Wet ‘n’ Dirty

Courtesy B4BC

Skate the Lake
Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) is coming back to Tahoe from July 28 to 29 for the 13th Annual Skate the Lake. Hop on your longboards, skateboards, bikes or scooters and join in a 28-mile longboarding marathon fundraiser to support a healthy, active lifestyle while raising awareness and funds for B4BC’s education, prevention and survivor programs.
The kickoff party is on July 28 from 2 to 8 p.m. at Commons Beach featuring live music by Chuck Ragan along with a silent auction, beer garden, live painting, food and drinks, yoga and more. The skate starts on July 29 at 7:30 a.m. with a celebration at the finish. | give.classy.org/skatethelake

Swinging together
Zephyr Cove, Nev.
The 34th annual Tahoe Tennis Classic will attract more than 200 competitors in an expanded array of divisions from July 27 to 30. This all-doubles tournament is introducing a 6.0 category for men and women. There are 14 divisions; most are based on ability level with two related to the combined age of players. The nonprofit Zephyr Cove Tennis Club Foundation runs the tournament, which consists of women’s, men’s and mixed doubles.
The Saturday night dinner on the eve of the finals brings the tennis community together and allows spectators to be part of the action as well. This night is now the major fundraiser for the club with a raffle and silent auction. | zctennis.com

Rodeo Tahoe style
Glenbrook, Nev.
Get ready for a rootin’-tootin’ time during the 2017 Summer Social and Rodeo on July 28 and 29 at Shakespeare Ranch. Glenbrook rodeo tradition dates back six decades. It has now become a signature weekend event to benefit Keep Memory Alive. Guests will enjoy the rodeo, carnival games, silent auction, raffle, barbecue and music from Left of Centre. | keepmemoryalive.org

A mountain of a run
Area venues
The 37th annual Squaw Mountain Run Hike and Flower Walk is on July 29 at 9 a.m. Runners and hikers make the annual pilgrimage to the top of Squaw Valley to enjoy a great workout with stunning views. The course climbs the 3.6-mile mountain run to High Camp where awards, raffle, music, light refreshments and beer from FiftyFifty Brewery will be provided. Or take the Aerial Tram and join knowledgeable guides for the Flower Walk.
Auburn Ski Club Training Center hosts the third annual Sierra Crest Ultra Run on Aug. 5. Participants can run the 30km or the 50km. Run the Runway is on Oct. 1 and Donner Lake Turkey Trot is on Nov. 4. | Register auburnskiclub.com

Barreling down
Reno, Nev.
The final event of the Barrel Racing season is from Aug. 1 to 6 at Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. This event attracts top athletes from more than 10 states to compete in fast-paced barrel racing. A Western Trade Show also features saddles, tack, boots, hats and more. | burns1876.com

Focus on rebuilding

Area venues
Tahoe Rim Trail Association will be hosting days to work on rebuilding or rerouting the trail. Mott Canyon workdays are on Aug. 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 22, 26 and 29. The workdays are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the Web site to register and learn what to bring and where to meet. | http://www.tahoerimtrail.org

Race for our troops
Tahoe venues
Moon Joggers is celebrating America’s birthday by donating at least 15 percent of each 4 for 4th of July 4th race registration to Homes for Our Troops, an organization that builds homes for severely injured veterans. Complete a race any time until July 31. Choose the course, time yourself and report your finishing time to Moon Joggers. The organization wants as many people as possible to virtually run or walk 4 miles in honor of all veterans. The cost is $17 and includes a custom medal and bib that will be shipped to you. | moonjoggers.com

All woodies welcome
Tahoe City
The Tahoe Yacht Club hosts the Woodie Over-the-Bottom rally on Aug. 14. Participants must be ready to collect race instructions on the water at 8:30 a.m. off Tahoe City Marina where boats will return for the finish. There will be a separate start for all wooden boats beginning at 9 a.m. Other Tahoe Yacht Club members will join the fun and run the same course following the Woodies’ start so that they parade together. Separate trophies for both divisions will be presented at the clubhouse during a light brunch and award presentation. All wooden boat owners are welcome. The cost per boat is $35 and $25 per person for brunch. The deadline to register is Aug. 2. | tahoeyc.com

