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In its fifth running, Paddle Challenge is bigger than ever

Attendance at two-day Naish Gorge Paddle Challenge increases 50 percent since 2014

The wildfire smoke may have been thick, but it wasn’t able to smoke out the legions of stand up paddleboarders who came from all over the globe to compete in this year’s Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge.

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Tom Ames takes the reins as new HRV A.D.

Tom Ames is a sports guy. Name a sport and there’s a good chance Ames has either played it or coached it… or at the very least, watched it at some point it his life.

Sports Briefs for Aug. 22

Community Bridge Walk Aug. 29; Post Canyon 50K results

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Team Adrenaline returns from Spartan Race

Nearly a dozen people representing the Gorge not only competed in, but survived the Pac West Spartan Sprint Race in Washoughal earlier this month, enduring a “race” that was really more like a sadistic obstacle course.

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Portland Timbers MLS team travels to HR to host community events

Portland Timbers players dropped their soccer cleats and picked up work gloves and paint brushes to help beautify Wy’east Middle School on Monday, sweating under the hot, midday sun as they cleared brush away from one of the school’s gardens and helped paint a mural on an outbuilding door.

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A Wylde finish to this year’s Gorge Cup

HR’s MacRae Wylde hangs on to win windsurfing race series

The wind held steady and the wildfire smoke was held at bay to allow the final race of the annual Gore Cup windsurfing series to go off without a hitch.

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Bridge of the Gods race returns for an even bigger sophomore year

The city of Cascade Locks more than doubled in size this past Sunday as runners from all over the Gorge and the world came to compete in the Bridge of the Gods Half Marathon and 10K races.

Locals get lift at CrossFit games

Three athletes represented Hood River at the world championship CrossFit Games and recently returned from the competition not only in one piece (mostly), but with honors as well.

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Ways of the Wind: Lawn, and water, are full of energy this time of year

Midway through August, the Hood River Waterfront is in full form. Every day there is a wealth of activity from the Marina all the way down to The Hook.

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GORGE EXPLORER: See snow-free ski runs, scenic waterfalls at HRM

Winter is probably my favorite time of year in the Columbia River Gorge. Seeing as I am an avid snowboarder and cross country skier — and just about nothing else, as far as sports go — that’s pretty to understand why. For me, taking a smooth, quiet run down a Mt. Hood Meadows hill dusted with a few inches of new is one of the best experiences in the world.

Sports Briefs for Aug. 12

Middle school XC practice starts soon; Middle school XC coaches wanted; Sports story correction; more

Sports Briefs for Aug. 8

King of the Hook Aug. 15; Gorge Blow Out rescheduled again; more

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Local water polo athlete returns from Junior Olympics

Each year, the Junior Olympics for water polo brings the best teams in the United States together for two weeks of battle for boys and girls in three age groups (14U, 16U, 18U) in two classes — Classic and Championship — based on performance at regional qualifier tournaments.

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HRV High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee announces 2015 inductees

The 9th Annual Hood River Valley High School Athletic Hall of Fame ceremonies are coming up in a little over a month and in advance of that event, the school’s Hall of Fame Committee has released the names of this year’s inductees.

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Gorge Explorer: Hike to the not-so-dry Dry Creek Falls

In geography, there are some pretty misleading names out there. Happy Valley, when viewed from Portland, looks a hell of a lot more like a hill than it does a valley (and do we know how happy things are up there, really?).