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Canada’s Evan Dunfee takes 1st in 10,000m race walk event at Harry Jerome Classic | CBC Sports

Canada's Evan Dunfee takes 1st in 10,000m race walk event at Harry Jerome Classic | CBC Sports

Evan Dunfee’s biggest competitor Tuesday was someone he couldn’t even see.

A year after smashing his own national record in the 10,000-metre race walk at the Harry Jerome Classic in Burnaby, B.C., the Canadian was back and looking to repeat the feat.

Dunfee finished first with a time of 40 minutes 38.99 seconds on Tuesday, but couldn’t beat the 38:39.72 he posted in 2021.

“It was tough out there, thinking with like, 500 [metres] to go being like, ‘I just finished this race this time last year,”‘ he said. “You know, never fun to be lapped by your ghost but it’s just a different point.

“Last year, I was in the best shape I’ve ever been in leading into Tokyo and everything was going better than I could have possibly imagined.”

Dunfee followed his performance at last year’s Harry Jerome Classic with a bronze-medal performance at the Tokyo Olympics, finishing the 50-kilometre race walk in 3 hours 50 minutes and 59 seconds.

With a nagging upper-hamstring injury, the 31-year-old said he isn’t in quite the same form this season, but he’s working his way up to July’s World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Where his race walking career goes after this season, however, remains unclear.

Dunfee said he’d love to compete in the 20-kilometre race walk at the Paris Olympics in 2024, but right now he’s looking ahead to another passion: municipal politics. He’s running for city council in Richmond, B.C., this fall.

The new challenge has been really enjoyable, Dunfee said.

“There’ve been days where I’ve been like ‘Ah, I know, I have to go do my like easy 10k. But I really want to read this 200-page planning document,”‘ he said. “I just dove headfirst into this municipal politics thing and I’m trying to find a new way to use my platform and my community involvement to find some fun ways to really contribute to my community in new ways.”

The two-time Olympian will have one advantage over the other candidates heading into the vote on Oct. 15.

“If nothing else, I’m going to be the most efficient door knocker,” Dunfee said with a smile.

This year’s Harry Jerome Classic features several Canadian Olympians, including Madeleine Kelly, who finished 31st in the women’s 800m in Tokyo and Damian Warner, who took gold in the decathlon.

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No Harry, Meghan or Andrew on balcony at start of jubilee events

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Duke of York will not be joining other royals on the Buckingham Palace balcony after the trooping the colour that kicks off the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations.

The Queen has decided only working royals will gather on the balcony for the traditional flypast at the conclusion of the ceremony on Thursday 2 June.

A Buckingham Palace source said: “After careful consideration, the Queen has decided this year’s traditional trooping the colour balcony appearance on Thursday 2 June will be limited to Her Majesty and those members of the royal family who are currently undertaking official public duties on behalf of the Queen”.

Wider family members, including Harry and Meghan, if they are in the UK, and Andrew, will be invited to jubilee events, including a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral. Aides have also not confirmed or denied that the jubilee weekend could see a second balcony appearance, after the jubilee pageant on Sunday 5 June, which could see wider family members invited.

The source said family members will be invited to the jubilee events. “We have always made that clear.”

Harry and Meghan were reportedly invited by the Queen to take part in a jubilee balcony appearance following the couple’s brief low-key visit to his grandmother en route to the Invictus Games in the Netherlands last month.

During the diamond jubilee just six members of the royal family – the Queen, Charles, Camilla, William, Kate and Harry appeared on the balcony, interpreted as a reflection of Charles’s desire for a slimmed down monarchy. During the golden jubilee, the royal family made a balcony appearance following the jubilee pageant.

The trooping balcony appearance is the only balcony appearance confirmed in advance of this jubilee. The Queen’s decision means on the balcony after trooping the colour, she will be joined by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra. In addition the Cambridge and Wessex children are also expected to appear, as is Sir Tim Laurence, husband of Princess Anne.

The Queen, who has cancelled several recent high-profile engagements due to mobility issues, is said to be planning to take part in the celebrations, but it is not known which events she will attend.

