Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The deadline for advance registration of the June 28 certified 10K to the Bay Spit Run is Friday for both online and mail-in. Advance registration is $30. On-site registration is $40 and will be available from 8:30-9:30 a.m. the day of the race. Runners age 9 and younger are free. T-shirts are available to the first 225 registrants in order to encourage early registration. The race begins at Homer High School at 10 a.m. and ends at the end of the Spit.  

  • First-time Relay for Life of Homer event chairs Michelle Drake and Michelle Geagel definitely got their feet wet over the weekend. So did the other 185 registered relayers and weekend add-ons, thanks to heavy, wind-driven rain on Friday.

    That’s didn’t dampen Homer’s support of the event, which benefits the American Cancer Society, however.

    The fundraising goal was $60,000 “and we raised a total of $65,600 and something,” said Drake. Donations will continue to be accepted through August. 

  • Summer or winter, the city of Homer Parks and Recreation offers plenty of ways to stay active. If there’s an interest in a specific activity that isn’t on the schedule, Mike Illg, the program coordinator, will do what he can to make it available.

    “I always tell people the recreation program is organic,” said Illg, whose office is located at Homer High School and carefully builds the program around the school district’s calendar.

  • The annual Homer Spit Run, a certified 10K race, will be June 28. The race begins at Homer High School and ends at the end of the Spit. Race sign-in will be from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The race begins at 10 a.m.

    Entry fee is $30 online or by snailmail. Race day entry fee is $40. There is no fee for runners 9 and under. Proceeds support youth running programs.

    Online registration is at kachemakbayrunningclub.org. For more information or to volunteer, cally Billy Steyer at 399-1078.

  • Not only is Alaska represented at the Special Olympic USA Games held in New Jersey June 14-21, Homer also has a toe in the water, so to speak, with swimmer Myrna Kuchenoff and the Alaska swim team’s coach Ruhiyyih Baker.

    “I’m really proud of Myrna. Swimming has been her passion for many, many years,” said Carol Shuler, Homer community director for Special Olympics-Alaska. “She’s really dedicated herself to it and we are very pleased she was chosen to represent us at the national games.”

Youth Sports

  • The public is invited to come check out Homer High School’s newly redone lower field. The muddy, well-worn, uneven grass is gone. In its place is beautiful to look at, beautiful to play on turf.

    “This is great,” said Doug Waclawski, HHS principal, adding that the turf’s design probably means an additional month of use, as well. “We just want people to use it.”

  • For the first time in three years, Homer Little League sent a Majors team to the All-Stars.

    “The boys practiced together for two weeks and made great progress in defensive plays, hitting, pitching, and teamwork,” said Kathy Beachy, president of Homer Little League. 

    Coached by Mike Hayes and John Rummery, the 12-member Homer team were scheduled for a total of seven games. They celebrated one win, sat out one game because of rain and suffered five losses.

  • School is out and area youngsters are looking for activities to enjoy during these long summer days. Little League offers that and then some.

    Take Mose Hayes, 12, and Annalynn Brown, 11. Involvement in Little League feeds a passion for these young athletes that they plan to follow in the future.

    Mose’s interest in baseball began when he was a toddler.

  • The Mariner softball team had a rocky start to the season and found it hard to score a win. As the season progressed they found their footing as a team and pulled together in time for the Alaska School Activities Association state softball tournament last Friday and Saturday and were awarded third place.

    In an interview before the tournament, Head Coach Bill Bell said the team had made great strides since the beginning of the season.

  • The seventh annual Homer Kitefest returns 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday through Sunday at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. Homer’s annual kite surfing festival, the event features clinics, personal instruction, gear swaps or sales, and product demonstrations for sponsors Ozone kiteboarding, HQ Kites, Crazyfly kites and Ocean Rodeo Kites. Instruction will be offered throughout the festival and is weather and wind dependent. For more information, visit kitesurfalaska.com.


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