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On behalf of the 2010 Southern Alberta Summer Games, we would like you to know that the City of Medicine Hat and Cypress County’s Southern Alberta Summer Games Office is NOW OPEN!  We are looking for athletes to compete on Team Medicine Hat and Team Cypress County in Brooks/County of Newell at this year’s games.

The registration deadline for athletes is Monday, June 7th, 2010 at 4:00pm.

This year the games will take place from July 7-10th in Brooks/County of Newell with 26 different events to choose from!

The events that athletes can participate in include: THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »

Recently Taylor and I have become Members at the Medicine Hat YMCA for the affordable “Couple’s Membership” of about $60 total per month.

Everyone is probably familiar enough with the YMCA, but I was impressed with just how much they have. Included in the most basic packages is access to the fitness area, which has a dozen treadmills, bikes and stair masters, circuit training room and fairly complete weight room. You also get access to the gymnasium and racquetball/squash courts. If you want a little more, you can join the Health Club, which then grants access to hot tubs and a more exclusive work out area.

From the YMCA Medicine Hat website, you can view upcoming activities and annual events, find out how to volunteer, ongoing charities, and more.

The only quarrel I have with the Medicine Hat YMCA is that their website was done by Look Matters, a Regina-based design company. Why is this a bad thing? Because the YMCA always promotes being “so local”, and advertises on their website that “We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities”, but where is the strength in community if they go out of the city for their design needs?

All in all, the YMCA is an affordable and enjoyable place to go and exercise. If you are at the downtown YMCA and see someone biking or stomping abnormally loud on the treadmill while laughing at their iPod, that is probably me.

Rattler Run 2010

Rattler Run 2010

The Medicine Hat College annual Rattler Run is coming up again and is open to all ages of all competitive levels.

The Rattler Run is a fun run, designed to give the Medicine Hat community an opportunity to be outside, get some exercise, fresh air, and have fun. The city, after all, has over 100km of trail systems, so the Rattler Run gives everyone an opportunity to appreciate them.

This year’s run will take place on Saturday, April 24th, between 9:00AM and 10:30AM. Water stops will be placed along the way for runners/walkers, some health snacks for after, and an awards ceremony for the runners.

Like last year, Taylor and I will be volunteering at the water stops, so at the very least you can see how organized and OCD our station will be.

Registration can be done online or through snail mail, but must be completed before April 24th. To register, check the following:

For more information, including cost and maps of the routes, please visit:

If you want to get involved with running for fun or competitively, please visit the Medicine Hat Mad Hatters Running Club.

For only having 61,000 people, Medicine Hat boasts a large number of golf courses. Listed below is a collection of the Golf Course name, holes offered, address and a website link.

Connaught Golf Club – 18 Hole
2802 – 13th Ave. S.E.

Cottonwood Coulee Golf Course – 18 Hole
3245 – 10th Avenue SW

Desert Blume Golf Course – 18 Hole
107 Clubhouse Dr. S.W.

Medicine Hat Golf & Country Club – 18 Hole
947 Pigeon Street NE

Riverview Golf Club – 18 Hole
700 Redcliff Way SE

Paradise Valley – Par 3
90 Gehring Rd. SE

Ross Creek – Par 3
2850 – 54 Street SE
(East of Medicine Hat along Highway #1)

The Medicine Hat Community Celebration Committee is working with the Vancouver Organizing Committee preparing for the arrival of the Olympic Torch to Medicine Hat on Saturday, January 16.

In conjunction with the Torch Celebration, the Committee will be hosting “Ignite Your Spirit” at two venues.

The events will be held at Police Point Park and the Family Leisure Centre with activities allowing participation in some of the Olympic sports and will include local athletes demonstrating other sports.

The attached posters give details about the “Ignite Your Spirit” events as well as contact phone numbers for further information (click for expanded views).

