Outside Briefs, April 16, 2016
Grand Valley Marathon is May 7
The Grand Valley Marathon will take place May 7, starting in downtown Palisade. The race follows an out-and-back course along the Colorado River and through the wine country around Palisade.
There will be full and half-marathon races as well as 5K and 10K races.
The races are a fundraiser for Palisade’s Fruit and Wine Byway.
To register or for more information, go to grandvalleymarathon.com.
Youth mountain bike skills instruction is May 14
The Grand Valley Youth Cycling and Boneshaker Adventures will have a day of mountain bike skills instruction and trail riding for middle-school and high-school age girls on May 14.
The day will begin and end at Wingate Park, 351 South Camp Road, and lunch will be provided. Registration is requested by May 9. Go to grandvalleymtb.com/girls-on-bikes-gob.html to register.
Angler open houses in Rifle and El Jebel on Tuesday
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host a State of the Fisheries Open House on Tuesday at the El Jebel Community Center, 0020 Eagle County Drive in El Jebel.
Local outfitters are invited to attend a session specific to them, beginning at 3 p.m. The public and local anglers’ portion of the open house begins at 5:30 p.m.
Agency biologists and wildlife managers will be available to answer questions about a variety of topics, including cutthroat conservation, fish survey data, and current population estimates of the variety of fish found in the Roaring Fork, Fryingpan, and Crystal Rivers.
Another Angler Open House will also be conducted on Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. at the Garfield County Fairgrounds Event Hall in Rifle.
The event is for people interested in learning more about the future fishery-management plan for Rifle Gap Reservoir.
The Rifle Gap Lake Management Plan enables the stocking of black crappie, yellow perch and sterile or ‘triploid’ walleye into Rifle Gap Reservoir.
CPW offering hunter education test-out options
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is now offering apprentice licenses and hunter education test-out options. The changes are intended to encourage people to get active in the outdoors and interested in hunting.
Hunter education test-out options are available for U.S. military and individuals 50-years of age or older.
The $24.50 test-out option ensures proficiency by providing a one-time, 30-minute online test allowing participants to demonstrate their knowledge of hunter safety. Participants must pass with a score of 90 percent or better. For more information go to cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/HE-Test-Out.aspx.
The apprentice license waives the hunter education requirement for one year from April 1-March 31. It is available once per lifetime, to applicants 10-years of age or older, or 12-years of age or older for big game hunting. For more information go to cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/HE-Apprentice-License.aspx.
Rumble at 18 Road Multi-Sport Trail Festival is April 23-24
The Rumble at 18 Road Multi-Sport Trail Festival will have races for trail runners and mountain bikers on April 23-24.
The event, organized by Mountain and Desert (MAD) Racing, will include music and a “Mad Max” costume contest.
Saturday’s events include trail-run races, beginning at 9 a.m. and mountain bike short-track races, starting at 11 a.m. Live music will be from 5 to 9 p.m.
Sunday, national qualifying mountain bike races start at 8 a.m. for various categories. The venue is on 18 Road north of Fruita.
If poor weather conditions hit the area, the races will be moved to May 7-8.
For more information, go to MADRacingColorado.com or visit MAD Racing on Facebook.