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FRI, 4/16

Think you play a mean pinball? Prove it. You'll be up against the best of the flippin' best at the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown, which starts today at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Elton John will be there, ready to whup your ass from behind the glass of his namesake 1975 Bally Capt. Fantastic. Elvira and the Party Monsters and the Addams Family will also be on hand, as will the Black Knight and the Creature From the Black Lagoon. All told, sixty different machines will be ready for the challenge.

And don't worry about loading up with quarters: Ten bucks a day for adults ($6 for kids ages seven to twelve) buys all the pinball you can handle; another five gets you in the open tournament. The best score of two games will stand, and you can enter as many times as you like. Team tournaments, kids' tournaments and parent-kid tournaments will round out the competitions, all of which will be battled out on the Lord of the Rings or Ripley's Believe It or Not machines; proceeds from a pay-for-play practice machine will go to the Children's Hospital.

"This is something we're doing for the love of the game and for those folks who have shown an interest in pinball," says event co-founder Holly Kleinman.

Register for individual tournaments at the door or online at The fun begins at noon and continues through 6 p.m. tomorrow in Auditorium #3 of the fairgrounds, 15200 West Sixth Avenue in Golden. About 400 players are expected to attend, and they're gonna be looking for action -- so bring it on! -- Amy Haimerl

Share the Strength
Naval ROTC race seeks civilian contestants
SAT, 4/17

Those in civvies can compete against some of our nation's fittest students at today's 2004 Annual Naval ROTC Endurance Race. For the first time, the annual challenge is open to the general public. "It's a chance for civilians to come out and see how tough they are," says race coordinator Ben Ringerman, a midshipman in the Naval ROTC unit at the University of Colorado at Boulder. "It's a very, very, very challenging course."

The grueling race starts with a 1,000-meter pool swim, then continues with a thirteen-mile trail/road run featuring calisthenics checkpoints where participants will be required to do push-ups, sit-ups and pull-ups. A rope climb brings the competition to a close.

"It's going to be pretty brutal," promises Ringerman. "It involves a significant amount of calisthenics and requires a lot of upper-body strength."

The race begins at 7 a.m. at Balch Fieldhouse on the CU-Boulder campus. The entry fee is $30; participants can register in advance at For more information, visit -- Julie Dunn


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