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Richfield's newest winter sport, voyager curling, is taking the city by storm

Post Date:01/25/2019 3:11 PM

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Looking for a fun new way to get outside this winter?

Check out voyager curling at one of Richfield's outdoor ice rinks. Richfield's newest winter sport was invented by the Richfield Curling Club, in an attempt to get more residents outside and to the rinks.

Lisa Rudolph, the founder of the club, has two sons who play hockey on the rinks and wanted to bring a low cost, accessible activity other than skating that anyone could enjoy.

With that, voyager curling was born.

"Voyager curling is part curling, part bocce ball, sort of like 'ice bocce'," explained Rudolph.

The game starts by a hockey puck being tossed in the middle of the rink. Each player has log pieces with a different color, which are slid across the ice towards the puck. Whichever log gets the closest to the puck gets one point.
One perk of the game is that it’s simple and easy enough for players of any age to understand. “

At the last event, we had three and four-year-old kids playing voyager curling," said Rudolph. “It’s just a matter of picking up a log and giving it a shot."
The first hosted session took place last Sunday, January 20, at the Donaldson Park ice rink.

“Feedback regarding the voyager curling program has been all positive,” said Rudolph. “Most people have said it’s even more fun than it looks!”
Equipment is available to check out at any local warming house, but if you want more instruction or other ambitious voyager curlers to play with, curling club members will be at the Donaldson Park ice rink to help instruct and play on Sunday, February 10 at 2 p.m.

The event is free, just come dressed for the cold.

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