It always is one of the premier meets on the cross country slate each fall. Given last year’s edition of the annual St. Vrain Invitational was run just before torrential floods devastated the course right alongside the rest of the town of Lyons, the 2014 race will add a special fund-raising twist.

When fans arrive for the event, which begins at 8 a.m. Saturday and features dozens of teams from around the state, fans will be asked to pay for parking. Unusual? Maybe. But in this case it’s for a very good cause.

The $5 per car fee will be taken as a donation for the Lyons Parks and Recreation Department to help the town’s continuing renovation work from the floods that tore through the town a year ago this month.

Because the parking area now features less overall space due to flood damage, fans are encouraged to carpool, and some parking will be re-directed to the side streets of the neighborhood surrounding Lyons High School.

Also, organizers want to remind fans dogs are not allowed on the course. Be warned that tickets will be issued.


With an overflow crowd expected (as usual) for the annual Boulder-Fairview football showdown Saturday, fans may purchase tickets ahead of time at either school on Thursday and Friday.

Boulder will be selling tickets throughout the day on both days in the school’s athletic office. Fairview will sell its tickets at the school from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.


A spot recorded by NFL Films in late July featuring community service work performed by the Longmont football team will air Sunday night during halftime of the Denver Broncos season opener against Indianapolis.

On Friday morning, hours after the Trojans square off against Falcon at Everly-Montgomery Field, Longmont’s team will travel to Sports Authority Field for a live spot to be aired on “The Today Show.” The team also will be guests of the Broncos for the Sunday night showdown.


Former Monarch volleyball and basketball player Katie O’Brien returns to her hometown this weekend as a member of the Portland State volleyball squad for CU’s Omni Classic. O’Brien’s Vikings take on the host Buffaloes on Friday night at 7 p.m. … Eric Kronenberg, a Fairview alum and a member of the University of Denver men’s soccer team, was named the Summit League Player of the Week after notching two game-winning goals for the Pioneers last week.

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