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February 28, 2013

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The first Smuttynose Palooza 5K will be run March 9 in Salisbury. The race will begin and end at the beach. For more information, contact Arlon Chaffe at arlon@locorunning.com.

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The Couch to 5K Running Program, for brand new or returning runners, will begin March 9 at 8 a.m., location to be announced. This free nine-week clinic will prepare Newbies and Former Runners for the Green Strides Mother’s Day race which is open to men, women and children. Families are encouraged to train together. No experience required. A second C25K program to prepare for the second annual Derek Hines Flag Day Race to be held June 14, will begin April 6 at 8 a.m. Contact Nancy McCarthy at 978-499-0993 or Nancy@getrealfitness.com for further information.

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The 32nd annual April Fool’s 4-Mile Road Race will be run March 30 (11 a.m.) at the Winner’s Circle in Salisbury. The race features a flat and fast certified course that attracts top runners, along with a fun atmosphere and great post-race party, making the event inviting to all. Profits from this race will benefit the American Red Cross and the Alzheimer’s Association. Special thanks is due to the 2013 race sponsors: The Institution for Savings and the Smuttynose Brewing Co. For more, http://runthecircle.org/wordpress/?page_id=403; aprilfools@runthecircle.org.

Youth Flag Football

Newburyport Youth Flag Football, a member of NFL Flag Football, has opened online registration for the spring season at www.syffl.com. Limited spaces available for ages 5/6, 7/8, 9-11 and 12-15. Teams are coed. Games for ages 5-15 are all played in Newburyport beginning in April. Contact Jeff Johnson at jeff@syffl.com.

Baseball

The Newburyport Pitching/Catching School will present a week long clinic from March 11 to 15 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Newburyport High School. The school will be run by Newburyport High School varsity baseball coach Steve Malenfant, who will be joined by Rob Daigle and Kyle Hildebrand. Students will learn basic fundamental skills of pitching and catching skills from the staff and will be both filmed and evaluated during the weeklong sessions. In addition, a written evaluation will be given to each player at the end of the session. Current NHS players will also serve as counselors. The cost is $100 per player. More information is available from coach Malenfant at 978-462-8408 or at mally2@comcast.net.

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