what it has done to make the championship a success.”

Creekside Golf Club was named the “Facility of the Year” in 2007 by the Oregon Golf Association. Designed by Oregon touring professional Peter Jacobsen, the 6,887-yard, par-72 course is a unique links-style layout featuring water hazards on 14 of its 18 holes. The course includes more than 80 fairway and greenside bunkers. Among other notable events, Creekside has hosted the Oregon Open and served as a U.S. Senior Open regional qualifier site.

“The Cascade Collegiate Conference is honored and excited to be afforded the privilege of showcasing intercollegiate golf in the Pacific Northwest through these national championships, and we thank the NAIA for entrusting this event to us,” said CCC commissioner Dave Haglund. “The conference office has terrific partners in Corban University and Creekside Golf Club, and we all are committed to providing first-class, unforgettable experiences for more than 150 student-athletes from across the country each year.

“I especially want to thank the administration at Corban, led by president Dr. Reno Hoff, athletic director Dave Johnson and head golf coach Ron Sisler, for embracing the vision of bringing this long-standing NAIA event to our conference footprint,” added Haglund. “We all look forward to working closely the next few years with the management at Creekside, headed by general manager Dennis Whitlock and pro Dana Londin, in putting on national championships of which the entire region can be proud.”

As part of each national championship, the CCC and Corban will develop and implement community outreach efforts centered on the NAIA’s signature initiative, “Champions of Character,” which embodies the core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship, and servant leadership.

“Corban University is extremely excited to serve as co-host of these championships,” said Warrior athletic director Dave Johnson, a former Olympic medalist in the decathlon. “Salem is Oregon’s capital city and poised to be an amazing host. Creekside Golf Club is an amazing venue and will provide a very competitive environment.”

Assisting in the efforts to land the event was Oregon Sports Authority CEO Drew Mahalic, who noted that “the Creekside Golf Club, as part of the majesty of Oregon, will be the perfect venue for the student-athlete competitors, coaches, and spectators.”

Other local entities supporting the bid included the Oregon Golf Association, Travel Portland, Travel Salem, and the city of Salem.

More than 180 NAIA institutions sponsor intercollegiate men’s golf, and the tournament fields in 2012 and 2013 are expected to include approximately 30 teams and a total of 156 individuals. As co-host, Corban’s team will earn an automatic bid to the championships.

Held annually since 1952, the NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships will be making a rare appearance on the West Coast. The only other occurrence was in 1956, when the event was contested at Mission Valley CC in San Diego. This May, the tournament will be concluding a three-year run at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.

The golf events mark the fourth and fifth national championships secured by the CCC in less than two years. Earlier, the NAIA awarded the 2009, 2010 and 2011 NAIA Men’s and Women’s Cross Country National Championships to the CCC office, which is co-hosting the events with Concordia University-Portland. The cross country championships, featuring more than 1,000 athletes and coaches annually, are held at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Wash.

The Cascade Collegiate Conference is comprised of 10 institutions in the Pacific Northwest: College of Idaho, Concordia University (Ore.), Corban (Ore.) University, Eastern Oregon University, The Evergreen State College (Wash.), Northwest University (Wash.), Northwest Christian University (Ore.), Oregon Institute of Technology, Southern Oregon University, and Warner Pacific College (Ore.).

Skate America tickets now on sale

U.S. Figure Skating announced today that individual session tickets for 2010 Skate America are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased at the Rose Garden Box Office by calling 877.789.7673 or online at www.2010skateamerica.com.

The competition, presented by U.S. Figure Skating, the Oregon Sports Authority and the Rose Garden, with support from Travel Portland, will take place Nov. 11-14 at the Rose Garden, which also served as the site of the 2005 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

2010 Skate America Sessions

Session 1:
Nov. 12 – Pairs short program, men’s short program

Session 2:
Nov. 13 – Ladies short program, short dance

Session 3:
Nov. 13 – Men’s free skate, pairs free skate

Session 4:
Nov. 14 – Free dance, ladies free skate

Session 5:
Nov. 14 – Skating Spectacular (exhibition)

Skate America is part of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. Now in its 16th season, the Grand Prix series consists of six international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. Approximately 300 athletes from 30 countries are expected to participate in the series. Each athlete is eligible to score points in two of the six scheduled events. The top six point-earners in each of the disciplines qualify for the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Beijing, China, Dec. 9-12. Athletes will be vying for a total of more than $1.35 million in prize money throughout the series.

Medalists from three of the four disciplines at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games will take the ice at the Rose Garden. Leading the way are American ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who captured the silver in Vancouver. The pairs field is highlighted by two-time World champions and Olympic bronze medalists Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany. Reigning World champion and Olympic bronze medalist Daisuke Takahashi of Japan will shoot for his third Skate America title; he previously won the gold at the event in 2005 and 2007.

Other international competitors of note are 2008 World silver medalist Carolina Kostner of Italy, 2010 World bronze medalist Laura Lepistö of Finland and 2006 Skate America champion Nobunari Oda of Japan. Three of the four reigning U.S. champions will compete in Portland as well. In addition to Davis and White, who have won the last two U.S. ice dancing titles, Rachael Flatt and pairs team Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett will take the ice.

Volunteer at the Portland Marathon

Volunteer at the 39th annual Portland Marathon on October 8-10! Each year the Portland Marathon is supported by thousands of enthusiastic volunteers who help make the event a memorable experience for runners and walkers from all over the world. In addition to individual volunteer opportunities, non-profit organizations can form volunteer teams to earn a donation from the Portland Marathon.

Click here for more info on Portland Marathon volunteer opportunities.

If you are interested in helping the Oregon Sports Authority at the information table on October 8 and 9 at the Portland Marathon expo, and/or on October 10 at the start/finish, please e-mail info@oregonsports.org/ and we will send you additional details.

eUpdate – XTERRA Trail Running, OSAA Support, Wine Country Half and Race for the Cure

This Saturday, hundreds of runners from across the nation will run from Bend’s Old Mill District, along the Deschutes River and through majestic pine forests in the 2010 XTERRA Trail Running National Championship. The main event is a 13.1-mile off-road half-marathon with a $5,000 purse, and the day-long running celebration also features a 5k, 10k and free kids’ races. While the field will include elite competitors, participation in all races is open to the general public. Named “America’s Best Trail Running Town” by Outside Magazine, Bend is hosting the trail running nationals for the third straight year under a partnership between Visit Bend and the Oregon Sports Authority.

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OSAA Foundation Reunites with Oregon Sports Authority

The OSAA Foundation has reunited with the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation to help students around the state participate in activities. The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation has granted $10,000 for the 2010-11 school year towards the Student Assistance Program.

“We are very excited to have the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation join us in helping underserved students around the state,” said OSAA Foundation President Tom Welter. “In these economic times, students are facing more challenges than ever trying to participate in high school activities. The Oregon Sports Authority, the OSAA, and the OSAA Foundation understand how incredibly important it is for students to participate in extracurricular activities. We are grateful for this partnership to help those students get on the field of play.”

“We are delighted to join hands once again with the OSAA to provide deserving high school youth throughout Oregon the opportunity to participate in sports. We know that our partnering with OSAA will provide greater access to sports programs and a healthier lifestyle for Oregon youth,” said Oregon Sports Authority CEO Drew Mahalic.

The $10,000 received will help purchase shoes and apparel for student-athletes around the state, relieving pressure upon families to purchase these items on their own. The OSAA Foundation is striving to gain additional funding for this program. Application for this program can be found at www.osaa.org/publications.

Video: Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon recap

The inaugural Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon took place September 5 in the scenic Yamhill Valley with more than 1,500 participants. Runners from 46 states joined together to experience Oregon’s magnificent wine country scenery and renowned wineries. The half marathon began at Stoller Vineyards in the Dundee Hills and concluded in the winery-laden downtown of Carlton, where runners joined family and friends at a finish line festival of wine, food and fun. Click below to watch the Oregon Sports Authority’s video recap of the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon.

Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon debut a success

Running through Oregon’s scenic wine country suited Stephen Pifer of Eugene, OR just fine. Pifer ran neck and neck with second place finisher Michael Wisniewski of Corvallis, OR, for twelve miles before pulling away and winning the inaugural event with a time of 1:07:16. Wisniewski finished with a time of 1:07:27. Carrie Heineck, a late entry from Portland and mother of a five-month-old baby, won the women’s overall title with a time of 1:22:18, defeating 2nd place finisher Sarah Hallas of Petaluma, CA (1:24:50). Greg Riedl from Denver, CO (1:08:49) and Rebecca Mishler of nearby Newberg, OR (1:25:23) finished third overall in the men’s and women’s elite field.

Conditions were ideal for over 1,500 runners from 46 different states who were enticed by the attractions of Yamhill County in the Willamette Valley, one of the premiere Pinot Noir producing regions in the world. Men’s champion Stephen Pifer, a former sub four-minute miler from the University of Colorado, was competing in his first half marathon. Pifer summed up the enthusiasm generated by the participants, “I really enjoyed the course and it was awesome being part of this cool event. But I need a new car to fit all the prizes in the trunk.” Pifer and Heineck both took home $500 checks from West Coast Bank, a double magnum of wine from Ken Wright Cellars, a Ball Watch, and the Winer’s trophy, a beautiful etched wine decanter.

The Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon is the fourth event in the Wine Country Half Marathon series. One of the trademarks of the Wine Country events is the post-race Wine & Music Festival, where two dozen wineries from the local wine appellations poured for the runners, and their family and friends, while listening to live music and watching the awards ceremony, in which top three places in each age group receive wine bottles.

Hotels throughout Yamhill County were filled for event weekend and local wineries and other businesses were thrilled with the influx of tourism over the weekend. The town of Carlton hosted the post-race celebration and embraced this new event. “We thought the enthusiasm and participation on everyone’s part was fabulous. It was a very healthy event for the town, and we look forward to many more,” said Ken Wright of Ken Wright Cellars, sponsor of the wine and music festival. The Oregon Sports Authority worked with area business and community leaders to bring the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon to Yamhill County.

Produced by Destination Races of Sonoma, California, the Wine Country Half Marathon series includes the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon in May, the upcoming Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon on October 30th, and the flagship Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon, held in mid-July each year. For more information visit www.destinationraces.com. For complete results of the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon go to www.j-chipusa.com or www.run4oregonwine.com.

Top lumberjacks and lumberjills to compete at STIHL TIMBERSPORTS

Swinging an ax and wielding a saw is a century-plus-old tradition in Oregon. The timber industry helped build the state, and lumberjacking used to be one of the biggest trades in the Northwest. So it’s surprising that the premier timber sports competition, the Stihl Timbersports Series, hasn’t been to Oregon … until now.

The top lumberjacks and lumberjills from all over the globe, plus some log-loving dogs, will be in Salem to chop and saw their way to a championship during the Oregon State Fair.

One of the top 32 competitors in the world is from little Idleyld Park, east of Roseburg, and he hopes to bring the title home to Oregon.

— Excerpt from OregonLive.com, August 27, 2010

eUpdate – STIHL TIMBERSPORTS, Wine Country Half Marathon, Warrior Dash

The world’s original extreme sport will be on full display starting this Friday as the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series celebrates its 25th anniversary with the U.S. and Collegiate Championships at the Oregon State Fair in Salem. The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series features the nation’s best lumberjacks and jills, competing in ultimate tests of strength, endurance, stamina, skill and agility. Thirty-two chopper/sawyers, six collegiate competitors, eight boom runners and eight speed climbers will chop, saw, climb and run their way into the record books, all while celebrating the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS tradition during silver anniversary festivities. ESPN cameras have followed the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series since 1985, making it one of the longest running programs on the network.

Click below to view the entire Oregon Sports Authority eUpdate.

Shaun White ‘tricks’ his way past Skate Vert rivals

Shaun White lived up to the hype surrounding his return to the Dew Tour on Sunday at the Wendy’s Invitational, posting a 93.5 in the third of his four finals runs to top defending tour champion Bucky Lasek (91.5) for the win in Skate Vert in front of 16,115 at the Rose Garden.

He did so with an array of creative combinations of flip tricks and spins that elicited the loudest crowd response of the afternoon, including a frontside fakie 540 to fakie 540 cab to 720 and the “Armadillo” — a frontside heelflip body varial 540 — a trick he debuted in a second-place finish at the 2010 Summer X Games.

With the win, White avenged that second-place finish behind Pierre-Luc Gagnon, who became the first skater to three-peat the X Games Skate Vert competition. Gagnon won the Dew Cup in 2008 and remains atop the tour standings despite his third-place finish (90.0) Sunday.

— Excerpt from OregonLive.com, August 15, 2010

eUpdate – Dew Tour, Softball World Series, JELD-WEN Tradition, Safeway Classic

Olympian Shaun White will join Ryan Sheckler, Dave Mirra and Jaime Bestwick to headline the list of action sports stars competing in the Dew Tour Wendy’s Invitational, tomorrow through Sunday at the Rose Quarter. Come check out the world’s best in skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross, along with an exciting festival village and live concert on Friday night, featuring Neon Trees and Paper Tongues. Broadcast live on NBC Sports, with additional coverage on USA and MTV, the Dew Tour is the world’s premier season-long action sports tour. Portland, always a favorite stop among Dew Tour athletes, is the only city that has hosted the tour since its inception six years ago. Get your tickets now to witness the best in action sports!

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Shaun White, Sheckler, Mirra to compete at Dew Tour

The Dew Tour returns to Portland for the sixth consecutive year for the Wendy’s Invitational, August 12-15 at the Rose Quarter. Neon Trees and Paper Tongues will co-headline the MTV2 Rock N Jock Concert Series at the Rose Quarter on Friday, August 13 from 9:00-11:00pm. Grounds Pass tickets are now available for just $15.

The Wendy’s Invitational will kick-off this Friday with BMX Dirt Finals followed by a concert with Neon Trees and Paper Tongues. Saturday will feature Skate Park Finals and BMX Vert Finals. The weekend will conclude on Sunday with Shaun White and the Skate Vert Finals, BMX Park Finals and freestyle motocross will complete the day with a step-up and best whip competition.

