Wet ‘n’ Dirty

Paddleboard series
TAHOE Cup Paddle Racing Series kicks off on May 27 with the Donner Lake Race. The series offers both the recreational paddler and the race enthusiast an opportunity to participate in SUP, prone paddleboard or OC1 class races on Donner Lake and Lake Tahoe.
The first of a three-event series, the Donner Lake Race is open to all paddling craft and welcomes participants of all ability levels, from the recreational paddler to the SUP elite racer. The race starts at 9 a.m. from West End in a 5-mile race around the shoreline of Donner Lake. The start/finish area is open to spectators and will include a festive atmosphere and free demos.

Courtesy Tahoe Cup

The series continues with the Waterman’s Paddle Jam on July 15 and the Fall Classic is on Sept. 10 during the Tahoe Vista Paddlefest on Sept. 9 and 10. | tahoecup.org

Pump up da bike
The Little Big, a bike festival for all, is on May 27 and 28 at the Truckee Bike Park. The event will feature a ladies’ bike skills clinic, a pro and amateur dual slalom race, cycle-cross races, kids’ pump track/Strider jam and Jump Jam for men and women. All events will have registration on site except the skills clinic. | truckeebikepark.org

Gearing up for biking
Plumas County
Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship has announced the races and events for 2017. Yuba Expeditions with a Saturday parking lot party is from May 27 to 29 in Downieville, The Lost & Found Bike Ride is tentatively scheduled for June 3 to 4 at Lake Davis, The Downieville Classic is from Aug. 3 to 6 and registration is open now, the Downieville Epic with the TNT Trail Day is from Aug. 19 to 20 at Packer Saddle and the Grinduro is from Oct. 7 to 8 in Quincy.
Trail days include May 20, June 17 and July 15 in Quincy. There will be more in September and October on dates. | sierratrails.org

Cycling the region
Minden, Nev.
Alta Alpina Cycling Club announces upcoming races that are open to everyone in the cycling community. The race categories make it easy for anyone from racing veterans to first-timers to have a great race experience. Thursday Night Races will continue with 20 races until Aug. 31. The Ray Rickard Memorial Spring Century is on May 29, starting near Diamond Valley. Weekend Club rides will continue until October. The Alta Alpina Challenge-Riding the Wild Sierra is on June 24. Tim Rowe Memorial Fall Century is on Oct. 8 is from Wellington to Bridgeport. | altaapina.org

Two for tee
Incline Village, Nev.
This summer, the Golf Courses at Incline Village welcome teaching professional Neil Gunn back to Tahoe after a one-season absence in 2016. Gunn will join forces with returning teaching professional Scott Schuster, with whom he worked closely for many years in Florida.
Together, they plan to create the Incline Village Golf Academy: a cooperative approach to golf instruction that will offer a wide range of private and semi-private lesson options, golf clinics and custom club-fitting services. It will be headquartered at the Incline Village Championship Course.
Gunn and Schuster will also lead the Incline Village Golf Courses Junior Golf programs, including Junior Golf Camps, the PGA Junior League team(s) and a new Elite Junior Camp program focused on advanced concepts for competitive juniors. They will also team up to teach the Get Golf Ready Level 2 clinics. | golfincline.com

Take the challenge
Every year for two weeks, instead of driving, hundreds of Tahoe residents ride their bikes to work, school and to have fun. Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition hosts the Tahoe Bike Challenge 2017 from June 1 to 14. Sign in, ride your bike and track your miles. Join the friendly competition for fun prizes and bragging rights. | Register tahoebike.org

Battle Born Moto Festival
Sparks, Nev.
Expect the most extreme forms of off-road motorcycle racing in one weekend from June 3 to 4 at the Wild West Motorsports Park. Top pros from the West will demonstrate their talents in motor-climb racing, extreme enduro, trials and freestyle motocross. | elevatedaction.com

Join PCT trail clinics
Pacific Crest Trail Association is offering trainings in Truckee with Scout and Adopter training on June 3 and Crew Leader training on June 4. The workshops are open to all scouts, adopters and crew leaders. PCTA will not provide camping, lodging or meals for the weekend. Details at pcta.org. | Register volunteer@pcta.org or (916) 285-1838

