CYCLING

Vancouver Bicycle Club: The club has small group rides monthly for all ages and ability levels. For details, visit www.vbc-usa.com

OUTDOORS

Longview Early Edition Rotary Kid’s Fish-In: For boys and girls ages 5-14, the event will be held April 27 at Martin’s Dock at Lake Sacajawea. Cost is $10 for a 45-minute session, and sessions begin hourly beginning at 8 a.m. through the last session at 2 p.m. Each participant will receive a rod and reel to keep and a hot dog, chips, soda and goodie bag. Space is limited to the first 420 entrants, and registration will not be accepted at the event. Fish-In registration forms are available at the Recreation Office and online at www.mylongview.com/recreation For details or to register, call 360-442-5400.

Cowlitz Gun Club: The club holds trapshooting on Wednesdays at noon, and on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Saturdays of each month at 10 a.m. The club is located at 869 S. Military Road in Winlock. For details, visit the website www.cowlitzgunclub.com

Lewis and Clark Bowmen: The club is a local group of archers and bow hunters who provide local support to the sport of archery. For additional details or to join, visit the Web site www.lewisandclarkbowmen.com

Lower Columbia Flyfishers: For details about club activities or joining, visit the website www.lowercolumbiaflyfishers.org

Clatskanie Rifle and Pistol Club: For details about events, call Range Master Gerry Simmons at 503-476-6252, or visit the website www.clatskanierifleandpistolclub.com

Mount St. Helens Hiking Club: The group holds several hikes each month. For more information, call the hike leader listed or visit www.mtsthelensclub.org Please notify hike leader in advance of your first hike, and for departure time and location. Degrees of difficulty are ‘E’ which is easier, shorter distances with relatively flat ground; ‘M’ is moderate distance with more elevation gain; ‘S’ is strenuous long distances with significant elevation gains.

— Walk in Clatskanie on April 24. The ‘E’ hike is 3+ miles on mostly paved paths with minimal elevation gain. For details, call Bonny L., 503-556-2332.

— Hike the Buck Creek–Wicky Shelter Loop on April 27. The ‘M’ hike is a 10-mile loop with a 1,200-foot elevation gain in the foothills of Mount Adams. Ponderosa pine parklands make a noticeable change from our lush undergrowth. For details, call George W., 360-562-0001.

— A Mystery Bike Ride will be held May 4.

RUNNING

Cowlitz Valley Runners: A non-profit run club dedicated to promoting running as a sport and fitness exercise. For details, visit the club site www.cowlitzvalleyrunners.com

— A run will be held at 8 a.m. April 27 beginning at Starbucks, 808 Ocean Beach Hwy.

— A run will be held at 8 a.m. May 4 beginning across from Ostrander Grocery, 2705 N. Pacific Ave., in Kelso.

— An alternative run on May 4 is the Sand & Misery 5K Challenge at 5140 Westside Highway, Castle Rock. First wave starts at 10 a.m., and price varies.

— A run will be held at 8 a.m. May 11 beginning at Tam O’Shanter Park in Kelso. This is part of the $5 5k run series. Coffee and business meeting at Red Leaf West Kelso will follow.

Fifth annual Blooms to Brews: The marathon, marathon relay, half-marathon, 10k and 5k run/walk will be held April 28 beginning and ending at Horseshoe Lake Park in Woodland. After the race, a post party will be held at the lake featuring craft beer or a cold root beer, and numerous food vendors. For details or to register, visit the website www.getboldevents.com