Maintain your bike
Tahoe Donner
Tahoe Donner Bikeworks offers Women’s Mountain Bike Maintenance Series from 4 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 3. This introductory class will help one learn how to take care of one’s bike before during and after rides. The class at Alder Creek Adventure Center is free to members and $10 for nonmembers. | tahoedonner.com

Gearing up for biking
Plumas County
Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship hosts the 22nd annual Downieville Classic from Aug. 3 to 6 and registration is open now. The 29-mile course follows a rugged Gold Rush-era route that departs Sierra City (elevation 4,100 feet), climbs to the crest of the Sierra Nevada (elevation 7,100 feet), and plunges 5,200 vertical feet into Downieville. There are still a few cross-country slots open. The festival for spectators includes music from The Nibblers, Ron’s House of Big Air river jump, Cozmo’s Wild Island, bike expo, log pull, prize drawing and rides with Yuba Expeditions.

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.
The Stewardship is in need of volunteers to help during trail days on Sept. 9 and 23. There will be more dates in October. | sierratrails.org

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 

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. | tdlandtrust.org

Ladies mountain bike days
Northstar welcomes female mountain bike riders during Pumps on Pedals, guided by female coaches, with discounted lift tickets and bike rentals every Friday at the mountain bike park until the end of August. It is an open course intended for all ability levels.
Northstar also hosts Her Mountain, a Specialized Bike Academy, featuring two days of female-only riding, friendship and mountain adventure on Aug. 19 and 20. The course is comprised of small group lessons, ensuring individual attention in an environment that encourages team support. | (800) 466-6784 or northstarcalifornia.com

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. Weekend Club rides will continue until October. Tim Rowe Memorial Fall Century is on Oct. 8 is from Wellington to Bridgeport. | altaapina.org

Racing series for bikers
The Northstar Downhill Mountain Bike Race Series 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. Northstar also hosts a series of Enduro and Cross Country races throughout the summer. Professionals and amateurs are invited to compete each month. | northstarcalifornia.com

Hoist up the sails
Tahoe City
Tahoe Community Sailing Program offers beginners’ Women’s Only Sailing Clinics for ages 18 and older on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 4 and 18. Participants must be able to swim. | tcpud.org

Intro to mountain biking
Tahoe Donner
Women’s Introduction to Mountain Biking is at Alder Creek Adventure Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 5. Learn the basic skills of mountain biking in a women’s-only environment from certified mountain biking instructors. Learn the basic techniques including shifting, braking, ascending, descending and maneuvering around obstacles. Instructors will also share important communication skills and mountain biking trail etiquette with the aim of keeping multi-use trails open and safe for everyone. The cost is $149. | tahoedonner.com

Series takes a disc
Tahoe venues
Sierra Tahoe Disc Golf Series announces its summer and fall events: The Mountain Mayhem is on Aug. 5 and 6 at Kirkwood Mountain Resort. King of the Lake is 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

Muscle cars & hot rods
Virginia City, Sparks & Reno, Nev.
Take a step back in time to Hot August Nights from Aug. 8 to 13. Enjoy the beauty of classic muscle cars and events centered around them. | hotaugustnights.net

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

Black Wall closure
Donner Summit
The Access Fund and Truckee Donner Land Trust have called for a temporary voluntary closure on the mid-section of Black Wall on Donner Summit through mid-summer because peregrine falcons are nesting under Sky Pilot. Both trailheads to Black Wall are posted with signs.
Affected routes are: Next, Birdy, all pitches on Imaginary Voyage and Super Slab. | tdlandtrust.org

Temporary beach closures
South Lake Tahoe
The California Tahoe Conservancy has limited public access and temporarily closed portions of some South Shore beaches to protect sensitive habitat and limit erosion. After a historic winter which filled Lake Tahoe to its brim, beaches around the lake are much smaller than recent years causing sensitive areas to be especially prone to environmental degradation.
Locations where portions of the beach will be closed include the Upper Truckee Marsh and other Conservancy-owned beaches near Lakeview Commons. Recreationists that frequent these beaches may consider making alternative plans to avoid these areas. The Conservancy asks for patience and cooperation during this time of high water. | tahoe.ca.gov

