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Children Race and 3Kings Mile

ST. CROIX - The 26th annual "The Children Race" will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. The race is open to boys and girls 13 years old and under. The runners will start at the corner of Fisher and King Street in Frederiksted and finish at Fort Frederik, which is also the Children's Parade route.

The 31st annual 3Kings Mile Road Race will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, and this race is open to all runners. Participants will start at Claude O. Markoe Elementary School in Frederiksted and finish at Fort Frederik, which is also the Adult Parade route.

Awards will be presented to the top finishers in the 13 and under, and under 10 categories in the Children Race, and to the top overall, top 13 and under, top under 10 and top masters finishers in the 3Kings Mile.

For more information, call 643-2557, log on to: http://virginislandspace.org, or email wallacewilliams@msn.com.

USVI women's select team to play this month

The U.S. Virgin Islands Women's National Select Team will host Warren Wilson College (Swannanoa, N.C.) for three games from Monday through Jan. 12 at Sion Farm Field on St. Croix.

The games will begin next year's tune-up for the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football qualifying for the FIFA U-17 and U-20 Women's World Cups in 2014. CONCACAF hosts qualifying games for international tournaments like the World Cups and Olympic Games. The Warren Wilson College Owls play in NAIA Division III.

The games will be played on Jan. 7, Jan. 9 and Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Members of the Select Team are vying for spots on the two national teams.

The U-17 Women's World Cup will be held in March and April 2014 in Costa Rica. The U-20 Women's World Cup will be held later that year in Canada.

For details, contact the USVI Soccer Association office at 719-9707 or email usvisoccer@gmail.com.

Rugby practice

ST. THOMAS - The USVI Rugby Football Union practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week from 6 to 8 p.m. at Charlotte Amalie High School. Veterans, novices and first-time players are all welcome to participate.

The group is training for upcoming scrimmages with the BVI and other down-island teams.

V.I. Open Tennis Tournament

ST. THOMAS - The Choice Wireless V.I. Open Tennis Tournament is set for Feb. 15-18 at The St. Thomas Yacht Club, Sugar Bay Beach Resort & Spa, and Anchorage Condominiums.

The event is the only tournament sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association's Caribbean District.

The tournament includes Open Divisions for men NTRP ranking 4.5 and above in singles and doubles. The B Division, for men and women NTRP ranked 4.0 and below, includes singles, doubles and mixed doubles play, as well as men's Over-60 doubles. Play will be best of three sets for all divisions.

The deadline to register is 5 p.m. on Jan. 25. Registration forms can be downloaded at styc.net. The entry fee of $45 per person for one event or $60 per person for two events includes an event T-shirt, souvenirs and a welcome buffet dinner at St. Thomas Yacht Club.

For more information, call 244-2124 or email viopen@choice-wireless.com.

Yacht club race, fundraiser

ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Yacht Club is hosting a race and pig roast in January to benefit the club's youth sailing program.

The $40 entrance fee includes two tickets per boat for the pig roast following the race. Sailors of all ages are welcome, and the race is open to IC-24s, Racers, Cruising boats and any boat 24 feet or longer.

Trophies and gift certificates will be presented to the top three boats. The race will start 8:55 a.m., but skippers will meet at 8 a.m. The event is sponsored by Scotiabank and Budget Marine.

For more information, contact the club at 775-6320.

40th Rolex Regatta adds Melges 32 class

ST. THOMAS - The 40th International Rolex Regatta, set for March 22-24, has added the Melges 32 class.

Melges 32 is a one-design class recognized by the International Sailing Federation in 2008, and joins the Beach Cat and IC-24 classes.

"This is good recognition from a strong class," International Rolex Regatta chairman Bill Canfield said, "and the fact that we are the only event that is not stand-alone in this class's Caribbean series speaks volumes about our professional race management team."

Canfield is the manager of the St. Thomas Yacht Club.

The Rolex Regatta is one of four Virgin Islands Sailing Series events the Melges 32 series will race at early next year. The class will participate in the Sportboat Regatta at North Sound, Virgin Gorda, from Feb. 21-14. The Rolex Regatta is the second VISS event and is followed by the BVI Spring Regatta at Nanny Cay, Tortola. The Caribbean Championship, the fourth VISS event, is at Peter Island on April 26-28.

Junior tennis program

ST. CROIX - Tennis pros Don deWilde and Kristopher Elien is running an after-school junior tennis program through Christmas at the Buccaneer Hotel for players between the ages of 5 to 18. For more information, or to ask about times, costs or registration, call 718-3036.

Beach wrestling

ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Wrestling Federation invites the public to beach wrestling at Brewers Bay beach on the first and third Sunday of every month at 3 p.m. For more information, call Shamsie at 690-8632.

Youth tennis program

ST. THOMAS - The USTA Quick Start 10-and-under Youth Tennis Program will be held Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at Doris E. Hodge Tennis Courts in Sub Base.

The program is open to children between the ages of 5-10. Space is limited and registration is $75 per child. For more information, call Sharon Flamon at 626-3663.

Soccer clinics

The USVI Soccer Association is conducting free soccer clinics on St. Croix and St. Thomas that are open to boys and girls ages 5-13. The clinics take place from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday at Good Hope School and Educational Complex on St. Croix and at the University of the Virgin Islands soccer field on St. Thomas.

Players are encouraged to bring shin guards, cleats and water. Balls and nets will be provided. For more information, call 719-9707 or 513-8733, or email usvisoccer@vipowernet.net.

Taekwondo classes

ST. JOHN - There will be taekwondo classes at St. Ursula's Anglican Church Multipurpose Center from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students ages six to adult are welcome.

Free tennis instruction

ST. JOHN - The first 10-and-under Tennis Play Day was held in September at the Cruz Bay tennis courts and because of the event's success, free tennis instruction will now be offered Fridays from 3-6 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. For more information, call Pat Harley at 776-6643.

USTA 10-and-under Youth Tennis Program

ST. THOMAS - The USTA Quick Start 10-and-under Youth Tennis Program will be held Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at Doris E. Hodge Tennis Courts in Sub Base. The program is open to children between the ages of 5-10. Space is limited and registration is $75 per child. For more information, call Sharon Flamon at 626-3663.

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