One-day lake ride
Lake Tahoe
The 26th annual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride is an impressive 72-mile journey that circumnavigates Lake Tahoe in one day on June 4. Hosted by Bike the West and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, it offers spectacular scenery along with the necessities: food/water, restroom and first aid stations for avid recreational bicyclists. Cycling action continues on the same route with the 15th Annual Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue, a Ride to Cure Diabetes, as participants test their strength and physical endurance on Sept. 10. | Register bikethewest.com

Run short, run long
Truckee Running Festival is on June 4 at Riverview Sports Park from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Racers can choose from a 5km or 10km along the Legacy Trail or a half marathon to Waddle Ranch. The 5km is a fundraiser for Girls on the Run Sierras. There will also be kids’ fun runs. | tahoetrailrunning.com

Train and re-train
South Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Area Mountain Biking announces upcoming trainings. Hazard tree identification training is on June 4 or June 22 and all crew leaders are encouraged to attend. Chainsaw re-certification training is on June 10. Current sawyers must re-certify this year. | RSVP info@tamba.org

Fun to run in costume
Register now for the second annual OMG Fun Run on June 4 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Old Meyers Grade in Meyers. Advanced registration is $30 for adults and $15 for ages 6 to 12, ages 5 and younger attend free of charge. Costumes are encouraged. The course gate-to-gate roundtrip is 2.6 miles. The event will be held rain or shine. | meyerscommunityfoundation.org

Octane Fest
Fallon, Nev.
This festival hosts a week of high-powered motorsports with dirt-track racing, fuel-drag racing and a jamboree with monster trucks and freestyle motocross from June 9 to 11 at Rattlesnake Raceway. | octanefest.com

SUP-per time
East Shore
Thunderbird Paddling Festival is on June 10 at Sand Harbor State Park. All forms of standup paddleboarding on Lake Tahoe will be featured at this festival. Race in the Thunderbird 8 Miler or 4 Miler. There will be Grom races for the kids. SUP enthusiasts can also test new gear, check out the vendor expo and take clinics. | laketahoepaddling.com

Don’t forget the pliers
Hope Valley
Friends of Hope Valley’s annual workday is on June 10 at 9 a.m. Participants will meet at Pickett’s Junction in Hope Valley to join in a work party of their choice. Projects include watershed habitat improvement, general cleanup and fence repair. FOHV members can stay to attend the general membership meeting at noon. Bring work gloves, shovels and fencing pliers. | info@hopevalleyca.com

Tennis, anyone?
Incline Village, Nev.
The Tennis Center at Incline Parks & Recreation offers fun competitions and mixers open to everyone throughout the summer. A French Open and Welcome Back mixer is on June 10.
A Wimbledon breakfast and mixer is on July 16. The Incline Derby, a fun team competition including fun, food and lots of tennis is from Aug. 4 to 6. And, a U.S. Open Mixer is on Sept. 9. | yourtahoeplace.com

Fast, flat and fun
Olympic Valley
Get out and get active for the Squaw Valley Half Marathon and Run to Squaw 8 miler on June 11. Part of the Tahoe Trail Running Series, the half marathon starts and finishes at The Village At Squaw while the 8 miler begins at Commons Beach in Tahoe City and ends in the heart of The Village. Both courses are fast and flat with beautiful views along the mainly paved trail that runs along the Truckee River. | tahoetrailrunning.com

Ring around the lake
South Lake Tahoe
DeCelle Memorial 53rd Lake Tahoe Relay is on June 10. This year participants will kick off the 2017 event in fashion with the starting line at the Tahoe Beach Retreat. The Lake Tahoe Relay is about embracing the splendor of one of the greatest alpine lakes in the world. It’s a relay race or party that consists of teams of seven, each running 8 to 12 miles. For a bigger challenge, there are the 72-mile Ultra marathon and two-runner teams’ 72-mile relays. Each team member will run 36 miles, alternating legs as needed. | laketahoerelay.com

Historic town trail run
Genoa, Nev.
Ascent Run Adventure Up announces the Genoa Peak Marathon, with 24-mile and 8-mile events, on June 10. Both will start at Trimmer Outpost in Genoa. The trail runs through the historic town. | ascentruns.com

