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• Knoxville Free to Breathe 5K Run/1 Mile Walk uniting people who are passionate about fighting lung cancer, is Saturday, Oct. 16, in Village Green subdivision, Jamestowne Boulevard, Farragut. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m., with 1 Mile Walk beginning at 8:15 a.m. and 5K Run at 8:30. Online registration closes Oct. 13 (FreeToBreathe.org), mail-in closes Oct. 11. For more info or to register, donate, sponsor or volunteer, visit www.FreeToBreathe.org.

• Harvey Broome Group of Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club announces upcoming outings: Saturday, Sept. 11, day-hike, a 6-mile (requiring a car shuttle) hike on Pretty Hollow Gap Trail to Little Cataloochee Trail in Cataloochee area; register with Priscilla Watts at 865-966-4142 or sigmtngirl@earthlink.net. Saturday-Sunday, Sept 18-19, annual Gourmet Backpack, Crowder Branch and Farr Gap trails in Citico Wilderness; register with Ron Shrieves at 865-922-3518 or ronaldshrieves@comcast.net (e-mail preferred); Saturday, Sept. 25, volunteer event on Public Lands Day to restore a natural area; register with Linda Smithyman at 865-335-3559 or lsmithymanhbg@yahoo.com

• Fall Knox Youth Sports instructional softball is for girls age 7-12. Games weeknights at Lakeshore Park. Official age as of Dec 21, 2010. Season runs from early September to late October. Visit KnoxYouthSports.com or call 865-584-6403.

• Annual Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, which will kick off its 21st year with a seven-day ride beginning Sunday, Sept. 12. Event begins with check-in at Harrison Bay State Park starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, followed by a rider’s meeting at 6:30 p.m. For registration information or more details, e-mail Gary Patterson at garyw.patterson@tn.gov or visit www.tnstateparks.com/BRAT.

• Carson-Newman College men’s soccer midfielder Ben Backstrom has been named preseason All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team. A big part of Farragut High School’s 2007 Class AAA state title, Backstrom tallied four goals four assists for C-N last season.

• Farragut Baseball, Inc. is about to conclude its inaugural season sponsoring Farragut Flag Football for youth ages 5-9. Games, which started in July and held at Mayor Bob Leonard Park Field 5, will conclude in early September. Sixty players completed in two divisions – Rookie League (ages 5-6) and Pro Bowlers League (7-9). The league, sanctioned by the National Football League allowing the wearing of NFL-style jerseys and use of NFL-type flags and footballs, is the only such league in East Tennessee.

• Gavin Hughes (freestyle), Eddie Ceausu (backstroke), Ryan Wiebe (breaststroke) and William Brown (butterfly) were a Sugarwood Swim Team 9-10 boys medley relay that finished high during the recent Greater Knoxville Area Interclub Swim Association “City Meet.”

 

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