Outdoors

Trail Mix for 12/18: More trail runs in area foothills in 2015

After a succesful first series of runs on the San Joaquin River Trail — the SJRT Half Marathon, the Pincushion Hill Climb and the SJRT 50/50 ultramarathon — race organizer Nathaniel Moore is taking sign-ups for the first San Joaquin Running Trail race series in 2015.

The Trail Race Series includes three races, beginning with the new Hensley Lake Off Off-Road 10K on Feb. 8 followed by the SJRT Half Marathon on March 7 and the Pincushion Hill Climb on Sept. 12.

Runners can also sign-up for the Ultra Trail Race Series, which includes the three Trail Race Series before concluding with the SJRT 100K on Nov. 14 (a 50K-option is also available, but runners won’t be eligible for awards).

The off-road races at Hensley Lake will be held on the Buck Ridge trail and also feature a mountain bike race with awards for the top three men’s and women’s finishers. Also new is a 10K-race option in conjunction with the SJRT Half Marathon.

Details: www.sanjoaquinrunning.com

sanjoaquinrivertrail@gmail.com

DFW names new chief of law Enforcement

California wildlife officer David Bess was appointed chief of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Law Enforcement Division, agency director Charlton H. Bonham announced Wednesday.

Bess has spent his wildlife career patrolling Contra Costa County and the Sacramento San Joaquin River Delta. He takes over for Michael P. Carion, who retired after a 33-year career with fish and wildlife.

Events

Snowshoe photo scavenger hunt A-Z

When: 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20

Where: John Muir Lodge, Kings Canyon National Park

The Sequoia Natural History Association will lead a snowshoe walk through Kings Canyon National Park while embarking on an A-Z photo scavenger hunt.

The walk is 2 miles and takes about two hours to complete. The event is free. Reserve your spot at the John Muir Lodge front desk.

Also, a photo scavenger hunt starting at Wuksachi Lodge in Sequoia National Park is scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 31.

Details: www.sequoiahistory.org

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