On your marque
The 45th annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance, which will be held at Obexer’s Boat Company in Homewood, is from Aug. 11 to 12. The show, presented by the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation, benefits a variety of Lake Tahoe maritime nonprofit groups. Each year a Marque Classes, selected by a panel of nationally recognized classic-boat experts and judges, is designed to bring a unique element and theme to the show. | laketahoeconcours.com

Tennis, anyone?
Incline Village, Nev.
The Tennis Center at Incline Parks & Recreation offers fun competitions and mixers open to everyone throughout the summer. The 37th annual Incline Open from Aug. 11 to 13. The fun-filled tennis competition for players of all skill levels includes barbecue and beer on Saturday night. There’s men’s, women’s and mixed, singles and doubles levels 3.0 to 5.0. Members receive a discount on the fees. | Register (775) 832-1235 or yourtahoeplace.com

Restore the Incline Flume Trail
Incline Village, Nev.
Volunteers are needed to help with restoration work of the Incline Flume Trail led by the Friends of Incline Trails with the Forest Service, Tahoe Rim Trail Association and Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association. Trail days are scheduled on Aug. 12 and on Sept. 26, 28 and 30. | tamba.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

DIY or as a team
Reno, Nev.
The fifth annual Reno 10 Miler & Relay is on Aug. 13 starting at 6:30 a.m. in Reno. Run the full 10 miles or part of it as a two- or three-person relay. The course, which begins and ends in Wingfield Park winds through Reno and the University of Nevada, Reno campus. | race178.com/reno10miler

Trail days
South Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Area Mountain Biking needs volunteers during work days at Angora Trail on Aug. 13 and Sept. 23. As well, volunteers are needed to help with Maintenance Mondays at Bijou Bike Park. | info@tamba.org

Adventure racing
Tahoe venues
Big Blue Adventure hosts adventure races throughout the summer from trail running and triathlons to swimming and more. The Marlette 50km and 10 Miler is on Aug. 13 and Emerald Bay Trail Run is on Sept. 17.
The XTERRA Lake Tahoe Off-Road Triathlon is on Aug. 19. The Truckee Marathon on Sept. 24 and the Great Trail Race is on Oct. 8. Lake Tahoe Open Water Swim on Aug. 26. | bigblueadventure.com

Give back trail style
Area venues
Tahoe Rim Trail Association offers its 2017 Backcountry Work Camps from Aug. 17 to 20 and Sept. 1 to 4. No experience is required; tools, gear and training are provided. Give back to the greatest trail in the Tahoe Basin. The August camp is in Mott Canyon and Kingsbury South and the September camp is at Kingsbury, Brockway and Mount Rose Highway. | Register tahoerimtrail.org

Happenin’ at the Tappaan
Sierra Club’s Clair Tappaan Lodge offers outings throughout the year. 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

The Way It Was Rodeo
Virginia City, Nev.
Saddle up and ride on up to Virginia City’s Arena & Fairgrounds on Aug. 19 and 20 for the return of the Way It Was Rodeo. Flying U Rodeo, headed by rodeo legend Cotton Rosser, brings a weekend of extreme bronc riding, trick roping, barrel racing, mutton bustin’ and so much more to the historic town. | visitvirginiacity.com

Fire-breathing boats
Sparks, Nev.
The Northern Nevada International Dragon Boat Festival is on Aug. 19 at Sparks Marina Park. Paddlers, weekend warriors and families are invited to join in the festivities and excitement throughout the day. Visit the many vendors and exhibitors in the Health and Wellness Village, Beer Garden, Food Truck Bazaar, Kids Fun Zone and more. | gwndragonboat.com

Rodeo rowdiness
See barrel racing, mutton busting and bull riding during the annual Truckee Professional Rodeo on Aug. 26 to 27 at McIver Arena. | truckeerodeo.org