The star-studded field of athletes competing in this weekend’s Dew Tour Wendy’s Invitational includes reigning Dew Cup champions, Olympic gold medalists and X Games 16 gold medalists. Among them are:

Shaun White (skate vert): two-time Olympic gold medalist, summer and winter Dew Cup champion, X Games gold medalist Pierre-Luc Gagnon (skate vert): ’08 Dew Cup champion, X Games 16 gold medalist Ryan Sheckler (skate park): Three-time Dew Cup champion and X Games 16 gold medalist Garrett Reynolds (bmx park): Defending Dew Cup champion and recent X Games gold medalist Dave Mirra (bmx park): BMX legend and second in last season’s Dew Cup standings Brett Banasiewicz (bmx park and dirt): BMX rising star and 1st place BMX Dirt finisher at last month’s Nike 6.0 BMX Open.

In skate vert, Shaun White will battle it out with Pierre-Luc Gagnon, along with vert veterans Bucky Lasek, Bob Burnquist, Sandro Dias and Andy Macdonald. Ryan Sheckler will look to secure a win in skateboard park against the likes of Greg Lutzka, Paul Rodriguez and Chaz Ortiz.

Garrett Reynolds hopes to take home the Dew Cup again in 2010 and will compete against comeback-kid Mike Spinner, veteran Dave Mirra and fellow X Games 16 gold medalist (BMX park) Daniel Dhers. Out on the dirt course, 2009 BMX Dirt Dew Cup Champion Ryan Nyquist is set to face Dennis Enarson, TJ Ellis, and 15-year-old rising star, Brett Banasiewicz. Banasiewicz has been dominating the BMX scene in both park and dirt since his debut in 2009. Jamie Bestwick is ready for a six-peat in BMX Vert, holding onto the longest winning streak in Dew Tour history.

14 countries from around the world will be represented at the Dew Tour’s Wendy’s Invitational. The complete list of countries includes:

Australia
Germany
Belize
Great Britain
Brazil
Italy
Canada
Mexico
China
Puerto Rico
Denmark
Venezuela
Finland
United States

The Wendy’s Invitational schedule of events is as follows:

Thursday, August 12th – Gates Open at 2:00PM
3:30PM – 5:00PM SKB Vert Prelims
5:30PM – 7:30PM SKB Park Prelims
7:00PM – 9:00PM BMX Dirt Prelims

Friday, August 13th – Gates Open at 3:00PM
3:00PM – 4:30PM BMX Vert Prelims
7:30PM – 9:00PM BMX Dirt Final
9:00PM – 11:00PM Neon Trees and Paper Tongues Concert at Rose Quarter

Saturday, August 14th – Gates Open at 12:00PM
1:00PM – 3:00PM SKB Park Final
4:00PM – 6:30PM BMX Park Prelims
7:00PM – 8:00PM BMX Vert Final

Sunday, August 15th – Gates Open at 12:00PM
1:00PM – 3:00PM SKB Vert Final
3:30PM – 4:30PM BMX Park Final
5:00PM – 6:00PM FMX

***SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE***

For those not able to attend the Wendy’s Invitational in Portland, you can catch in on NBC and USA all weekend long.

NBC, Saturday, Aug. 14, 4-6pm EDT, Skate Park Finals
NBC, Sunday, Aug. 15, 4-6pm EDT, Skate Vert Finals
USA, Saturday, Aug. 14, Midnight-1am EDT
USA, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2-3am EDT
USA, Monday, Aug. 16 7-8am EDT

Schedule is subject to change, so please check your local listings.

In addition to world-class competitions, the four -day event will include an interactive Festival Village featuring Mountain Dew and FUEL TV’s Green Label Experience, the Nike iD program where fans can customize their own pair of shoes, the NERF Dart Tag World Championships, free product giveaways, demos of the latest Sony and PlayStation games and electronics and athlete autograph signings.

Tickets for the Wendy’s Invitational are available through Rose Quarter Box Office, participating Safeway/TicketsWest locations, online at ComcastTIX.com and by phone at 877.789.ROSE (7673). Visit www.Allisports.com for more information.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday Action Zone tickets cost $100 for adults and children and provide access to priority reserved seating for all finals. Additionally, Action Zone ticket-holders receive Dew Tour merchandise, a behind-the-scenes tour, athlete autograph session, merchandise discount coupon, Fast Pass access into all venues and interactive areas and cold Mountain Dew. Reserved seating tickets are $35 for children and adults and guarantees seating for all finals competitions. Grounds Pass tickets cost $15 for adults and $7.50 for children. Receive a FREE Thursday grounds pass ticket with every Friday-Sunday ticket purchased.4 day ticket packages are also available.

Volunteer at the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon

The Oregon Sports Authority is seeking volunteers for the inaugural Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon on September 4-5 in Yamhill County. The event is part of Destination Races highly acclaimed series of wine country half marathons, and is expected to draw approximately 2,000 participants in its first year. With approximately half of the participants traveling from out of state, we hope to provide a friendly, welcoming environment that will encourage participants to return on an annual basis.

The Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon will wind through a scenic 13.1 mile course from Stoller Vineyards in the Dundee Hills to the winery-laden town of Carlton. Each volunteer will receive a commemorative shirt and goodie bag, as well as a front row seat at one of the best races in the country.

Please reply to molly@oregonsports.org/ if you would like to volunteer for any of the following shifts. Please list up to three shifts per day, in order of preference, and please note if you would like to work more than one shift.

Saturday, September 4
Packet Pick-up, 9:30am – 1:30pm, Allison Inn & Spa, Newberg

Packet Pick-up, 1:30pm – 6:00pm, Allison Inn & Spa, Newberg

Festival Set-up, 3:00pm – 7:00pm, Ken Wright Cellars, Carlton

Sunday, September 5
Check In/Clean Up, 5:00am – 8:00am, Stoller Vineyards, Dayton

Course Monitor, 7:00am – 11:00am, exact time dependent on location

Recovery Tent Food and Beverage, 7:00am – 11:00am, Carlton

Festival Support: Chip Removal, Security, Shirt/Medal/Wine Glass Distribution, 7:30am – Noon, Carlton

Bag Check, 8:00am – Noon, Carlton

Clean Up, 10:00am – 2:00pm, Carlton

Learn more about the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon at run4oregonwine.com.

Video: School board saves PE

Physical Education in Portland Public Schools won’t be cut completely after all, board members and the superintendent agreed Monday night.

District leaders modified the proposed budget and said PE will still likely face cutbacks and shortened schedules. All this after teachers, students and board members made it clear that PE was just too important to give up.

— Click below to watch the story on KGW.com

Video: World Cup final party at Pioneer Square – KGW

Hundreds of millions of people around the globe gathered at pubs and street parties to be a part of the World Cup Finals frenzy. In Portland, the big World Cup gathering was at Pioneer Courthouse Square. There might have been more people than bricks Sunday when the final between Spain and the Netherlands was shown on a big screen television.

Click below to watch the story on KGW.com

eUpdate: World Cup Final at Pioneer Square, Save Portland PE

You’re invited to a free public viewing of the World Cup final between Spain and The Netherlands on Sunday at Pioneer Square, broadcast live from South Africa on a giant 17′ by 23′ LED screen. “Soccer City Celebration,” presented by McDonald’s, is a free community event organized by the Oregon Sports Authority, Portland Timbers, Alpha Broadcasting-95.5 The Game and TAOW Marketing. The festivities will begin at 11:00 a.m. and include a beer garden courtesy of Widmer, as well as adidas merchandise for sale featuring the Timbers new MLS logo.

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Thousands expected to watch World Cup final at Pioneer Square

This Sunday, a crowd of several thousand is expected to gather at Portland’s Pioneer Square to witness the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and The Netherlands, broadcast live from South Africa on a giant 17′ x 23′ LED screen. The Oregon Sports Authority, Portland Timbers, TAOW Modern Marketing and Alpha Broadcasting-95.5 The Game are pleased to host this free community event, “Soccer City Celebration” presented by McDonald’s. Four years ago, nearly 10,000 people jammed into Pioneer Square for the 2006 World Cup final.

“We’re thrilled to give Oregonians the chance to come together and celebrate the culmination of what has been a remarkable and absolutely thrilling World Cup,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority. “Everyone is invited to join local soccer fans to experience the world’s most watched sporting event in the heart of downtown Portland.”

In addition to the World Cup final, the day’s festivities will include a beer garden courtesy of Widmer, as well as adidas merchandise for sale featuring the Portland Timbers new MLS logo. The current weather forecast for Sunday is sunny with a high of 86 degrees.

WHEN:
Sunday, July 11
11:00 AM

WHERE:
Pioneer Square
SW Broadway and Yamhill
Downtown Portland

Volunteer at Warrior Dash

Warrior Dash Northwest is seeking volunteers at the ultimate event for thrill-seeking athletes on September 11-12 at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains. This unique running series is held on some of the nation’s most demanding and unique terrain. Participants will conquer extreme obstacles over a 3.15 mile course and then celebrate their feat with music, beer, warrior helmets and muddy shorts.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please e-mail Caitlin at volunteer@redfrogevents.com.

Groups of 25+ Receive a Donation Between $1,000 and $4,500!
Warrior Dash is also looking for groups of 25 or more to volunteer in exchange for a cash donation. Shift times are listed below; a single shift (1, 2, 3 or 4) will earn an organization a total of $1,000. Volunteering for any two shifts will earn an organization $2,250. Volunteering for all of the shifts will earn an organization $4,500!

Shift #1 Saturday September 11, 2010 7:00am-1:00pm
Shift #2 Saturday September 11, 2010 Noon-6:00pm
Shift #3 Sunday September 12, 2010 7:00am-1:00pm
Shift #4 Sunday September 12, 2010 Noon-6:00pm

Volunteer Details
We try to make volunteering as fun as participating! Volunteers receive a Warrior Dash t-shirt, food throughout the day and access to all our live-music and festival like atmosphere.

Volunteer tasks include:

– Check-in/Packet pick-up (assist in the distribution of race packets to racers)
– Supervising course obstacles for participant safety and cheering them on
– Stationed at ‘Pyramid Brewery Watering Hole’ booths (turkey legs, t-shirt stand, etc.)
– Start and finish lines water distribution & congratulatory section

*The above is an example of some volunteer tasks for the day. Actual tasks may vary and will be assigned on race day. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

*Please note: times are an approximation and subject to slight changes.

Learn more about Warrior Dash at warriordash.com.

Coalition releases poll: Portlanders support PE in schools

A coalition of health, education and business leaders, Save Portland PE, today released the results of a poll conducted over the last weekend by Davis, Hibbitts, & Midghall, Inc., which shows that 86 percent of Portlanders overwhelmingly oppose eliminating PE in elementary and middle Portland Public Schools as part of the district’s budget cutting. The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation on behalf of the Coalition commissioned the poll.

Last week, Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith unveiled a budget reduction option that would eliminate physical education in all elementary and middle schools as part of the package to close a $19 million gap in state school funding.

“We know these are difficult times, but the decision to cut PE in elementary and secondary schools will have a lasting impact on our kids’ lives – now and into adulthood,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation, a member of the Save Portland PE Coalition. “We should all be working to improve the physical fitness of our young people. We believe there has got to be a better way and urge the school board to approach their budget options carefully.”

The Davis, Hibbitts, & Mighhall, Inc. poll shows that 65 percent of Portlanders are aware of the $19 million deficit currently facing Portland Public Schools. By a strong majority, Portlanders supported using a portion of the district’s $30 million in reserves to address the budget shortfall rather than eliminating PE. The survey was conducted June 26-27, 2010 and has a margin of error of 5-6 percent.

The Save PE Coalition includes Oregon Sports Authority Foundation, American Diabetes Association, Oregon Physical Education for All Kids (PEAK) Coalition, Community Health Partnership: Oregon’s Public Health Institute, NIKE, Inc., the Oregon Medical Association, Northwest Health Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Portland Trail Blazers, Providence Health & Services, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Upstream Public Health, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon: Interfaith Wellness Coalition PE teachers, parents, students, and health professionals.

The Save Portland PE Coalition noted that one in four Portland children is obese or overweight and that physical inactivity is a leading cause of obesity. Ending physical education programs for elementary and middle school children will wind up costing more in the long run as research shows unhealthy and overweight kids will need more medical care due to their being overweight and at a higher risk for serious conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

The rate of obesity in children has tripled in the last 20 years. If current trends continue in Oregon, 1 in 3 of today’s three-year-old children will develop diabetes at some point in his or her lifetime. For African American or Hispanic three-year-olds, the chance of developing diabetes is 1 in 2. Studies have shown that 40 percent of obese children and 70 percent of obese adolescents will become obese adults. Oregon taxpayers spend more than $781 million annually in health care related to obesity.

The Centers for Disease Control has given PE its highest recommendation as an effective intervention to promote physical activity. The Coalition also said PE boosts educational achievement, makes kids healthier and is an issue for of basic access, fairness and social justice.

Kids who are physically active are more likely to like to go to school, graduate from high school and have a higher GPA. PE has been proven to lead to improved grades and standardized test scores. Regular physical activity is also associated with increased life expectancy, increased academic performance and classroom behavior.

The Save PE Coalition has begun running ads on Portland radio stations including KINK, KEX, KKCW and KNRK, to encourage Portlanders to contact Portland School Superintendent Carole Smith and School Board members. A full-page ad is scheduled to run in The Oregonian on Tuesday, June 29, raising awareness about the issue and asking people to attend the Portland School Board meeting on Tuesday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m. The School Board will meet at the Board Auditorium, Blanchard Education Service Center, 501 N. Dixon, Portland OR 97227. The Save Portland PE Coalition has also established social media tools at www.facebook.com/saveportlandpe and www.twitter.com/saveportlandpe.

— June 28, 2010

Help save Portland PE

In Portland, nearly 1 in 4 children are overweight or obese.

The Portland School Board is now considering eliminating physical education in elementary and middle schools.

These are difficult times, but the decision to cut PE will have a lasting impact on kids’ lives today and into adulthood. At a time when America faces an epidemic of childhood obesity, cutting access to PE only makes things worse.

Please encourage the School Board and Superintendent to find a better way!

