Get down and dirty Saturday at the fourth annual China Peak Mud Run.
An 8K course will have participants crawling through mud, jumping over ponds and scrambling through and around obstacles.
People can enter as individuals or in teams of four – but all team members must cross the finish line together. A mini mud course will be open for children ages 12 and younger. After the race, there will be an awards ceremony and food, drinks and music at the brew fest. More than 25 beers will be available to sample.
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Adult registration is $45 in advance and $55 on race day. Children are $20. Day-of registration starts at 8 a.m., with the main race at 10 a.m. and the youth race at 12:30 p.m.
Non-runners will be able to watch from the Day Lodge deck or along spaces on the upper mountain. Brew fest tickets can be purchased for $25 (includes glass and 10 tastings) or for an extra $10 with mud-run registration (glass and five tastings).
National Parks turn 100 – The National Park Service will continue its centennial celebration, waiving entrance fees from Aug. 25-28.
Two more national fee-free days are on tap: Sept. 24 for National Public Lands Day and Nov. 11 for Veterans Day. Sequoia-Kings Canyon will have an additional fee-free day Dec. 11 for the Nation’s Christmas Tree celebration.
CDFW meeting in Los Banos – The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a meeting Saturday in Los Banos to discuss possible impacts to hunter access on public lands in the northern San Joaquin Valley Type A and B Wildlife Areas, including Mendota, Los Banos and the surrounding units.
The meeting also will touch on the Merced National Wildlife Refuge, including the Lone Tree Unit and the San Luis wildlife refuge. It is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon. at the Grasslands Environmental Education Center, 18110 W. Henry Miller Road. RSVP to Sean Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rainbow trout stocked in Merced County – State fish and wildlife officials last week planted about 10,000 pounds of rainbow trout in Lake McSwain and in the Merced River just downstream from the lake. The catchable-sized rainbow trout are from the Mojave Fish Hatchery Victorville, state spokesman Andrew Hughan said. This was in addition to the regularly scheduled fish plants in fall and winter.
Pincushion Hill climb – Take San Joaquin Running’s 1-mile timed challenge to the top of Pincushion Hill on Sept. 10. Prizes will be awarded to top male and female finishers, age-group winners and Clydesdale/Athena division winners. All participants receive a koozie and shirts are available for an extra fee.
Registration starts at $30 for the climb and $35 for the Mountain Goat race. In the Mountain Goat race, participants will have their first run up the mountain timed and then have until noon to complete as many repeat trips as they can. At least two to the top must be completed for Mountain Goat status, with finishers receiving a special medal.
Bass Lake Home Tour – The Bass Lake Lions Club is hosting its 10th annual Bass Lake Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 10. Proceeds will benefit a mountain area non-profit. Lunch is provided. Tickets are $20 (adults only), increasing another $5 on the day of the tour.
Details: Bass Lake Realty 559-642-3600, www.basslakehometour.com