Ignite Your Spirit Poster #1Ignite Your Spirit Poster #2

Medicine Hat CubsThe Medicine Hat Cubs (1-0) host the Red Deer Vipers (1-0) in their home opener today at the Kinplex at 2:30pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. The game day sponsor is Panago Pizza. They are having a tail gate party starting at 1:30pm. Each fan will receive a FREE slice of pizza when they come to the game. This will take place in the parking lot. Purchase a program for $2 and get a chance to shoot for $36,000 dollars. The shootout is sponsored by Dayzoff Pub and The Liquor Box. Don’t miss it. See you at the game.

On Sunday, September 20th at 1:45pm inside the Kinplex you can hit the ice with players from the 2009-2010 edition of the Medicine Hat Junior B Cubs and members of the Medicine Hat media which include 94.5 CHAT FM, MY 96, Rock 105.3, The Lounge 102.1 and Medicine Hat News.

The Cubs look forward to seeing you out at this FREE skate which runs until 4pm. This is one of many new promotional events being put on by the Cubs this season thanks to all the hard work from the executive and especially Cubs GM Bill Berard. Please make note of the home opener which is slated for Sunday, October 4th at 2:30pm when the Cubs host the Red Deer Vipers. It is free pizza day, fans are welcome to join the Cubs and their game day sponsor Panago Pizza for a FREE slice of pizza during the tail gate party which begins at 1pm in the parking lot. If that doesn’t turn you on, how does a chance at winning $36,000 sound? Purchase a program for $2 and if your number is called in the 2nd period you will get the oppourtunity to shoot from the far blue line for the Grand Prize in the 2nd Intermission.

Come out and be a part of this rich tradition, Medicine Hat Cubs Junior B Hockey! 36 Years and counting!

As coaches and players take to the ice today at FLC they are remembering one man in particular – Tony Aasman. Aasman, a city Hockey veteran, lost his battle with cancer just under a year ago. As his devotion to the game, even after his passing, lived on. Aasman lived for Kids minor Hockey in the city and people are remembering him with a 4-on-4 Tournament at the Leisure Centre today. Although he didn’t play much competitive hockey growing up, he had plenty of success teaching the game. It was September 9, 2008 when he had the chance to coach for a final time in a Tigers’ pre-season matchup, when his son Ryan came home with the Prince Albert Raiders to verse our Tabbies. Just 8 days later, Ryan had to make his way home again to say good-bye to his dad for the final time.

So if you have the opportunity, head up to the FLC today and get in on the action, you can also enter raffles for items like a Willie Desjardins-Tyler Ennis Canada World Juniors Photo, Ennis Team Canada Jersey, and more. The price for the raffle is 10 for $5 and of course, goes to a good cause.

Medicine Hat CubsOpening night will be a very special night for the Medicine Hat Cubs and their fans. To kick off the night, Panago Pizza, the game day sponsor will kick it off with a tail gate party starting at 1:30pm. Each fan who comes to the game will receive a FREE slice of pizza. Grab yourself a program for $2 and if your number gets called you get a chance to shoot for cash from the far blue line in the 2nd intermission for a grand total of $36,000. This amount is for opening night only! For the rest of the season the shootout amount will be $10,000.

The shootout will be sponsored by Dayz Off Pub and Liquor Box. Thanks to these two fine sponsors. Come and be a part of it, October 4, 2009 at 2:30pm inside the Kinplex versus the Red Deer Vipers. Let’s Pack the Plex!

The Mad Hatters are a running club that have run all over the prairies and beyond. They are based out of Medicine Hat and the club is run by members, for members. Their mission is simple: To run, to have fun and create networks of friendship.

The club offers group runs for beginners and regulars, training exercises for different terrains, preparation for races, and they host a number of social events.

On the website, you can find information about the club, how to join, a schedule of events, photos from past races, links to their partner sites and past race results.

Running has many great benefits besides cardiovascular fitness, it also increases oxygen utilization, improves blood flow, strengthens the heart, and what is more, it is an all-around sport that has no age limitations.

If you are interested in running, whether casually or for fun, check them out, they are a friendly group of people that will welcome you with open arms.

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