Our Third Annual Guide to Outdoor Recreation 

From leisurely walking tours to a brisk swim from Alcatraz, the highlights of the season's recreational sports calendar.

Wednesday, June 23

Downtown Walking Tours of Oakland Eight different ninety-minute tour itineraries, varying from day to day. Explore the Jack London waterfront, Chinatown, Preservation Park, Uptown, and many Oakland landmarks and monuments with a knowledgeable, experienced guide. Free tours run through October 31 every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Info: 510-238-3234 or Oaklandnet.com/walkingtours

Thursday, June 24

Thursday Birding at Big Break The salty taste of marsh, the wind-blown cry of a gull, and the neatly camouflaged shore birds among the ice plants are a great way to start your morning. 9 a.m.-11 a.m. on the Big Break Regional Park Trail in Oakley. Call for registration: 925-757-2620.

Friday, June 25

Critical Mass in SF Don't dodge the traffic; become the traffic. Meet at Justin Herman Plaza at 5:30 p.m. the last Friday of every month.

Saturday, June 26

American Cancer Society Relay for Life A fun and unique 24-hour event to increase cancer awareness in Livermore while raising money for the ACS. Teams and individuals raise funds prior to the event, then team members take turns walking or running around the Livermore High School track, relay-style, and enjoy games and entertainment off the track. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Contact Karen Crowson at 925-453-3420.

Downtown Walking Tours of Oakland See June 23 listing.

DSE Double Dipsea 13.7M Over and back on the famous rugged Dipsea Trail. Handicap race. Meet at Stinson Beach parking lot. Handicap start 8:15 a.m.; second wave 9 a.m. $30 preregistration, $40 after June 21. T-shirt included with registration. Race-day entry allowed from 6:15-8:00 a.m. For more information, visit DSERunners.com or call 415-586-3104.

Family Sundown Safari at the Oakland Zoo Spend a night behind the scenes at the zoo; meet the animals and see their nocturnal habits; cozy up around a campfire for folktales and African drumming. In the morning, breakfast will be served at the Island Cafe and you can meet the zookeepers and tour the zoo before the gates open. Bring your own tent and sleeping bags. $60 adult, $40 child; nonmembers $75 adult, $55 child. Reservations required. 510-632-9525 x100, www.oaklandzoo.org

Giro di Peninsula It's an Italian bike ride. Start and finish at the Bay Meadows racetrack with food, music, rest stops, prizes, and a T-shirt. There are five courses for every level of energy: 100M, 100K, 70K, 30K, and 30K EZ. Register soon, as the limit on participants is 1,500. Adult registration is $35, youth is $20, and tandem is $65. Also, the proceeds (to which you are encouraged to contribute more than the entry fee) benefit the developmentally disabled. 650-349-9879, GirodiPeninsula.org/giro.html

King of the Lake Disc Golf Tournament Three courses in one day: Truckee (18 holes), Zephyr Cove (18) on Nevada side, Bijou (27). Pro entry $45, amateur and advanced $40 (add $5 if you're not a PDGA member). Lunch is provided at Bijou before the third round. Souvenir tie-dyed socks and mini with entry fee. Trophies to third place for amateur and advanced. Discs for the pros. Check-in at 6:30 a.m. at Truckee course, 8 a.m. start. Contact Russ Wey to register: 530-542-3432. PDGA-sanctioned.

Lake Sonoma 2M Open Water Swim Loop course at Lake Sonoma (Yorty Creek Swimming Area: take Hwy 101 north to Cloverdale. Exit S. Cloverdale Blvd. and head west. Turn right on S. Cloverdale, left on W. Brookside, left on Foothill Rd., and veer right on Hot Springs Rd.). Includes T-shirt. Starts 8 a.m. $25 preregistration; $30 after and on race day (same-day registration 6:30-7:30 a.m.). Info: redwoodcoastopenwater@yahoo.com or 707-528-4718

Quest for Fire Seen the movie? Now be the primitive. Learn several hands-on methods for making fire including hand drill, bow drill, and flint-and-steel, culminating in a fire for lunch. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission: $10 adult, $5 child (ten and up). Registration required; 510-636-1684.

