Homegrown Cyclocross Series
When: 10 a.m. Sunday
Where: Woodward Park BMX course
The Homegrown Cyclocross Series kicks off its five-race season. Put on by the Central California Off-Road Cyclists, the day includes 13 races for men, women and children of all skill levels.
Each lap will incorporate grass, mud and gravel terrain, as well as barrier sections.
Cyclists can register on race day, but be advised that registration closes 30 minutes before each race. The cost is $20 for men, $10 for women and $15 for juniors.
A free clinic for children to learn the sport of off-road bike racing will be put on by Tri-This, Inc. The clinic and racing start at 10 a.m. and feature a specially made cyclocross course for learners. Parents should arrive at least 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork.
Susan G. Komen Central Valley Race for the Cure 5K
When: 6:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: Fresno State
Runners and walkers of all ages will break out their pink wardrobe for the central Valley's 15th annual Komen run.
Participants can pick up race packets at Macy's in Fashion Fair today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration is $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger and will increase $5 on race day. You can register at Macy's at Fashion Fair or Saturday morning at the Satellite Student Union.
The men's 5K starts at 7 a.m., with the women's at 8 a.m. The walk will start at 10:30 a.m. and the kids race at 11:30 a.m.
The race is also the last event in the Valley Runner of the Year series and will determine the winner of the men's open division. Jesus Campos and J.K. Lundberg are tied for the lead with 133 points heading into Saturday's 10-point race.
Autumn at Ball Ranch Nature Walk
When: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday
Where: River Center, 11605 Old Friant Road, Fresno
Clary Creager, one of the founding mothers of the San Joaquin River Parkway, will lead a 4-mile autumn walk on the Ball Ranch. The hike is free and meanders through the Ball Ranch. The group will meet at River Center before carpooling to Ball Ranch. No dogs are allowed on the walk.
Register at www.riverparkway.org
News & Notes
-- The U.S. Forest Service is asking for public comment through Dec. 2 to help better direct year-round recreation activities in its ski areas.
The Forest Service is proposing to revise its rules authorized under the National Forest Ski Area Permit Act of 1986, with the goal of providing additional guidance for implementing a 2011 amendment known as the Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act.
The revised law includes zip lines, disc golf courses, rope courses and other outdoor activities that fit with the Forest Service's mission. The proposed rule change would establish criteria to help guide the agency when evaluating proposals. It also would guide management of other recreational uses at ski areas such as snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.
You can read the agenda and proposal at: federalregister.gov/r/0596-AD13
-- Thursday is the last day to buy an unrestricted China Peak season pass at a discounted rate.
The current deal allows renewing adult members to buy lift passes for $319, and new passholders can get one for $349. After Thursday, the price goes up to $439.
Season pass holders will also have access to the Powder Alliance, a network of 12 snow resorts across the West, including California's Sierra-At-Tahoe and Mountain High in Wrightwood.
For full price listings for lift ticket and other passes, go to skichinapeak.com
-- Fresno REI is hosting a free zombie preparedness class Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. Participants will imagine a viral outbreak, similar to those in zombie TV shows and movies, and learn techniques to survive and maintain the existence of the human race. Register at www.rei.com/fresno