Sports & Recreation 11.22.18

Burden Lake Ski Club

Come join us at Jiminy Peak for the weekend winter ski program on Sunday afternoons starting on 1/6/19, from 2:30-7:30PM.  $214 for lift and $280 for lift/lesson.  For more info, please contact Kathy Andrews at 518-488-8939 or MAndrews13@



NYS Youth Snowmobile Safety Course Offered in Grafton

On Saturday, December 8, the Grafton Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will host a snowmobile safety course for young people ages 10 to 18. Students must be at least 10 years old on the day of the course. Parents are encouraged to attend and participate. The course will be held at the Grafton VFW/Fire Hall on South Road from 8:15am to approximately 5pm. The course will be taught by NYS certified volunteer instructor Jim Blessing. The course will cover topics such as NYS laws and regulations, riding skills, trail emergencies, protecting the environment, maintenance and repair, trailering, etc.  To register, call the Grafton Lakes State Park office at 518-279-1155 by November 30th, or e-mail Elizabeth.wagner@nullparks.ny. gov with the parent’s name, student’s name and age, and your phone number.  Adults are encouraged to attend as well, so please let us know if a parent will be accompanying the child. Space is limited, so no walk-ins please. The course is free of charge and lunch will be provided.



10th Annual Waddle Walk

The Albany Pine Bush will host the 10th Annual Waddle Walk on Saturday, November 24th, at 11:00am; Suitable for tweens, teens and adults.

Looking for a way to work off those yummy holiday treats? Our “waddle walk” is a fun way to get outside for some fresh air and vigorous exercise. We will hike 2.6 miles over rolling terrain through the Karner Barrens East region of the Albany Pine Bush, taking breaks along the way for rest and water (if needed). If there is snow, we will snowshoe 0.9 miles! Snowshoes will be provided to program participants.

Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany.

Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit www.



East Greenbush Pop Warner Cheer Squad

The East Greenbush Pop Warner Jr Pee Wee squad placed 2nd so they’re Disney bound!  Our JV squad competes for their chance at Nationals this weekend!

The first and second place squads in the region are invited to perform at the ESPN Wide World of Sports™ in hopes of winning a national championship for their local association. The Pop Warner National Cheer & Dance Championships take place in December at ESPN Wide World of Sports™ Complex in Walt Disney World. To donate to help with the cost of travel, you may visit:


Free Yoga Fridays

Join us for gentle and relaxing yoga every Friday at the Presbyterian United Church of Schaghticoke from 7-8pm. The Church is located at 16 Main St., Schaghticoke. For more information, visit presbychurchmouse@yahoo. com.


Named to Castleton Wrestling Roster

These student-athletes were recently named to the Castleton wrestling roster for 2018-19. To view the full roster, schedule, results and more, visit

Anthony Altomer of Nassau.

Andrew Fountain of West Sand Lake, Michael Gonyea of Rensselaer, Max Tempel of Averill Park and David Wingate of East Greenbush.



Anthony Pizzola Signs NLI to Play

College Lacrosse

Anthony Pizzola, a student-athlete at Christian Brothers Academy, signed his National Letter of Intent to play Division 1 lacrosse at High Point University in North Carolina.  Pizzola began playing lacrosse locally with the Maple Hill Youth Lacrosse League.  He is a four-year varsity attackman at CBA and superior athlete with tremendous stick skills.  He will play for Coach Jon Torpey and the Panthers of the Southern Conference. Anthony will major in Criminal Justice.





6,425 Brave Freezing Conditions to Compete In 71st Troy Turkey Trot

TROY, N.Y. (Nov. 22, 2018) — With temperatures hovering around 8 degrees and wind chills near zero, more than 6,400 runners from 40 states and five nations gathered for a heaping helping of fun, family and fitness this morning at the 71st running of the Troy Turkey Trot.
The day began at 8 a.m. with the area’s only 10K featuring 1,563 participants.  Along the out-and-back course, Ryan Udvadia (Albany, NY) outpaced the competition in 31:43 to win the prestigious crown and the accompanying $300 first place prize.  First across the line in the female division was Karen Bertasso (Albany, NY), with a time of 37:34, who also earned a $300 payday.
“Hats off to everyone who came out today,” said longtime Event Director George Regan. “Although the day was one of the coldest Thanksgivings on record, it was heartwarming to see so many local families continuing make our annual event part of their Thanksgiving plans.”
Following the 10K’s conclusion, an enthusiastic group of 397 children took to the streets for the Grade School Mile, a fun chip-timed event for children in the 8th grade and below. They were soon followed by 431 participants in the one-mile Turkey Walk.
With many turkeys already roasting away in ovens around the Capital Region, more than 4,000 then toed the line on Fourth and Fulton Streets at 10 a.m. for the 5K. Participants, many of whom took part in the event’s popular costume contest, were cheered along by spectators lining River Street. Kyle Gronostaj (East Greenbush) was the first male to hit the finish tape at Monument Square, with a time of 14:55, a couple seconds off the course record set by Jonathan Aziz (14:53) in 2015.  Female bragging rights went to Hannah Reinhardt (Albany, NY), who crossed in 16:39.
Thanksgiving is an opportunity to help less fortunate members of our community and participants donated more than $15,000+ to support the Trot’s charities, the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and Joseph’s House and Shelter, Inc., a Troy-based not-for-profit whose mission is to prevent and alleviate homelessness.  Hundreds of participants and spectators also brought non-perishable food items to give to local food pantries.
“This event continues to be the gold standard of Turkey Trots,” said Troy Mayor Patrick Madden. “The Troy Turkey Trot showcases the athleticism and passion of our local running community and their willingness to give back to those in need during the holidays. Congratulations to our winners and all who participated in this year’s exciting event, and we wish everyone a happy, safe and healthy Thanksgiving weekend.”
For results, finisher certificates and photos, visit


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