Sports Shorts

Cheerleading camp on tap

DAVISON — The Davison varsity and JV cheerleaders will be holding their first-ever summer camp, which will be held at Davison High School’s gym on August 12-13, with sessions lasting from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Girls ages 5-14 are welcome to attend the camp, which consists of two days of instruction, including chants, cheers, stunts, gymnastics, cheer dance and buddy time, a camp outfit and a stage performance. Lunch will be provided on the second day. The camp is $50 per child with a registration deadline of July 19.

The cheerleading program is also hosting several other fundraisers, including a bottle drive on July 26 and August 27 from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Davison Meijer. On July 21, the squad will be at Davison’s Tropical Smoothie Cafe where 20 percent of all sales will be donated to the cheer program. Also, on July 19, the cheerleaders will serve food at Archie’s restaurant in Davison from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Details: — B.P.

New online home for local ORV venue, The Mounds

FLINT — Earlier this year the Genesee County Parks Department launched a new website that focuses specifically on The Mounds, an off-road vehicle park located at 6145 East Mt. Morris Rd. in Mt. Morris.

“The past few years, we’ve been getting more and more demand to do more online for the ORV enthusiasts who come to The Mounds,” said Genesee County Parks Director Amy McMillan. “We’ve put a lot of emphasis on growing our social media presence. And it’s attracted a lot of attention. The next step was to give The Mounds its own online home, where we’d have room to bring more content together and better engage the ORV community. The Mounds is more than just another ORV park. It really is the best park of its kind in Michigan and possibly the entire Great Lakes region. We hear that all the time from ORVers. We wanted to create an internet site every bit as engaging as the physical site it represents.”

Details: or call 800.648.7275. — M.S.

Genesee Parks and Recreation programs to continue

GENESEE COUNTY — Thanks to a general purposes grant of $1.55 million from the Mott Foundation for the period of Oct 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013, the Genesee County Parks and Recreations Department will continue running its educational and recreational services and program. This includes the Knee-High Naturalist, which provides kids ages 3-6 with a wealth of different hands-on, nature-related learning experiences, and Christmas at Crossroads, 6140 Bray Rd., Flint.

“While the Genesee County parks provide tremendous economic and environmental returns, their greatest value lies in the experiences of our visitors. At our parks, people find relief from the pressures of everyday life, and recreational opportunities that improve their overall health and wellbeing,” said commission director Amy McMillan. “The Mott Foundation’s generous support makes it possible for us, even in a time of tremendous economic challenge, to continue providing the community with these wonderful and important experiences.”

Details: or news. — M.S.

Several foot races coming to the area this summer

FLINT — For those who enjoy running, you will get a chance to compete with some of the area’s top runners this summer as several races will take place. For the third summer in a row, the Atwood Stadium races will take place with a 10K and a 5K on July 20, beginning at Atwood Stadium, just west of downtown Flint.

August 24 will see the top race of them all, the Crim Festival of Races, with a 10-mile, 8K, 5K and Teddy Bear Trot in downtown Flint. Also, coming after that, is the Run For Your Heart on September 7 in Saginaw, with a half marathon, 10K, 5K and Tot Trot. And on September 29, Rochester will host Brooksie Way, a half marathon, 10K and 5K. — B.P.

Color Vibe tie-dye race registration now open

MT. MORRIS — The Genesee County Parks and Recreations Department will hold the 2013 Color Vibe race on Saturday, September 21, starting at the Everett A. Cummings Center, 6130 Mt. Morris Rd. The Color Vibe Race Series is a 5k event where runners start with a clean shirt then pass through four different color stations to create a tie-dye effect.

According to, “The point is not to race, but to literally become a canvas of color, be active, and share a life experience with friends and family. The colored powder is simply colored cornstarch that is 100% safe and biodegradable. Organizers of the race take care of clean up after the event. Food and beverages: No food or alcohol is served. Water is provided to runners at the finish line. The event is family friendly.”

Cost is $43 if registered by July 31, $46 if registered by September 20, or $50 on race day. Details: http:// flint. php. — M.S.

Warrior Dash extreme 5K returns to Mt. Morris

MT. MORRIS — July 27 marks the return of the Warrior Dash, a mud-crawling, fire-leaping, extreme 3.25-mile run. Runners will have to conquer 13 extreme obstacles. Waves of up to 300 runners take off from the start line every half hour starting at 9 a.m. The race takes place at the E.A. Cummings Center in Mt. Morris.

“We typically do not sign multi-year agreements, but because the team at Genesee County Parks has been so great to work with, and our participation levels have consistently risen, we decided to make an exception. We are excited to partner with GC Parks through 2014 and we hope that we can continue to call GC Parks home of the Warrior Dash Michigan event for years to come,” said Warrior Dash representative Michael Coco.

Cost is $90 and registration closes on July 23. Details: — L.P./M.S.

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