The source said: “Her Majesty is looking forward to the weekend and will be taking part in the celebrations but her presence will not be confirmed until much nearer to the time or even on the day itself”.

Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace has revealed that the Gold State Coach, seen at coronations, jubilees and other high profile events since it was built in 1762, will be a highlight of the platinum jubilee pageant.

It will be drawn by eight Windsor Grey horses along the pageant route on Sunday 5 June. And, though the Queen herself will not be seated in it, showing in the remodelled coach windows will be archive footage of the young Queen recorded on Coronation Day.

The third-oldest surviving coach in the UK, made of giltwood and weighing four tonnes, it will be its first appearance on London’s streets for 20 years.

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Blarney on the Block, Harry Potter themed events and painting classes for kids make this week’s list of Go+Do events in Greeley, Loveland and beyond

Blarney on the Block, Harry Potter themed events and painting classes for kids make this week’s list of Go+Do events in Greeley, Loveland and beyond

Break out the green attire and “Kiss Me I’m Irish” pins in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. While the official holiday falls on a Thursday, many businesses around Greeley and Loveland are kicking off the fun early with parades, green beer, concerts and more.

Check out some of these 19 events taking place in Greeley, Loveland, Windsor and around NoCo for the week of March 12-18.

Do you have an event coming up that you think would be a perfect addition to the weekly Go+Do list? Send the date, time, a description of the event and other pertinent information to Tamara Markard at tmarkard@greeleytribune.com for consideration.

Saturday, March 12

1. The Colorado Model Train Museum is hosting Literacy Day featuring Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Express at 10 a.m. at 680 10th St. The event will include fun eye-spy games, butter beer and different model trains and settings. Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors age 65 and older, $6 for kids age 12 and younger and children age 3 and younger are free. For more information, go to www.cmrm.org.

2. It’s St. Patrick’s Day in downtown Greeley at Blarney on the Block kicks off at 2 p.m. with a parade, the McTeggart Irish Dancers, go-cup services and more along the 9th Street plaza. All ages are invited to attend the free event and well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome. For more information, go to https://bit.ly/3sRwoK2.

3. Join the city of Brighton to celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. along Main Street in downtown. The event will include games, shopping, a Diagon Alley and more. The event is free and all ages are welcome to attend. For more information, go to https://bit.ly/3ClIFJw.

4. Swing on over to 477 Distilling at 7 p.m. for some live music from the Briana Harris Quartet at 825 9th St., Unit B. Harris, a saxophonist and songwriter, Spencer Zweifel on keys and Domi Edson on bass will perform a variety of rock covers, jazz and original music. The free concert is open to adults age 21 and older. For more information, call the distillery at (970) 451-5768.

Monday, March 14

5. Art History with the Masters Pastel Drawing Workshop is set for 12:30 p.m. at the Greeley Family Funplex, 1501 65th Ave. The class, open to kids ages 7-12, offers five days of fun exploring the history of art and creating projects. Class admission is $120 for the entire week. For more information, or to register for the class, go to https://bit.ly/3tFewRJ.

6. Adult Progressive Skills Art Class: Painting Water with Watercolors is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Loveland Museum, 503 N. Lincoln Ave. The two-part class will teach attendees how to paint water using watercolors. Watercolor painting experience required. The class is open to adults age 18 and older and the fee for the class is $90 for non-members and $72 for museum members and students. For more information, go to https://bit.ly/3IVPC6I.

Wednesday, March 16

7. The Greeley Morning Gardening Club is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. at the Greeley Forestry Department, 2631 52nd Ave. Court. The club, founded in 1956 by local gardeners and community volunteers, hosts a variety of projects and events throughout the year, including the Greeley Garden Tour. The club is open to adults age 18 and older. For more information, go to www.greeleygardenclub.com.

8. Enjoy an evening of self care with friends at 5 p.m. at Black and Blues Music and Brews, 423 N. Cleveland Ave., Loveland. The event, open to adults age 18 and older, will start with a guided meditation followed by a intention workshop. There is no cost for admission, however tips and donations are appreciated. For more information, go to https://bit.ly/34kKXfs.

