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Cyclist compete in Stage 3: Antelope Island to Layton of the Tour of Utah on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2018, in Layton.

Snowbasin selected as final host for 2019 Spartan series

Huntsville and Snowbasin Resort have been selected to host the final race in the 2019 Spartan U.S. National Series, the organization announced via release Wednesday.

Spartan is the world's largest endurance/obstacle race series, featuring races at various distances. Snowbasin will host a "Spartan Super" on July 20, 2019 — an 8-mile, 25-obstacle race.

The Snowbasin race will be the fifth and final of the group's National Series, which will have stops in Florida, Alabama, Washington and California.

The resort will build a new course for the event as racers vie for $110,000 in prize money, the organization says.

Athletes of all ages and skill levels can hit the race course with open heats in the “Spartan Super” and a 3-mile, 20-obstacle “Spartan Sprint” race course. "Spartan Kids" races are also offered for youth ages 4 to 13, according to the release.

For more information and to register, visit spartan.com.

Tour of Utah announces 2019 stages featuring N. Utah cities

Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment announced Tuesday the seven stages for the 2019 Tour of Utah cycling race to take place Aug. 12-18.

After a prologue at Snowbird Resort, Stage 1 will be held in North Logan, a new stage host. Stage 2 on Aug. 14 will go from Brigham City to Powder Mountain, and Stage 3 the next day will run from Antelope Island to North Salt Lake.

The final three stages conclude in Salt Lake City and Park City.

Stage routes and other host city information will be announced in the spring, according to a news release.

Jazz alums Boone, Eaton eligible for Hall of Fame for 1st time

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame recently announced that former Utah Jazz players Ron Boone and Mark Eaton are among the eligible candidates as first-time nominees for the Class of 2019.

Boone, now known for his 31 years of broadcasting for the Utah Jazz, holds the record for most consecutive games played in professional basketball at 1,041, which came between the ABA (662) and NBA (379) in stints with the Utah Stars, Spirits of St. Louis, Kansas City Kings, Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz. Boone helped lead the Utah Stars to the 1971 ABA championship.

Eaton, a 7-foot-4 center, holds the NBA record for most blocks in a season (456) and career blocked shots average per game (3.5). He was NBA defensive player of the year twice (1985, 1989).

Hall of Fame finalists will be announced during NBA All-Star Weekend on Feb. 15.

Contact Brett Hein at bhein@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter @bhein3/@WeberHQ and at facebook.com/WeberStateSports.

Brett Hein is the sports editor and covers Weber State sports for the Standard-Examiner.

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