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December 7, 2012

Local sports briefs

Running

The 18th annual Winner’s Circle Running Club Santa’s Toy Trot 2-Mile, 4-Mile and 6-Mile Road Races and Santa’s Elves’ Fun Run for Kids will be Dec. 9 at the Sweetsir School in Merrimac. Proceeds will benefit the Merrimac Holiday Helper Program and Toys for Tots. The race starts at 1 p.m. Register with a toy.

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The Frosty Knuckle 5K will be Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. at the Hobo Cafe in Salisbury Beach. The registration closing date on Active.com will be Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. The cost is $20 pre-registration or $25 on race day.

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The Winner’s Circle Running Club Boston Training Run Series starts Dec. 16. Eight runs of increasing distances will be held at two-week intervals, spanning the Boston training time frame. To make sure you don’t get bored, each run will be hosted by different WCRC members at different locations. All WCRC members are invited to participate, whether or not you are running Boston. Shorter courses will also be designed for each session for those not interested in marathon distances. The first training run of 10-12 miles (December 16) will be hosted by Mike McCormick in Newburyport. Hosts are needed for Jan. 13, Jan. 27, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, March 10 and March 22. If you would like to host, contact Mike McCormick at 978-382-0738 or mamcc12@gmail.com.

Soccer

Registration for Newburyport Youth Soccer’s spring season is open for all divisions (Tots, U6, U8, U10). Registration closes Jan. 1. Register at www.newburportsoccer.com/.

Learn to Skate

The Graf Rink, in cooperation with the Merrimack Valley Skating Club, is accepting applications for its fall Learn to Skate and Tiny Tots programs. Classes will run on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Please visit www.grafrink.com for more detailed information such as class times and cost.

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Newburyport Youth Hockey is running a holiday special accepting registrations for its Learn to Skate Program at a cost of $75. The program is open to boys and girls from ages of 3 to 9 and runs through the end of February. Classes are Sunday mornings from 10 to 10:50 a.m. at the Graf Rink. Any questions, call Dick Tierney at 978-465-0128.

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