If you're looking for an excuse to burn some calories this weekend, and want to do your part to create a new trail in town, don't sleep on this: On Sat., Oct. 30, at 9 AM, the Northern Rockies Chapter of Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, along with Run Wild Missoula and the Missoula Community Foundation, presents the "Running of the North Trails Reroute." Essentially, the event consists of runners and walkers treading up and down a route that's half-a-mile in length, in order to create a new trail that will connect to other paths on the North Hills. This new trail will also serve as a legal alternative to a user-made route on Duncan Drive that crosses into private property, and will be located on city owned land. So, if you'd like to bust a running or walking move for the good of our local trail system, feel free to join up. And even if you don't feel like getting physical, you can also help out by guiding participants or helping to organize a post-trail-making bash.
One more thing before I let you go. This week's edition of "Mountain High" marks a shift in the look and format of the section. From here on out, it will appear in this form in order to provide you, dear reader, with the most relevant outdoors-related events in a quick and concise format. And, as always, feel free to keep me informed of your upcoming peak bagging, spelunking or cycling expeditions by hitting me up at the e-mail address below.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 28
Snag some sweet tips on how to cycle around town when the thermometer goes south during REI Missoula's "Basics of Cold Weather Commuting Course," which starts at 7 PM at the store, 3275 N. Reserve St. Ste. K-2. Free. Visit rei.com/stores/72 to register and call 541-1938.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 30
Go ahead and dress up like Lady Gaga during the Halloween Haul, a 5k fun run that supports UM Physical Therapy Students and begins with registration at McCormick Park at 8 AM, followed by the race at 10 AM. $22 families/$12 adults/$8 youth under age 18. Prizes will be awarded to the race winner, as well as an adult, youth and dog with the best costume. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do the monster mash in your running shorts during Bozeman's Monster Dash, a 5k and kids fun run that begins at 8:30 AM, followed by the race at 9 AM, at Bozeman's Lindley Park Pavilion, off E. Main St. $25, with forms available at the Bozeman Running Company, 448 E. Main St. Call 587-1135 or e-mail email@example.com.
Billings hosts this year's Montana Cup, a cross-country meet for teams (with a course that's between 5k and 8k) that begins with a women's race at noon, followed by a men's race, at the Intermountain Equestrian Center, seven miles north of Billings on Hwy. 3. $37/$22 with a Montana Cup jersey. Register by Oct. 28 by visiting montanacup.com.
Cycle fast in your Borat costume and run with your cyclocross bike in tow over a course that features steep run-ups, gravel paths and grassy fields during Bozeman's Mule Cross Cyclocross Race, which begins with a kids race at noon, followed by races for beginners and advanced racers at 12:30, 1:30 and 3 PM, at the Gallatin Regional Park in Bozeman, off W. Oak St. $30/$5 for beginners, with registration closing 20 minutes prior to the start of the first race. Wearing a costume is encouraged. Visit mulecross.blogspot.com for complete details, and call Rich at 579-7609.
Burn rubber on your cruiser bike during the Ghoul Grind Alleycat, a bike race for fixed and single-speed bikes that begins at 2 PM at the Northside Pedestrian Bridge, off Railroad Street. $5. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded. E-mail Lucca at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids spread their intellectual wings during the Montana Natural History Center's Saturday Kids' Activity: Big on Bats!, an activity for children ages 5 and up where they learn about bats and make a bat-inspired craft to take home, starting at 2 PM at the MNHC, 120 Hickory St. $3/$1 MNHC members. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 327-0405.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 1
Get those kinks out of your body during the UM Physical Therapy Student Fall Massage Clinic, which runs from 6:30–9 PM in Room 129 of UM's Skaggs Building. $20 for a 40-minute massage/$12 for a 20-minute massage. The clinic runs each night at the same time until Nov. 4, and again Nov. 8–11 and Nov. 15. Call 243-4753 to make an appointment.
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 2
Any and all females who want to hike in the company of their fellow XX chromosome holders are hereby invited to a Ladies Hike Group that meets every Tue. and Thu. at 4 PM at a TBA location in Missoula. Contact Rissa at email@example.com to finalize plans.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 3
Spook it up with a beer on your mind and a run through one of Missoula's cemeteries when Run Wild Missoula presents its "Cemetery Beer Run," a five-mile run that begins and ends at the Silver Dollar Bar, 307 Railroad St., starting at 6 PM. Costumes are optional, and after the run runners will have a drink at the Silver Dollar Bar. Free for Run Wild Missoula members/E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing.
Get fluttery when Bob Martinka, a former biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, presents "Dazzling Dragonflies," a lecture on the insect that features a display of dragonfly images and info on their natural history, starting at 7 PM at the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. $4 suggested donation/free MNHC members. Call 327-0405 and visit montananaturalist.org.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 4
Figure out how to get home when you're lost in the vastness of the great outdoors during REI Missoula's GPS Basics Course, which features an overview of the features and functions of a GPS unit, and begins at 7 PM at REI Missoula, 3275 N. Reserve St. Ste. K-2. Free. Visit rei.com/stores/72 to register and call 541-1938 for more info.