PLEASE CALL 503-916-3904 OR EMAIL TODAY:

Superintendent Carole Smith: csmith1@pps.k12.or.us

School board members:
Ruth Adkins, radkins@pps.k12.or.us
Pam Knowles, pknowles@pps.k12.or.us
David Wynde, david.wynde@pps.k12.or.us
Trudy Sargent, tsargent@pps.k12.or.us
Bobbie Regan bobbieregan@comcast.net
Dilafruz Williams, dilafruz.williams@pps.k12.or.us
Martin Gonzalez, mgonzalez@pps.k12.or.us

School Board office: 503-916-3904

More info: pps.k12.or.us/departments/board/843.htm

Let the School Board and Superintendent know why PE is important to you, to someone you know, or to the community.

Thank you for your support! Please follow the campaign to save Portland PE at facebook.com/savePortlandPE.

Star-studded lineup to compete at 2010 Skate America in Portland

Medalists from three of the four disciplines at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games will take the ice at 2010 Skate America, to be held Nov. 11-14 at the Rose Garden.

Leading the way are American ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who captured the silver in Vancouver. The pairs field is highlighted by two-time World champions and Olympic bronze medalists Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany. Reigning World champion and Olympic bronze medalist Daisuke Takahashi of Japan will shoot for his third Skate America title; he previously won the gold at the event in 2005 and 2007.

Other international competitors of note are 2008 World silver medalist Carolina Kostner of Italy, 2010 World bronze medalist Laura Lepistö of Finland and 2006 Skate America champion Nobunari Oda of Japan.

Three of the four reigning U.S. champions will compete in Portland as well. In addition to Davis and White, who have won the last two U.S. ice dancing titles, Rachael Flatt and pairs team Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett will take the ice.

The competition is presented by U.S. Figure Skating, the Oregon Sports Authority and the Rose Garden, with support from Travel Portland. The Rose Garden also served as the site of the 2005 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

2010 Skate America is the fourth of six competitions in the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. Entries for all six events were announced Sunday, June 13 and can be viewed at www.isu.org.

All-event ticket packages for 2010 Skate America are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at www.comcasttix.com, by phone by calling 877.789.ROSE (7673) or in person at the Rose Quarter Box Office.

2010 SKATE AMERICA ENTRIES

Ladies
Amelie Lacoste (Canada)
Laura Lepistö (Finland)
Mae Berenice Meite (France)
Elene Gedevanishvili (Georgia)
Jenna McCorkell (Great Britain)
Carolina Kostner (Italy)
Kanako Murakami (Japan)
Min-Jung Kwak (Republic of Korea)
Viktoria Helgesson (Sweden)
Rachael Flatt (United States)
Caroline Zhang (United States)
TBA (United States)

Men’s
Viktor Pfeifer (Austria)
Kevin van der Perren (Belgium)
Shawn Sawyer (Canada)
Nan Song (China)
Daisuke Murakami (Japan)
Nobunari Oda (Japan)
Daisuke Takahashi (Japan)
Denis Ten (Kazakhstan)
Adrian Schultheiss (Sweden)
Stephen Carriere (United States)
Adam Rippon (United States)
TBA (United States)

Pairs
Kristen Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch (Canada)
Wenjing Sui/Cong Han (China)
Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy (Germany)
Stacey Kemp/David King (Great Britain)
Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov (Russia)
Caydee Denney/Jeremy Barrett (United States)
Keauna McLaughlin/Rockne Brubaker (United States)
TBA (United States)

Ice Dancing
Vanessa Crone/Paul Poirier (Canada)
Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje (Canada)
Stefanie Frohberg/Tim Giesen (Germany)
Alexandra Zaretski/Roman Zaretski (Israel)
Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte (Italy)
Cathy Reed/Chris Reed (Japan)
Ekaterina Riazanova/Ilia Tkachenko (Russia)
Meryl Davis/Charlie White (United States)
Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani (United States)
TBA (United States)

— June 21, 2010

Timbers introduce season ticket information, virtual venue for MLS

The Portland Timbers have introduced season ticket information and an online “virtual venue” feature that gives fans architecturally accurate views of every seating section available at PGE Park when the team begins play in Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2011.

The virtual venue feature at www.PortlandMLS2011.com offers fans the ability to simultaneously compare 360-degree views from various seating sections and the opportunity to explore the exciting changes that will take place at PGE Park for the 2011 MLS season. Additionally, fans who have not already done so are able to place a $50 deposit toward season tickets for the 2011 season to gain priority status during the seat-selection process, which will take place over the coming weeks. The seat-selection process is as follows:

Segment I – Seat-selection process for existing 2010 Timbers full-season ticket holders begins Monday, June 28, at 9 a.m.
Segment II – Seat-selection for existing 2010 Timbers half-season and flex plan holders begins Monday, July 19, at 9 a.m.
Segment III – Seat-selection process for MLS 2011 depositors begins Wednesday, July 21, at 9 a.m.
Segment IV – Open public selection (non-season ticket holders and depositors) begins Monday, Aug. 2, at 9 a.m.

In segments I, II and III, fans have a 15-minute window to select their season seats; they also are able to log in any time after their scheduled appointment time to select seats.

Season tickets for the Timbers’ inaugural MLS season start at $99. In addition to tickets for 15 regular-season MLS matches in 2011, Timbers’ MLS season ticket holders will receive:

– Five (5) additional matches per season as part of the season ticket package
– Exclusive season ticket-holder gift
– Annual season ticket-holder appreciation event
– 10-percent discount at the Timbers Team Store
– Five (5) buy-one, get-one half-off coupons good for additional tickets to Timbers’ regular-season matches
– Special access to exclusive Timbers events

Also, the Timbers have introduced a new program to reward fans who invest in season tickets before Dec. 31, 2010. Known as “The Axe Society,” this new program offers several additional benefits at no extra cost, including special name-recognition on a commemorative display at the stadium, annual discounts at the Timbers Team Store, exclusive promotions and events for Axe Society members and a commemorative, inaugural-season gift.

Detailed information on Timbers season tickets for the 2011 season is available at www.PortlandMLS2011.com.

Skaters announced for 2010 Skate America at the Rose Garden

The International Skating Union (ISU) and U.S. Figure Skating announced Sunday the skater selections for the 2010 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, which will begin Oct. 22-24 with the NHK Trophy in Nagoya, Japan. The Grand Prix Series, which enters its 16th season, incorporates six prestigious international figure skating competitions as a unified point-scoring series that awards prize money to eligible skaters.

At the conclusion of the six events, athletes’ points are totaled, and the top six ladies, men, pairs and ice dancing teams are invited to compete at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. This year the Grand Prix Final will be held Dec. 9-12 in Beijing, China.

SKATE AMERICA – ROSE GARDEN – NOV. 11-14
Ladies – Rachael Flatt, Caroline Zhang, TBD
Men’s – Stephen Carriere, Adam Rippon, TBD
Pairs – Caydee Denney & Jeremy Barrett, Keauna McLaughlin & Rockne Brubaker, TBD
Ice Dancing – Meryl Davis & Charlie White, Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani, TBD

eUpdate – World Cup Party, Skate America, USA Cycling Nationals

Join the Oregon Sports Authority at Director Park this Saturday to celebrate the 2010 FIFA World Cup as the U.S. takes on England in one of the most anticipated matches in the history of U.S. Soccer. “Soccer City Celebration” presented by McDonald’s will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the new Director Park at SW Park and Taylor in downtown Portland. The game will be shown live from South Africa on a picture-perfect 12′ by 17′ LED screen.

A beer garden will add to the festivities, and at halftime the Portland Timbers will unveil their new Major League Soccer logo for the very first time as the club makes the move to MLS next season. Apparel from adidas featuring the new Timbers crest will be available after the logo unveiling.

“Soccer City Celebration” also features several other viewing parties at area bars, and will culminate with the World Cup final shown live on a giant LED screen at Pioneer Square on Sunday, July 11. All of the viewing parties are free to attend – come experience the unparalleled pageantry, drama and intensity of World Cup soccer!

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World Cup viewing party for USA-England set for Saturday

This Saturday the Oregon Sports Authority, Portland Timbers, TAOW Modern Marketing and Alpha Broadcasting will host “Soccer City Celebration” presented by McDonald’s, featuring the USA-England World Cup match broadcast live on a 12′ x 17′ LED screen at Director Park in downtown Portland. The event is free to attend; a beer garden will add to the festivities and the current weather forecast for Saturday is sunny with a high of 82 degrees.

Adding to the excitement, the Portland Timbers will unveil the team’s new crest at halftime of the match on Saturday. The new logo symbolizes the Timbers ascent to Major League Soccer in 2011, proudly signifying Portland’s deserved place in top-flight soccer in the United States. New Timbers logo apparel from adidas will be available for purchase at Director Park immediately after the unveiling of the team’s new crest.

“Soccer City Celebration” also features several other viewing parties at area bars throughout the World Cup, and will culminate with the World Cup final shown live on a giant LED screen at Pioneer Square on Sunday, July 11. Visit portlandsoccer2010.com for the full schedule.

WHEN:
Saturday, June 12
11:00 AM

WHERE:
Director Park
SW Taylor and Park Ave.
Downtown Portland

Red Bull Rivals

The format is simple; OSU Beavers vs. UO Ducks on-snow! Form a team of 15 people – with up to 2 wild card members and the rest made up of student athletes. The course will be in the slopestyle arena under the Pine Marten chair. Think a mixture between the Dirksen Derby fun rally course with obstacles to get creative with and jib on or ollie over, and a mix of the Big Wave Challenge with big sweeping banked turns, quarter pipes and spines. Teams judged on style, technicality & uniqueness.

All-event packages for 2010 Skate America now on sale

U.S. Figure Skating announced today that reservations are now being taken for the 2010 Skate America All-Session Ticket Packages. The international event is one of six stops in the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.

All-Session Ticket Packages include tickets to all competitive sessions as well as a pass to all practice sessions. All-Session Ticket Package holders will also have the option of securing the same seat for the Skating Spectacular on Sunday, Nov. 14.

The competition, presented by U.S. Figure Skating, the Oregon Sports Authority and the Rose Garden, with support from Travel Portland, will take place Nov. 11-14 at the Rose Garden Arena, which also served as the site of the 2005 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Reservations can be made by visiting the website or calling the Rose Quarter Box Office at 503.797.9619.

The Grand Prix Series, now in its 16th season, consists of six international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. Approximately 300 athletes from 30 countries are expected to participate in the series. Each athlete is eligible to score points in two of the six scheduled events. The top six point-earners in each of the disciplines qualify for the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Beijing, China, Dec. 9-12. Athletes will be vying for a total of more than $1.35 million in prize money throughout the series.

eUpdate – World Cup Viewing, NCAA Track Championships

In partnership with the Portland Timbers, Alpha Broadcasting and TAOW Modern Marketing, the Oregon Sports Authority is thrilled to announce “Soccer City Celebration presented by McDonald’s,” featuring two free public viewings of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in the heart of downtown Portland. On Saturday, June 12, the much-anticipated U.S. – England match will be shown live from South Africa on a giant 12′ by 17′ LED screen in the new Director Park on SW Taylor and Park Avenue. The event begins at 11:00 a.m., and at halftime, the Portland Timbers will publicly unveil their new Major League Soccer logo for the very first time as the club prepares to make the move to MLS next season.

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World Cup viewing parties coming to downtown Portland

The Oregon Sports Authority, Portland Timbers, Alpha Broadcasting and TAOW Modern Marketing are teaming up to present two free public viewing parties that will offer thousands of area soccer fans the chance to share in the excitement of the upcoming 2010 World Cup as part of “Soccer City Celebration presented by McDonald’s.”

The main events will include a viewing party at Director Park in downtown Portland on Saturday, June 12, at 11 a.m. as the United States takes on England in the much-anticipated group-play opener for both sides. The second event will feature the World Cup final at Pioneer Courthouse Square on Sunday, July 11, at 11 a.m. Both matches are slated to begin at 11:30 a.m. (Pacific). Similar viewing events during the 2006 World Cup drew thousands of enthusiastic Oregonians to downtown Portland, as area fans rallied around the biggest sporting event in the world in a setting unique to Soccer City, USA.

“We’re thrilled to give Oregonians the chance to come together and celebrate the incredible drama of World Cup soccer in the heart of downtown Portland,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority. “Portland’s passion for soccer will no doubt be on full display on June 12 and July 11.”

To add to the excitement, the Timbers will unveil the team’s new crest at halftime of the United States-England match on Saturday, June 12. The new logo symbolizes the Timbers ascent to Major League Soccer in 2011, proudly signifying Portland’s deserved place in top-flight soccer in the United States. New-logo apparel will be available for purchase at Director Park immediately after the unveiling of the team’s new crest.

“Director Park offers the perfect setting to bring Portland’s widely acclaimed soccer community together to witness the launch of the 2010 World Cup with the U.S. vs. England match right here in Soccer City, USA,” said Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish.

The June 12 match will be shown on a 12′ x 17′ truck-mounted LED screen at Director Park. The finals on July 11 will be presented on a 17′ x 23′ truck-mounted LED screen in “Portland’s Living Room” – Pioneer Courthouse Square.

The free viewing events are a perfect way for passionate soccer enthusiasts and entertainment-seekers alike to join together to celebrate the world’s game. Fans also should stay tuned for announcements regarding additional viewing parties slated for area restaurants and pubs leading into the big finale at Pioneer Courthouse Square on July 11.

Director Park is located at SW Taylor and Park Avenue in downtown Portland. Pioneer Courthouse Square is located between SW Morrison and Yamhill on Broadway in downtown Portland.

Foundation seeking applicants for $10,000 signature grant

The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation announced today it will begin accepting applications for its new Healthy Youth Initiative, a signature grant available for high school youth in Multnomah County. The grant will award $10,000 to support a project that will engage student participation to support at least one of the following goals: increased PE in school; after school sports opportunities; and increased opportunities for youth to safely walk/bike to school. The grant can be used to help launch an idea or develop an existing project or program.

Eligible applicants for the Healthy Youth Initiative can include student bodies, school districts, high schools, PTA’s, park bureaus, cities, and other organizations in Multnomah County. For more information and to learn how to apply, visit the Foundation’s web site at oregonsports.org/foundation. Applications are due by June 11 and funds will be dispersed for the coming school year.

