Calendar: November's multisports events

By Times Staff
Published November 4, 2005


United States Adventure Racing Association (USARA) National Championships, Nov. 4-5 in Tampa. The winning team should complete the course in 24 hours. Disciplines may include running, off-road cycling, paddling and orienteering. Sixty three of the nation's best teams (three racers per team) will compete for a total purse of $40,000. Teams already have qualified at USARA Regional Championships throughout the United States.

Bicycle Outfitters in Seminole is offering free tech support for the adventure racers.

For information, go to www.usaranationals.com or www.usara.com


Suncoast Cycling Club riders and volunteers host the Diabetes Challenge Ride on Nov. 13 at the Dunedin Community Center. This is a touring ride and not a race. Helmets and appropriate cycling equipment will be required. Rides are 15 miles, 33 miles, and 62 miles. Shorter, family fun rides also will be included. Proceeds benefit the American Diabetes Association. Two-time Olympic cyclist (1932, 1936) John Sinibaldi of St. Petersburg was last year' honored guest, and he will return to participate in the ride.

For details: www.chainwheeldrive.com

CYCLING, Offroad

Southwest Association Of Mountain Bike Pedallers SWAMP Club event coordinator Wes Eubank has announced SWAMP Club's Fall Fat Tire Festival, Nov. 11-13 at Alafia River State Park near Brandon. Trails maintained by SWAMP Club workers will be used, including Alafia and Boyette Trails. This group of enthusiasts enjoys cookouts, ride clinics, equipment swaps, and challenging rides at all events they organize. For details on SWAMP Club's Fall Fat Tire Challenge, or to join the north Tampa club, call Eubank at: (813) 988-6435; or visit: www.swampclub.org

Offroad 2005 Florida State Mountain Bike Racing Championships Series #6, Nov. 13, at Santos Trails in Belleview. There will be racing for state championship points, for all National Offroad Bicycling Association NORBA categories. For information on racing, housing, and practice riding, call Terry and Dave Berger, at Gone Riding (352) 873-9279; or log on www.goneriding.com

Offroad Mountain Biking Technical Skills Classes are offered by offroad rider Harvey Minton of Tampa. Most classes are held at Alafia River State Park. Minton will teach groups of up to 10 riders, and he will cover balance, body positioning on the bike, gear selection, proper use of brakes, and riding on technical terrain. To sign up, call Minton at 813 258-9045; or email Minton at hminton@performancefeeders.com


Times Turkey Trot, Nov. 24, at Jack White Stadium, Clearwater High School, 540 S. Hercules Ave., Clearwater. Runners may choose from the following distances: 5-K Wingding, at 7:30 a.m.; 1-Mile Gobbler, at 8:30 a.m., or 10-K Turkey Trot at 8:45 a.m. All Turkey Trot events begin near the intersection of Keene Road and Gulf To Bay in Clearwater and end on the track at Clearwater High School. Non-perishable food items collected for charity at the track. For additional information, call 727 562-4700 or go to www.tampabay.com/turkeytrot/

Cross country marathon, half-marathon and 5K, Nov. 19, 7:30 a.m. at Alafia River State Park. The off-road races come just before the Florida marathon season. For information, www.tamparaces.com


Ironman Florida, Nov. 5, at Panama City Beach. The field of 1,700 triathletes who will swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles is full. Top finishers in most USA Triathlon age groups may qualify for Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in October 2006. Live, raceday coverage will be at www.ironmanlive.com

Boca Bop Triathlon, Nov. 6, at Little Gasparilla Island, near Boca Grande. Hosted by Englewood Optimists Club, the race was once voted "most beautiful triathlon in the U.S." Swim .25 mile, bike 13 miles, and run 3.1 miles. Transition area is at the public beach near the lighthouse. Call Boca Bop race director Mary Winston at the Optimist Club Of Englewood at 941 475-7442 or check: www.optimistclubofenglewood.org

Fort DeSoto Offroad Adventure Triathlon, Dec. 4, 8 a.m. at North Beach at Fort DeSoto Park. Race distances are .5 mile swim, 10 mile mountain bike, and 4 mile trail run. Post-race BBQ and awards party included. For further information call USAT coach Lewis Bennett at 727 224-4767 or log on www.trilewis.com


Mall Rat Scuttle & Bike Duathlon, Nov. 20, at 7:30 a.m. at Crystal River Mall in Crystal River. Race distances will be 2 mile run, 10 mile bike, and 2 mile run. For further information, call Nature Coast Duathlon Series race director Chris Moling at 352 637-275 or go to: www.crtri.com

Safety Harbor Duathlon, Dec. 3, at 7:30 a.m. at Phillippe Park in Safety Harbor. Race distances are 3 mile run, 11 mile bike, and 1 mile run. Sponsored by Rotary Club Of Safety Harbor. For information call Suzanne Henslee at 727 642-3929 or email Henslee at zanna@tampabay.rr.com

- Compiled by Jessica Fish, Times correspondent