Run, jog or take your time
Incline Village, Nev.
Incline Color Run is a 5km run/walk on June 11 at 9 a.m. starting at Incline Middle School. There is no time limit and participants can run, jog or walk; the entire family is invited. Registration includes a T-shirt, race bib and individual color packet. Early registration ends on May 27. Adults are $35 and ages 17 and younger are $25. The race supports Incline Elementary School physical education and wellness booster. | Register inclinemscr.eventbrite.com

Adventure racing
Tahoe venues
Big Blue Adventure has opened registration for 2017 adventure races from trail running and triathlons to swimming and more.
The Tahoe Trail Running Series includes Squaw Valley Half Marathon and Run to Squaw on June 11, Burton Creek Trail Run on June 18, Run to the Beach on July 4, Marlette 50 km and 10 Miler on Aug. 13 and Emerald Bay Trail Run on Sept. 17.
The 6th annual XTERRA Tahoe City Off-Road Triathlon, Duathlon and Sprint is on June 24 and the XTERRA Lake Tahoe Off-Road Triathlon is on Aug. 19.
Donner Lake Triathlon is on July 22 and 23, the Truckee Marathon on Sept. 24 and the Great Trail Race is on Oct. 8.
Sierra Open Water Swim Series includes Sand Harbor Open Water Swim on June 10, Truckee Open Water Swim on July 22 and Lake Tahoe Open Water Swim on Aug. 26. | bigblueadventure.com

Cycle the Sierra
Tahoe venues
Cycle the Sierra will be from June 16 to 20. Participants can register, get an overview of the route and other details about this fully supported, five-day journey. The 300-mile loop will travel through Tahoe and Gold Rush country. | cyclethesierra.com

Epic three days of biking
Carson City, Nev.
Ride the Carson City Off-Road from June 16 to 18 allows riders to choose from three different distance options of 15, 35 or 50 miles. All participants will climb their way into the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada, take in views of Lake Tahoe, Washoe Valley and the Carson Valley while connecting to some of the area’s favorite pieces of single-track, double track, gravel roads and the occasional paved segment. | epicrides.com

What’s your sport?
Area venues
Adventure Sports Week is from June 16 to 25. Enjoy 10 days of human-powered sports, music, film and fun. The event hosts eight competitive events during the day along with entertainment at night. Trail running, triathlon, mountain biking, paddleboarding and other competitive events will be offered. There will also be demos, clinics and activities for every adventure enthusiast in the family. | adventuresportsweektahoe.com

Biking the greens
South Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Games Bike Nights offer a family-friendly, cross-country bike race on June 16 and Sept. 29, featuring an illuminated course spanning across the Lake Tahoe Golf Course — over fairways, into the rough, through sand traps and over bridges with the occasional cart path. It is open to all ages and riding abilities. The race is approximately 6 miles, with two 3-mile laps for most classes. Helmets and lights are recommended. No electric bikes will be allowed. | oncourseevents.com

A week-filled with adventure
North Lake Tahoe
Alpenglow Mountain Festival Summer is from June 17 to 25 with more than 50 individual events that will be taking place throughout North Lake Tahoe. The week will include yoga classes, SUP clinics, guided hikes, trail runs, how-to clinics, overnight backpacking trips, tech talks, natural history excursions a film festival and live music events. | alpenglowsports.com

Series takes a disc
Tahoe venues
Sierra Tahoe Disc Golf Series announces its summer and fall events: Sierra College Pro/Am presented by Innova Champion Discs is on June 17 and 18 at Sierra College in Truckee; the 23rd annual Tahoe Pro/Am is on July 22 and 23 at Bijou Park Disc Golf in South Lake Tahoe and The Mountain Mayhem is on Aug. 5 and 6 at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.
King of the Lake on Aug. 19 and 20 and Nevada State Disc Championships on Sept. 15 and 17 are at Zephyr Cove Disc Golf Course. Tahoe Mountain Sports 11th annual Pro/Am and STS Finals is at Tahoe Vista Disc Golf Course on Oct. 7 and 8. | Sierra at Tahoe Series on Facebook