Founded in 1993, the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides grants and conducts programs to support youth sports activities with an emphasis on both underserved youth and increased physical activity. The Healthy Youth Initiative is a Foundation pilot project with a focus on high school youth within Multnomah County. If the pilot is successful, future grants will be expanded to elementary and middle schools on a statewide basis.

The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation has raised more than $500,000 for youth sports causes throughout Oregon. The Healthy Youth Initiative kicks off the latest round of grants following a brief, recession-induced hiatus. Previous funding has included sports participation fees, successful drives to save PIL spring sports programs in 2003 and PIL golf, tennis and dance in subsequent years, and funds for sports equipment and facility needs of deserving youth.

The Foundation has also served as a driving force in the coalition that passed legislation to establish a minimum amount of participation in physical education for Oregon’s public schools, helping to address the trend of childhood obesity among youth throughout the state. In addition, more than 15,000 deserving youth have attended Portland Trail Blazers’ and Winter Hawks’ games through the Foundation’s Reward Youth Ticket Exchange program.

Oregon Sports Authority Foundation Mission
To facilitate increased physical activity among Oregon’s youth through sports, physical education, and related programs with an emphasis on opportunities for underserved youth through advocacy, financial support, and program creation.

Oregon Sports Authority
The mission of the Oregon Sports Authority is to position the state of Oregon as the preferred location for select amateur and professional sports events, franchises and related activities in order to enhance the quality of life of Oregonians and to stimulate the state’s economy.

Oregon Sports Authority Foundation Education Committee
Owen Blank, Tonkon Torp
Rorie Leone, Washington Trust Bank
Randy Miller, Moore Company
Will Rasmussen, Miller Nash
Karen Whitman, Karen Whitman Projects

— April 26, 2010

Possible figure skating payoff keeps PDX on its toes

The City of Roses will play host this November to international figure skating competition Skate America in hopes of getting a shot at getting the National Championships back after five years.

The national was the last major figure skating event in Oregon. The week-long competition brought in about $15 million to $20 million to local businesses, say skating officials, who also estimate the three-day Skate America competition in November will bring about $3 million to the region.

The Oregon Sports Authority and the Rose Quarter hope winning the Skate America bid will show U.S. Figure Skating Association officials Portland is a hotspot for figure skating enthusiasm and maybe even another Nationals bid.

“Certainly our goal is to bring Nationals back to Portland in the future,” said Meyer Freeman, COO of Oregon Sports Authority.

Skate America is one of seven international competitions in skating’s Grand Prix series. Besides the usual sequins and glitz of a figure skating competition, audiences at November’s Skate America could see some of the big stars from the Vancouver Olympics, and that means big money for area retailers.

— Oregon Business, May 2010

eUpdate – Sports Commission of the Year, Healthy Youth Initiative and Upcoming Events

On April 15 the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) named the Oregon Sports Authority “2010 Member of the Year” at its annual symposium in Columbus, Ohio. The NASC Member of the Year award recognizes the nation’s sports commission judged to have had the most outstanding impact on its local community through sporting events, community events and/or economic impact. NASC Executive Director Don Shumacher stated, “Oregon has joined the best of the best in receiving the highest honor we can bestow.”

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Nelscott Reef surf contest joins Big Wave World Tour

Behemoth, LLC is proud to announce that the 2010 Nelscott Reef surf contest will be a paddle in event and will be part of the Big Wave World Tour. After five years of operating as a Tow In focused event, the contest will now become a paddle in big wave surfing event. The Big Wave World Tour will include Nelscott Reef as one of its stops for the 2010 season.

The Big Wave World Tour is the brainchild of legendary big wave surfer, Gary Linden of Oceanside, California. After 20 years of being Contest Director and Organizer of big wave events all over the world, Gary’s company, Rogue Wave Events, has formed the world’s first big wave tour, with events in Chile, Peru, Mexico, and California. 2010 will be the second season for the tour, which will grow from 4 events to 5, including Nelscott Reef.

— April 19, 2010

The Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic was started as a Tow In surfing contest in 2005. For the first three years the event operated as a tow in only contest and in 2008 added a paddle in heat as a test to see if the pros could paddle Nelscott. Everyone caught waves and agreed Nelscott was a great paddle in venue. In response to the demand to paddle, the organizers added a second heat the following year. The Paddle In event in 2009 proved to be the most popular, with the pros and fans alike prompting the expansion of the Paddle In to a full 24 man, 7 heat event for the 2010 contest.

“This was a natural progression for us,” said John Forse, event founder and Nelscott Pioneer. “I was so stoked that for the second year in a row all the pros were more excited about the challenge of paddling into huge waves than towing in. This year we listened and changed the format to accommodate them.”

Having run every year since the first contest in 2005, the Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic is now the longest continuously running big wave event in the World. While other big wave events have stopped and started due to lack of contestable surf, adequate purse or organizational problems, Nelscott Reef organizers have managed to provide the perfect venue and overcome budget shortfalls every year to become the most consistent big wave contest in the world.

The Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic is honored and proud be a part of the Big Wave World Tour and promote big wave surfing internationally. For more info go to www.roguewaveevents.com and www.nelscottreef.com.

Oregon Sports Authority named Sports Commission of the Year

The National Association of Sports Commissions today named the Oregon Sports Authority its “2010 Member of the Year” at the annual NASC Symposium in Columbus, Ohio. The NASC Member of the Year award recognizes the nation’s sports commission judged to have had the most outstanding impact on its local community through sporting events, community events and/or economic impact.

“This award has been given to the finest sports commissions in the United States — Oregon has joined the best of the best in receiving the highest honor we can bestow,” said NASC Executive Director Don Shumacher.

The past year was truly a remarkable time for the Oregon Sports Authority, highlighted by one of the most exciting and meaningful weeks in the history of Oregon sports. During a very special three-day period just over a year ago, the unparalleled drama of March Madness returned to Oregon for the first time in 26 years. In between NCAA Tournament games, Major League Soccer named Portland as the home of an expansion franchise, producing the city’s first major pro sports franchise in 40 years. Additional elements contributing to the Member of the Year award include the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation’s unending commitment to improve the lives of Oregon youth through sports and physical activity, as well as the incredible success achieved by bringing multiple events to Central Oregon.

“I would like to express our profound appreciation and thanks to all Oregon Sports Authority members, directors of the board and staff who have contributed so much to help make this prestigious award possible, as well as our outstanding partners in the tourism community and the countless number of Oregonians who have been so supportive of our events and initiatives,” said Oregon Sports Authority CEO Drew Mahalic, who accepted the award in Columbus. “It’s also a true testament to Oregon’s growing stature as a world-class sports destination — a reputation that we intend to continue leveraging at every possible opportunity.”

— April 15, 2010

Design goal for Major League Soccer: Old school is cool

It won’t have the sparkle of 4-year-old Toyota Park outside Chicago or brand-new Red Bull Arena outside New York City. But the people remodeling PGE Park hope to send a message to the city and beyond when the stadium becomes a Major League Soccer venue next year: Old school is cool.

As a result, the park will not have the hyperabundance of modern conveniences in new parks, such as more concession stands and a plentitude of bathrooms. But the charm of city-owned PGE Park and its downtown location make it more than worth the $31 million the city will spend to rejuvenate it, Timbers backers say.

“It’s the culture that we have, that we’ve built up around there. It’s a lovable old stadium,” said Garrett Dittfurth, 31, a Southeast Portland member of the supportive fan brigade that calls itself the Timbers Army. “It’s that car you had when you were growing up; it has the pickup of a golf cart, but you still love it.”

— Excerpt from OregonLive.com, April 10, 2010

eUpdate – Skate America, ABA BMX Nationals and New Members

The Oregon Sports Authority is delighted to announce that Portland has been selected by U.S. Figure Skating to host 2010 Skate America, November 11-14 at the Rose Garden. Skate America is an Olympic-style international figure skating event featuring competition in ladies, men’s, pairs and ice dancing. The event annually attracts more than 60 world-class figure skaters. Past competitors include 2010 Olympic champion Evan Lysacek and five-time world and nine-time U.S. champion Michelle Kwan.

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Portland selected to host 2010 Skate America

U.S. Figure Skating announced today the selection of Portland as the host city for 2010 Skate America. The international event is one of six stops in the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.

The competition, presented by U.S. Figure Skating, the Oregon Sports Authority and the Rose Garden, with support from Travel Portland, will take place Nov. 11-14 at the Rose Garden Arena, which also served as the site of the 2005 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

“We are pleased to award this competition to Portland,” U.S. Figure Skating president Patricia St. Peter said. “The community showed its overwhelming support for the U.S. Championships in 2005, and we’re delighted that the athletes and visitors to the city will have the opportunity to experience all Portland has to offer.”

Skate America is an Olympic-style international figure skating event featuring three days of competition in ladies, men’s, pairs and ice dancing. The event annually attracts more than 60 world-class figure skaters. Past competitors include 2010 Olympic champion Evan Lysacek, five-time World and nine-time U.S. champion Michelle Kwan, 2002 Olympic bronze medalist Timothy Goebel, 2002 Olympic pairs champions Jamie Sale and David Pelletier of Canada, 1992 Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi and 1984 Olympic champion Scott Hamilton.

“We’re thrilled to bring 2010 Skate America to the city of Portland,” said Chris Oxley, general manager of the Rose Quarter, the district in which the Rose Garden is located. “Portland has shown that it is a very strong figure skating market, evidenced by the success of the 2005 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. With the Olympics being held in the Pacific Northwest last month, the region is ready and excited for another opportunity to host an event of this caliber.”

Other annual stops in the Grand Prix Series include Skate Canada, Cup of China, Trophée Eric Bompard (France), Rostelecom Cup (Russia) and NHK Trophy (Japan).

“We are thrilled to bring one of the world’s premier figure skating events to Portland,” said Oregon Sports Authority chief executive officer Drew Mahalic. “Skate America at the Rose Garden will offer people from throughout the Northwest the rare opportunity to witness the incredible grace, drama and athleticism exhibited by the world’s best figure skaters.”

Portland Ice Skating Club president Barbara Neidig and vice president Dody Teachman also expressed their enthusiasm for the event. “Portland Ice Skating Club members and the skating community are proud to join with the Oregon Sports Authority and the Rose Garden to bring Portland its first international skating competition,” Neidig said. “We welcome the skaters from all over the world to the Rose City.”

— March 18, 2010

Dew Tour returns to Portland

The Dew Tour, the world’s premier season-long action sports tour, today announced its complete schedule for the 2010 season, which includes its return to Portland for the third stop of the five-city circuit. The only city that has hosted the Dew Tour since its inception six years ago, Portland’s Rose Quarter will once again be the site of the Wendy’s Invitational, August 12-15, and will feature the world’s greatest talent in action sports.

“After holding successful events in Portland for the past five years, it was obvious that it should remain the backbone of the Dew Tour,” said Chris Prybylo, Alli Vice President of Events and Dew Tour General Manager. “With knowledgeable and enthusiastic fans, we know that, as it always has in the past, the Portland event will be one of the great highlights of the 2010 Dew Tour.”

“As one of the original host cities, we couldn’t be more thrilled to host the Dew Tour again this year,” said Chris Oxley, General Manager of the Rose Quarter. “Action sports are the life blood of this city, and hosting the Dew Tour year after year only strengthens that legacy.”

“We’re proud to still be a part of the Dew Tour’s success,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority. “We’ve seen the Tour grow since the very beginning, and knowing that we’ve been a part of that is a great feeling for us.”

The schedule also includes a skate-specific (park and vert) stop in Boston in June, followed by a BMX-specific (park, dirt and vert) event in Chicago. The five-stop tour will then continue on to Portland, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas and will feature multi-sport events. Over the course of the five-stop schedule, athletes will compete to accumulate points based on their individual-event finishes, each vying for the most overall points and the title of Dew Cup champion.

Tickets for the 2010 Dew Tour will be on sale soon and will be available via the Rose Quarter Box Office, participating Safeway/TicketsWest locations, online at ComcastTIX.com and by phone at 877.789.ROSE (7673). Visit allisports.com for more information.

The complete 2010 Dew Tour schedule is as follows:

Skate Open, ISF Skateboarding World Championships
June 25-26 | Boston, Mass. – TD Garden

Nike 6.0 BMX Open
July 23-24 | Chicago, Ill. – Museum Campus

Wendy’s Invitational
Aug. 12-15 | Portland – Rose Quarter

Toyota Challenge
Sept. 16-19 | Salt Lake City, Utah – EnergySolutions Arena

Dew Tour Championships
Oct. 14-17 | Las Vegas, Nev. – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Entering its sixth year, the top athletes in the world will take part in the 2010 Dew Tour, all competing for the highly coveted Dew Cup that will be awarded at season’s end to champions in each of the five disciplines. The 2009 Dew Cup champions include Chris Cole (skateboard park), Bucky Lasek (skate vert), Garrett Reynolds (BMX park), Jamie Bestwick (BMX vert) and Ryan Nyquist (BMX dirt).

Nike announces inaugural “Nike Track Nationals” competition

Today Nike opened registration and announced details for the Nike Track Nationals competition, the first ever national championship competition to name the best high school track and field program in the United States.

With the goal of crowning a true national track and field champion, Nike Track Nationals consists of a four-month virtual competition that will select the top 12 boys and top 12 girls programs to compete at legendary Hayward Field for the Nike Track National Title the night before the Prefontaine Classic.

“We are excited to bring Nike Track Nationals to young high school aged runners as a way to recognize the unique and diverse athletic abilities it takes to make up a winning team” said Amy White, Nike’s Vice President of North America Running. “Track & field has traditionally been looked at from an individual sport perspective but for the first time ever, high school aged teams across the country will be recognized as a whole and a national champion will be crowned.”

From March 1 – June 13 all track & field clubs are invited to compete in the virtual competition at www.NikeTrackNationals.com. Coaches will update marks weekly to see how their squad ranks against state, regional, and national competition. Upon completion of the virtual competition, the top club in each of eight regions will automatically qualify for Nike Track Nationals competition in Eugene, Oregon on July 2, and the next four highest scoring clubs from any region will round out the twelve team field.

