Sports Shorts

Le Champion Pavé Criterium

FLINT — The Crim Fitness Foundation will host the 3rd annual Le Champion Pavé criterium, a one-day bicycle race, on the historic bricks of downtown Flint. Le Champion Pavé will take place 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 22 at the 400 Block of S. Saginaw St.

“Bricks prove to be more challenging for cyclists, and therefore more exciting in the racing world,” said Events Coordinator Ali Harris. “This will be a great opportunity for the community to get a front row seat to the world of competitive bicycle racing. Flint always has great events going on and watching racers whizzing by can only add to the excitement.”

The race will consist of a one-mile loop in the center of downtown where professional cyclists and hand cyclists are welcome to compete for cash prizes in various Men’s and Women’s categories.

This family-friendly event will include a children’s race, community ride, and opportunities to learn about active living and local bicycle organizations. YouthQuest, an afterschool program managed by the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Bicycle Rodeo, giving children the opportunity to learn about bicycle safety. The public is welcome to view the event and take part in the community ride for free.

Details:,, or contact Events Coordinator Ali Harris of the Crim Fitness Foundation at (810) 600-5788 or email — L.P.

Michigan wolverine heading to new venue

BAD AXE — The state’s lone last living wolverine known as Pretty Girl that returned to Michigan after the animal had been extinct in the state for more than a century is now on display at the Huron County Courthouse, 250 E. Huron Ave., and will be at the Capitol building at the end of the year or early 2013. The wolverine died of natural causes at the age of seven and was found partially submerged near a beaver dam. She’s now on public display mounted in a natural pose. Deckerville teacher Jeff Ford took years of field cam and video of the wolverine and has a book published by himself and outdoor writer Elizabeth Shaw in print. — M.S.

Michigan race venue to host National event

BIRCH RUN — Baja Acres, 8683 Birch Run Rd., is hosting a National Obstacle Mud Running Series Event titled the Mud Factor on June 30.

“With having 80 acres of rolling hills, water features, natural obstacle and trees, Baja Acres is a perfect fit for this event. We sell fun and that is exactly what the Mud Factor will be,” said Baja Acres owner Patrick Grzebinski.

Registration for this event will cost $55 until May 31 then go up to $65 and space is limited.

“We are so excited to be part of this up and coming Mud Run. This event is going to be a blast,” said Townsquare Media Flint General Manager Kelly Quinn.

Details: — M.S.

Tourney hitting Genesee County

GRAND BLANC — On Aug. 4 Michigan Roundball 2012, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, will take place off Grand Boulevard between Grand Blanc and Reid roads for the first 125 teams that register by July 30. Cost for participation is $100 for teams that sign up before July 25 or $112 after, all ages and genders are welcome to play and the event will begin around 9 a.m. based on number of teams entered.

“We are excited to bring a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to the downtown Grand Blanc area. We look forward to a great day of basketball and entertainment for the whole family,” said event organizer Ryan Spalding.

Details: or e-mail— M.S.

Now open until end of the month

GRAND BLANC — Registration has been extended by the Grand Blanc Youth Football League until the end of June for cheerleaders ages 8-13. Practices start Aug. 14 and will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. at GM Field across from Kohls, games are on Saturdays beginning Sept. 8 and home contests will be held at Grand Blanc Middle School. Cost is $130.00. Details: or 810-606-0223. — M.S.

Free BMX Racing offered as part of Olympic Day

GENESEE COUNTY — On the heels of the 2012 BMX Olympic Trials and on the day of them airing on NBC Sports (The event is set to be televised on Saturday, June 23, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. ET.), USA BMX is announcing free BMX racing at its various locations around the United States.

In partnership with the United States Olympic Committee and USA Cycling, USA BMX and its participating tracks are offering free racing in conjunction with Olympic Day. Olympic Day is a worldwide commemoration of Baron Pierre de Coubertin’s June 23, 1894, convening of the first International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting at the Sorbonne in Paris, and the founding of the Modern Olympic Games. National Olympic Committees (NOCs) throughout the world will also participate in the international celebration, with each Olympic Committee sending Olympic Day greetings to participating nations.

The goal of Olympic Day is to promote the Olympic values and participation in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability.

With nearly 300 BMX tracks around the United States participating, there is sure to be a track near you. Locations of participating tracks can be found at Simply follow the links for Olympic Day. USA BMX tracks will be participating beginning Friday, June 22, through Sunday, July 1. Check the website to find a track near you and to get the details.

“BMX racing is a great activity and sport for kids and kids at heart”, said BA Anderson, CEO of USA BMX. “We are excited about this opportunity to introduce new people to our sport and hope that thousands will take advantage of this opportunity”, continued Anderson.

USA BMX has also partnered with the Partnership for a Healthier America and the Let’s Move! campaign to offer post Olympic Day initiatives to get youth involved in the sport of BMX racing. — L.P.

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