Rip City Race for the Roses: The 10-kilometer, 5k and 1k kids or family run/walk will begins at 8 a.m. April 28 at the Rose Quarter, 1 N. Center Court in Portland. Race participants receive an official t-shirt, finisher medal, mimosas, food, drinks and much more at the finish line. All proceeds benefit the Albertina Kerr Center. For details or to register, visit the website www.terrapinevents.com Portland Wicked Wine Run 2019: The 5-kilometer run and 1k walk will be held May 4 at the Stoller Family Estates Vineyard, 16161 N.E. McDougall Road in Dayton, Ore. Race through the vineyards and trails of the beautiful Stoller Family Estates Vineyard in Yamhill County. The start time for the 5K Wicked Run is 5:30 p.m., and the 1k Wicked Tasting Walk begins at 7 p.m. 5K participants are required to finish in 60 minutes or less. Runners and all attendees must be 21 or older to participate. A live ban, food trucks, and wine will be available to runners after the race. For details or to enter, visit the website http://wickedwinerun.com/locations/oregon-portland/

41st Annual Kiwanis Troutdale Trot: The 10-kilometer run/walk, along with the Magical Mile and Turtle Trot, will be held beginning at 9 a.m. May 4 at Glen Otto Park, 1102 E Historic Columbia River Highway in Troutdale, Ore. The race course goes across the Troutdale Bridge, along the scenic Historic Columbia River Highway by the Sandy River, then across the Stark Street Bridge, west along Stark Street, then north along Troutdale Road, then winding down to the finish line at Mayors Square in Downtown Troutdale. The Magical Mile and Turtle Trot are within Glen Otto Park. Cost is $40 for the 10k run or walk, $5 for the Magical Mile, and free for the Turtle Trot for children. Race T-shirts will be available for $15. Proceeds from this event fund scholarships in local high schools plus programs for youth in the Corbett/Troutdale area. For details, visit the website http://www.facebook.com/TroutdaleTrot

Cinco De Mayo Half Marathon: The 10-kilometer and half-marathon races will be held May 5 beginning at the Kliever Armory, 10000 NE 33rd Dr. in Portland. Race courses are flat and run along the Columbia River. Participants can also enjoy a post-race party with beer, cider, great food, live music and more. For details or to register, visit the website http://terrapinevents.com/event/cinco-de-mayo-5k-10k-run-walk-portland/

SOFTBALL

Volcano Blast USSSA coed slowpitch softball tournament: The event will be held May 18 at Roy Morse Park. Cost is $270 per team. For details or to register, call 360-442-5400.

Men’s Summer Slowpitch League: For ages 18 and older includes 18 umpired games for each team, balls, awards and USSSA registration. Games will be doubleheaders on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Roy Morse Park. Upper and Lower divisions will be offered. Cost is $790 per team. A Coach’s Meeting will be held at 6 p.m. April 30 at the Longview Parks and Recreation office. For details or to register, call 360-442-5400.

SWIMMING

Dick Mealy Memorial Pool: For details and availability, call 575-7709.

Gaither Pool: Details on swim lessons, or to obtain a printable pool schedule, visit www.kelso.wednet.edu and click on the Gaither Pool tab. For additional details or costs, call 501-1855.

Briarcliff pool: For details and availability, call 503-556-4217, or visit the website www.rainier.k12.or.us

Southwest Washington YMCA: For details about swim programs, call 360-423-4770, or visit the website longviewymca.org

OTHER

The Swim, Dash, Splash Triathlon: For ages 12 and older will be held July 20. Compete as individual or a 3-person team in the 500-yard swim at the YMCA, a 5k run around Lake Sacajawea, and a 2-mile kayak course on Lake Sacajawea. There will be food, refreshments, music and giveaways after the race. Cost is $50 per individual or $110 for a team of three. Early registration which ends May 1 is $45 for individuals and $90 for teams. The first 20 registered participants will receive a $25 value gate pass to the Crafted Beer and Food Fest. For details or to register, visit www.swimdashsplash.com

HNA Lions Den Boxing Club: For details, visit the website www.facebook.com/pages/Hna-Lions-Den-Boxing-Club/465008443852830

Longview Boxing Club: The club is looking for boys or girls ages 10-13. Call Rich LeFever at 360-749-7259.

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Sports Reporter

Rick is a 29-year veteran of The Daily News, and the lead Lower Columbia College athletics reporter. In addition, he tracks former area prep athletes and assists several other beats. He is a Mark Morris grad with a business management degree from LCC.

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