For those who like to make race-day decisions for their Active Pursuits, here’s a list of offerings to Sign Up. Line Up. And Go! this weekend.
Seroogy’s Valentine Run/Walk: Buying your sweetheart an entry to the Valentine’s Run in De Pere would be better than going to Jared, no matter what the commercials tell you. Running sweethearts Tyler and Jessica Sigl are the defending champions of the 15K race, which starts at 8 a.m. outside Seroogy’s Chocolates, 144 N. Wisconsin Ave. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. and costs $35 on race day. Click here for all the details.
Love on the run in Madison: The University of Wisconsin – Madison Running Club also plays up the Valentine theme with its 5K starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning. The course follows the pathway along Lake Mendota, a truly romantic setting. Registration will be open on race-day in the UW Natatorium, 2000 Observatory Dr. and the price is $10; that’s a cheap date. Details can be found here.
Cross-country ski clinic: The Richard Bong Recreation Area hosts a Nordic ski clinic from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, perfectly timed to maximize the recent snow. The Bong is located off Highway 142, about eight miles southeast of Burlington. Organizers ask that you call ahead to secure a spot: 262-878-5602.
Hayward Lions Club Pre-Birkie: Two weeks out from the biggest race of the year, the Hayward Lions Club hosts a tune-up for the American Birkebeiner. The 26K race for skate and classic techniques covers the last section of the Birkie course, starting on Lake Hayward, at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Late registration will be open in the VFW-Legion Community Center from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., and costs $70. Click here for more information.
North End Classic: One of my favorite races follows the Pre-Birkie, on Sunday morning. The 25K North End Classic tracks along the tight, hilly and twisting North End Trail, off Randysek Rd., just outside of Cable. Late registration will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a. m. on Sunday in the Ideal Market/Rivers Eatery. Cost is $45. Click here for more details.
Candlelight ski: Some of the best ski conditions of the season should not be missed, and will be enjoyed best by candlelight. Luminaries and bonfires will spark in nine Wisconsin state parks and recreation areas on Saturday evening; including Lapham Peak, Pike Lake and Kohler-Andrae State Park, near Sheboygan. You’ll find the complete list here.