9. The Moxi Theater is hosting Powerman 5000 at 7:30 p.m. at 802 9th St. in Greeley. The Boston-based underground band will be joined by The World Over, Heartsick Heroine and Killing Creation for a night of hard rocking heavy metal and electro-metal music. All responsible ages with a valid photo ID are welcome to attend. Tickets are $18 per person for general admission. For more information, go to https://bit.ly/3sPh68l.

10. Celebrate Hump Day with wine and chocolate pairings at 5:30 p.m. at Sweet Heart Winery, 5500 W. Highway 34 in Loveland. The event will feature different Sweet Heart wines partnered with chocolate from The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. The event is open to adults age 21 and older and tickets are $35 per person. For more information, go to https://bit.ly/3ITzZNc.

Thursday, March 17

11. Before heading into work, take part in the 2nd annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast Drive-Thru from 7-9 a.m. at 2131 9th St. in Greeley. Hosted by Meals on Wheels of Greeley, the breakfast will feature potatoes O’Brien, sausage, eggs, cheese and gravy along with a fruit cup, muffin and milk all for a suggested donation of $10. All ages are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to info@mealsonwheelsgreeley.com by March 13. For more information, contact the nonprofit at (970) 353-9738.

12. Celebrate St. Patty’s Day at one of Colorado’s oldest and longest running Irish Pubs — Clancy’s Irish Pub, 7000 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge. Festivities begin at noon with live music, five bars, traditional Irish food, bagpipes, Irish dancers and more. The event will run through Saturday. Admission is $2 per person and all proceeds will be donated to The Colorado Humane Society. All ages are invited to attend. For more information, go to www.Iloveclancys.com.

13. Business owners of all ages are invited to attend Business After Hours at 5 p.m. at Re/Max Alliance, 1275 58th Ave., Greeley. Bring some business cards and meet and socialize with other local business owners during the free event. For more information, go to https://bit.ly/3tH2gjL.

Friday, March 18

14. The Windsor Gardener is hosting Lucky Sip and Shop from 5-7 p.m. at 6461 State Highway 392 for adults age 21 and older. Guests can enjoy tasty drinks, shopping and exploring everything the shop has to offer. Admission is free. For more information, contact The Windsor Gardener at (970) 686-9771.

15. St. Patrick’s Day continues with a performance by The Stubby Shillelaghs at 8 p.m. at the Moxi Theater, 802 9th St. Members of the Greeley Celtic folk band will don their kilts to bring audience members a fun time filled with original and classic music. All responsible ages with a valid photo ID are welcome to attend and tickets are $15 per person for general admission. Reserved tables are available for $50 for two people and $100 for four people. For more information, go to https://bit.ly/3hOmqT6.

16. Start the weekend off on a high note by seeing live, professional comedy at 8 p.m. at Syntax Distillery and Cocktail Bar, 700 6th St., Greeley. Hosted by Tobias Livingston, the show will feature different comics that are sure to keep audience members laughing and entertained. There is no cost to attend the show and adults age 21 and older are invited. For more information, contact Syntax Distillery and Cocktail Bar at (970) 352-5466.

17. Celebrate the opening of the Tipsy Cricket by attending the tavern’s ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. at 205 4th St., Windsor. The event will feature light snacks and beverages compliment of the Tipsy Cricket. The event is free and all ages are welcome to attend. For more information, contact the Tipsy Cricket at (970) 460-9123.

18. Wagon Wheel Skate Center is hosting Full Moon Rock’n’roll Adult Skate from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at 14501 Brighton Road, Brighton. Enjoy skating, a free photo booth and more. The event is open to adults age 18 and older and admission is $10. For more information, go to www.skatewagonwheel.com.

19. Break out your Colorado Eagles jersey and swag and head over to the game at 7:05 p.m. at the Budweiser Event Center, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland. The Eagles will be taking on the Stockton Heat. All ages are welcome to attend the game. Tickets range from $21 per person to $56 per person depending on seat choice. For more information, go to www.coloradoeagles.com.