The American Bouldering Series, sponsored by Eastern Mountain Sports, is a nationwide indoor climbing competition held in some 130 gyms and involving 7,500 competitors, taking place across the United States. ABS comps began in October and will continue through April 2005 -- and City Rock Beach Club in Fremont is hosting the second of its four contests this Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Climbers compete in a variety of individual and team settings, further categorized by age and sex, and are judged on a point system as they negotiate the unique routes, or "problems," created by professional setters (and incorporating such difficulties as steep traverses and big falls) at each of the ABS sites. Within a three-hour time limit, climbers can tackle as many problems as they wish while witnessed by a peer. The top five scores count for rankings, and each individual competitor on a team will have his/her score included in the team score.
Further comps are scheduled for January 15 and February 19, also at City Beach. Entry fees are $15 for ABS members, $20 for nonmembers. City Rock is located at 4020 Technology Pl., Fremont. 510-651-2500 or Citybeach.com. Also visit RockComps.com -- Kelly Vance
Dress up and run
Get Scrooged this Saturday in San Ramon. Yes, holiday athletes and quad-stretch pranksters, it's time for the Bah Humbug 5K Run/Walk -- on a certified 3.1-mile flat, paved course through San Ramon, beginning at 9 a.m. at Bishop Ranch II, corner of Camino Ramon and Bollinger Canyon Road. Check-in time is 8 a.m. Don't forget your costume. Awards will be handed out for "Most Grinch-Like," "Holiday Spirit" (awww), and "Group Theme," with a special gift for all finishers who arrive "dressed for the holidays." Medals will be awarded to the first three finishers in each of a myriad of age divisions, from five-to-nine all the way to 85-plus. Race-day entry fee is $25, which covers a long-sleeved T-shirt plus refreshments and a souvenir holiday tree ornament (more awwws). Go to Active.com for more info. -- Kelly Vance
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