Happenin’ at the Tappaan
Sierra Club’s Clair Tappaan Lodge offers outings throughout the year. Family Fun and Service, in which everyone helps maintain trails, while exploring lakes and meadows, is from June 17 to 23. This outing includes lodging hot tub, showers, laundry and hearty meals and snacks. The minimum age is 8. The leader will be Paul LaQuatra.
Mountain Medley is from July 9 to 15 and includes daily hikes, a Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival play and state park fees. The leader will be William Baurecht.
Just for Grandparents and Grandkids is from July 16 to 21. This outing includes hiking portions of the Pacific Crest Trail, all accommodations, meals and admission fees. The minimum age is 6. The leader will be Angela White.
A Gathering of Friends, a fundraiser for the lodge, is from Aug. 18 to 20. The outing includes hiking, entertainment, a wine and cheese reception and art sale.
Volunteer Vacation at Clair Tappaan Lodge is from Sept. 23 to 30. Participants will work on forest restoration projects, while exploring the lakes and meadows of the Sierra Nevada. This outing includes lodging and meals. The leader will be Suzanne Ferguson.
Autumn Hiking and History in the Sierra Nevada is from Oct. 1 to 7 and includes daily hikes, lodging, all meals and admission fees. The leader will be Aurora Roberts. | clairtappaanlodge.com

This race is epic
South Lake Tahoe
Long-distance milers will lace up their running shoes and hit the road with the third annual Rock Tahoe Half Marathon on June 17. Presented by Epic Tahoe Adventures, the 13.1-mile course starts at Spooner Summit and drops more than 1,000 feet as it winds down U.S. State Route 50 along the East Shore of Lake Tahoe to a finish line at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Other weekend activities include an expo, post-race party for runners and guests and awards for the top male and female age group finishers. | epictahoe.com

US Open of Watercross
Sparks, Nev.
This event is the NASCAR of watercross and draws top competitors worldwide on June 17 and 18 at the Sparks Marina. This premier racing circuit showcases professional and amateur athletes in the highly explosive and exciting sport of personal watercraft racing. | prowatercross.com

Lake Tahoe Bird Festival
South Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Institute for Natural Science presents a family-friendly day from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 25 to learn about bird research, go on a bird walk with a local bird expert, see live birds of prey and more and the Taylor Creek Visitor Center. | tinsweb.org

Hoist up the sails
Tahoe City
Tahoe Community Sailing Program offers Adult Sailing Clinics for ages 18 and older on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. Basics and Intermediates start on June 27. Women’s Only Clinics are one-day sessions on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for beginners on June 30, July 7 and 21, and Aug. 4 and 18. Participants for both clinics must be able to swim. |

Runs of fun to come
Sparks, Nev.
Get in shape and mark your calendars for these upcoming fun runs in downtown Reno: Arch Rivals Run on July 1, No Brainer Dash on Oct. 28 and Santa Dash on Dec. 16. | Register crawlreno.com

Get set to run
Area venues
Save the dates for Auburn Ski Club Training Center’s upcoming summer events: Firecracker Mile is on July 4, 37th annual Squaw Valley Mountain Run is on July 29, the third annual Sierra Crest Ultra Run is on Aug. 5. Run the Runway is on Oct. 1 and Donner Lake Turkey Trot is on Nov. 4. | auburnskiclub.com

Alps in California?
South Lake Tahoe
The last chance to register for the Deathride: Tour of the California Alps opens on June 22 at 10 a.m. Deathride, on July 8, is 129 miles over five mountain passes and 15,000 feet of climbing. It has SAG support, eight full rest stops, lunch and dinner and live music. | deathride.com

Racing series for bikers
Northstar Downhill Mountain Bike Race Series, starting on July 9, offers competitions throughout the summer and features 20 different divisions for men, women and juniors to vie for the title. The top three racers in each division receive points-based awards at the end of each race, as well as the conclusion of the series. | northstarcalifornia.com

Century ride is breathtaking
Tahoe Trail 100 features a two-loop, 50km course filled with views of Lake Tahoe on July 15. Rocky summits and breathtaking pine forests are found in every direction from Northstar. Competitors have a chance to score a slot in the Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race by placing in the top of his or her age group or by lottery. | northstarcalifornia.com

