Sports & Recreation

The Morning Miller On Sports For March 12, 2012

The Morning Miller On Sports For March 12, 2012

ABA Jacksonville Giants Basketball - The Jacksonville Giants are hosting the ABA Southeast Regional Playoffs this Saturday and Sunday.  This final game will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The Dunkin' Dancers acrobatic team are scheduled to perform at halftime.

Link of the Day – Over the weekend, former Jaguars guard Vince Manuwai signed with the Atlanta Falcons.  He later spoke with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

          http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-blog/2012/03/12/atlanta-falcons-qa-with-vince-manuwai/

NEW ROPES COURSE AND ZIPLINE NEAR ST. JOHNS TOWN CENTER BY MILLER ON SPORTS

NEW ROPES COURSE AND ZIPLINE NEAR ST. JOHNS TOWN CENTER BY MILLER ON SPORTS

Jacksonville, Florida, will have its first High Adventure Ropes Course by the end of March.  The course is  located at the University of North Florida(UNF) Wildlife Sanctuary within a quarter mile of St. Johns Town Center shopping district.  Building high adventure courses is a new trend on college campuses.

The ropes course will feature the State’s longest zipline,  which will cross the lake and drop off on the island in the middle of the wildlife sanctuary.  UNF students and surrounding businesses eagerly await its opening.  The UNF Department of Campus Recreation staffers traveled to Florida Gulf Coast University (GCU) in Fort Myers, Florida, for training since GCU completed a similar ropes course in 2011.  Both schools contracted with Alpine Towers  International (ATI), which specializes in the design  and building of the world’s finest recreational adventure challenge courses.     

2012 Gate River Run Adidas Junior Run Video by Miller on Sports

2012 Gate River Run Adidas Junior Run Video by Miller on Sports

This year, the Miller on Sports team chose to follow the younger set of runners.  In the 2012 Junior River Run, there were two major youth races:  boys and girls nine years old and under, and boys and girls ten through thirteen years old.  Starting at 11:00 a.m., those races began on Duval Street in front of the Jacksonville Fairgrounds.

The runners ran west on Duval Street and then circled back along Duval Street to finish the mile race inside the fairgrounds just north of the starting line.  The weather for the races was breezy and cool, but proved to be good running weather for these future Gate River Run runners.  Some of these youthful runners looked like they were actually ready for the adult race.