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

All altitude, no attitude
Donner Party Mountain Runners present Castle Peak 100K on Aug. 26. The start is at 5:30 a.m. at Prossor Hill OHV parking area and ends at Donner Memorial State Park. There’s a vertical gain and loss of 14,000 feet each. Support includes full aid stations every 4 to 7 miles, morning shuttles from Truckee Donner Lodge, experienced ultra-runner volunteer staff, drop bags at two locations and finish line food and party. | castlepeak100k.com

Fan-tastic racing
Sparks, Nev.
Off-Road Racing meets West Coast influence for an intense four-wheel challenge full of fan-friendly tracks. From Aug. 26 to 28 at the Wild West Motorsports Park fans can enjoy the action. | lucasoiloffroad.com

A Reno must
The 49th annual Journal Jog is on Sept. 10 starting at 7:45 a.m. at Reno High School. This family friendly 8km run and walk passes through Idlewild Park, follows along the Truckee River and ends up at Reno High. This is a great first race for new runners. There is a division for strollers and various team categories, including one for caterpillars. Costumes are encouraged. This is Reno’s oldest footrace and an annual rite of passage for many. | race178.com/journaljog/

Where the rubber hits the road
South Lake Tahoe
Registration is open now for the Tahoe Challenge Medical Wilderness Adventure Race on Sept. 9. MedWAR provides healthcare professionals, wilderness enthusiasts, medical students and residents with an interactive curriculum for learning and applying techniques in the wilderness. The challenge will be on U.S. Forest Service land and in Emerald Bay State Park. The event includes a lecture, kayak rental, gift bag, T-shirt and post-race dinner. Sign up as a team or alone. | medwar.org

Paddleboard series
TAHOE Cup Paddle Racing Series continues with the Fall Classic on Sept. 10 during the Tahoe Vista Paddlefest on Sept. 9 and 10. | tahoecup.org

Action, humor in “Drop Everything”
The winter of 2017 provided the team at Matchstick Productions with a clean slate and an opportunity to get back to their roots. As illustrated by the new trailer for “Drop Everything,” that shift in thinking meant that everyone involved had fun making this new ski film.

“Drop Everything,” is the brainchild of veteran director Scott Gaffney, the man behind “There’s Something About McConkey” and other Matchstick classics.

“With ‘Drop Everything,’ I want to put entertainment at the forefront. I want people walking away from our ski movie smiling, laughing and feeling like they can’t wait to click into their skis again,” says Gaffney in a press release.

Audiences can expect unparalleled performances from many of the top skiers in the world captured in world-class destinations including Meadow Lodge, British Columbia, Tahoe, Whistler, British Columbia, Crested Butte, Colo., Revelstoke, British Columbia, and Silverton, Colo. The film will debut on Sept. 14 in Denver, Colo., before setting out on a global film tour. For more information about “Drop Everything” tour dates and to watch a trailer, visit skimovie.com.

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

Festival with challenges
Reno, Nev.
The 9th annual Galena Fest in the Galena Creek Recreation Area is on Sept. 24 is the starting point for The Bloody Rose Mountain Bike Climb at 8:30 a.m. It provides mountain bikers with a difficult course, 12.2 miles in length with serious elevation challenges. The Wicked Thorn 7.25-Mile Run starts at 9:30 a.m. This scenic course begins at Galena Park and loops through the forest along Jones/White Creek trail and ultimately finishes in the center of the festival. The 3-Mile Walk starts at 11 a.m. through the beautiful forest trails. | renogalenafest.com

Biking the greens
South Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Games Bike Nights offer a family-friendly, cross-country bike race on 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.
The event is free to attend and spectators are encouraged. Adult registration is $20 and $15 for kids. Stay for the after party at 10 p.m. | tahoegames.com

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

Racing it old school
Rebelle Rally is the first women’s off-road navigation rally raid in the U.S. Blending the love of driving with the ultimate challenge of precise navigation, the Rebelle tests skills over seven days of competition. It is not a race for speed, but based on the elements of headings, hidden checkpoints, time and distance using maps, compass and road book. The race begins in Lake Tahoe on Oct. 12 and ends on Oct. 21 in San Diego. It will travel over dirt roads, double tracks, open desert and sand dunes. No GPS or cell phones allowed. Professional driving and racing skills not required. | tahoecup.orgtahoecup.org

