The eighth annual Tour de Fresno Charity Bike Ride will start and finish at a new location, with the city of Kingsburg serving as host for the Sept. 17 race.
The ride, which previously started in southeast Fresno at the California Armenian Home, will begin and end by Kingsburg’s Memorial and Historical parks. In between, riders will take one of four route options that tour the east side of Fresno County through Sanger, Parlier, Selma, Fowler, Reedley and Orange Cove.
The four options are:
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Registration costs $30 for the Three Cities ride, $40 for the half century and $55 for the metric and full century. Prices increase starting June 1. Participants receive a post-race lunch and event T-shirt. Rides will take place rain or shine.
BioBlitz – Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are recruiting “citizen scientists” ages 5 to adult to help celebrate the Centennial BioBlitz on May 21. The BioBlitz is a treasure hunt where participants, working with park rangers, scientists and other park staff, will observe, photograph, capture/release, and otherwise discover critters and plants in the park.
Survey groups will gather at the parking areas of the Potwisha and Lodgepole campgrounds, Moro Rock, Hospital Rock and the Ash Mountain Recreation Hall.
Multiple surveys will be offered throughout the day. Each survey site will have space for 20 people, so participants should sign up at exploresequoiakingscanyon.com/centennial-blitz.html.
Survey targets include butterflies, reptiles and amphibians, plants and raptors, along with a night session from 7-10 p.m. to survey bats and owls.
Run for Meals – Poverello House will host its fourth annual Run for Meals 5K on Saturday at Woodward Park.
The event (including a 2-mile walk) is a fundraiser for the longtime Fresno outreach, which provides more than 1,500 meals per day. The race will start at Sunset View Shelter at 7:15 a.m., with the walkers at 7:30.
Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children 9 and younger.
After the race, the Applebee’s at Friant Road and Fresno Street will host a pancake breakfast for $10 per person from 8-10 a.m. Each breakfast ticket sold will provide an additional 14 meals to those in need.
Bass Lake Yosemite Tri – There’s still time to sign up for the sixth annual Bass Lake Yosemite Triathlon on Saturday, June 4.
The swim-bike-run event, voted Cycle California! Magazine’s Best Olympic Distance Triathlon for 2015, is June 4. The event and sport have long histories at Bass Lake, hosting the 1983 and 1984 U.S. Triathlon Series and the Tri-Fed National Championships, according to Visit Yosemite/Madera County.
There is a registration cap of 750 athletes. Cost is $110 for the sprint triathlon and $130 for the Olympic triathlon. USA Triathlon memberships are required. Distances are: sprint – 500-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike ride, 5K run; and Olympic – 1,500-meter swim, 40K bike ride, 5K run.
Also offered is a 5K Poker and Go Fish fun run for youths and adults. Proceeds benefit the Yosemite High Scholarship Fund, athletic programs and other mountain-area charities. Registration is $25 per adult and $15 per child.
For information or to register, visit www.BassLakeTri.com.
CCASC fundraiser – Enjoy an Evening in the Sierra Nevada with a tri-tip dinner, wine tasting, dessert auction and more on the shore of Shaver Lake as part of a fundraiser for the Central California Adaptive Sports Center.
The CCASC is a nonprofit headquartered at China Peak that brings outdoor adventure programs to persons with disabilities through the latest in adaptive recreation equipment.
REI Outdoor School – Fresno REI’s Outdoor School will host a free 90-minute Backpacking Basics workshop on May 22.
Get an overview of planning, preparation and gear for your next multiday adventure. Space is limited, with RSVPs accepted at www.rei.com/fresno.