Clubs will compete in ten track and field events including: 100m, 110/100m Hurdles, 400m, 800m, Mile, Long Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault, Shot Put, Discus Throw. Each team is allowed to enter their top mark for each event, with a two-event maximum per individual athlete. Those marks will then be scored in decathlon fashion with performance marks awarded a point score. Although competition consists of ten events, the lowest scoring event will be dropped, making the total score the sum of their best nine events. The highest score takes homes the crown.

Key dates:
March 1: Online competition begins at www.NikeTrackNationals.com
May 3: Must be registered
June 13: Last day marks will be accepted
June 15: National qualifiers announced / final standings released
July 2: National Championships in Eugene, Oregon

For more information and coach/team registration, visit: www.NikeTrackNationals.com.

eUpdate – STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Coming to Salem, USA Cycling Nationals to Bend

The Oregon Sports Authority is excited to announce that the 25th anniversary season of the world-renowned STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series, shown nationwide on ESPN2, will highlight the opening weekend of the Oregon State Fair this August. Competitors for both the U.S. and Collegiate Championships will descend on Salem, making Oregon the undisputed capital of timbersports in 2010. ESPN cameras have followed the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series for 25 years, making it one of the longest running programs on the network. This year the Willamette Valley will have the unique distinction of serving as the backdrop for the world’s premier timbersports event.

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STIHL TIMBERSPORTS celebrates 25 years as original extreme sport

STIHL Inc., creator and owner of the premier lumberjack sports event, the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series presented by Carhartt, today announced that it has selected the Oregon State Fair in Salem, as the host venue for its 25th anniversary season of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series. The Series’ quarterfinals, semifinals, U.S. Championship and Collegiate Championship will take place during the fair’s opening weekend Friday, Aug. 27-Sunday, Aug. 29.

The Pacific Northwest will be the backdrop for the premier lumberjack sporting event in the world. The Series features the world’s best lumberjacks and jills in the ultimate tests of strength, endurance, stamina, tool skill and agility. Thirty-two chopper/sawyers, six collegiate competitors, eight boom runners and eight speed climbers will converge on Oregon’s capital to chop, saw, climb, and run their way in to the record books, and celebrate the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series tradition during its silver anniversary festivities.

ESPN cameras have followed the competition for 25 years, earning the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series the distinction of being the one of the longest running programs on the network.

“We are excited about bringing the Series to the Northwest and to have the Oregon State Fair host The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series’ 25th Anniversary competition,” says Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager for STIHL Inc., “We look forward to bringing to Oregon the excitement and traditions of one of the most exciting sports championships on the air today.”

“This is an event that perfectly captures the essence of Oregon – we couldn’t be more delighted to have our state host the 25th anniversary of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series while showcasing the Willamette Valley’s scenic beauty on national TV,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority.

The 2010 Oregon State Fair claims the motto “Too BIG to Miss!” offering attendees more than 9,000 things to do, see and taste throughout 11-days of shows, hot air balloon rides, carnival rides, six headlining concerts, arts and crafts, NPRA rodeo finals, Days of the Dinosaurs exhibit, various events and competitions. The Oregon State Fair opens its gates on Friday, Aug. 27 and culminates on Monday, Sept. 6.

“We can think of no better place to celebrate and highlight the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series and the timber industry, than in Oregon,” said Connie Bradley, Oregon State Fair Manager.

Since its inception in 1985, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series has challenged the world’s best competitors in lumberjack sports. Over the years the Series has gained popularity and expanded to 19 countries including athletes from USA, New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, Spain, the Czech Republic, Poland, France, Benelux and Germany, all looking to earn a place in the World Championships. New Zealander Jason Wynyard holds the title of 2009 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS World Champion. Arden Coger, Jr. from West Virginia holds the 2009 U.S. STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Champion title.

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Professional Series quarterfinals, semifinals and U.S. Championship will span the three-day event challenging lumberjacks in six chopping and sawing disciplines: hot saw, single buck, springboard chop, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop with the top overall competitor being crowned the 2010 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series champion and the top U.S. competitor named the 2010 U.S. champion. Both title holders will advance to the 2010 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series World Championships presented by Carhartt in Austria Friday, Sept. 3-Sunday, Sept. 5.

The 2010 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series will also culminate during the Oregon State Fair. This national competition pits six regional collegiate champions against each other in four professional disciplines: single buck, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop with the top contender earning the title of 2010 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series champion and an automatic ticket to the 2011 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series where they will compete among the professional ranks.

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series boom run and speed climb specialty disciplines will also take place throughout the three-day event. Eight boom runners and speed climbers will compete in a bracket elimination format to determine the U.S. champion in each discipline.

For more details, visit www.sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/timbersports/index and www.oregonstatefair.org.

STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series coming to Oregon State Fair

The Oregon State Fair in Salem will host the U.S. championships of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series this August, with competitions that test top lumberjacks in chopping, sawing and speed climbing.

The series’ quarterfinals, semifinals, U.S. professional championship and collegiate championship will run during the fair’s opening weekend: Friday, Aug. 27, through Sunday, Aug. 29.

Athletes from other countries will also compete in the professional competitions, which include lumberjacks wielding souped-up chainsaws, hand saws and axes, and climbing 60-foot poles. Another event features women darting across bobbing logs in a 70-foot-long pool.

STIHL, an outdoor powertool maker, bills the competition as the “premier lumberjack sporting event in the world.” It’s the 25th season of the TIMBERSPORTS series, which has expanded to 19 countries and is televised on ESPN2.

The event has never been held in Oregon, said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority, which helped bring the championships to the state fair. “We’re hoping it finds a home here because it just makes so much sense for it to be in Oregon.”

— OregonLive.com, February 28, 2010

USA Cycling awards Masters Road National Championships to Bend

USA Cycling has awarded the 2011 and 2012 Masters Road National Championships to Bend. Following the city’s successful hosting of the Elite/U23/Juniors Road and the Cyclo-cross National Championships, the cycling hotbed is now poised to host another round of the nation’s best. Held in Louisville, Kentucky 2008 through 2010, the USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships are scheduled to go off in Bend, Aug. 30 – Sept. 4, 2011 and August 27 – Sept. 2, 2012.

The two-year agreement between USA Cycling, the sport’s national governing body, and Visit Bend is expected to bring more than 800 competitors and 2,500 visitors to the Pacific Northwestern city for seven days of racing leading up to the Labor Day Weekend. Bend expects to continue to enjoy a significant economic impact in conjunction with the cycling championships. According to a study by Oregon State University, the two USA Cycling National Championship events hosted by the city in 2009 brought Bend $2.5 million dollars in direct tourist spending.

“The National Championships we hosted here in 2009 left no doubt in USA Cycling’s mind that Bend’s enthusiasm for and appreciation of competitive cycling makes it unlike any other destination in the country,” said Doug LaPlaca, president and CEO of Visit Bend. “It is our goal to turn that enthusiasm into a long-term partnership that provides USA Cycling with consistently world-class championships, while providing Bend with a substantial amount of visitation tourism spending during traditionally slow times of the year.”

In 2009, Bend hosted the USA Cycling Elite, Junior and U23 Road National Championships, as well as the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships. Both events will return to Bend in 2010.

“In hosting the 2009 USA Cycling National Championships Bend showcased an entire community who passionately embraces the sport of cycling and its various disciplines as a lifestyle,” said Steve Johnson, CEO of USA Cycling. “That type of support is critical to growing the sport across the country and is a large reason why Bend was awarded the Masters Road National Championships for 2011 and 2012.”

Portland Triathlon the “Greenest Race” – Triathlete magazine

The Freshwater Trust Portland Triathlon has been named the “Greenest Race in the World” by Triathlete magazine in its March 2010 issue. Citing integral race elements like bamboo bike racks, a “living finish line,” and non-toxic body marking performed by the Portland Society of Calligraphy, Triathlete put the event at the top of its list of ten standout international triathlons.

The Freshwater Trust Portland Triathlon made its debut in 2007 and will be held for the fourth time on August 22, 2010 in downtown Portland. Organizers made a commitment to social and environmental responsibility from the outset, pledging to minimize the event’s footprint while upholding a high standard of excellence for each participant. In three years the event has been named an Editor’s Pick for “Best New Races” by Inside Triathlon magazine, one of “21 Must-Do Triathlons” by Bicycling magazine, and one of the “10 Greenest Races” (and the only triathlon listed) by Runners World magazine. The event has been recognized as a model of sustainable event production by the City of Portland’s Office of Sustainable Development and lauded by USA Triathlon, the national governing body for the sport.

The Freshwater Trust Portland Triathlon earned distinction from Triathlete by introducing innovative green practices and products. The event was the first in the country to directly integrate carbon offsets into the online registration process, reducing the impact of participant travel on global climate change. In 2009, through a special project with Nike, the triathlon became the first event to provide swim caps made from recycled silicone. This year, the event will offer the first recyclable bib numbers. And in 2007, the triathlon hosted the first all-naturopathic medical tent in addition to traditional emergency medical services.

The Freshwater Trust Portland Triathlon has spurred the development of both an environmental non-profit and a city-wide festival. The Council for Responsible Sport (CRS) was founded following the first edition of the triathlon in 2007 to administer a sustainability certification for sporting events. Modeled off the LEED standards for green building, CRS enables event directors to incorporate environmental responsibility into their events while informing consumers which events adhere to rigorous standards.

RiverFest, a city-wide festival celebrating the Willamette River, was founded by organizers of the Freshwater Trust Portland Triathlon in 2008 to bring increased attention and resources to rehabilitation of the waterway flowing through the middle of Portland. The festival’s motto of “Respect – Reconnect – Renew” epitomizes efforts to restore the Willamette to a place of prominence in city life.

Governor Kulongoski to join Winter Celebration at the Square

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski will join Oregon Olympians and Paralympians Friday evening at the Oregon Sports Authority’s “Winter Celebration at the Square,” a free public viewing event featuring the broadcast of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games Opening Ceremony on two giant LCD screens at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square. Prior to the Opening Ceremony broadcast, Governor Kulongoski will give remarks on the spirit of the Olympics and what it means for Oregonians to have this year’s Games in the Pacific Northwest.

“It will be an honor to share the stage at Pioneer Courthouse Square with distinguished Olympians and Paralympians from Oregon,” said Governor Kulongoski. “Gathering together in Portland’s ‘living room’ to watch the Opening Ceremonies is quintessentially Oregonian.”

Following Governor Kulongoski’s speech, Oregon Olympians and Paralympians, including decathlete Dave Johnson and snowboarder Lisa Kosglow, who was recently named president of the Oregon Chapter of U.S. Olympians, will share memories of their unique Olympic experiences with the crowd. Portland Trailblazers founding broadcaster/ambassador Bill Schonely will also be on hand.

“Winter Celebration at the Square” is being organized by the Oregon Sports Authority, through fundraising and generous sponsorships.

The live event program with Governor Kulongoski and Oregon Olympians and Paralympians will begin at 7:30 p.m. Local Olympic programming on KGW NewsChannel 8 will begin at 5:00 p.m. on the LCD screens at Pioneer Square. NBC’s broadcast of the Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremony will begin at approximately 9:00 p.m.

In addition to the broadcast, the Oregon Sports Authority is providing complimentary warm drinks, live music performed by Portland reggae band Rhythm Culture and great prize giveaways throughout the evening.

Destination Races introduces Wine Country Half Marathon

Destination Races, LLC is expanding its popular Wine Country Half Marathon Series to Oregon. The fourth, and newest, edition to this series, the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon, will be held on September 5, 2010 with activities planned throughout the Labor Day weekend.

The event features a bucolic 13.1 mile course starting at Stoller Vineyards and Winery in Dundee. Runners then wind through the heart of the Willamette Valley, finishing in the town of Carlton where the Wine & Music Festival is held from 9:00am to Noon. Local wineries will be pouring at the festival which also features the race awards ceremony, live band, exhibitor booths, and beer and food garden. The festival is co-sponsored by Ken Wright Cellars and the Willamette Valley Wineries Association.

The Race Expo is held on Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm at The Allison Inn, a luxury resort located in Newberg. Open to the public, the expo features exhibitor booths, packet pickup for runners, informational seminars and a wine and food tasting hosted by Chehalem Mountain Winegrowers.

According to Matt Dockstader, founder of Destination Races, the event is positioned to introduce the Oregon wine country to a whole new market. “This area is very picturesque, the wines are outstanding and best of all, the people here are so warm and welcoming.” Dockstader added, “I really believe this is going to be one of the premier destination races in the country and if the other Wine Country Half Marathons are any indication of what’s to come, Oregon wine country can see a measurable boost in tourism that weekend due to the event.”

The Oregon Sports Authority played a leading role in bringing the event to Oregon and facilitated introduction to event partners, making it possible for a 2010 event to come to fruition. “We’re delighted to help bring the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon to the Yamhill Valley,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority. “It’s a chance to share two of Oregon’s greatest passions — wine and running — with visitors coming to participate from across the country.”

Destination Races also produces the Napa-to-Sonoma, Santa Barbara and Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathons in California. These boutique-style events draw runners from all over the country and are limited to 3,000 runners or less, usually selling out well in advance of the race. The Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon also offers a team competition and a 2-person relay.

Elite runners will compete for $2,000 in prize money sponsored by West Coast Bank, plus Ball Watches and magnums of wine. Each participant receives a technical running shirt, colorful finisher’s medal, and logo wine glass. Top three finishers in each age category win a bottle of wine and other awards. The Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon is limited to 2,000 participants in its inaugural year. Registration is currently open and can be accessed on the event website at www.run4oregonwine.com. For more information on the event series, visit www.destinationraces.com.

Portland goes for the gold with local links to Vancouver events

Athletes are gearing up, organizers are planning to use artificial snow and the 21st Winter Olympics are set to kick off with the opening ceremonies Friday, Feb. 12, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

It’s the closest the Olympics have been to Portland, but if you don’t have a ticket to any events, a couple hundred hours of television coverage will be provided by NBC and other networks (see day-by-day list on page 4). NBC’s 17-day coverage, aired locally on KGW (8), begins with opening ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12.

— Excerpt from the Portland Tribune, February 4, 2010

Portland Timbers officially launch MLS work

As Merritt Paulson faced 50 PGE Park employees Thursday morning in the first official staff meeting of the Major League Soccer Portland Timbers, he spoke in grand terms of the franchise that begins play in 2011.

