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March 28, 2013

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The inaugural Cider Run 5 K Fun Run/3 K Walk fundraiser to benefit the United Way of Delaware and Otsego counties will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 27 at the Fly Creek Cider Mill.

Participants who register before April 1 will receive a commemorative T-shirt and pint glass filled with hard or sweet cider upon completion of the race. To register for the race, visit or call the United Way at 432-8006.


BASE Race is planned

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, along with Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center, will join forces again in August for the second annual BASE Race, with the new date of Sunday, Aug. 11. The BASE Race in 2012 as more than 300 runners participated in the Saturday event, which promotes healthy lifestyle choices for individuals of all ages.

The BASE Race includes a family-style 5k and a competitive 10k, with both races starting and ending at Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center. Race times are 8 a.m. for the 10k and 8:15 a.m. for the 5k.

Also new for 2013, the Hall of Fame and the Clark Sports Center will host a Saturday evening pre-race gathering for runners at the Baseball Hall of Fame, with food, entertainment and baseball telecasts. 

Those who pre-register for the event will be able to pick up race materials all day on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. and may join the pre-race festivities at the museum. 

Raffles and other prizes will be awarded throughout the event.

Registration is $25 for adults and $50 for families until race day, when registration will be $40 for individuals and $65 for families. Registration can be done at and Additional details are available by calling the National Baseball Hall of Fame and museum at 547-0397 or the Clark Sports Center at 547-2800.


Hall of Fame Classic tickets on sale

Game-and-museum ticket packages are available for the first time during the fifth annual Hall of Fame Classic Weekend, to be held May 24 to 26.

The legends of the game will return to baseball’s hometown for the Hall of Fame Classic, which moves to a new date — the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will host the annual Hall of Fame Classic Weekend with the participation of six Hall of Fame members at Doubleday Field.

Fans can experience Classic Weekend through two packages available for the first time in 2013:

“Baseball’s Past and Present” will feature a baseline ticket on either the first- or third-base side to the Hall of Fame Classic and a one-day museum admission pass for $25, a savings of $7 off the regular rate.

“Let’s Play Two” features a baseline ticket on either the first- or third-base side to the Classic and entry to “Night at the Museum,” a two-hour exclusive opportunity to meet and greet Hall of Famers and other former big leaguers from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hall of Fame.” Let’s Play Two” is available for $50 per person.

Tickets can be purchased online at or via phone at (877) 726-9028, Single tickets for the Hall of Fame Classic are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for general admission outfield seats. Tickets are only available via phone or online and will not be sold at the museum.

‘Pitch, Hit and Run’ competition set

The State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill Department of Sport and Exercise announced the college will serve as the local host site for the 2013 Scotts/Major League Baseball “Pitch, Hit, and Run” skills competition on Tuesday, April 9, at the college’s baseball

diamond and softball fields.

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the contest will start at 6 p.m. The competition will be sponsored as part of Cobleskill’s 2013 NCAA Division III Week. The nationwide celebration is being held April 8 to April 14.

The competition is open to boys and girls 7 to 14 as of July 17. A copy of the participant’s birth certificate will be required for verification. The contestants will compete in the following age groups: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14.

This year boys will compete in the Baseball Division while girls will compete in the Softball Division. Additionally, the Pitching, Hitting, Running and All-Around Champions from each age group and gender will qualify for the Sectional Competition at a site and time that will be announced at a later date.

Participants can advance through four levels of competition, beginning at the local level, which can be hosted by organizations, leagues, or volunteers within a community, and continuing through sectional and team competitions. National Finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to the All-Star Game. Finalists will participate in an array of festivities upon arrival, including a PHR Welcome Reception, MLB Brunch and All-Star FanFest. Finalists will also get to participate in on-field warm-up practices, shagging fly balls during the Home Run Derby and attending the All- Star Game.

For more information, contact Mike Jorgensen, SUNY Cobleskill’s PHR program administrator, at (518) 255-5115 or