Registration is open for the April 19 Washington Coast Beach Cleanup, which will take place on more than 40 beaches.
Those interested in helping are asked to register at coastsavers.org. Washington CoastSavers is a group of more than 1,000 volunteers who remove trash for beaches.
The April 19 event will remove trash from beaches in state and national parks as well as tribal beaches.
The Tacoma Wheelmen's Bicycle Club is working to boost turnout for the South Sound’s oldest bike ride.
Registration is lagging for the April 13 Daffodil Classic in Orting according to club officials, but they’re hoping for a late surge. Turnout for the ride is traditionally heavily influenced by the weather.
The ride celebrates its 39th anniversary and is known for serving strawberry shortcake at the finish line. The ride offers routes up to 30 miles on the Foothills Trail and extended routes of 40, 60 and 100 miles.
There will also be a free ride for kids on the trail.
The event starts and finishes at Orting Middle School, 111 Whitehawk Blvd N.W. Registration is $30 through April 12 and $35 the morning of the ride. For each rider, organizers donate $1 to Washington Bikes, a statewide bicycle advocacy group formerly known as the Bicycle Alliance of Washington. Food is donated to a local food bank.
The Daffodil Classic started in 1976. The ride can draw more than 1,000 cyclists when the weather is nice.
Check in starts at 7 a.m. The course is open with support for riders 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cycling guide Brad Barnard and adventurer Helen Thayer will be among the presenters at the Gear Up Expo April 26-27 at Everett’s Comcast Arena.
Thayer is the first woman to complete a solo trip to one of the world’s Poles and the first woman to trek across the Sahara. She speaks at 1:30 p.m. on April 26.
Barnard, owner of Issaquah-based Bicycle Adventures, will give a presentation on “Spandex optional” bicycle vacations at 12:30 p.m. April 27.
Numerous other presentations include programs on triathlons, Mount Baker, British Columbia shipwrecks, backcountry safety, geocaching and hiking with dogs.
Extensive road work in Mount Rainier National Park will not displace the South Sound’s preeminent one-day endurance cycling event.
Park superintendent Randy King said the current plan is to halt construction on July 31 to accommodate cyclists riding in the 149-mile Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day. RAMROD is not a race and roads are still open to vehicle traffic during the ride.
The ride, staged by the Redmond Cycling Club, is considered one of the most challenging in the Northwest. It climbs 10,000 vertical feet and starts and finishes in Enumclaw. It is the only organized ride allowed in Mount Rainier National Park.
The ride is almost as challenging to get into as it is to finish. Hopefuls must enter a lottery for $5.63 and hope they are selected.
This year’s lottery results were announced Monday via email.
Last month, the park started the first of two two-year road rehabilitation projects on the road from the Nisqually Entrance to Paradise. It has warned visitors to be prepared for short delays when visiting that section of the park on weekdays.
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