SOUTH AKRON — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County naturalist Mike Greene will lead a “Moon Madness Hike” March 3 at 6 p.m. on the 1.6-mile Willow Trail at Firestone Metro Park’s Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Road. He will share some moon facts and legends during the first total lunar eclipse of 2007. A second total lunar eclipse will occur Aug. 28. For details, call (330) 865-8065.
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Student Recreation and Wellness Center at The University of Akron will host a kayak rolling seminar March 10 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Ocasek Natatorium. The seminar, which will cover braces and bracing skills, strokes, hip snap development and Eskimo rescue, will be presented by 41° North Coastal Kayak Adventures. The cost is $15 for students and $23 for faculty/staff and nonmembers.
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Student Recreation and Wellness Center at The University of Akron (UA) will present “Introduction to Backpacking” March 12 and April 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 246. Topics will include equipment selection and care, dressing for the outdoors, trip planning, first aid, backcountry safety, meal planning, outdoor cooking, minimum impact camping and travel techniques. This seminar is required for all UA-sponsored backpacking trips. The cost is $5 for students, $15 for UA faculty and staff and $23 for community members. Fees are to be paid at registration. For more information or to register, call (330) 972-6956.
STARK COUNTY — The YMCA of Western Stark County and the Boys and Girls Club of Massillon will present the Fourth Annual Massillon Youth Basketball Shootout March 22-25. All games will be played on regulation wood courts at both facilities. The tournament is for boys and girls teams entering fourth, fifth or sixth grades, with separate divisions for each grade. The cost for each team is $150, with a guarantee of three games. The registration deadline is March 16 or when divisions are filled. Only 16 teams per grade/gender will be permitted. For more information, contact Brian Smith at (330) 837-5116 or by e-mail at email@example.com or Marcus at (330) 833-4395, or visit the Web site www.ymcabball.net.
AKRON — The Road Runner Akron Marathon announced it has reached a new deal with Brooks enabling it to offer free shoes to runners of the full marathon for the second consecutive year, making Brooks the official running shoe and apparel sponsor of the Road Runner Akron Marathon, now in its fifth year. Brooks, the No. 2 running shoe manufacturer in the United States, will work with marathon officials to offer full marathon finishers their choice of one of four available models of running shoes (Radius, Axiom, Adrenaline GTS and Addiction). All participants in the full marathon, the new half marathon and the marathon team relays Sept. 29 also will receive a Brooks Podium long-sleeved technical shirt with the Road Runner Akron Marathon logo. Marathon organizers will partner with Second Sole running apparel and shoe stores in Northeast Ohio as the distribution point for the Brooks shoes and apparel. All marathon runners will have the opportunity to be sized and fitted for their shoes at the University of Akron Health and Fitness Expo the day before the race, as well as at participating Second Sole retail stores. Those interested in participating in the 2007 Road Runner Akron marathon, half marathon and chase team relays Sept. 29 can register online at www.akronmarathon.org or call the marathon office at (330) 375-2786. The Road Runner Akron Marathon is organized by the Akron Marathon Charitable Corp., a nonprofit group dedicated to promoting health and fitness.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Adidas Jr. Phenom Regional Camp will be conducted March 30 through April 1 at The Hoops Basketball Academy in Louisville, Ky. Ohio boys and girls in grades sixth through ninth are eligible to participate. 1993 Indiana Mr. Basketball Sherron Wilkerson will direct the fundamental-based camp. Parents interested in having their child participate should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The 2007 Tri-County Senior Olympics, covering Summit, Medina and Portage counties, will take place April 20 to May 20. Athletes will compete in 21 different events, including archery, badminton, basketball, bocce ball, bowling, cycling, dance sport, fitness walk, golf, horseshoes, marble shooting, race walking, racquetball, road racing, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis and track and field sports, in five-year age divisions between 50 and 100-plus. The hub for the event will be The University of Akron. Competitors have until April 7 to register. For registration forms and information, write to: Tri-County Senior Olympics, Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology, Arts & Sciences Building — Suite 340, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-4307, or call (330) 972-7243.