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Strong registration for Dinosaur Half Marathon

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One of Drumheller’s premier sporting events appears to be bucking the trend. While many other events are seeing a decline in numbers, often due to the economy, the Dinosaur Valley Half Marathon is seeing strong registration.

The road race, which includes a 5 km family walk and run, a 10k run and a half marathon, is set for Sunday, September 10. There are already 169 registered for the eighth annual race.

“Registration is up above last year so everything is going good,” said race director Morgan Syvertsen.

“We just have a great race. I have been talking to people and they make it a point of coming here.”

This year’s race will follow the same courses as last year’s race. Syvertsen explains the routes have been certified by Athletics Canada.

“We spent a day with a court measurer, using special devices, and now everything is exactly the right distance,” he explains.

This means that the Dino Half could apply to become a qualifier for other high profile events.

He says one of the reasons for the success of the event is the dedication of the race organizers, and the volunteers leading up to the event and on the day of the event.

“All the ducks are in a row, everyone is committed, we have the volunteers in place …now all we need is really good weather.”

Barrel Racer Kristy White showcases Big Valley on world stage

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Three-peat Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) qualifier Kristy White lit up Calgary Stampede last week with four top placing scores in the women’s barrel racing competition.

After attending the first four days in the ‘A’ pool, White walked away with $15,000 in day money from the Calgary Stampede this past weekend.

She was elated to represent the small village of Big Valley on the world stage, placing third on her first day with 17.42 seconds.

“It’s been like a dream week really,” said White. “We had a really good run, I ended up placing in every round.”

On her second day of the four-day competition bracket, she placed fourth only to climb into the number three position the next day with 17.54 seconds. On her final day, White placed top dog with a time of17.33 seconds.

“Those are pretty good competitive times on a standard like that and kudos to Calgary because they kept the ground amazing so it was a very good barrel race.”

She credits her Canadian born and bred horse Racy for performing so well at the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

“I raised her and I trained her so it’s nice to show that we are competitive on the world stage like that,” said White. “She’s a life changer. She has so much heart – she’s all heart.”

Due to high qualifications and stiff competition, not many Canadians are represented at the world famous rodeo anymore.

“They don’t allow a lot of Canadians in there because their qualifications are pretty stiff to get into so it’s just such a grand feeling to be able to showcase Canada,” said White. “Those girls that are there are all at the top, they are the top barrel racers in the world.”

White moved to Big Valley 15 years ago from B.C. and has loved every second of it. “I love living here, it’s just amazing,” said White.

White has plans to attend the CFR in Edmonton in November.

“I got some really nice young horses too so I hope to give Racy a bit of a break and start riding those younger ones,” said White.

As a horse trainer, her main focus has always been horses so during the winter months, White will travel to Arizona to continue riding and training throughout the year.

“I pretty much ride everyday.”

Daylen Ostapowich doubles down with golf silver medals

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Local youth golfer Daylen Ostapowich (14) has won two silver medals at his first back-to-back tournaments of the season.
Ostapowich’s first tournament of the year was held at the Henderson Lake Golf Club in Lethbridge where he placed second overall.
“It was a pretty good tournament – two-day tournament.”
Then on July 4, Ostapowich participated at the Innisfail golf tournament, to claim his second victory.
“I only lost by one stroke but I enjoyed it,” said Ostapowich.
The versatility of the sport is what keeps bringing him back.
“It’s just something I enjoy doing, even if I’m at home, I just love the sport,” said Ostapowich.
While practice makes perfect, Ostapowich plans on taking his passion for golf to the top with hopes of playing at the Professional Golfer’s Association (PGA).
“I usually try to get out there as much as I can,” he said. “My dream is to go to the PGA.”
Weather dependant, a typical golf season can last until October or November.
“It can sometimes be like October or maybe a bit past if you’re lucky,” said Ostapowich.
Ostapowich plays right here in the valley at the Dinosaur Trail Golf and Country Club.
“The front nine is a pretty simple golf course but the back nine is a bit more of a challenge,” said Ostapowich.
Ostapowich has a few more tournaments ahead of him including one at McKenzie Meadows in Calgary.
When asked on how to get others involved in the sport, Ostapowich gladly shared some expertise of his own.
“I’d say just try it out, swing a couple clubs and give it a try.”

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