Silver City Days sports events ready to roll

SCD wouldn't be complete without the annual AM Ford Bocce Classic or the popular Fun Run along the Columbia River.

Silver City Days isn’t all about carnival rides and exotic food vendors. The annual event wouldn’t be complete without Colombo Lodge’s 11th annual AM Ford Bocce Classic at the Trail Curling Club or the popular Fun Run along the Columbia River on Sunday.

The Bocce Classic has already exceeded expectations with a full slate of 32 Men’s and Mixed Teams and 12 Ladies teams competing in the now three-day event.

“It’s going to be good, there’s lots of new faces this year,” says organizer Pat Zanier. “It filled up fast.”

For the first time, the Bocce Classic will feature Greater Trail Mayors rolling off against Trail’s best.

Trail Mayor Mike Martin will team up with Rossland counterpart Kathy Moore, Joe Danchuck Mayor of Montrose joins forces with Warfield councillor Diane Langman, and Ted Pahl Mayor of Warfield will roll into the event with Fruitvale Mayor Patricia Ceccini.

In addition, following last year’s inaugural success, five Special Olympic BC-Trail squads will compete in the Bocce Classic.

“Last year, I thought it was huge, they participated and they did very well,” said Zanier. “They support each other, if one team’s playing the other one’s cheering, it was great.”

Also, due to the great turnout, organizers will kick the Classic off tonight at the Trail Curling Rink with two draws at 7 and 8 p.m.

The event will continue all day Friday starting at 2 p.m. and going until 10 p.m.  Saturday matches commence at 8 a.m. with a brief time out for the Silver City Days parade, and the finals going at 7 p.m.

Following the bocce festivities, the Silver City Days Fun Run will hit the starting line at Gyro Park on Sunday at 9 a.m.

Register early at Gerick Cycle and Sport or fill out entry form at trailtrackclub.ca to be entered into a draw to win a $200 gift certificate to Gericks.

Runners or walkers can also register the day of the race from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. but will not be eligible for the draw.

The Fun Run comprises a number of age groups from junior and senior categories of 5-kilometre and 10-k runners, to five-k walkers.

All entrants will be eligible for door prizes and awards for top finishes.

The entry fee for runners is $10 and walkers is $5. For BC Athletics Members $7 and $2 respectively.