Wet ‘n’ Dirty

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

Woodward opens mountain bike park
Woodward Tahoe will open its new lift-serviced mountain bike park, The Slabs, to the public on Aug. 18. In partnership with Alpine Bike Parks, construction on the new Woodward Tahoe mountain bike park began in early June. There will be grand opening on Aug. 19 with DJs and giveaways.

The mountain bike park rounds out Woodward Tahoe’s existing bike facilities, which include The Bunker and The Trenches, which have a BMX focus. The Bunker is an indoor 33,000-square-foot action sports facility with trampolines, pump track, concrete skate and bike park, mini ramp, and mini-mega ramps to foam and Resi landings. The Bunker opens for public use on Aug. 18

To access the park, bikers will take the Castle Park chairlift and ride flow trails of varying ability down the eastern side of the mountain. The bike park trails will flow into existing dirt trails known as The Trenches. The mountain bike park is open to the public daily from Aug. 18 through Labor Day and Friday to Sunday through late October. | woodwardtahoe.com

“Rogue Elements” trailer released
Olympic Valley
Teton Gravity Research has released the trailer for its newest ski film, “Rogue Elements.” REI presents the premier screening of “Rogue Elements” at KT Base Bar in the Village at Squaw on Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Watch the trailer for “Rogue Elements”

In the winter of 2017, the magnitude of winter’s force was on full display all over the world. Join the Teton Gravity Research team as they embark on an adventure filled with fury and glory and witness the unimaginable. Segments of the film feature locals Jeremy Jones and Sammy Luebke. At the premier, there will be athlete appearances and prizes. Tickets are on sale now for this one-night-only event. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door, and $5 for ages 16 and younger. | tetongravity.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

Challenging ups and downs
Bear Valley
The 10th annual Ebbetts Pass Century is on Aug. 19. This demanding ride on State Route 4 begins and ends in the scenic village of Bear Valley at 7,100 feet. Strategic support stations keep riders fueled throughout the event. New this year, the ride continues to Markleeville, home of the Death Ride and race fee includes an automatic 2018 Death Ride registration (fees apply). | Register (209) 753-6556 or mtadventure.com

Focus on rebuilding

Area venues
Tahoe Rim Trail Association will be hosting days to work on rebuilding or rerouting trails. Mott Canyon workdays are on Aug. 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. | tahoerimtrail.org

Give back and join in
Truckee Donner Land Trust needs community volunteers to help staff in maintaining portions of the organization’s 32-mile trail network. Trail work days are on Aug. 19 and Sept. 23. | Register kevin@tdlandtrust.org

Rodeo with a crawl
Virginia City, Nev.
The Way It Was Rodeo is on Aug. 19 and 20 at the Virginia City Arena and Fairgrounds from 1 to 3 p.m. each day. The weekend is filled with authentic rodeo events: extreme bronc riding, trick roping, barrel racing, mutton bustin’ and other traditional competitions. An inaugural Cowgirl Saloon Crawl is on Aug. 19 for $15 per person and includes a free, general-admission, rodeo ticket for designated drivers. Crawlers will enjoy a variety of themed specialty beverages from the saloons of Virginia City. Tickets for the rodeo are $18 per person, $22 for premium reserved seating and $60 for VIP seating. | visitvirginiacitynv.com

Series takes a disc
Tahoe venues
Sierra Tahoe Disc Golf Series announces its summer and fall events: 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

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

Join the Downieville Epic
Sierra City
Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship hosts The Downieville Epic from Aug. 18 to 20 with a weekend of fun camping, riding and trailbuilding. The weekend festivities include sleeping under the stars, mountain bike riding on the area’s finest trails, hiking in the Tahoe National Forest, swimming in alpine lakes, fishing mountain streams and a day of digging in the dirt at Packer Lake near the Sierra Buttes.
The Grinduro will be held 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

