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Updated: January 21, 2013 4:00PM



Perhaps the only place ancient Mayan apocalyptic predictions remain a hot topic is in some quarters of the media and blogosphere.

While everyone from experts at NASA to the Vatican are discounting the doomsday forecasts, some local race organizers are playing up the hype for a special themed run.

“Local runners will hit the trail one last time for the END OF THE WORLD RUN!” posted coordinators of the Crazy Legs Race Series, which will feature a 10K race that is set to kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday at Sunset Hill Farms County Park (775 Meridian Road, Valparaiso.)

Though it’s been pointed out that the end-of-days prophecy was not properly adjusted to the Gregorian calendar in use around the world, race director, Paul Stofko said Northwest Indiana runners are stoked to get in some last-minute fitness.

“Runners love to run and if the end of the world is coming, real runners will want to get in some final miles,” Stofko said. “This will be a fun race and one last chance to win a medal before it all becomes meaningless.”

Race day registration is set for 5 p.m. at the park. Headlights or flashlights are mandatory for all runners. Awards will (or are expected to) be given to the overall male and female winners and the top three finishers in each age group.

For registration and additional information, visit imathlete.com/events/EventOverview.aspx?fEID=12917.

Creekside Golf Course to offer lessons: During the school break, Valparaiso’s Creekside Golf Course and Training Center (2355 Clifford Road) will be set to serve up lessons for youths of various skill levels.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, Lil Tigers, or youngsters from 3- to 5-years-old, can attend class. Also on Saturday, 6- to 8-year-olds who are novices are offered the Linkster class at 2 p.m. Finally on that day, Junior 202 programming for ages 12 and up is set for 3 p.m.

Kids ages 9 to 11 can try Junior 101, which will be offered at 1 p.m. Dec. 27 and 28. Linksters classes will follow at 2 p.m. The more advanced Junior 202 programming is set for 3 p.m. The Junior 202 class is for ages 12 and older who have had some experience.

Dec. 29 will feature Lil Tigers again at 1 p.m., and Linksters at 2 p.m.

The sessions cost $15 to $30 each plus range balls. For more information, call LPGA teaching professional Nancy Bender at 531-7888.

MMA team announces schedule: Carlson Gracie Team MMA instructors announced their schedule for the holidays. The premier Chicagoland mixed martial arts training center will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25 and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

The facility, at 8789 Louisiana St. Suite A in Merrillville, has a 3,000 square foot training area and is headed by coach Steve Colon and instructor Jeff Neal. Gracie school offers an array of classesm, including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing, boxing, MMA, as well as beginner and kids programs.

Instructors at the school offer private lessons seven days a week to addresses specific disciplines and aspects of martial arts skills.

For more information about Carlson Gracie Team MMA offerings, call 649-1174, or visit chicagommatraining.com/facility-merrillville.html.



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