Berkshire Ajax hosting tryouts for 2017


BENNINGTON - The Berkshire Ajax travel soccer organization will hold tryouts for its 2017 teams on November 27 at Farley-Lamb Turf Field at Williams College's Weston Athletic Complex.

The teams will tryout as follows: From 9:30 to 11 a.m. will be the Under 12 girls, U12 boys and U14 boys. From 11-12:30 p.m. are the U14 girls, U16 girls and U18 girls and from 12:30 to 2 p.m. are the U16 boys and U18 boys.

Contact Tom Bona with questions at or go to for more information.

The Ajax Youth Academy is also hosting a free soccer clinic for boys and girls from kindergarten through fourth grade with members of the Ajax coaching staff. The clinic will be on Nov. 27 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Farley-Lamb turf field at Williams College.

Marauders swim-a-thon

BENNINGTON - The Bennington Marauders will be holding an official Swim-a-Thon on December 17 at the Bennington Recreation Center.

During this Swim-a-Thon, swimmers will have a two-hour period in which to swim a maximum of 200 lengths of the pool. Donors are encouraged to support our athletes by pledging to support their efforts, either via a flat donation, or by pledging a certain amount of money per length that the swimmer completes.

The Swim-a-Thon will provide funds to enable our club to purchase new equipment for our dryland program, replace our current record board and provide scholarships for children in the community.

In addition to raising funds for the team, 5 percent of the money raised will go back to the USA Swimming Foundation. The Foundation works to strengthen the sport of swimming by saving lives and building champions-in the pool and in life. Whether they're equipping kids across the country with the lifesaving skill of learn-to-swim through their Make a Splash initiative, or providing financial support to the heroes on the U.S. National Team, the USA Swimming Foundation aims to provide the wonderful experience of swimming to kids at all levels across the country.

Interested in sponsoring a swimmer? Contact Marauders coach Nicole Goswami at 802.999.5309 or visit

Last chance to register for Running of the Turkeys

ARLINGTON - Runners, walkers, and kids of all ages are invited to participate in the 21st annual Running of the Turkeys coming up on Thanksgiving morning in Arlington, Vermont. The event includes a 5K (3.1 miles) run and walk as well as a Kids' Fun Run.

The race will be hosted by the Batten Kill Valley Runners Club and is a traditional Thanksgiving Day family event starting and finishing at Fisher Elementary School on East Arlington Rd.

There will be two raffles. The first, for a BKVR sweatshirt or hat, is limited to runners who bring a plate of fresh home baked cookies to share. The second will be open to all ticket holders for prizes donated by Brooks Brothers, Christmas Days, Eastern Mountain Sports, Hawkins House, Long Ago & Far Away, Orvis, rk Miles, The Mountain Goat, and The Vermont Country Store. You can get a raffle ticket by donating baked goods, or sneakers, winter footwear, and winter jackets for distribution to needy people, who, needless to say, come in a wide range of sizes.

You could also contribute a bike in any size and condition for rehab. Make a note now to get into your kitchen just before the race or the back of your closet or garage and bring a donation!

Entry forms are available at the Batten Kill Valley Runners website, . Your last chances to register and pick up your race packet are on Wednesday evening, Nov. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fisher Elementary, the race site, and again on Thanksgiving morning from 7:30 - 8:45. The race will start promptly at 9 a.m.

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