The cyclocross season kicks into high gear next weekend with two races – the 11th annual Lou Fest night race at Woodward Park on Nov. 7 and the start of the Homegrown Cyclocross series Nov. 8.
Lou Fest is held in honor of Luis Casiano Jr., a local mountain biking pioneer who died in 2004.
The course will be lined with white ribbons and illuminated by 200 flashing lights used in road barriers. Head or handlebar lamps are required for all riders. The race takes place just inside the Fort Washington entrance.
Registration and packet pickup begin at noon. The course opens for practice at 2 p.m. Official check-in is at 4 p.m., with the the first race at 5:30. Awards and raffles will follow after all races.
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The cost is $20 for juniors (ages 13 to 17), $30 for beginners and sport and $40 for experts. A free youth race will be offered for those 12 and younger. Register at racemine.com or in-person.
Details: lounightrace.com or 559-970-2754
Homegrown Cyclocross – The three-race series at Woodward Park will wrap up with competitions Dec. 6 and Dec. 13.
Day-of registration opens at 9:15 a.m., with the first race at 10. A free Academy Cycling youth race is at 12:50 p.m.
There are categories for men, women, juniors, beginners and experts. Cost is $20 for men and women, $15 for juniors.
▪ Fresno County Cyclocross is back for one race in its second season. The race is scheduled for Dec. 20 at Lost Lake. It is a USA Cycling sanctioned event, but the one-day license fee will be waived for Central California Off-Road Cyclists members. Details: backofnowhere.com/events/fccx/
Halloween runs – Get sweaty, and spooky, Saturday with a pair of Halloween runs in Fresno. The annual Monster Mash Dash will haunt Woodward Park, while zombies invade Kearney Park for the 5K Run Dead Zombie Run.
The Monster Mash Dash will host a Little Monster Dash (quarter-mile run) for youths at 9 a.m., followed by the 5K main event at 9:15. A costume contest (best individual and group) will start at 8:30. Registration opens at 8 a.m. Cost is $40 for adults and $20 for children, with details at monstermashdash.com
The Zombie Run starts at 1 p.m. Participants can sign up as a zombie or runner. Runners will have flags that represent their health, with zombies trying to steal those flags. Runners must make it to the finish line with at least one flag or become one of the living dead.
Check-in and makeup for zombies will begin at 10 a.m.; runner check-in starts at 11. The 5K will begin at 1 p.m. Participants will enjoy drinks, music and snacks after the finish. Cost is $70 for runners, $60 for zombies. Sign up individually or as a team of five or more,
▪ A reminder that a $5 vehicle fee is required at Woodward and Kearney parks.
Night hike – Hit the foothills for a Nov. 13 night hike with the Sierra Foothill Conservancy. The 4-mile journey will follow some of the Discovery Trail on the McKenzie Preserve. Flashlight and/or a headlamp are required. Dress in layers, wear comfortable shoes and bring water/snacks. Space is limited. Register at sierrafoothill.org.
First snow – China Peak received its first snow of the season early Thursday. The last day to purchase season passes at a reduced rate is Saturday. The current price is $349, or $329 if renewing. Prices increase to $499. Seniors, college students, juniors and children receive discounted rates.