Sports & Leisure


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JBLM’s Drew Melvin skates by the bench to get a break from the fast-paced action on the ice July 21 at the Puget Sound Hockey center. Melvin was one of more than 10 active-duty service members to play hockey for nearly two hours at no cost.

Northwest Guardian

Since June, nonprofit organization Hockey Saves and the Puget Sound Hockey Center in Tacoma have hosted weekly sessions for local service members to enjoy the sport of hockey in a fun, pick-up game setting.

Published: 01:48PM July 30th, 2015

With 15 years of experience, Rino Balinado teaches a course focuses on the New Concept of Philippine Arnis of Balintawak Eskrima – the art of stick fighting, as well as a combination of Filipino martial arts. The class is held Tuesday and Thursday evenings just outside Wilson Sports and Fitness Center on JBLM Lewis North.

Published: 01:47PM July 30th, 2015

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Bodybuilding Championship is scheduled to return Sept. 5 at Nelson Recreation Center on Lewis Main. Registration deadline is Aug. 14 for men and women for multiple weight classes and categories including physique and figure.

Published: 12:43PM July 30th, 2015

Sports: Authorized Department of Defense ID cardholders who want to attend a regular season Seattle Seahawks game can stop by Leisure Travel Services before Thursday to enter for a chance to purchase up to a maximum of four tickets. A drawing will be held Thursday at the Warrior Zone to determine everyone’s place in line to buy tickets Aug. 15 at the Leisure Travel Services, inside the Bowl Arena Lanes on Lewis Main. Call 253-967-3085.

Published: 10:39AM July 23rd, 2015

More than 700 runners signed up to run the 10th annual Down and Dirty Mud Run Saturday at Soldiers Field House on Lewis Main — a majority of whom were dressed as some of their favorite superheroes from various comic books, television shows and movies.

Published: 10:37AM July 23rd, 2015

More than 30 Joint Base Lewis-McChord youths learn a variety of unique skills and tricks during the annual British Soccer Camp hosted by JBLM Child, Youth and School Services July 13-17 on Lewis Main. Coaches bring their playing experience from throughout the United Kingdom to provide tips on playing a more freestyle type of soccer.

Published: 10:28AM July 23rd, 2015

Twelve members of Team Red, White and Blue’s JBLM chapter complete nearly 200-miles in two days during the Ragnar Northwest Passage Relay July 17-18 – the course started in Blaine, near the Washington-Canadian border, and ended at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley.

Published: 10:22AM July 23rd, 2015

“Unleashed” at Stadium Bowl offers a uniquely challenging stair running challenge for athletes and runners, which will have people run up and down all 1,628 stairs on Aug. 2 at Tacoma’s Stadium High School. Joint Base Lewis-McChord units will also be involved with a special run while wearing gear, while others can run the stadium in either one or two laps.

Published: 10:13AM July 23rd, 2015

Golf: Whispering Firs Golf Course will host a Payday Golf Scramble July 31 at 1 p.m.. Registration is $35 per person for five-person scramble teams. The fee includes green fees, cart rental and a chance for prizes. The deadline to sign up in the pro shop is Wednesday and is open to all Department of Defense ID cardholders. Call 253-982-2124.

Published: 12:41PM July 16th, 2015

For the first time in the event’s 36 years, the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic goes through Joint Base Lewis-McChord as part of the 206-mile ride that begins at the University of Washington in Seattle and ends in downtown Portland, Ore. About 10,000 riders participated this year, including active-duty and retired service members, as well as wounded veterans.

Published: 12:41PM July 16th, 2015

The third annual Spark Before Dark Zumba fitness party will take place Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. at Cowan Stadium on Lewis Main. The event has gathered hundreds of workout enthusiasts for an evening workout that comes with music, dance, neon shirts and glow sticks.

Published: 12:40PM July 16th, 2015

Tacoma’s Evergreen Bass Club hosted their seventh annual Fishing with America’s Heroes fishing derby Saturday from Russell Landing into American Lake on Lewis North. Event staff provided fishing gear that each service member took home, along with tips they received on how to fish the local lakes in Washington state.

Published: 12:25PM July 16th, 2015

Youth: The final day to register your child for Child, Youth and School Services youth flag football is today. The camp is available for ages 9-18 with a $40 registration fee — youths must be registered through CYSS and enrolled for youth sports on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The camp is held Monday through July 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. Visit or call 253-966-2977.

Published: 12:57PM July 9th, 2015

Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart hosted a football pro camp Tuesday and Wednesday at Rainier Field on McChord Field, where he taught football fundamentals and life lessons to more than 100 JBLM youths.

