I declare winter officially over!
OK, OK, that sort of decision is above my pay grade, and I’ve lived around here long enough to know that the cold rain could return at least until the Kool April Nights car show ends. But I also know that we have plenty of warm sunshine in our near future.
That means it’s time to get the bike down off the hooks and squirt some lubrication on the chain, knock the mud off the running shoes, locate the hiking boots stashed in the garage and figure out what the heck that smell is in your Camelback. It’s time to get outside and get active.
The local calendar for the next few months is packed with running, walking, road cycling and mountain biking events. Here is a rundown for the rest of this month and April. Next week, I’ll have a list of May events in our region. If you are organizing an event that is not listed, shoot me an email at the address below.
Away we go …
• Tour of the Unknown Valley North, March 28, Glenn County Fairgrounds, Orland. This new edition to the Chico Velo Century Series features a 72-mile loop bicycle ride through the valley and the mountains to the west. Pray for no wind. Info: http://www.active.com.
• Run for the Wild, April 3, Anderson River Park, Anderson. The 5-mile run, 2-mile run/walk and kids’ quarter-miler serve as benefit fundraisers for the Shasta Wildlife Rescue and Rehab Center. I understand that the 5-miler will follow a new, one-lap course through the park this year. Info: http://www.shastawildliferescue.com/run_4_the_wild.html.
• Trail Less Traveled, Lake Oroville State Recreation Area. April 4. You don’t see a whole lot of runs scheduled for Easter Sunday, but here’s are 5K and quarter-marathon (roughly 6.5 miles) runs on hilly trails. Info: www.underthesunevents.org/trail_less_traveled.htm.
• Pear Blossom Run, April 10, Medford, Oregon. This one is a little ways from our base, but it’s a big and very well-regarded event with upwards of 2,500 runners. The featured run is a 10-miler, but there’s a 5K (3.1-mile) run as well. Walkers who don’t dawdle are also allowed. No fooling, you must register by April 1. Info: www.pearblossomrun.com.
• Spring Run, April 10, Sacramento River Diversion Dam, Red Bluff. If you don’t want to travel all the way to Southern Oregon, the Soroptimist International of Red Bluff offers an alternative 10K run, 5K run and 1-mile run/walk. Info: Jan Miller, 527-6808.
• Black Butte Triathlon, April 11, Black Butte Lake. This first-year event offers both sprint- and Olympic-distance triathlons. The sprint distance is an 800-meter swim, 15-mile bike ride and 5K run. The Olympic distance is a 1500-meter swim, 40-mile ride and 10K run. The swim will be in the lake (I’m thinking a wetsuit will be a really good idea), the ride on country roads and the run on trails. Info: www.blackbuttetriathlon.com.
• Bike Around the Buttes, April 17, Sutter. You guessed it, the Sutter Buttes are the central feature of this well-regarded bike ride, which is marking its 25th year. There are three courses –100 miles, 40 miles and 17.5 miles. Info: www.bikearoundthebuttes.com.
• Lemurian mountain bike race, April 24, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Now in its 23rd year, the Lemurian is one of the West Coast’s classic mountain bike events. The full course is 26 miles of Whiskeytown mountains and gnarly trails. The 20- and 8-mile courses are shorter, but still plenty hilly and technical. www.shastalemurian.com.
• Sunsweet Wildflowers Trail Runs, April 24, Sacramento River Bend area, Red Bluff. The 50K, 50K relay and 10K races use the great BLM trails on the east side of the Sacramento River. Info (it’s a PDF): www.sweatrc.com.
• Chico Wildflower Century, April 25. Chico. You need to sign up early for this 100-mile ride, which often ranks among the 10 best in the country. The Wildflower boasts great scenery, some tough climbs, a few screaming downhills, good support and, of course, tons of wildflowers. Also offered are the 65-mile Mildflower, 30-and 60-mile Flatflower routes, and the 15-mile Childflower. So witty they are down in Chico. Info (it’s a PDF): www.chicovelo.org.
Paul Shigley is senior editor of California Planning & Development Report, a frequent contributor to Planning magazine and co-author of Guide to California Planning, a reference book and college text. He lives in Centerville. Paul Shigley can be reached at email@example.com.