San Francisco FrontRunners 2004 Pride Run 5K run/walk and 10K run. Both events take place at the South Polo Fields in Golden Gate Park (off Middle Drive West), begin at 9 a.m., and are USTAF-certified. $25 if postmarked by June 18; $30 after and day of the race. Race-day registration begins 7:30 a.m. Potluck picnic sponsored by San Francisco FrontRunners. Info: 415-978-2429, PrideRun.SFFrontRunners.org. or e-mail racedirector@sffrontrunners.org

Volleyball at Allendale Every Saturday through August 21, come out and learn volley technique, serving and team skills, and participate in a scrimmage; coed; ages five and up. Free. 12:30-4:30 p.m. 3711 Sutter St., Oakland. Contact Herb Chan: 510-535-5635. Sunday, June 27 Advanced Fly Casting For fly fisherpersons who already know how to shoot line, roll, pick up, lay down, and false cast. Come and improve your skills and learn how to analyze your stroke and make corrections, mend line, improve your water-reading skills, choose flies, and exercise on-stream etiquette; advanced presentation casts will also be covered. At Shadow Cliffs, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $60 (fifteen and up). Register: 510-636-1684.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life See June 26 listing.

Lake Merritt Joggers and Striders Fourth Sunday Runs 5K, 10K, 15K, Walk. A USATF-certified flat-loop course. Meet at Old Boathouse at Lake Merritt in Oakland. Race begins at 9 a.m. Entry fee $3, $4 nonmembers; race-day entry only. 510-644-4224, LMJS.org

Presidio Relay and 5K At Crissy Field in the Presidio National Park, SF. Relay distance is 20K (12.4 miles) in four 5km loops. Starts 8 a.m. Open and corporate team challenges, professional chip timing, finisher T-shirt, food tent, sponsor giveaways, team and age group awards. $35 per person until June 25, $40 after and on race day. Benefits Huntington's Disease Society of America. 415-409-5900 or PresidioRelay.com

Seventh Annual Run for the Law Includes both 5K Run & Walk and 10K Run & Corporate Challenge. Top three finishers in every age category will receive medals. Registration is at 7:00 a.m. at the West Valley Court House, 14205 Capri Drive, Los Gatos. Start time 8:30 a.m. $25 preregistered, $23 per runner preregistered for groups of five or more, $30 race day. Fees include T-shirt and post-race refreshments. Make checks payable to Law Foundation of Silicon Valley. Send registration to On Your Mark, P.O. Box 1199, Arnold, CA 95223. Proceeds go to nonprofit legal groups including Legal Advocates for Children & Youth. For more information about the Law Foundation, call 408-280-2433. For run information, call 209-795-7832 or visit OnYourMarkEvents.com

Tuesday, June 29

Birding by Bike The migration is over and the locals are nesting. Spot some secretive owls or clapper rails. Bring a bike and helmet to the observation deck at the end of the driveway off Swan Way at the MLK Jr. Shoreline/San Leandro Bay in South Oakland. 4-5:30 p.m. Call to reserve binoculars: 510-525-2233.

Over-the-Hills-Gang Hikers 55 and older who are interested in history, nature, and fun, come explore Wildcat Canyon/Alvarado, the area once known as the Grand Canyon Park. 10 a.m.-noon. Registration required; 510-525-2233.

Tuesday Teatime Trekkers Every Tuesday in June, July, and August, engage in the British tradition of combining physical exertion, nature study, and teatime. Jan Southworth and Dorothy Estacio will guide you on an hour-long hike (mellow to vigorous) through marsh and meadow while enhancing your knowledge of flora and fauna. After the hike, tea and snack (with recipe) are served. $3 per person ($35 for entire series). Registration required. 510-795-9385.

Tuesday Twilights Hike a three-quarter-mile trail in Sunol up to the giant cactus patch under a full moon. Look out over Little Yosemite and howl. Bring hiking shoes, water, and a flashlight. At the Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness. 7 p.m.-9:15 p.m. Call 925-862-2601 for details.


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