Published: 12:56PM July 9th, 2015

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stud Dawgs rugby team hosted their annual JBLM Rugby Sevens Tournament Saturday at Watkins Field on Lewis Main, which featured local clubs from Yelm, Bellevue and Seattle. While JBLM won the bowl championship, the group’s Army Selects team lost in the overall cup championship against the Seattle Saracens.

Published: 12:55PM July 9th, 2015

Hundreds traversed clouds of red, white and blue colored clouds during Joint Base Lewis-McChord ’s first Color Dash 5K Saturday on Lewis Main. The event also gave runners a chance to buy extra packets of powder to throw at each other before, during and after the run.

Published: 12:43PM July 9th, 2015

Sports: The JBLM Army Ten-Miler team is hosting their third and final time trial event July 11 at Cowan Stadium on Lewis Main. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. and the run starts at 8 a.m. The trial is open to active duty service members only. For more information, call 967-4768.

Published: 11:36AM July 2nd, 2015

Annual Rainier Cup golf tournament June 26-Sunday brought active duty, retired and other members of local military community together for a fun, competitive intraservice competition which started 18 years ago. Navy won this year’s title with a comeback run to defeat the Army team from Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Published: 11:33AM July 2nd, 2015

An average of 40 people — including active duty, retired and family members — play weekly Texas Hold ‘em tournaments at the Warrior Zone on Lewis North. The games are recognized by regulars as an inexpensive way to play the card game and create, maintain friendships.

Published: 11:31AM July 2nd, 2015

Dozens of runners from Joint Base Lewis-McChord “braved the undead” during the second annual Zombie Apocalypse 5k Run Saturday at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood.

Published: 11:31AM July 2nd, 2015

Former Seattle Seahawks Marcus Trufant, along with current players Jermaine Kearse and Derrick Coleman Jr., led a special youth football camp Saturday at Cowan Stadium on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. More than 400 youths were registered for the camp.

Published: 11:24AM July 2nd, 2015

Races: Joint Base Lewis-McChord will host the Color Dash 5K Saturday on Lewis Main near Exit 119 off Interstate 5. Open to the general public — enter from the DuPont Gate and be guided to the starting area. Packet pickup begins at 7:30 a.m. For more information or to register, visit or A portion of the event’s proceeds benefit USO Northwest.

Published: 01:13PM June 25th, 2015

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family and MWR races is bringing back the Triple Threat Triathlon series, but in conjunction with two other races — the Black Hills Triathlon Sunday in Lacey, and the Lakewood SummerFest Triathlon July 11 in Lakewood. The JBLM Spring and Olympic Triathlon is scheduled for Aug. 29 at Shoreline Park on Lewis North.

Published: 12:55PM June 25th, 2015

Freedom Fest isn’t the only home for activities on Joint Base Lewis-McChord on July Fourth. Rugby fans can watch local and international players compete in the JBLM Rugby Sevens Tournament at Watkins Field or run in the first JBLM Color Dash 5K on Lewis Main.

Published: 12:36PM June 25th, 2015

Third annual Green Golf Classic and Sustainability Summit promotes how Eagles Pride Golf Course on Joint Base Lewis-McChord has improved the game of golf while reducing the carbon footprint.

Published: 12:29PM June 25th, 2015

Youth: Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart will host a Football ProCamp for JBLM youths July 7-8 at Rainier Field on McChord Field. The event is free, but requires youths to be registered through Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Child, Youth and School Services to enroll in the ProCamp. Visit the CYSS Parent Central Services at Bldg. 2295 on Lewis Main to fill out the forms. There are 150 free spots available. For more information, call 253-966-2977.

Published: 10:39AM June 18th, 2015

Seattle Seahawk wide receiver Jermaine Kearse opened a new foundation to support military youths and families with community partnerships and projects soon to be announced. Kearse grew up on Joint Base Lewis-McChord before becoming a star in the NFL.

Published: 10:38AM June 18th, 2015

The annual Sound to Narrows 12K event attracts 18 teams totaling about 400 service members for the Military Formation Run, a unique race that requires teams to cross the line in a formation. The best overall time belongs to the A Company, 51st Expeditionary Signal Battalion, of Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Published: 10:38AM June 18th, 2015

NBA legend Lenny Wilkens stopped by Joint Base Lewis-McChord June 12 for a series of events as part of the league’s Hoops for Troops. After helping with a youth basketball clinic at Hillside Youth Center, Wilkens met and served meals to service members at the Warrior Zone.

Published: 10:49AM June 18th, 2015

The first Freedom Park Skate Jam is scheduled to take place Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Freedom Park on Lewis Main. The event promotes Go Skateboarding Day with a completion open to all interested amateur skateboarder both on the installation and those who live outside the base.