Sports Briefs for Sept. 2

Rural Rampage Sept. 13

The annual Rural Rampage race returns to Hood River on Sunday, Sept. 27. Teams of two will compete in this “Amazing Race” style adventure race that will take them on an exhilarating 10-mile bike ride with five “cheeky” challenges to be completed along the way. Competitors of varying ages are welcomed; however, each team must have at least one member over the age of 16. This is an excellent opportunity for friends and families to encourage each other in physical fitness and problem solving skills. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. This event is a combined fundraiser for the Hood River Wrestling Club and the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute. Cost per team is $50 for pre-registration or $60 for on-site registration. All funds raised through this event will go towards promoting healthy lifestyles in area youth in addition to providing meaningful athletic and educational opportunities for students in the Hood River Valley. The race is at 10 a.m. with the start and finish at Hood River Middle School. Register online at

Cross-Channel Swim Sept. 7

Labor Day is approaching, which means it’s time for the annual Roy Webster Cross-Channel swim, held Monday, Sept. 7 at 5:30 a.m. At dawn on Labor Day each year, a large group of hearty souls jumps in the mighty Columbia River and swims the 1.1-mile stretch across to Hood River. The Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim – Columbia River’s biggest and oldest official swim event, attracting hundreds of participants from around the world – originated in 1942 when local orchardist Roy Webster challenged himself to swim across the river. On the day of the swim, participants board the famous Sternwheeler paddleboat on the south shore of the Columbia, at the Hood River Port, and are ferried across the river to the Washington shore. When signaled, swimmers jump off the Sternwheeler into the “refreshing” Columbia and head back for Hood River. Questions? Call 541-386-2000.

Grominator skate Sept. 19

The sixth annual Grominator Hood River Skate Contest is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Rotary Skate Park located at the corner of Wasco and 20th streets. This contest has grassroots beginnings, organized by local skate moms and dads — as well as sponsored by the community — is open to skaters ages 15 and younger. Last year, more than 50 kids competed in the event and went home with about $7,000 in prizes and swag. Head to the event’s Facebook page (6th Annual Grominator Hood River Skate Contest Sept 19, 2015) for updates on registration info when it becomes available.

Gorge Kids Tri is Sept. 20

The 5th Annual Gorge Kids Triathlon returns to Waterfront Park in Hood River on Sunday, Sept. 20. The event is a fun and safe entry-level triathlon open to all elementary aged kids, featuring a run-swim-bike race at the Hood River Waterfront Park and the Port of Hood River. Three separate start waves accommodate beginning, intermediate and advance levels for kids in grades K-5. The swim portion is inside the designated swim park; non-swimmers may walk/run through shallow water along the shore. The bike and run courses are within the park area, which will be closed to traffic. Entry fee for the Gorge Kids Triathlon is $20 prior to Sept. 19 and $30 on the day of the event. All participants receive a T-shirt and water bottle. Proceeds from the event go to Hood River County elementary schools to enhance physical education programs and promote health and fitness. For more information and detailed course maps, go to

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