LEWISTON — Triple Threat Girls AAU Basketball Tryouts are open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls interested in playing an extended season. Tryouts for 7th and 8th grade girls will be held at Lewiston High School on Sunday, Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. The 6th grade girls will be trying out Monday, Feb. 14 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., also at Lewiston High School. Any questions, please contact Mike Labonte at 576-9449.

L/A Triple Crown road race registrations

AUBURN — Registration for the fourth-annual Greater L-A Triple Crown 5K Series presented by Maine Orthopaedic Foundation will begin Saturday, Feb. 19 at 9 a.m.

Online registration and printable forms will be available through the event website — www.triplecrown5k.com. Forms will also be available at the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA at 62 Turner Street in Auburn. The series is open to runners and walkers of all ages and each 5K will be capped at 800 participants.

The Triple Crown consists of three 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) events: The YMCA Fit Fest on Saturday, June 11 at Festival Plaza in Auburn; Emily’s Run on Sunday, July 24 at Edward Little High School and the L/A Bridge Run on Sunday, August 28 at the Rollodrome in Auburn.

Registration for all three 5Ks is $45 and individual 5K registration is $17. Prices will increase to $50 and $20, respectively, after June 10. Incentive items are available for the first 300 registrants of each event.

Each 5K will begin at 9 a.m. and feature USATF certified courses, prize drawings, food, refreshments, music and awards to the top three finishers in nine age categories. The Auburn Firefighters Kids’ Fun Run will precede each 5K at 8:15 a.m. The run is free to all youngsters and registrations will be accepted on the day of the event.

The top overall Triple Crown male and female finishers will receive $200, second-place will receive $100 and $50 will be awarded to third-place finishers.

The Triple Crown broke attendance records for the second straight year in 2010 with 1,864 combined entries. The series encourages first-time participants and can provide information on various training programs including Couch to 5K and ME First.

Funds raised will benefit community programs including the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA, The Fletcher Foundation and the Bridge Run Foundation.

For more information including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.triplecrown5k.com.

Ice Tower climbing demo

BETHEL — Although the Bethel WinterFest is “officially” over, the beautiful ice tower, surrounded with strings of red and white lights continues to grow in height and girth. The unusual structure has aroused a lot of curiosity over the past month. People ask, “What is it?” Others have queried, “What is it going to be used for?”

It is a little-known fact that the Bethel area is a world-class ice climbing destination. Bob Baribeau, a legendary ice climber from Bethel, recently shared that people travel great distances to experience the ice climbing in Grafton Notch State Park, the Evans Notch area of the White Mountain National Forest, as well as at a location south of Bethel in Albany Township.

The Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with Baribeau and engineer Jim Sysko, will be hosting two ice-climbing talks and demonstrations on the Ice Tower during February school vacation week. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22 and Friday, Feb. 25, all are welcome to come and watch Bob demonstrate how to ice climb safely, explain what equipment is needed, and share a little about the history and evolution of the sport.

These events are weather permitting, so please check the www.bethelwinterfest.com site or call the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce office at 824-2282.

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