“This is bigger than the Pacific Northwest being the hub of soccer in North America,” Paulson said. “This is about soccer finally taking hold in the country. You know, for years people have asked, ‘When will the world’s biggest sport finally matter in America? When will all those kids who play soccer actually watch soccer?’ And I tell you that that time is now.

— Excerpt from OregonLive.com, February 4, 2010

eUpdate – Winter Celebration at the Square, MLS Finalized, Wine Country Half Marathon

The Oregon Sports Authority is pleased to announce “Winter Celebration at the Square,” a free public viewing event of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games Opening Ceremony at Pioneer Square on Friday, February 12. You’re invited to join in the spirit of the Olympics as the square is transformed into the ultimate living room setting for winter sports enthusiasts, complete with two giant LCD screens, interviews with Oregon Olympians, live music, warm drinks and a hockey goal-scoring challenge. Plus, enter now for a chance to win a trip to see the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony!

Click below to view the entire Oregon Sports Authority eUpdate.

Finally, MLS comes to Portland

In big Timbers news, the Portland City Council provided their official approval of the operating deal between the city and Peregine Sports to bring MLS to the Rose City. The resolution passed by a four to one vote, with Commissioner Amanda Fritz providing the single no vote. She cited concerns about the deal’s effect on the spectator fund and using the funds for other uses, although Commissioner Randy Leonard later refuted most of her arguments. Further items that passed included approval of the initial construction agreement, approval of the zoning changes for PGE Park, and approval of an agreement with Ball Janik LLP to provide consulting services on the stadium redesign. Paulson signed his portions of the agreement this morning, putting the wheels in motion for Portland Timbers MLS to start in 2011.

— Excerpt from OregonLive.com, February 3, 2010

Join the Oregon Sports Authority’s Winter Celebration at the Square

The Oregon Sports Authority is pleased to announce “Winter Celebration at the Square,” a free public viewing event of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games Opening Ceremony at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square on Friday, February 12. The spirit of the Olympics will extend from one Northwest city to another as Pioneer Square is transformed into the ultimate living room setting for winter sports enthusiasts, complete with two giant LCD screens, interviews with Oregon Olympians, live music, warm drinks and a hockey goal-scoring challenge.

Local Olympic programming on KGW NewsChannel 8 will begin at 5:00 p.m. on the big screens at Pioneer Square, followed by a live event program from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., featuring introductions of Oregon Olympians and Paralympians, and several exciting prize giveaways. NBC’s broadcast of the Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremony will begin at approximately 9:00 p.m.

The Oregon Sports Authority invites the public to join in the festivities leading up to the celebration by entering for a chance to win a trip to see the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at kgw.com. The winner will be announced at Pioneer Square on the evening of February 12.

“Given our proximity to Vancouver, B.C., we decided to provide Oregonians with the opportunity to come together and celebrate the Olympic Games being in this part of the world,” said Oregon Sports Authority CEO Drew Mahalic. “The Olympics are the absolute pinnacle of sport and the Opening Ceremony is always a magical night so we hope people enjoy the chance to come downtown and share in the experience together.”

Nearly four years ago, the Oregon Sports Authority hosted a very successful World Cup Soccer public viewing event at Pioneer Square. Well over 10,000 fans came to watch the semifinals and final, jamming Pioneer Square and electrifying downtown Portland. The Oregon Sports Authority is pleased to once again provide the chance for people to come together and witness one of the world’s greatest sports spectacles.

MLS in Portland a go, but Beavers baseball still stymied

Soccer: 4. Baseball: 0.

A deal to renovate PGE Park for Major League Soccer will have at least four “yeas” when it comes up for a vote next week, with all Portland city commissioners except Amanda Fritz saying Wednesday they would support it.

Left unresolved is what will happen to the Portland Beavers Triple-A baseball team, which will play in the ballpark this year but must find a new home after that.

Merritt Paulson, who owns both the Beavers and the Timbers soccer team, told council members that his goal “has been and still is to keep the Beavers in Portland or the Portland area for years to come.”

He said his company has advanced three unsuccessful plans for a new Beavers ballpark — Memorial Coliseum, Lents Park and Beaverton.

“When it comes to the future of the Beavers, I am a willing and eager partner; a willing financial partner, business partner and community partner as well. But to succeed, I also need a willing and eager government partner,” Paulson said.

— Excerpt from OregonLive.com, January 27, 2010

NCAA Track & Field Championship tickets to go on sale January 22

All-session tickets for the 2010 NCAA Track & Field Championships will go on sale to the public on Friday, Jan. 22.

The University of Oregon is hosting the NCAA Championships at Historic Hayward Field June 9-12. Tickets will be available on line at www.goducks.com, via phone (1-800-932-3668/541-346-4461) or in person at the Athletic Ticket Office in the Len Casanova Center.

The four-day, all-session ticket prices are $80 for reserved seating, $60 for adult general admission and $40 for youth and senior general admission and U of O students.

“The excitement for the return of the NCAA Championships to Hayward Field has been building for months,” said Oregon Associate Athletic Director Vin Lananna. “Our ticket office has been fielding many calls from people anxiously awaiting the opportunity to buy NCAA tickets.

“If you are planning to buy tickets for the NCAAs, we strongly encourage you to do so on January 22,” said Lananna.

For the first time in its history, the NCAA Championships will feature a streamlined competition schedule with each of the four days featuring only semifinals or finals.

The 2010 Championships should also be among the most compelling in recent history with the reigning champion Texas A&M men’s and women’s teams defending their titles against the host school, Oregon, which finished as the runner-up in both races a season ago in Fayetteville, Ark.

The Ducks feature three defending NCAA Champions on their current roster, including senior Ashton Eaton in the men’s decathlon, senior Andrew Wheating in the men’s 800 meters and junior Brianne Theisen in the women’s heptathlon. In addition, the Duck teams boast a combined 23 All-Americans, 12 men and 11 women.

The talent traveling from around the nation to Track Town, USA, will be impressive.

The men alone figure to have 14 of the 19 individual event champions back to defend their crowns in 2010, including every running event between 100 and 1,500 meters.

In addition to Eaton (decathlon) and Wheating (800 meters), the list of returning NCAA men’s champions includes Trindon Holliday of Louisiana State (100 meters), Charles Clark of Florida State (200 meters), Jonathan Borlee of Florida State (400 meters), German Fernandez of Oklahoma State (1,500 meters), Ronnie Ash of Bethune-Cookman (110 meter hurdles), Jeshua Anderson of Washington State (400 meter hurdles), Jason Colwick of Rice (pole vault), Ngonidzashe Makusha of Florida State (long jump), Will Claye of Oklahoma (triple jump), Ryan Whiting of Arizona State (shot put), Marcel Lomnicky of Virginia Tech (hammer) and Chris Hill of Georgia (javelin).

Conversely, the women’s competition looks to have Bowerman Award finalist Porscha Lucas of Texas A&M back to defend her title in the 200 meters, in addition to Kimberly Williams of Florida State, who is the defending NCAA champ in both the long jump and the triple jump. Other women looking to defend include Joanna Atkins of Auburn (400 meters), Angela Bizzarri of Illinois (5,000 meters), Kylie Hutson of Indiana State (pole vault), Mariam Kevkhishvili of Florida (shot put) and Theisen in the heptathlon.

If the 2009 Championships are any indication, the 2010 team races could come down to the final event. The women’s competition was decided in the final 20 minutes of the meet, while the men’s came down to the last event, the 4×400 meter relay, with four different teams — Oregon, Florida, Florida State and Texas A&M — vying for the title before the Aggies eked out a two-point victory.

This will be the Championships’ first appearance in Eugene since 2001, and will be the 10th time overall that Hayward Field has hosted the NCAA meet. Chicago (13) and Eugene will be the only cities to have hosted at least 10 NCAA Track & Field Championships.

For additional information on the NCAA Championships, visit www.NCAA.com.

Two proposals stand out for Memorial Coliseum

The city of Portland received approximately 80 proposals to redevelop Memorial Coliseum; close to 30 came in on the Jan. 8 deadline date. While the proposals range from detailed to whimsical, the Daily Journal of Commerce focuses on two:

One, supported by developer Douglas Obletz, has persisted through the years as other redevelopment ideas have gained and lost support. The Obletz plan would turn the coliseum into the Memorial Athletic & Recreation Center, which would add recreation, training and track facilities, while keeping use of the existing ice rink.

The other, backed by the Rose Quarter’s two biggest tenants, would modify the arena to allow for more city views and add an indoor pool and recreation area. The Portland Trail Blazers and Portland Winterhawks venues would be incorporated into a broader “Jumptown” mixed-use district.

— Excerpt from the Daily Journal of Commerce, January 11, 2010

Carlton lands big wine country run

A brand new annual event called the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon has been scheduled for Sept. 5 – the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend.

According to event director Matt Dockstader, the race is expected to attract between 1,500 and 2,000 avid distance runners from around the western United States.

The 13.1 mile course begins at Stoller Vineyard, east of Lafayette on McDougall Road. It heads through Lafayette to 12th street, cuts north on Abbey Road, turns west on Hendricks Road and ends at the Tyrus Evan Wine Depot on Pine Street in downtown Carlton.

A post-race event for participants is being developed by the Carlton Business Association. Though still in the planning stages, it will include wining and dining.

Dockstader’s company, Destination Races of Sonoma, Calif., launched the concept of wine country half marathons in 2004. It now stages three of them in California, one in Santa Barbara, one in Napa and Sonoma and one in Healdsburg.

Dan Shryock, digital media director at the News-Register, and Phil Hutchinson, CEO of the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce, began discussions with the company last fall in conjunction with the Oregon Sports Authority in Portland.

— Excerpt from the Yamhill Valley News Register, January 9, 2010

MLS deal expected next week

Mayor Sam Adams said Wednesday negotiators are pushing through months of delay and by next week will finish the final $31 million deal to refurbish PGE Park in time for an April 2011 season opener for Major League Soccer.

“I feel like we’re in the zone,” Adams said.

The proximity of a deal was enough for the council, on a 3-2 vote, to allow franchise owner Merritt Paulson to start early work on the reconstruction.

Commissioners Nick Fish and Amanda Fritz dissented because they said they’re worried that giving Paulson the go-ahead puts the city at a disadvantage in the contract talks.

“This doesn’t seem prudent to me,” Fritz said.

“There are still significant issues in dispute,” Fish said. “I believe we give up leverage,” and Wednesday’s vote “puts the cart before the horse.”

But Adams and Commissioners Randy Leonard and Dan Saltzman argued that the city loses nothing by approving the early work because Paulson is paying for it.

“I must say I am befuddled by this,” Leonard said. “The onus falls on (Paulson) to make sure we have an operating agreement.”

Paulson, who owns the Portland Beavers baseball team and the Portland Timbers minor-league soccer team, said the work permit was “an important procedural step” for the park’s renovation.

“I am confident the final terms of the agreement will be reached with the city in the next couple weeks so that council can vote upon the agreement before month’s end,” Paulson said.

— Excerpt from OregonLive.com, January 6, 2010

Portland Timbers reveal design plans for PGE Park

PGE Park’s field will slide toward home plate, snug in the crook of the stadium’s grandstand. A larger video screen will appear against the Multnomah Athletic Club, along with a standing-room/stage area. Most notably, covered seats and a club level will mushroom from the stadium’s nearly empty east side, ushering scarf-snapping fans to within a throw-in of the sideline.

Details of the stadium’s $31 million retrofit for the Portland Timbers’ move to Major League Soccer in 2011, released Monday to The Oregonian, show a higher-capacity, more upscale venue that strives to retain its
bandbox charm.

Spectators will line all four edges of the field, rather than two, and passersby still will glimpse games through the fence along Southwest 18th Avenue. The result of the renovation, scheduled to start in January and finish by spring 2011, will be “as unique as they come in the soccer world,” Timbers owner Merritt Paulson said.

— Excerpt from OregonLive.com, December 21, 2009

Hayward Field to host 2013 & 2014 NCAA Track Championships

The NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee has selected Des Moines, Iowa for the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships and Eugene, Ore., for the 2013 and 2014 championships. The 2011 and 2012 championships, hosted by Drake University, will be held at Drake Stadium. The University of Oregon, who will also serve as the host for the 2010 NCAA Outdoor championships will hold the 2013 and 2014 competitions at Hayward Field.

“The committee has worked really hard over the last several months to ensure we were awarding the championship to the best sites possible,” said Holly Sheilley, chair of the Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee and assistant athletic director for student development and championships at the University of Louisville. “Drake and Oregon have shown in the past they put on world-class meets and we are confident they will do a great job hosting our future NCAA outdoor championships. The committee felt strongly about having the championship in two different sites within the four-year period to enhance the student-athlete experience.”

“It is an honor for Drake University to host the 2011 and 2012 NCAA track and field national championships,” said Sandy Hatfield Clubb, Athletic Director at Drake. “The record attendance coupled with the positive feedback that we received for hosting the 2008 NCAA meet contributed to Drake receiving strong consideration to host future meets. Our gratitude goes out to the NCAA selection committee.”

“With the commitment from University President Richard Lariviere and Athletic Director Mike Bellotti for not only this June’s NCAA Track & Field Championships, but also for 2013 and 2014, we are poised to create a truly spectacular experience for the student-athletes, the fans and the national television audience at Hayward Field,” said University of Oregon associate athletic director Vin Lananna.

Red Bull New Year No Limits – Barging into 2010

With four consecutive Rally America championships, nine X Games gold medals, the first double backflip on a motorcycle and a hit television series under his belt, it is safe to say that Travis Pastrana has reached the pinnacle of his career – and yet he’s showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. In fact, on New Year’s Eve at Red Bull: New Year. No Limits., the action sports superstar will step on the accelerator and ring in 2010 by adding yet another jaw-dropping feat to his already impressive resume: the world record for longest distance jump in a rally car. Add a healthy dose of the Pacific Ocean to clear, and now you have a party!

Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. will be televised live on ESPN/ESPN HD on Thursday, December 31, immediately following the Chick-Fil-A Bowl (approx. 11:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. PT). Viewing of Pastrana’s jump will be free to the thousands of revelers in downtown Long Beach.

