Saturday, Oct. 8: The 40th annual 5K and 10K runs begin at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Oregon and D streets in Jacksonville. Cost is $16 for adults; $8 for runners 18 and younger if registered by Oct. 4. For details, see www.sorunners.org and click on race calendar or call race director Steve Buxton at 541-772-8292.
Saturday, Oct. 29: Three runs, a 1-miler, 5K and 10K, start and end in Lithia Park near Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, Ashland. The 1-miler begins at 10 a.m., and the two longer races start at 10:45 a.m. A costume contest starts at 9:30 a.m. See www.ashlandkiwanismonsterdash.com for details and to register.
Lithia Loop Trail Marathon
Saturday, Nov. 5: The race, sponsored by Rogue Valley Runners store, starts and ends in Lithia Park. The course circumnavigates the Ashland watershed, accumulating 9,200 feet of elevation change on dirt roads and trails with about two miles of asphalt. Starting time is 8 a.m. For details and to register, see www.roguevalleyrunners.com/racelinks.html.
Recurring road rides
Every Saturday: A brisk, two- to four-hour ride begins at 10 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford. The course changes from week to week. Call ride leader Alex Hayes for details at 541-857-0819.
Every Saturday: Mellow 20-mile ride (10-12 mph) begins at 10 a.m. Location and route varies. Call David Gibb at 541-899-9030 for details.
Every Saturday: Slo-Mo ride begins at 10 a.m. and covers 14 to 18 miles. Starting location varies. For details, call Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289.
Every Sunday: A 20-mile training ride begins at 1 p.m. along the bike path behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace. No ride leader.
Every Monday: Siskiyou Velo Club 25-mile coffee ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and journeys to Jacksonville. Gently rolling terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.
Every Wednesday: A 25- to 40-mile Siskiyou Velo Club show-and-go ride begins at 10 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.
Recurring mountain bike rides
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Ashland: Rides organized by the crew at Ashland Cycle Sport, 191 Oak St., Ashland. Meet at the Plaza in Ashland at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities are welcome on the Tuesday ride, which usually lasts until dark. The Thursday ride is usually longer (2 to 2 1/2 hours) and faster paced. Lights are highly recommended. Helmets and a safe, functioning bike are required. Call Scott at 541-488-0581 for further information. Website is at www.roguecycle.com.
Every Wednesday, Jacksonville: Starting at 6 p.m., Cycle Analysis hosts a two-hour ride on either the Britt trails in Jacksonville or nearby John’s Peak, which has almost 200 miles of trails. All comers are welcome — no age or ability limits. Helmets are mandatory and lights are required during the winter. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Saturday, Medford: This ride starts at Medford Cycle Sport, and the course varies from week to week, but riders can expect a brisk road ride that lasts 2 to 4 hours. Most rides include at least one (but usually two or three) 1- to 3-mile climbs. Call Alex at 541-857-0819 for information and starting time. Website is at www.roguecycle.com.
Klamath Bird Observatory
Saturday, Oct. 1: Birdwalk to Iron Gate Reservoir in California led by Vince Zauskey. This reservoir provides habitat for waterfowl such as American white pelican and western and pied-billed grebe. Lewis’s woodpeckers may be seen in nearby oak trees. Plan to bring a lunch and return to Ashland in the afternoon. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.
Saturday, Oct. 8: Birdwalk to Lower Table Rock led by KBO research biologist Ian Ausprey. This diverse ecosystem hosts a variety of species, including blue-gray gnatcatcher, oak titmouse and several woodpeckers. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-770-1104.
Saturday, Nov. 5: Birdwalk to Ashland Pond led by local birder Forrest English. Group will look for wood duck, ruby-crowned kinglet, wintering sparrows and raptors such as red-shouldered hawks. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.
Saturday, Nov. 12: Birdwalk to TouVelle State Park with KBO birdwalk volunteer Harry Fuller. TouVelle is a busy place in late fall and winter, hosting waterbirds, raptors and woodpeckers. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-770-1104.
Saturday, Dec. 3: Birdwalk to the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area led by KBO volunteer Terence Phillippe. This diverse area, situated at the base of Mount Shasta, contains juniper woodland, riparian forest and seasonal wetlands. Bring a lunch and plan to return to Ashland in the afternoon. Meet at 9 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.
Thursday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 11: Hawk class and field trip led by KBO board president and hawk enthusiast Dick Ashford. The Thursday class will focus on beginning to intermediate hawk identification. Sunday’s field trip to the Lower Klamath Basin or Butte Valley in California will give participants the chance to test their new identification skills. This class fills quickly, so register soon. Limited to 15 participants. Cost is $35 non-members, $25 KBO members. To register, call 541-201-0866.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Wednesday, Oct. 5: First Wednesday birdwalk along Little Butte Creek in the Denman Wildlife Area. Meet at 8:30 a.m. on TouVelle Road in the northeast portion of the wildlife area near White City. For details, call Murray Orr at 541-857-9050.