A sneak peek at some of California’s best upcoming events

Photo courtesy Radical Reels Tour.

Photo courtesy Radical Reels Tour.

Radical Reels Tour
The Radical Reels Tour runs every spring and fall and spans North America, bringing a variety of mountain sport films to a wide range of viewers from hard-core outdoor adventurers to weekend warriors.

Grab your tickets and hang on to your seat for the best jaw-dropping mountain sport films on skiing, boarding, climbing, biking, kayaking and more – all brought to life on the big screen. Experience more than half a dozen wild action sports as seen through the eyes of some of today’s top athletes and most talented adventure sport filmmakers.

ASJ is proud to sponsor the Santa Cruz screening at the Rio Theatre on September 27 at 7pm. For tickets and information, visit riotheatre.com.

For more information on the Radical Reels Tour, including tour locations and dates, visit radicalreels.com.

Photo: Troy Dean Photography.

Photo: Troy Dean Photography.

Surf City AIDS Ride
September 20, Santa Cruz

The Surf City AIDS Ride is your destination bike event! Santa Cruz is home to some of the most impressive riding in the country. With four ride lengths to choose from, we have something for the casual cruiser, the masochist, and those who stand somewhere in between. Pick from 12, 30, 65, and 100 mile rides that will bring you ocean views, take you through fragrant strawberry fields, and wind you through meandering, country roads. There are seven themed rest stops in all, including the famous Gizdich Pie stop where you can replace much-needed calories with Ollalieberry pie and Marianne’s ice cream. Finish the ride at the expo, which includes free massages and refreshments (65 & 100 milers get an additional hot meal – tickets available for purchase for other riders). 100% of the event proceeds benefit the Santa Cruz AIDS Project.

Monterey Bay 15K
September 20, Monterey

The Monterey Bay 15K takes place at Fort Ord Dunes State Park, and its fast, paved course travels along the coastline with dramatic views of the Monterey Bay and the coastal bluff. The event also offers a 5K, 10K and Kids Festival. This event, presented by Fleet Feet Sports Santa Cruz/Monterey, benefits the Whole Kids Foundation, a program created by Whole Foods that supports schools and inspires families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness. fleetfeetaptos.com/racing/montereybay15K

Kamikaze Bike Games
September 24-27, Mammoth Lakes

The Kamikaze Bike Games are back for 2015, and once again a collaboration between the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, and the town of Mammoth Lakes under the direction of Race Director Bill Cockroft. New this year is the Pro GRT Downhill, which has been included as a UCI event to offer racers the opportunity to receive UCI points. The Dual Slalom and XC are now USA Cycling sanctioned events, and the Enduro will run over the span of two days to accommodate a greater field size. Don’t miss this exciting event which offers a free expo, kid’s races, entertainment, and more.

Mermaid Tri & Du Capitola
October 3, Capitola

The Mermaid Tri & Du Capitola is one of the best all women triathlons on the west coast. Capitola is the perfect venue offering an ocean swim around the wharf, views of the pacific, fun bike course featuring a gradual climb into the coastal redwoods, followed by a run on the ocean bluff overlooking the town. Triathlon and duathlon participants receive a stylish women’s cut shirt, custom finisher’s necklace, and post race food. The Family & Friends category allows athletes of any age to start together and is a popular option for first time triathletes, mother and daughter combos and friends who would otherwise be in different start waves. The Age Group category is for Mermaids who wish to compete against Mermaids of a similar age. The Athena category is for athletes 160lbs and over. Event distances include: Mighty Mermaid Triathlon – 1.5K Swim, 23 mile Bike, 10K Run; Mermaid Sprint Triathlon – 600m Swim, 11.5 mile Bike, 2.5mile Run; Mermaid Duathlon – 1.5mile Run, 11.5 mile Bike, 2.5mile Run.

Photo: Corey Rich / Aurora Photos.

Photo: Corey Rich / Aurora Photos.

Coolest Ride & Tie, Equathon & Run
October 3, Cool

Bring your horses and a partner. Or come to run. Set in the Sierra outside of Auburn, the Coolest Ride & Tie, Equathon and Run events are challenging, interesting and fun. Co-sponsored by the Western State Trail Foundation, this year’s event will benefit the Tevis Trail. The Ride & Tie features 6, 9, 14 and 23-mile ride & tie courses; the Equathon offers 9 and 14-mile course options, and Run distances include 5K, 10K, 9-mile, 14-mile and 23-mile runs. Ride & Tie is an endurance race, run on trails and cross-country, involving teams of one horse/two humans, competing against a number of other like teams. The humans alternate riding the horse a mile or so, tying him/her to a tree, and taking off running, while the other human catches up to the horse, unties him/her and rides past the other human, and so on. The human teammates work closely with each other and their equine teammate throughout the race, and mandatory veterinary checkpoints are in place to ensure the horse’s welfare. The course varies from singletrack to fire road, mostly rolling with a few short to medium climbs, ranging in difficulty from easy to moderate.


Photo: Eric Harger.

Biketoberfest Marin
October 17, Fairfax

With group road and mountain bike rides, cargo bike racing, 20 breweries tapping 35 different beers, great food, exceptional live music, and a comprehensive vendor expo, this year’s Biketoberfest Marin is not to be missed. Cyclists and west coast brewers alike in join forces for this popular family-friendly bicycle expo and brewfest that raises funds for local cycling advocacy organizations Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) and Access4Bikes (A4B) in their work to continue improving on and off-road bicycling conditions and access in Marin county. As Marin County’s premier social bicycle event, Biketoberfest Marin draws over 5,000 brew and bicycle enthusiasts from throughout Northern California, and takes takes place at Fair-Anselm Plaza in downtown Fairfax, one of the Bay Area’s most popular bicycling destinations and home of the newly-opened Marin Museum of Bicycling. It’s a great way to have fun while helping a good cause.

October 18, Sacramento

The 10th annual Eppie’s Kids Duathlon, presented by Eppie’s Great Race Foundation, is a running and cycling race for children and a great day of wellness fun for the entire family. Taking place at Sacramento’s Discovery Park on the American River Parkway, the new course site allows parents and friends to cheer on the kids. Participants receive food, goodie bags, shirts, and prizes. Upon completing the race, the whole family can enjoy fun, hands-on cooking and gardening activities, fitness obstacle courses, bounce houses and climbing walls, free health screenings, food and entertainment, among others. Adults and kids alike can earn more about growing and gardening, as well as cooking easy, healthy meals.

And wa’SUP?

See Upcoming SUP Events for ASJ sponsored summer / fall paddle events!