Get Out: Aug. 31, 2012
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Sept. 1: 10K walk in Ashland begins at 9 a.m. from the Safeway parking lot at the corner of Sherman Street and Siskiyou Boulevard. Walkers should arrive at 8:45 to register. For information, call 541-245-9356.
Saturday, Sept. 29: Explore both the town and the river on this 10K walk in Rogue River. Meet at Palmerton Park on West Evans Creek Road at 8:45 for registration and a route map. For information, call 541-245-9356.
Lithia Park Nature Walks
Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Sept. 30: Ashland Parks and Recreation Department holds free Lithia Park nature walks from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Walks are easy, and topics include trees, flowers, birds, climate, water, geology and park history. Attendees should meet at the park entrance across from the Plaza. No pre-registration is necessary. Call 541-488-5340.
Rogue Valley Challenge Relay
Saturday, Sept. 1: The annual 100-kilometer relay race organized by Southern Oregon Runners features teams of one to 10 runners. The course begins in Phoenix's Blue Heron Park, where it follows the Bear Creek Greenway through Medford, winding its way toward the Rogue River and into Gold Hill. From there, it heads south through the foothills through Jacksonville, Phoenix, Talent and Ashland before following the Greenway back to Blue Heron Park. The course consists of 20 legs ranging from two to four miles each. See http://roguevalleyrelay.com for details.
Pine 2 Palm 100
Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 15-16: Annual 100-mile foot race sponsored by Rogue Valley Runners follows a remote and rugged point-to-point course traversing the Siskiyou Mountains from Williams to Ashland on a mixture of single-track trail and dirt roads with less than four miles of pavement. The course boasts more than 20,000 feet of climbing and descents with three climbs to 7,000 feet. Entry is limited to 200 runners. For details, see www.roguevalleyrunners.com.
Saturday, Sept. 22: Based in Lithia Park in Ashland, the third-annual event features six legs, including a 12.5-mile road bike ride from Lithia Park to Emigrant Lake; just under two miles in a flatwater kayak or on a paddle board; almost 20 miles of cycling on scenic rural roads back to Lithia Park; a 9K run up into the hills; a nine-mile mountain-bike ride; and a 5K loop around Lithia Park. Athletes can participate as individuals, pairs, or three- to six-member teams. While the athletes are circling Ashland, festivities will occur throughout the day. Early registration ends Sept. 10; late registration ends Sept. 20. For details, see www.siskiyouchallenge.org.
Ride the Rogue meeting
Thursday, Sept. 6: The Rogue River Greenway Foundation needs volunteers to help with its Ride the Rogue bicycle event that runs Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14 and 15. The event includes rides of 25, 50 and 100 miles, and hikes of two and four miles, plus a celebratory meal with live music, raffles and silent auction at the finish line at Palmerton Park Arboretum in Rogue River. The event is a fundraiser for a path that will one day extend from Grants Pass to Ashland. A volunteer meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Rogue River Fire Dept., 5474 N. River Road, Gold Hill. Volunteers will receive an event T-shirt and free after-ride meal. For details, call 541-601-6087 or see www.ridetherogue.org.
Mt. Ashland Hill Climb Bike Race
Sunday, Sept. 16:
The 31st annual event begins 9 a.m. in downtown Ashland at the plaza and climbs to the Mt. Ashland ski area parking lot. With 4,600 feet of elevation gain, the race rivals some of the toughest climbing events on the West Coast. The race pits road cyclists versus mountain bikers and cyclocross folks. Facing back-to-back, everyone starts at the same time. The roadies race 24 miles on pavement, while the dirt riders head up 18 miles of mostly Forest Service roads. Both categories join for the last two miles of climbing to the finish at the Mt. Ashland ski lodge. See www.mtashlandbike.com for details. All proceeds go to the nonprofit Ashland Woodlands & Trails Association to build and maintain trails in the Ashland area.
Recurring road rides
Every Saturday: A brisk, two- to four-hour ride begins at 9 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 begins at 10 a.m. Location and route varies. Call David Gibb at 541-899-9030.
Every Saturday: Slo-Mo ride covers 14 to 18 miles. Starting time and location varies. For details, call Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289.
Every Sunday: Cycle Analysis in Jacksonville hosts a 2- to 3-hour road ride at 8 a.m. All fitness levels welcome. Riders regroup at major intersections, and there are cut-off spots to make the ride shorter if needed. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Monday: Siskiyou Velo club 25-mile coffee ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and goes to Jacksonville; 25 mostly flat miles, 14 to 17 mph pace. Contact Ray Forsyth, 541-245-0312.
Every Wednesday: A 25- to 60-mile Siskiyou Velo Club ride begins at 10 a.m. at The Roasting Co. in Ashland. Some hills. Contact Wil Thomson, 541-482-4201.
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 or see 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 email@example.com.
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, Sept. 1: KBO's Karen Hussey will lead an exploration of the habitats at Emigrant Lake. This popular birding spot hosts ducks, shorebirds and a number of resident raptors, along with less common birds such as Bullock's oriole, bushtit and lark sparrow. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.
Saturday, Sept. 8: Birdwalk at Little Hyatt Reservoir from 8 to 11 a.m. occurs as part of the Greensprings Festival. Beginning and seasoned birders are welcome to join KBO's executive director and founder, John Alexander, for a leisurely walk through the woods and around the reservoir in search of American dippers, gray jays, red-winged blackbirds, yellow warblers, a variety of ducks and a great grey owl. Bring binoculars if you have them, and drinking water. For details about the walk, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For details about the Greensprings Festival, which includes runs, rides, walks, workshops, food and music, see www.greenspringsmountainfestival.org.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Wednesday, Sept. 5: First Wednesday birdwalk in the Denman Wildlife Area lasts about three hours and covers about three miles. Meet at the Agate Road entrance gate to the wildlife area by 7:55 a.m. If you come later, you will need your own key to open the gate. This is an ongoing citizen-science project to record the numbers of different species observed and enter the data in the Cornell Ornithological Laboratory's e-bird database. You don't need to be an experienced birder to join in, but taking part will help you become one. Coordinator and leader of the first Wednesday walk is Murray Orr (541-857-9050, email@example.com).
North Mountain Park
Saturday, Sept. 8: Saturday morning birdwalks are held from 8 to 9 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., in Ashland. Stroll through the park with local birding experts to see and hear a variety of birds that spend the summer in the Rogue Valley. Binoculars and field guides are available for checkout. Register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the nature center at 541-488-6606. All ages are welcome.