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

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

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

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

Adventure racing
Tahoe venues
Big Blue Adventure hosts adventure races throughout the summer from trail running and triathlons to swimming and more. The Emerald Bay Trail Run is on Sept. 17. 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

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

Run at a high level
The 37th annual Kirkwood 5K/10K is on Sept. 2 at Kirkwood Ski Resort. There are also half-mile and 1-mile fun runs for kids. The adult runs start at 8 a.m. and the kid runs at 9 a.m. Awards will be given to top finishers in age divisions. Proceeds will benefit the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department. Before Aug. 31, the adult race fee is $30. On race day, the race fee is $35. Kids’ run fee is $10. For more information, contact Rick Ansel at (209) 258-4444 or ransel@kmpud.com. | Register kmpud.com

Paddleboard series ender
Tahoe Vista
The second annual Tahoe Vista Paddlefest is from Sept. 8 to 10 at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort. The three-day event includes the Wild Woman Project on Sept. 8, the Butterfly Effect on Sept. 9 and the Fall Classic, which is the finale of TAHOE Cup Paddle Racing series.
The Wild Woman Project will have a full day of activities with women-focused paddleboard clinics to boost skills and confidence. The Butterfly Effect will focus on health with SUP yoga, paddleboard events and wellness seminars. The day includes a community beach cleanup to spread awareness of keeping Lake Tahoe blue. The Fall Classic will pull 150 paddlers from around the world in this 22-mile inland paddle race. The paddlers will start at South Lake and end at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort, where beachside activities, including live music, local vendors and food trucks, will be happening all day. | mlrtahoe.com

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

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/

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

Betcha bocce it’s fun
The ninth annual High Fives Bocce Tournament is at Truckee River Winery on Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. The cost to participate is $125 per two-person team; players must be age 9 and older. Space is limited to the first 40 teams to register. Teams will compete for prizes, as well as bragging rights. Contestants can dress up and get the chance to win prizes for “Best Costume.”

High Five Money raised supports a variety of High Fives Foundation endeavors such as the purchase of rehabilitative and adaptive equipment, as well as funding for alternative healing and therapies. | Register truckeeriverwinery.com

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

DIY paddleboard
Tahoe City
Tahoe Maritime Center Wooden Paddleboard Building Course is from Sept. 25 to 30. The course will use Chesapeake Light Craft paddleboards, which are built from marine plywood using a stitch and glue method. Larry Froley, from Gray Whale Paddle in California and Kaholo paddleboard co-designer, is the instructor. Participants will choose from either the 12-foot-6-inch board or the 14-foot board that are great for touring or racing; they each fit in common race categories. | Register (530) 583-9283, ex. 103 or danielle@tahoemaritimemuseum.org

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 Sept. 26, 28 and 30. | tamba.org

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

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

Mountains of run
Area venues
Auburn Ski Club Training Center hosts Run the Runway on Oct. 1 and Donner Lake Turkey Trot on Nov. 4. | Register auburnskiclub.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

It’s up in the sky
Minden, Nev.
Minden-Tahoe Airport Aviation Roundup is on Oct. 7 and 8 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the airport. There will be performers, vendors, static displays, air-show adventures and rides. | aviationroundup.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

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

Compete in dead heats
Gardnerville, Nev.
The third annual Slaughterhouse Lane Coffin Races are on Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. in Heritage Park. Teams of four runners push a homemade coffin down the street with a rider inside. The course is about 250 feet. Businesses, organizations, service clubs, friends and family are encouraged to form teams and create coffins to race in the event. Registration to race is $50. It is a family friendly event and everyone is encouraged to participate. | mainstreetgradnerville.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

First to gobble
Gardnerville, Nev.
The inaugural Carson Valley Turkey Trot is on Nov. 23 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. starting at Lampe Park in Gardnerville, Nev. The 5km fun run or walk will award to finishers in each age category. Come in costume or as a team. Leashed, friendly dogs are welcome. The finish is at Minden Park. | visitcarsoncity.org

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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