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July 10, 2014

Sports in Brief: Tour de Tart taking place on July 25

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails will host the 14th annual Tour de TART bicycle ride July 25.

The one-way bike ride on the TART and Leelanau Trails from Traverse City to Suttons Bay starts near the tunnel entrance to Clinch Park (Parking Lot B, corner of Cass and Grandview Parkway) anytime between 4-6:30 p.m. Riders will have two food stops along the 17-mile paved trail. The flat course is suitable for cyclists of all abilities and ages. Families with young children are encouraged to start their ride between 4-5 p.m. to allow adequate time for rest stops.

The finish at Suttons Bay Marina Park includes a bayside meal, root beer floats and music. Local microbrews and wine will be available for purchase. Participants receive a bus ride back to Traverse City, while their bicycles return by truck.

There is a special transportation option for Suttons Bay area participants. A bus (and truck for bikes) will leave Suttons Bay Marina promptly at 4 p.m. and drop-off at event check-in. This option has limited availability and requires a reservation.

Registration for the Tour de TART is capped at 600 riders. People may sign-up early online at www.traversetrails.org, or pick up a form at the TART office (148 East Front Street, above Talbot’s). The cost is $30 for adults and $5 for children through July 10; the cost increases by $5 after July 10. For more information, visit www.traversetrails.org or call 941-4300.

SOCCER

ELK RAPIDS KICKS 3v3: The Elk Rapids Kicks 3v3 soccer tournament is being held on July 30-31 from 5-9:30 p.m. at Elk Rapids High School. The tournament is open to boys and girls, from the U8 through Open division. Cost is $80 per team.

For more information visit elksoccer.com.

MHSAA

PARTICIPATION: Participation in high school sports in which postseason tournaments are sponsored by the Michigan High School Athletic Association decreased slightly for the third straight school year in 2013-14, following a continuing trend of declining member school enrollments. However, nine MHSAA sports saw increases in participation from 2012-13, and four sports set records for the second straight school year.

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