Recreation Briefs

Family bike tour Sept. 19

The Discover Carson Valley family bicycle tour sponsored by the Carson Valley Arts Council is Sept. 19. Registration is 8:30 a.m. at the Copeland Cultural Arts Center, 1572 Highway 395, Minden. Refreshments 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Design your own route with a choice of four routes ranging from 5-25 miles in Minden, Gardnervile, East Valley and Fish Springs. Helmets required. Cost is $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12, $35 for a family of two adults and related children under 12.

Information, 782-8207 or cvartscouncil.com

100-Mile Horse Ride takes off at V.C.

Riders will take off the morning of Sept. 19 on the 42nd consecutive annual running of the Virginia City 100, a 100-mile competitive endurance horse ride.

The ride takes participants on trails through the mountains and foothills of Virginia City as well as into Reno and the Washoe Valley, with additional views into Carson City and Dayton.

Riders have required checkpoints throughout the route where their horses must be presented and pass a veterinary inspection, as well as two mandatory rest periods for an hour.

Contestants must complete the entire course within 24 hours. The ride runs 5 a.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Sunday.

A base camp for riders, horses, trailers and vehicles will be established in Virginia City near the south end of F Street below the Chollar Mine.

More than 50 riders from all over the West typically participate in the event, joined by crew, family, and friends.

All riders who successfully complete the course within the prescribed 24 hours will receive a certificate of completion and may purchase custom silver bracelets or belt buckles to commemorate the ride.

The horse judged best condition following the ride receives a custom sculptured bust of the horse and a plaque.

First place overall also receives a custom embroidered horse blanket, the first rider in each of five weigh divisions receive special awards, as do the top 10 riders.

A perpetual trophy acknowledges the first-place rider and horse each year.

There are no paid positions. All rides are planned, managed, and staffed by local volunteers committed to preserving the sport, access to local trail and Western heritage.

For more information, contact Scott Dutcher, president, at tsdutcher@earthlink.net or (775) 691-4334; or Connie Creech, ride manager, at connielou@prodigy.net or (775) 882-6591.

Experience the Tahoe Rim Trail

Saturday, hike toward Mt. Rose, stopping at a beautiful waterfall for snacks, and then continuing the loop back to the trailhead. On Monday, try Peak Bagging 101. Hike from Tahoe Meadows to Rose Knob Peak (9,710 ft.), on a not-so-terribly strenuous hike to the top of a very cool mountain with awesome views, and all of Lake Tahoe and Incline Village at your feet.

Pre-registration is required. Call the Tahoe Regional Transit Authority office at (775) 298-0012 or e-mail info@tahoerimtrail.org.

Sign up for the Tahoe marathon

Runners and walkers have a host of events to choose from during the Lake Tahoe Marathon Race Week, Sept. 23-27.

Those new to running and walking or participants who enjoy shorter distances can register for the Lake Tahoe Marathon's 5K, 10K or the event's popular, non-competitive 20-Miler Run, Power Walk and Jog.

Marathon walkers can also take part in a special race for them over the 26.2-mile course.

For more information or to register (fees vary for events), call (530) 544-7095 or visit www.laketahoemarathon.com.

Emerald Bay Trail Run hugs the lake

The Annual Emerald Bay Trail Run will be held Sunday, Sept. 20 on the historic and scenic Rubicon Trail.

Hugging the Lake Tahoe shoreline, the 6-mile, point-to-point race starts at Eagle Point and takes runners around Emerald Bay and up the Rubicon Trail to D.L. Bliss State Park to the finish at Lester Beach.

There will be a shuttle to get runners to their cars after the race. Race starts at 9 a.m. For more information go to bigblueadventure.com.

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