Women's-only road race should be a goodie

Mar 10 2012 - 12:12am

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If it's all about presentation, then the Thelma & Louise Half Marathon will surely be a blockbuster.

The new all-women's road race, set for May 12 (Mother's Day weekend) in Moab, is expected to draw more than 1,000 women and will benefit a local women's shelter and girls running programs.

Organizers say the race was conceived in the spirit of Thelma & Louise, the 1991 award-winning film about two good friends who find themselves on the run -- literally and figuratively -- and end up in the desert.

The downhill 13.1 mile course descends from Canyonlands National Park (near where the final scenes of the movie were shot) via a scenic highway. The event will sponsor the Girls On The Run group as well as the Seekhaven Family Crisis Center. The event promises to be low-impact on the environment.

To get involved, visit www.moabhalfmarathon.org.

Reality rodeo

Reality TV has found the rodeo circuit.

Sankey Rodeo Company will launch a seven-week reality television series beginning Sunday on HRTV.

The insider's look at the sport focuses on the lives of contestants Ryan Jarrett, J.R. Vezain and Sue Smith, along with four Sankey bucking horses.

The 30-minute show, Reality ProRodeo (http://realityprorodeo.com), will air each Sunday night at 8 p.m. through April 22.

Will Rasmussen is the show's host. Filming was done at ranches around the west and rodeos in Spanish Fork and Castle Dale as well as other locations.

Tidbits

We note the passing of former Weber State baseball coach Richard Williams. Williams, a member of both the Weber State and Utah State Sports Hall of Fame, was an all-around athlete at WSU, then coached track, football and baseball for the Wildcats. He was 88. ...

15-year-old Nathaniel Coleman of Murray won the American Bouldering Series national championship on March 4 in Colorado. ...

Southern Utah had defeated Utah State 23 straight times in gymnastics before Friday, when the Aggies won 194.200-193.70 in Cedar City. ... The WSU Alumnic Golf Classic is set for June 8 at The Barn Golf Club. ... The USSA Junior Sprint Freestyle Team Relay is set for 9 a.m. today at Soldier Hollow.

Chris J. Miller is sports editor for the Standard-Examiner. He can be reached at cmiller@standard.net.

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