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Back in the Swing 

Now that the Boise Hawks are back in town, the team is getting behind a handful of events that have little or nothing to do with baseball.

First up is ALS Awareness Day on Saturday, July 4--marking the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's final speech at Yankee Stadium. The famous baseball player will forever be associated with the degenerative disease that is commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Saturday's event will include a baseball game and fireworks, and those who buy a ticket through the ALS event will get seats right behind home plate or the third base line as the team takes on the Eugene Emeralds. An all-you-can eat pre-game picnic starts at 6 p.m. (with all-you-can-drink soda and beer), and the first 300 people will get a free T-shirt.

Tickets for the event cost $25 and must be purchased in advance. For information and reservations, call 208-322-5000.

And if you feel like you need to burn off the calories of the pre-game picnic, the Fit For Life half marathon and fun run will take over Hawks Stadium Saturday, July 11, 7:30 a.m.

Runners can either do the half marathon or 10K or 5K fun runs that lead from home plate, out and back on the Greenbelt. Registration costs $45 for the half marathon, $35 for the 10K or $30 for the 5K.

For more information, visit bluecirclesports.com or cityoftreesmarathon.com.

--Deanna Darr

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