“I’m looking forward to being part of Red Bull: New Year. No Limits.,” said Pastrana. “Long Beach will continue the tradition of a fun and festive environment for this New Year’s celebration and flying over the water in a car and landing it onto a floating barge will push the limits of anything that I have ever executed in my career. Live events are always difficult and more entertaining, both for the fans and the participants, and so many factors play into the success of this jump. I live for this kind of excitement.”

A favorite venue for cycling: Bend

The usually peaceful Old Mill District exploded into a deafening roar as the cyclocross national championships entered the final hours of a four-day run in this central Oregon city Sunday.

The crowd — estimated at 5,000 — lined up five deep in many sections of the course to glimpse their favorite racers battling for a chance to don the winners’ stars-and-stripes jerseys. Cowbells reached a fever pitch, a drum line pounded out a thundering rhythm, frothy pints poured forth from the beer garden and enthusiastic fans leaned over the red snow fence to encourage racers zipping past only inches away.

The energy was electric, the mayhem beautiful.

It was the perfect finale for a year that has seen Bend solidify its position as the preeminent cycling city in the United States. The town also hosted the road national championships in July, making it the first city to host two USA Cycling national championship events in the same year. When news of the double appointment was released in January, prominent cycling publication VeloNews declared Bend “the cycling capital of the United States for the next two years.”

And with both events now in the books, it’s clear the city exceeded expectations.

While more than 800 cyclists participated in road nationals, more than 1,800 registered for cyclocross nationals — a record number that is as much a testament to the general growing popularity of the sport as it is to the enthusiasm that Oregon brings to table.

— Excerpt from OregonLive.com, December 13, 2009

Watch a video recap of the Cyclo-cross Nationals on KTVZ.com

eUpdate – Cyclo-cross Nationals in Bend, FIMBA Basketball in Eugene

The largest-ever USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships kick off tomorrow in the heart of Bend’s Old Mill District. Over 1,600 riders from across the nation will brave the winter weather to compete across 30 age and ability categories. Bend’s own reigning national champion Ryan Trebon and mountain bike Olympian Adam Craig are among the country’s top cyclo-crossers competing in the elite men’s race on Sunday. The Cyclo-cross Nationals follow this summer’s very successful USA Cycling Road Nationals, further cementing Central Oregon’s reputation as one of the nation’s best venues for competitive cycling.

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Cyclo-cross championships descend on Bend, showcase the sport’s heritage in Oregon

Although the expected frigid temperatures and possible snowfall might seem better-suited to boards and bindings, a different kind of racer will invade Bend this weekend as the city hosts its second cycling national championship event of 2009.

Thursday through Sunday a record 1,600-plus racers are expected in the city’s Old Mill District for the U.S. cyclocross national championships, which follow on heels of August’s successful road nationals.

Competitors in cyclocross, a sport in which riders race — and sometimes carry — their bikes around a course filled with varied terrain and obstacles, are accustomed to harsh conditions. That’s especially true for veterans like Erik Tonkin, who grew up playing hockey in Minnesota and now rides for the Kona/FSA team when he’s not running Portland’s Sellwood Cycles.

Tonkin is one of the godfathers of the sport in Oregon and in Portland, which hosted nationals in 2003 and ’04 and was recently dubbed the United States’ “capital of ‘cross” by the cycling publication VeloNews. The robust scene is known for high participation, an rich sense of community and unmatched revelry. Combine that powerful cyclocross spirit with a nationally renowned bike town like Bend, and you’ve got a recipe for an event of epic proportions.

“My confidence level is really high for this event,” said Tom Vinson, USA Cycling’s event manager. “I always love my time in Bend and I expect the spectator base to be incredibly large.”

— Excerpt from OregonLive.com, December 9, 2009

USA Cycling Cyclo-cross Nationals invade Bend this week

The largest-ever USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships are set to go off Dec. 10-13 in the heart of Bend, Oregon’s Old Mill District. Over 1,600 unique riders will make over 2,000 starts and compete for the Stars-and-Stripes across 30 age and ability categories. The sport’s top stars will be among those on hand competing for ultimate bragging rights in the Dec. 13 elite finale.

Bend’s own reigning national champion Ryan Trebon (Kona) and mountain bike Olympian Adam Craig (Giant) are among the nation’s top cyclo-crossers set to take the start in the elite men’s race on Sunday. Multi-time national champion Tim Johnson (Middletown, Mass./Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com), former U23 national champion Jamey Driscoll (Jericho, Vt./Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) and former world championship medalist Jonathon Page (Northfield, N.H./Planetbike) are also preparing to compete for bragging rights as the country’s greatest.

The best female cyclo-cross racers are also set to toe the line in Bend on Dec. 13. USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Calendar leader Maureen Bruno-Roy (Arlington, Mass./MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles) will be looking to improve upon her fourth-place finish from last year, while current UCI World Cup leader Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Planet Bike) will be gunning for her sixth consecutive national title. The pair will be challenged by a star-studded field from both road and mountain bike disciplines including criterium expert Laura Van Guilder (Cresco, Pa./C3 Sollay) and Olympian Mary McConneloug (Fairfax, Calif./Kenda-Seven Cycles).

The event will kick off with non-national championship “B” races at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 10 and will continue through the elite women’s and men’s contests beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Dec. 13.

Late registration will be available on site alongside packet pick-up in the heart of the Old Mill District at 450 S.W. Powerhouse Drive, Suite 429 near REI and upstairs from Helly Hansen. The hours for late registration and packet pick-up will be as follows:

Wed. Dec. 9: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Thurs. Dec. 10: 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 11: 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 12: 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 13: 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The MyLaps Sports Timing ChipX timing system will be used for demonstration purposes in select races throughout the event including masters races on Friday and Saturday as well as the elite men’s and women’s contests on Sunday. More information on the system’s functionality and transponders will be available at packet-pickup.

Several special events will also run in conjunction with the 2009 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships, including the USA Cycling Cross Nats Blow Out Bash on Friday, Dec. 11. The event’s official party will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Midtown Music Hall located at 51 NW Greenwood Ave. and is free for all! All competitors showing their USA Cycling license along with valid photo ID will receive a free beverage. Festivities will include live entertainment, giveaways, bike art and more. Click here for a complete schedule of all non-racing events.

USA Cycling will also offer four free educational seminars in conjunction with the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships. The sessions are open to anyone, and USA Cycling certified coaches will earn 0.1 CEU for each session attended. Each session will take place next to REI (the same location as registration and packet pick-up), and will last about an hour.

Talks continue on converting PGE Park for soccer play

Nearly two months after an initial deal expired, negotiators for the city and Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson are still pounding out details for a final agreement to reconfigure PGE Park for Major League Soccer in 2011.

The final contract with Paulson will probably be ready “sometime after the first of the year. It just takes a lot of time and back and forth to sort out some of these details,” said Ty Kovatch, chief of staff for city Commissioner Randy Leonard.

“Our philosophy has been to be as diligent with the details as possible,” Kovatch said, “because this is an agreement that the city and (Paulson) will have to live with for 25 years.”

Kovatch said the details still under discussion include brick-and-mortar responsibilities such as who pays to repair the field or the seats.

Getting to yes on a final agreement is growing urgent. Roy Kaufmann, communications director for Mayor Sam Adams, said work on the park’s conversion needs to begin in the first quarter of 2010 for Major League Soccer to unveil its initial Portland season as planned in 2011.

— Excerpt from OregonLive.com, December 1, 2009

eUpdate – Nelscott Reef Premiere, Beavers Update and More

Surfers from around the globe traveled to Lincoln City last month to compete in the 2009 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic and Big Wave Paddle In. Perfect conditions and 30′ waves greeted the world’s best big wave surfers for the fifth consecutive year, making Nelscott the most consistently held big wave surf event on the planet.

The incredible story of this wave is the focus of a feature film debuting next Wednesday, November 18 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland. The public is invited to attend the premiere of The Find: Claiming Nelscott Reef, a film-noir surf documentary about the conflicts, challenges and rewards brought on by the discovery of a giant, Oregon coast wave.

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Beaverton stadium negotiations suspended

Earlier today Portland Beavers owner Merritt Paulson notified Beaverton city officials of his intention to suspend negotiations for a new stadium in Beaverton. As detailed in a letter sent to Beaverton officials, it has become clear that a stadium site cannot be secured, nor is there adequate time for the entire process to move ahead with a public vote.

While this is no doubt a very disappointing development, the Oregon Sports Authority wishes to sincerely thank all of those who contributed your time, energy and passion to this campaign over the past two months. While the ultimate outcome is clearly not what we had all hoped for, our campaign did make one thing very clear: baseball fans, along with business and community leaders throughout the metro area, truly recognize the value of the Portland Beavers to our region. With that in mind, the Oregon Sports Authority will continue to serve a leadership role in working to ensure the future of minor league baseball in the Portland area.

Below is a statement from Merritt Paulson regarding the future of the Beavers and Major League Soccer in Portland:

”I remain fully committed to finalizing the agreement with the City of Portland to bring Major League Soccer to Portland in 2011. I am disappointed that after exploring three specific stadium locations and making long-term financial commitments to help fund each facility that we’ve been unable to secure a new home for the Beavers. The Beavers will play next season at PGE Park and I will continue to assess all the options available to find a new home for the Beavers.”

— Merritt Paulson

UO Athletics to host Matthew Knight Arena open houses

The University of Oregon’s Athletics Department will host open houses for the new Matthew Knight Arena at locations throughout the state during the month of November.

The open houses will feature a hands on tour of the arena display center, where potential seat-holders can view the interactive displays, video fly-throughs and dimensional floor plans, sit in the arena seats and view a presentation with videos and illustrations of the arena seating bowl.

Oregon athletic staff and arena architects will also provide updates on the construction progress.

Each Monday at 4 p.m. through the end of January, the Athletics Department will host “Matthew Knight Arena Mondays” at the Len Casanova Center in Eugene.

Additional open houses include Nov. 3, 17 and Dec. 10 in Portland (White Stag Building, 9 a.m.), Nov. 12 in Bend (Pappy’s Pizza, noon), Nov. 12 in Redmond (location TBA, 5 p.m.), Nov. 16 in Prineville (175 NW Meadow Lakes Drive, 5 p.m.), Nov. 17 in Medford (Rogue Valley Country Club, noon) and Nov. 18 in Madras (Geno’s Italian Grill, 6 p.m.).

Matthew Knight Arena, future home of Oregon men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and team stunts and gymnastics, is scheduled to open in January of 2011.

Click below for details on exact locations, times and RSVP information.

Surfers worldwide gather on Oregon Coast for big ride

Clad in parkas and hoodies, flip flops and knit caps, the surfers gathered Thursday in the parking lot of a local coffee shop under a sky not yet lit by day.

They came from Australia, Ireland, Hawaii, South Africa, having traveled a full day or more to get here and were sleep deprived, jet lagged and travel weary.

And still they smiled.

From here, it’s straight to the beach for a ride on a wave that could easily reach 40 feet and just maybe make them a winner in the 2009 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic and Big Wave Paddle In.

It’s the fifth year for the invitation-only event that calls for surfers worldwide to drop everything and get to the Oregon on 48-hours notice.

Teammates ride on jet skis to the reef and take turns surfing it, scoring points for “radical, controlled maneuvers in the critical section of the wave with speed, power and flow.”

It is the only professional big wave contest in the northwest, according to head judge, Mike Paul, of Seattle. Some said it couldn’t be done, but they didn’t know guys like Chris Bertish, who arrived in Portland from South Africa at 1:30 a.m. and drove here from the airport.

“It is half-way around the world,” noted Bertish. “It is an amazing location, an amazing wave. It is a privilege and an honor to be invited to this event.”

— Excerpt from The Oregonian, October 23, 2009

Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic changes status to green

The event status has been changed from Yellow to Green for the 2009 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic and Big Wave Paddle In. Organizers made the call tonight for the event to be held on Thursday October 22, 2009.

“After watching the swell forecast for the past couple of days, I am confident that we will have contestable conditions this Thursday,” said John Forse, event organizer.

Conditions look like they will be perfect on Thursday for the event. Swell is forecast to be 17’ at 15 seconds, which could equate to some of the largest waves seen during a Nelscott event. Combine the swell with offshore winds and you have an epic day lined up.

The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic is now in its fifth year. This is the earliest in the holding period that the event has been called, with 3 out of 4 previous years being held in December, and one in January, after an extension of the holding period was granted.

The early date will give organizers an extra 2 hours of daylight to work with as compared to previous years. The extra time will be much appreciated, as it needs to accommodate more than just the Tow in contest. For a second year in a row, there will be a paddle in exhibition, presented by Liquid Militia. The Liquid Militia Paddle Exhibition is a single heat, winner takes all, opportunity for the locals to earn a spot in the 2010 Tow In Classic.

In addition to the Liquid Militia Paddle In Exhibition, contest organizers are introducing a Kingfish Title, to be given to the best all around big wave rider. The individuals with the top scores from the tow in heats will be given an opportunity to paddle in a single heat prior to the finals. The top scores from this paddle in heat will be combined with those from the tow in heat to determine the winner.

Nelscott Reef offers a unique opportunity to see the best big wave riders in the world ride giant waves. The event can be seen right from shore in Lincoln City. Although there is no parking allowed on or near the beach, free parking is provided by the Tanger Outlet Mall in the heart of Lincoln City. The beach is just a short walk down the hill. Spectators are welcomed and a decent pair of binoculars will help put them right in the action. For updated information on the contest and pre and post event happenings, check the web site www.nelscottreef.com. They can also be followed on Twitter and Facebook.

The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic is now in its fifth year. It operates on a three-month holding period, October 1 through December 31st, and unofficially marks the opening of the North Pacific big wave season. The contest has amazingly been held each year it has operated, boasting a better record than any big wave event in history.

It fits Beaverton like a glove – Oregonian Editorial

The ability to catch is sometimes underrated both in baseball and in urban affairs. As legendary manager Casey Stengel once put it, “Why has our pitching been so great? Our catcher, that’s why. He looks cumbersome” — Stengel was talking about Yogi Berra — “but he’s quick as a cat.”

