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Regatta to be held Saturday

More than 275 rowers from nine clubs are expected to take part in the Duluth International Regatta on Saturday at the Duluth Rowing Club on Park Point.

The USRowing-certified event consists of 29 races. Racers participate in divisions by age level: junior, open and master. The shells are for one, two, four or eight rowers. All races are 2,000 meters long.

Numbers are up at the Duluth Rowing Club, which will have 60 youth rowers competing, including seven members of last year’s regional champion Junior Men’s Eight. The club will compete in 25 of the 29 races.

The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the club’s boathouse at 3900 Lake Avenue. The public is invited to attend. Races are planned to be held on the harbor side between Hearding Island and the club boathouse, though windy conditions may require the races be held on Lake Superior.


Kolquist back to defend Cloquet title

Alex Kolquist hopes to continue his domination of the local golf scene when he begins defense of his title at the 83rd Cloquet Invitational today through Sunday at Cloquet Country Club.

Kolquist rallied from five shots down to win the Cloquet tournament last year, beating Dan Moline and John Sheff in a three-hole playoff.

Nearly 150 golfers are expected to tee it up today in the 54-hole tournament, with 48 golfers in the championship flight alone. Among past winners expected to compete include Moline, Steve Stojevich, Tim Holland, Cory Schultz and Alex Kolquist’s father, Reed.

Alex Kolquist, 23, among other tournaments, won the Arrowhead Invitational in 2012, the Reidar Lund and Cloquet invites last year and two weeks ago defended his Reidar Lund title.

Golfers will play 18 holes of stroke play each day.


Trail marathon starts early Saturday

Runners will hit the wooded paths starting at     6 a.m. Saturday as the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon gets underway.

Renamed from the Half-Voyageur Trail Marathon in honor of its late founder last year, the 26.2-mile race goes from the Lake Superior Zoo to Carlton.

The course encompasses one leg of the Minnesota Voyageur Trail Ultramarathon, which is run July 26.

The entry fee is $45 through today and $55 on race day, though it costs only $10 if volunteering to help at the ultramarathon.