Competitive Spirit 

Era of Kickball Tournament proves it's a game of the ages

Regardless of whether you're a Type A or Type B personality--or possibly Type C, if that exists--everyone has a little competitive spirit.

Thankfully, there are plenty of opportunities to show your skills, whether you long to trounce your challengers or just want some good-natured bragging rights.

Hard-core competitors who enjoy flying down the face of a mountain still have time to sign up for Wild Rockies' Tamarack Resort Enduro Race and State Downhill Race, offering two days of downhill bike racing Saturday, Aug. 10-Sunday, Aug. 11.

Racers will hitch a ride to the top of the Tamarack ski hill on one of the resort's chairlifts to access the course, which runs from above Merlin to Firebird and around the Jump Park. Organizers say there are no extreme sections on the route, making it suitable for both cross-country and trail bikes.

Participants can take practice runs after the lift opens at 9 a.m. each day, with races starting at noon. While anyone can participate, only those with a USA Cycling license will be in the running for the championship.

Advance registration is available online at or on-site on the first day of racing. Entry costs depend on the category, but range from $25-$45, in addition to the $15 lift ticket. A one-day licence can be purchased for $10. Tamarack is also offering lodging specials over the weekend.

Those who prefer their competition to be firmly in the beer league category still have time to register for Gameday Sports' annual kickball tournament Saturday, Aug. 17-Sunday, Aug. 18, at Ann Morrison Park. This year's tournament is a themed affair dubbed the Era of Kickball Tournament, with teams dressing as a particular era depending on which division they play in.

Teams are guaranteed to play at least three games as the field is winnowed, but even those who are knocked out of contention for the title can check out food trucks and--considering one of the event's sponsors is Payette Brewing Company--some tasty beverages. There's also talk of a giant inflatable waterslide, and who can resist a giant inflatable waterslide?

If you want to join the fun, get a move on--the registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 9, and costs $250 per team.

Register, get more details and check out what's in the works for fall at

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