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Originally published Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 5:33 AM

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Fit & Fun: Toss a Frisbee, get a workout

Ultimate Frisbee can be an intensely competitive sport, but several pickup games throughout the Puget Sound region welcome all and offer a chance to test the game and get a workout.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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You may have seen those folks out there on the ballfields, flinging and snagging flying discs. It was called ultimate Frisbee in the old days, but now practitioners just call it "Ultimate."

That sounds a little pretentious, and it can get serious with leagues and tournaments and championships. But there also are several pickup games that welcome all and offer a chance to test the game and get a workout.

Steven Diesburg helps organize a long-running pickup game that occurs at noon Sundays at the UW's IMA Sports Field No. 1 (in Laurelhurst, across 45th from University Village).

"We have a lot of experienced players, so people can play pretty hard if they want to, but we have had 10-year-old kids, people that have never played Ultimate before, and some older people come and play," he said. "It's a great place to learn or just come and play with no expectations."

In fact, there are pickup games from Vashon Island to the Eastside at www.discnw.org/play/pickup.html.

Fit & Fun is a weekly notice about active recreational opportunities in the Greater Seattle area. To suggest a future item, contact Richard Seven: rseven@seattletimes.com.

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