Break a Sweat 

Don't be scared to get your heart beating. It's good. Our sixth annual guide to outdoor recreation.

Wed. June 20

Prairie City Race Series This mountain bike race in Folsom attracts competitors from across Northern California. Started back in 1995, these grassroots summertime mountain biking races have grown from sixty to seventy riders to more than 250. Every level welcome. Registration is $25 for the first race, and $10 for every subsequent race. First 400 preregistered racers receive a free T-shirt, and there will be a limited number of goody bags. For more information, visit RaceMTBikes.com or call 916-988-0683.

Fri. June 22

Gold Nugget Junior Stage Race Three full days of cycling races for kids in six categories and four stages across Mariposa and Tuolumne counties. Registration $50. Visit VeloPromo.com for more details.

Tahoe Rim Trail 165-Mile Segment Hikes Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association's prestigious 165-Mile Club by hiking the trail's entire length in eight segments on eight Fridays throughout the summer. New members get a signed certificate, a pin, a rocker, and recognition on the association's Web site and newsletter; any accompanying pet or companion animal also gets recognition. To sign up for guided hikes or for more information, visit TahoeRimTrail.com or call 775-298-0231.

Sat. June 23

The Best of the Bay Cycle through some of the most spectacular and grueling ninety miles in the Bay Area, through rolling hills and thick redwood forests. Start at the Orinda BART station, wind through the East Bay hills around the San Pablo and Briones reservoirs, and end with an unlimited restaurant buffet in Fremont. Route includes rest stops every seventeen miles. An optional Sierra Road loop for expert cyclers brings the route to a grand total of 125 miles. Preregistration only, limited to 150 riders, at Active.com. $75 preregistration, $85 on the day. For more information, visit CherryCityCyclists.org or call 510-357-3045 ex. 11.

Double Dipsea Handicap Race Challenge yourself with this 13.7 mile handicap race (slower racers get extra starting time) through Muir Woods and Mount Tamalpais state park. Registration $40 (includes T-shirt) online at DoubleDipsea.com

Folsom Lake Open Water Swim Rise at 8:00 a.m. for this brisk swim through the open waters of Folsom Lake. Meet at Beals Point and take your choice of swim distances: 1/2 mile, 1.2 miles, and 2.4 miles. This is an event designed for novices as well as serious triathletes. Competitors get awards, raffle prizes, refreshments, and a free T-shirt. $35 preregistration, $40 on the day. For more information, visit OnYourMarkEvents.com or call 209-795-7832.

Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing A rock-climbing experience for teaching beginners or refreshing pros, this expedition takes you out to the rocks of Cragmont City Park in the Berkeley Hills. Learn important basic knots, equipment maintenance, and other rock-climbing skills to pass an indoor climbing gym test, or apply your learning outdoors with more experienced partners. No previous experience is required and all equipment is included except shoes, which are available for rent. For more information, visit MTAdventure.com or call 209-753-6556.

Kulture Shock Car Show Gearheads show what they're made of at this annual competition at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Lakeport. Trophies for best hot rod, best custom, and best of show. Beer, food, and live musical complete this celebration of automotive excellence hosted by the Los Diablos Car Club. Info and registration: KultureShockCarShow.com or 707-263-3283.

Lakeport VW Car Show If you can't get enough cars, here's a second event just down the street: This Volkswagen show will be held on Park Street in downtown Lakeport. $10 entry fee includes dash plaque. Fun for everyone with awards and raffle, plus a caravan to the local drive-in at sunset. For more information, call 510-656-7276 or e-mail whil64@yahoo.com

Nor-Cal Boat & Ski Club Circle Ski Race The National Watersports Racing Association presents a two day waterskiing marathon in Pittsburg. Teams of boat pilots and skiers compete to be the best and the fastest in the water. Information and tickets: NWSRA.net or 707-263-1848.

Sonoma Wine Country Ride to Cure Diabetes Meet at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel and Spa in historic Railroad Square in Santa Rosa to begin a scenic ride through the county's lush vineyards and rolling hills. The four-day event culminates in a Saturday biking tour. For more information, visit RideJDRF.org

The Surf City Classic: Woodies on the Wharf Hit the legendary Santa Cruz Wharf for this free celebration of the sun, beach, and everything surf, where more than 150 pre-1950s woody surf wagons line up. Music, free T-shirts, and prize draws add to the festivities. Free bike valet. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 831-420-5273 or e-mail wharf@ci.santa-cruz.ca.us

Sun, June 24

Burlingame Criterium This fast, mind-teasing bike race with sharp, technical turns and a sprint finish begins downtown at 1160 Burlingame Ave. at 7:00 a.m. The kids' ride starts at 10:20 a.m. Online registration closes June 23. For more info, visit BurlingameCriterium.com. The Criterium has partnered with Ryan's Ride, a charitable cycling event for kids. Proceeds go to the Lance Armstrong Foundation. RyansRide.org.

Climb for Research Pledge yourself to climb the awe-inspiring Mount Shasta for a good cause: This event benefits the American Liver Foundation and builds awareness of the many forms of liver disease that affect more than thirty million Americans. The climb also promotes organ donor awareness for the more than 18,000 Americans currently on the transplant waiting list. For more information, visit LiverFoundation.org or call 800-292-9099 ex. 17.

Escape from the Rock Triathlon Can you escape the most notorious prison of all? Well, this race isn't exactly a prison break, but it's the next best thing: a muscle-straining 1.5-mile swim from San Francisco's Alcatraz Island/Aquatic Park, followed by a 13-mile bicycle ride and a 2.5-mile run to the transition area at Crissy Field in the Presidio. Registration is $180 for a two-person relay team, $200 for an individual. For more information, visit EnviroSports.com

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