Spring all-area interviews are done and it’s time to put together a master summer sports schedule. While doing so, I decided to preview some of the area’s biggest recreational events taking place between now and August.
Note: This is my final assignment for the next two weeks. I leave very early Monday morning for Germany. I return work June 21 and will not be checking work email while I’m gone.
Local recreation schedule heating up
By MARLOWE HEREFORD
The arrival of warmer weather and the calendar flipping from May to June means the local recreational schedule is picking up again.
From road races to ultra runs to cycling races to triathlons, Gray Augustus of Bill’s Bike and Run and Personal Best Performance said there are several events to look forward to this summer in eastern Idaho.
Happening a week apart later this month is the Scenic River Classic and the Bike for Kids & EIRMC Family Fun Day. The area’s oldest road race, the Scenic River Classic half marathon, 10k, 5k and kids run is now being directed by Bill’s Bike and Run and is back on the summer schedule after being canceled last year. It takes place June 16 at 7:30 a.m.
This will be the 30th edition of the Snake River Classic, which is a fundraiser for Developmental Workshop, Inc.
“Developmental Workshop has been really good to work with,” Augustus said Thursday by phone. “We’re handling the logistics for them. We did a lot of work to rebrand the event. We went with new logos, revamped the finisher awards, tweaked the courses.”
Bike for Kids & EIRMC Family Fun Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. June 23 at Snake River Landing. Augustus said event director Kristy Mickelsen of Bikes for Kids Idaho has done “a fabulous job”. All proceeds help special needs children receive adaptable bicycles and provide prize money to local schools for adaptable P.E. equipment.
“The idea is that every child deserves to ride a bike,” Augustus said. “She’s gotten so many kids bikes.”
July is also a busy month. The annual Multisport Weekend at Rigby Lake, consisting of a triathlon, duathlon and aquabike is July 7. The triathlon and duathlon will each have sprint and intermediate (Olympic) distances.
The event was long directed by Personal Best Performance founder Michael Hays, who died in May 2017. Augustus took on Personal Best Performance duties last year and directed the Multisport Weekend, finalizing preparations with about a week to spare. Augustus said the course was recertified by USA Triathlon within this last year.
“Traditionally, it’s been one of the biggest (triathlons in the area),” he said.
Two weeks later is the Cranky Lady 100-mile, 52-mile, 26-mile and 12-mile bike ride. The women’s only ride is in its second year and starts at ends at Smith Honda, which also sponsors the race.
“It’s just a fun atmosphere,” Augustus said. “It’s kinda more of a social event than a race.”
August 4 is another Personal Best Performance event, the Great Snake Triathlon. The triathlon, which is in its fifth year, was almost canceled a couple years back due to difficulty spreading the word about it, but last year drew a massive turnout of more than 200 participants.
“It’s starting to catch on outside the region,” Augustus said. “People are starting to come here from Boise and Utah.”