Stampede road closures
The Bureau of Reclamation is working on Stampede Dam. The work necessitates a road closure from the Stampede Meadows Road and Dog Valley Road intersection to the Emigrant Group Campground entrance on Dog Valley Road. Public access to Stampede Reservoir will be along Hobart Mills and Dog Valley Road. This road closure is expected to last through October 2018, when the project is planned to be complete. Additionally, the Emigrant Group Campground will be closed for the 2017 season and re-opened for the 2018 season. Logger Campground and the Boat Ramp Road at Stampede will be open during the project. | usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/stampede 

No dogs on Upper Truckee Marsh
South Lake Tahoe
The California Tahoe Conservancy announces its annual seasonal dog closure at the Upper Truckee Marsh through July 31. The purpose of the closure is to keep dogs out of critical breeding habitat for special, threatened and endangered species, such as the Willow Flycatcher and Yellow Warbler. Beginning Aug. 1, dogs will again be permitted access to the Upper Truckee Marsh, if they are on leash. The Conservancy-owned Cove East property, west of the river, remains open for year-round for leashed dog access. | tahoe.ca.gov

Open to the public
For the first time in a century, Webber Lake will be open for public camping in 2017. Webber Lake, 17 miles north of Truckee, was acquired by the Truckee Donner Land Trust. For the past 65 years, Webber Lake was used as a private fishing camp, an arrangement that ended in 2016. When the snow melts, the Land Trust will open Webber Lake, with limited camping, until complete renovations for a large campground and day use areas are completed for a grand opening in 2018. Camping for RVs, trailers, tents, large groups and everything in between will be available. | tdlandtrust.org

Family paddling fun
Kings Beach
Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddle Festival is from Aug. 12 to 13 at Kings Beach State Park Beach. Registration is open now for the world’s oldest paddle festival. Expect family fun, food, music, raffle and prizes. There’s outrigger competition for all ages, free demos and clinics. | facebook.com/tahoenalu

Bike festival on tap
South Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association announces summer signature events dates: the 5th annual Tahoe Mountain Bike & Brew Festival in Meyers is Aug. 26 and 27, Rose to Toads will be on Sept. 2 and Corral Night Ride will be on Oct. 14. Proceeds from all these events will go into trail maintenance and improvements. | tamba.org

Yummy pedals
Tahoe venues
The Edible Pedal 100 rides include five different routes all starting and ending at the Bowers Mansion in Washoe Valley on Sept. 17. The family-friendly route includes a 10km around Washoe Valley. The cruising 32km treks to Carson City; the 50km and 74km loops tour through Carson and Genoa; and the challenging 150km goes through the Carson Valley to Lake Tahoe via Kingsbury Grade. The Edible Pedal 100 is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Reno Sunrise. | ediblepedal100.org

The top on the top
Olympic Valley
Fire and grit collide when the world’s greatest athletes compete in the 2017 Reebok Spartan Race World Championship at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows on Sept. 30. The pinnacle event of the obstacle-racing season will see a field of 500 elite athletes from more than 30 countries battling the mountainous terrain of Olympic Valley during the 12-mile race. To qualify for the World Championship heat, men and women racers must finish in the top 5 at Spartan Races around the world during the 2017 qualifying season. Previous World Champions have hailed from the Czech Republic, Great Britain, Canada and the U.S.
Highlighting the field of endurance athletes at the World Championship and throughout the season is the Spartan Race Pro Team, boasting the top athletes in the sport including Amelia Boone, Robert Killian Jr., Ryan Kent, Alyssa Hawley, Faye Stenning and Matt Novakovich, along with newcomers such as Veejay Jones and Rea Kolbl. The team will also compete at all Spartan Race U.S. Championship events, along with select regular-season races and global events.
Legends will rise as they compete for more than $250,000 in cash and prizes on unforgiving and scenic terrain. | spartan.com

Around the lake in three days
Tahoe venues
Lake Tahoe Marathon will host the Tahoe Triple and the Tahoe Trifecta in three days from Oct. 13 to 15. The Triple, three marathons, will run from Sand Harbor to Homewood, from Homewood to Lakeside Beach and from Stateline to Incline Village. The Trifecta, three half-marathons, will run from Carnelian Bay to Homewood, from Emerald Bay to Lakeside Beach and from Spooner Summit to Incline Village. | laketahoemarathon.com

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