We got to thinking about that this week because, even as we speak, a huge opportunity is hurtling toward Beaverton. And Mayor Denny Doyle has his eye on the ball.

His city now has a chance to land the Triple-A, minor-league Beavers’ baseball team. Owner Merritt Paulson is eager to move his team to Beaverton, if only a public-private partnership can be developed to build a baseball stadium there.

Although some sites have been ruled out, others are plausible, wouldn’t foreclose other economic development opportunities, and they’re close to parking and light-rail lines. The stadium would be a community asset, drawing thousands of new people from throughout the region to Beaverton. So, by rights, this city of 86,205 should be cheering in the stands.

— Excerpt from The Oregonian’s Editorial, October 15, 2009

eUpdate – Portland to host 2012 NCAA Tournament, agreement reached for Beaverton stadium

Following the incredible return of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship earlier this year, the NCAA announced last month that Portland will again host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament in March of 2012 at the Rose Garden. The successful bid was submitted by the University of Oregon, Oregon Sports Authority, Rose Quarter and Travel Portland, the same partnership that hosted the first and second rounds this March.

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News Release – Preliminary deal reached for Beaverton stadium

Together with business and community leaders, Mayor Denny Doyle announced today that the City of Beaverton has reached a preliminary understanding with Peregrine LLC to help build a new publicly-owned multi-purpose venue in Beaverton to hold concerts, community activities, amateur and youth sporting events as well as become the new home to Triple-A baseball in Oregon. Peregrine LLC (Portland Beavers baseball) would become the primary tenant and contribute $9 million up front in addition to $600,000 per year in license fees and a 6 percent ticket fee which over time will equal an additional $29.9 million.

“A new community gathering place will create jobs at a time when more people need them, stimulate downtown redevelopment and become a destination for people from across the region,” said Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle. “We still have more work to do but this understanding is a step forward toward the realizing the city’s vision for a revitalized downtown and public desire for a community gathering place.”

The Mayor was joined by Oregon State Representative Tobias Read, Beaverton City Council President Bruce Dalrymple, Washington County Visitors Association President and CEO Ruthie Reinhart, Beaverton Chamber of Commerce President Lorraine Clarno, Oregon Sports Authority CEO Drew Mahalic, Oregon Business Association President Ryan Deckert, longtime Beaverton area baseball coach Len Clarke plus Wendi Eiland of American Family Insurance, Jaann Hoisington of Koeber’s Carpets, Rick Kam of ID Experts and Dave Vernier of Vernier Software & Technology.

“I am absolutely, 100% for the Beavers coming to Beaverton. As a third generation Beaverton resident, mom, and business owner, I believe a multi-use venue is exactly what we need to revitalize a pretty quiet downtown,” said Jaann Hoisington , an owner of Koebers Carpets and an active participant in the city visioning process. “The neighbors I’ve talked to — from high school kids to senior citizens — all say ‘give me a reason to come downtown!’ Whether you come to the Beaver games or not, I see this as a solid opportunity to bring new businesses, shops, and restaurants to what will become a prize destination. I believe in this area and see nothing but good coming from the decision to move forward.”

Site Selection Followed by Community Input
In addition to reaching a preliminary agreement on funding, the City of Beaverton is also actively considering locations for the facility. A site recommendation is expected within 10 days to two weeks. Last week, the City of Beaverton released a list of sites that are no longer being considered for the project, including the Westgate site. Once a potential site is identified, the City is planning a comprehensive public hearing process to seek out community input.

“This is a win for Beavers baseball and a win for Beaverton’s future. Baseball will succeed and grow in Beaverton. I look forward to quickly finalizing a ballpark location and becoming a long-term part of the Beaverton and Washington County communities,” said Merritt Paulson, owner of the Portland Beavers.

The details of the Memorandum of Understanding (or MOU) will be presented to the City Council at a Study Session on Tuesday, October 13 at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Study sessions are for the purpose of allowing the city council and staff to informally discuss and better understand issues before the city. While there is no visitor comment period or Council decision at the study session, the public is welcome to attend.

Public Feedback
During the last two years, the city engaged the public in the Beaverton Community Vision project in which more than 3,800 citizens shared their views for Beaverton’s future. Among the top responses was an overwhelming interest in building community and creating a vibrant downtown for Beaverton. In addition, a recent survey of Beaverton’s registered voters demonstrated that two-out-of-three voters support a multi-purpose facility. Survey respondents also demonstrated a strong interest in attending concerts (78%), community celebrations (63%), sporting events (62%) and baseball games (61%) at such a facility. Hundreds of comments, the majority in favor of the project, have been received via email by the City of Beaverton and are posted at www.BeavertonOregon.gov.

“We’ve done our research. We’ve talked to our citizens. Beaverton residents have told us overwhelmingly that they want a stronger, more dynamic downtown. Now it’s our job as elected officials to act on that directive,” said Beaverton City Council President Bruce Dalrymple. “Imagine being able to attend a ball game, graduation ceremony, concert or enjoy shopping, dining and working all right here at home. We’ve got a unique opportunity with a private investor to make it happen.”

Memorandum of Understanding
The MOU is a non-binding agreement that sets the framework for future discussions. The estimated total project cost is $59 million and includes the estimated cost of land and construction of the venue. The City of Beaverton would own the land and the building, Peregrine LLC would pay the City to use the venue at which the Portland Beavers baseball team would play 72 regular-season home games per year. The 25-year proposal calls for the City of Beaverton to contribute $34.9 million toward the venue from city-issued bonds and Peregrine to contribute $24.1 million. The $24.1 million from Peregrine includes a $9 million up-front capital contribution, a $1.25 million contingency fund, if needed, and annual payments to the city over 25 years that provides $29.9 million ($13.8 million in today’s dollars). The City and Peregrine will share equally any project cost over-runs up to $2 million and Peregrine will pay cost over-runs in excess of $2 million. Further, each year Peregrine will pay the first $25,000 for repairs and capital improvements to the facility, and Peregrine’s annual payments will help fund capital and operating reserves, and other administrative costs of the City. Peregrine also commits to keeping the Beavers in the stadium for 25 years.

“Investing in a multi-purpose venue will bring more than 450,000 people each year into Beaverton, create jobs when they are needed most and will be part of a larger revitalization effort that will help us create a healthy, sustainable long-term economic base for our community,” said Doyle.

If the MOU and site are approved by Council, the City of Beaverton would continue to negotiate a pre-development agreement by mid-November and a development agreement by the end of the year. Facility construction would begin in spring 2010 with the goal of the stadium being ready for Beavers Opening Day in April 2011.

Stadium deal is $59 million

The deal proposed to bring the Portland Beavers to Beaverton is estimated to cost $59 million with taxpayers expected to foot nearly 60 percent of the bill through higher property and utility taxes for 25 years.

The deal revealed Monday is drastically different for taxpayers than the one team owner Merritt Paulson had negotiated during his stalled discussions with Portland. That’s because Portland leaders planned to dip into urban renewal funding, a financial tool Beaverton does not have in place.

Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle on Monday called the 60-40 split with Paulson a “sensible deal.” He said a new baseball stadium, which still lacks a specific site, would help revitalize the city

The proposed deal will go to the Beaverton City Council at 6 p.m. today. A vote on the nonbinding preliminary agreement isn’t expected until next week at the earliest.

Beaverton would issue more than $50 million in revenue bonds to cover its share, to be repaid by higher property and utility taxes that would cost the average homeowner about $64 annually.

“I think it’s probably a very low impact on taxpayers right now, and it can only get softer,” said Doyle. He suggested a new baseball stadium would be a catalyst for redevelopment and expand the city’s overall tax base.

Paulson, 36, would contribute $9 million upfront and make rent and ticket-tax payments beginning at almost $875,000 annually. He pledged to split cost overruns up to $2 million and fully cover any above that, and he personally guaranteed the rent payments.

“It’s got a huge private contribution,” Paulson said. “This is a bet I’m making on Beaverton, and there’s nothing at all embarrassing about the equity contribution we’re making.”

— Excerpt from OregonLive.com, October 12, 2009

Beaverton reaches preliminary deal with Beavers for stadium

Portland Beavers owner Merritt Paulson and Beaverton negotiators have reached terms for a preliminary deal to pay for a new baseball stadium, but the would-be agreement does not include a ballpark location.

Beaverton City Council President Bruce Dalrymple said Friday that the surprise deal will be discussed but not decided by policymakers at a special meeting Tuesday. Dalrymple refused to say how much the stadium package would cost or how much money taxpayers could contribute, but he did say the plan includes funding for land acquisition.

“Members of the negotiating committee and Paulson are in agreement at this point,” Dalrymple said Friday. “That’s the city’s perspective.”

Paulson refused to comment directly. “We’ve had good discussions with them,” Paulson said.

Friday’s announcement comes days after Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle reiterated that the city would not condemn land from an unwilling seller to build a stadium at the preferred location, the former Westgate Theatre site.

— Excerpt from OregonLive.com, October 9, 2009

It’s essential to keep the Beavers in town – Harvey Platt

While I offer my support to Mayor Denny Doyle and members of the Beaverton City Council for the development of a public facility in Beaverton that can accommodate the Portland Beavers baseball team, I may also have a different perspective than many other people on this issue.

At the kickoff rally I attended at Beaverton High School in August to bring baseball to our community, I brought along a 1946 Beavers program and spoke about opportunities I had as a child to watch the Beavers play in Portland. Sixty-three years ago, in 1946, the franchise had already been established in our community for more than 40 years – an unbelievable legacy in a time when many businesses were closing due to awful economic times.

I have long been a proponent of bringing Major League Baseball to Oregon, because I know it would be great for our families and our local economy. Baseball and other family activities are exactly what is needed in Beaverton, just as when I was a child growing up watching players like Eddie Basinski, Luis Tiant, George Freese and many others.

Over the past few years, we have been unable to prevent a number of disturbing things that have occurred and changed our world here in Oregon. We have lost many major companies and local jobs, and several community icons have gone away. The Portland Beavers have been part of our history, and it is essential that we do everything in our power to save the Beavers and baseball for our children and the community. If ever there was a quality of life issue that warranted your support, this is the one you need to support.

— Excerpt from OpEd by Harvey Platt in the Portland Tribune, October 8, 2009

Holding period opens for 2009 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic

Today marks the opening of the holding period for the 2009 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic and Big Wave Paddle In. The holding period opens today and extends through December 31, 2009. Organizers will be monitoring the conditions and will give 48 hours notice when the decision to hold the event is made.

As is tradition with big wave contests, the Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic follows an open holding period and traffic light system. This allows organizers to monitor surf conditions and have the flexibility to hold the event in the best possible conditions. In Oregon, these conditions occur a couple of times a year and create a massive wave, which has been called one of the best high performance big waves in the world.

This is the fifth year for the Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic. The event has been held an unprecedented 4 out of 4 years, and organizers are hoping to continue the trend.

“Weather is always unpredictable. I think we have been lucky for the past few years, but then again, it just shows how consistent this wave breaks up here”, said John Forse, event founder.

Once thought to be a tow in only wave, the 2008 contest proved that people could paddle in at Nelscott. The paddle in will continue this year with the Liquid Militia Paddle In Exhibition, as well as an additional paddle in element. This year, the event expands with the addition of a Kingfish award, a combination of tow in and paddle in scores.

2009 Confirmed Teams:

2009 Tow In Classic
Al Mennie-Andrew Cotton
Jeff Schmucker-Josiah Schmucker
Tyler Smith-Russel Smith
Zach Wormhoudt-Jake Wormhoudt
Kealii Mamala-Garrett McNamara
Tim West-Ion Banner
Peter Mel-Jamie Mitchell
Ross Clarke Jones-Tom Carroll
Jeff Kafka-Benji Darrow
Luiz Jardini-Scott Eggers
Greg Long-Twiggy Baker
Mike Parsons-Brad Gerlach
Jeremy Rasmussen-Tom Miller
Mark Healey-Rusty Long
Tarik BenHammou- Abdel El Harim
Jed Kelly-Tony Perez

2009 Liquid Militia Paddle In Exhibition:
Chris Bertish
Gary Linden
John Tipple
Geth Noble
Mike Parnel
More to be announced

Behemoth, LLC also announced the sponsors for the 2009 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic and Big Wave Paddle. An increase in sponsor participation keeps Nelscott event going for the fifth consecutive year.

The Nelscott Reef Tow in Classic has grown to become one of the premier big wave events in the world, attracting surfers from every continent. The event has run for four consecutive years, an almost unheard of record in big wave events. This represents a great value for the sponsors that participate in the event.

We are proud to have partners that continue to support the event and invest in its future. This year, Liquid Militia, an action sports apparel company, has stepped up to sponsor the Liquid Militia Paddle In Exhibition. “It is a perfect fit for us”, said Paul “Pablo” Shulte, founder of Liquid Militia. “After competing in the first Nelscott contest, we saw how well it was run and what a great event it was, and wanted to continue to stay involved”.

Additional returning sponsors for 2009 are Blowsion, manufacturer of the best aftermarket parts for PWCs, Oregon Sports Authority, dedicated to supporting professional sports events in Oregon, Russo Surfboards, a Lincoln City surfboard shaper, Westshore Motel, offering beachside accommodations with views of Nelscott Reef, and the Nelscott Reef Surf Shop, the best place in Lincoln City to get your surf gear. The trophies will again be supplied by the Lincoln City Glass Center.

New sponsors joining the event are Surfline, the world’s most renowned surf forcasting company, Kona Brewing Company, makers of fine ales, including Longboard Lager, and Roudhouse 101, the center of Lincoln City night life.

The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic is now in its fifth year. It operates on a three-month holding period, October 1 through December 31st, and unofficially marks the opening of the North Pacific big wave season. The contest has amazingly been held each year it has operated, boasting a better record than any big wave event in history.

Volunteer at the 2009 World Handball Championships

The 2009 World Handball Championships is seeking volunteers to help with the event on October 4-11. Learn more and sign up at http://www.handball09worlds.com/volunteer.html.

Volunteers who work two 4-hour shfts get a Columbia shirt with the 2009 World Handball Championships logo. Contact Tom Wenrich for additional volunteer information at 503-789-7608.