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

One-day lake ride
Lake Tahoe
Cycling action continues 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

My money is on the camel
Virginia City, Nev.
It all started with a tall tale from an Old West newspaper man and residents of Virginia City are still living up to the legend at the International Camel & Ostrich Races. Come and see these extraordinary animals race from Sept. 8 to 10. Each day, races start at High Noon and gates open at 10 a.m. | visitvirginiacity.com

Snaffle Bit Futurity
Reno, Nev.
The National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity has flourished into one of the most prestigious and exciting events in the Western performance industry. On Sept. 8 to 17, hundreds of horses and thousands of fans from across the U.S., Canada and overseas make the journey to Reno each year. | nrcha.com

Diving, flying breed
Reno, Nev.
The National Championship Air Races, from Sept. 13 to 17 at Reno Steed Field, is the last event of its kind, carrying on the tradition of the Cleveland Air Races of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. See military displays and aerial performers along with a showing from the Blue Angels. | airrace.org

A rocky start — and finish
Sparks, Nev.
The Silver State Rockcrawling Championship is on Sept. 23 and 24 at Wild West Motorsports Park. Pros and entry-level teams compete on the natural terrain overlooking the race track. | supercrawl.rocks

A biker’s paradise
Reno, Nev.
Street Vibrations Fall Rally and Motorcycle Festival from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1 is a celebration of music, metal and motorcycles. Street Vibrations offers tours, live entertainment, ride-in shows, stunt shows and more to more than 50,000 biking enthusiasts. Enjoy scavenger hunts, poker runs and a custom bike expo. | roadshowsreno.com

Get your race on
Reno, Nev.
CrossReno on Oct. 1 is a festival and a USA Cycling-sanctioned race. Racers, fans and spectators can enjoy a festival with a live music stage, local food trucks, craft beer and family friendly events. For families with parents racing, CrossReno even offers a supervised interactive kids section so you can get your race on while the kids are off having fun. | cxreno.com

I said, ‘Draw!’
Fallon, Nev.
See the fastest gun alive and relive the spirit of the Wild West with a craft fair, car show, comfort food, Civil War reenactment with Nevada Gunfighters and the World Championship Fast Draw Competition. Watch shooters ages 8 and older compete to be the fastest gun alive at the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon from Oct. 6 to 8. | cowboyfastdraw.com

Really gotta go
Virginia City, Nev.
In the World Championship Outhouse Races on Oct. 7 to 8, the race isn’t to the outhouse, it’s in the outhouse. Teams of costumed outhouse racers are pitted against each other. One person rides and the remaining team members push, pull or drag the decorated outhouses down the racetrack. | visitvirginiacitynv.com

Leaves afire with color
Area venues
Celebrate the fall beauty of the Sierra on Oct. 7 and 8 at Alpine Aspen Festival with live music, guided hikes, a star party, hikes to abandoned mines, yoga and more. | alpineaspenfestival.org

Watch them advance
Reno, Nev.
The Western Division BMX Finals, the Blackjack Nationals, take place from Oct. 13 to 17 with three days of bike madness at Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. Spectators and invited to see top BMX riders advance to the championships. | usabmx.com

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

Championship returns to Sierra
Olympic Valley
U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced that Squaw Valley will host the 2018 Liberty Mutual Insurance NASTAR National Championships from March 21 to 25, 2018 — the first time the event returns to the Sierra since 1981. Following the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, NASTAR National Championships will build on the enthusiasm generated by the games and provide a new locale for fans to get involved with alpine sports. NASTAR participants qualify for the championships by earning a Top 10 national ranking or a Top 5 state ranking within their age, gender and ability group by Feb. 19, 2018. Racers can also qualify by earning a top ranking at their favorite resort or at the Regional Championships. | nastar.com/national-championships

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