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  • Ashley Bolda, 15, of Crystal Lake, recently placed 164th over all in the Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championships out of 211 shooters from around the world.

      Ashley Bolda, 15, of Crystal Lake, recently placed 164th over all in the Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championships out of 211 shooters from around the world.

 
 

Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to compete in Pingree Grove's Fall 5K Run/Walk, scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 2.

The run starts at the Cambridge Lakes Learning Center, 900 Wester Blvd., and takes runners through the Cambridge subdivisions.

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It costs $15 to participate, a fee that includes a T-shirt.

Check-in runs from 8 to 8:50 a.m.

A kids mile challenge, for children in fourth grade and younger, follows the main race at 10 a.m.

Those who finish in the top spot for their age groups will win gift card from Dick Pond Athletics.

The top three finishers in the men's and women's divisions will receive free memberships to Fitness 19 health clubs.

You can register in advance or the day of the race.

For more information or to register, call Drew Smith at (847) 464-4500 or e-mail him at DrewSmith@schools-out-fun.com.

Hitting em' with her best shot: A budding teen fashion designer from Crystal Lake also has a penchant for guns.

Ashley "Shooter" Bolda, 15, recently placed 164th over all in the Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championships out of 211 shooters from around the world.

The sport works like this: competitors draw their weapons at the sound of the buzzer, then shoot five steel plates as fast as they can.

The event, in existence since 1981, lasts eight stages and the guns include everything from .22-caliber pistols to semiautomatic guns.

The tournament, held in Piru, Ca., attracted shooters from around the world and it marked Ashley's fourth appearance in the event.

Ashley is currently gearing up for the national competition in March by training with her coach Mike Setting, a longtime family friend also known as "Uncle Mike."

"I like shooting because of the adrenaline rush I get from it," Ashley said, adding that the sport is also fun and a great way to meet new people.

Ashley has been shooting guns since she was a little girl, thanks to her father Matthew Bolda, a former warfare specialist in the U.S. Navy.

"I think the first time I put a gun in her hand she was 7," said Bolda, who also used to compete. "She just loved it."

Those two aren't the only ones in the Bolda family who know a thing or two about weapons.

Shooter's mother Jeannie sells gun power and projectiles to major gun manufacturers and Shooter's Matthew "Gunner" Bolda, 11, will start shooting in November during the hunting season.

Although she clearly has a talent for weaponry, Shooter's parents are encouraging her to pursue other interests as well, including competitive cheerleading at Layton Athletics in Ringwood, Ill. and fashion design - Shooter would love to start a clothing line rivaling Baby Phat and Juicy Couture.

"We want her to have fun," Matthew Bolda said.

In other news, Tim Vinci, 49, of Algonquin, also competed in the event and placed 187th out of 211 shooters.

Lenore Adkins covers Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Pingree Grove, Fox River Grove, Cary and McHenry County College. To reach her, send an e-mail to ladkins@dailyherald.com or call (847) 608-2725.

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