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Recreation: Fill up your summer outdoor calendar

From biking to midnight running to triathlons, there’s plenty to do in the coming months.

First Published Apr 23 2014 11:16 am • Last Updated Apr 23 2014 05:20 pm

We know how it works: You spend all winter planning and prepping for summer, knowing you want to participate in your favorite race or run, only to have the days whirl back and before you know it, the race is already here or you’ve let the signup date slip and you can no longer get an entry.

Or, perhaps you have a big case of performance anxiety. Or you have too many events on your wish list.

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That is why we are here to help with an annual summer guide of the rides, races and events you know about, plus a few you maybe don’t.

So get out a pen, get out a calendar, get out your training book and start planning, before it’s too late.

Road biking/touring

This category is filled with well-known rides such as the Antelope Moonlight Ride (July 11), Harmon’s Best Dam Bike Ride (June 28-29), the Tour de Park City (Aug. 2) and LOTOJA (Sept. 6) to name a few.

But there are others that are lesser-known that are worth giving a go. June 21 brings us the Three Kings Cycling race, a North Salt lake event that will bring out the best, and surely the worst, in climbers.

But we also like the Aug. 22-25 Hoodoo 500, because it is as much fun to ride amongst the southern Utah rock formations as it is to say the name, along with the Sept. 20 Harvest Moon Criterium in Ogden, which continues to build its reputation as a fun event.

For those with iron stomachs, or at least the power to control the urge to regurgitate, consider the Utah Tour de Donut, a Sept. 27 race in American Fork in which racers eat donuts to reduce their times.

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Mountain biking

The Park City Point to Point race, which features about 75 miles and 12,000 feet of climbing, has become so popular it sells out in minutes. Scheduled for Aug. 30, it will be hard to find an entry now. But there are others that should be tried.

The Crusher in the Tushar, a race organized by former local pro Burke Swindlehurst, is a 70-mile race that is held on pavement and dirt fire-roads in the Tushar mountains of southern Utah. Part of the challenge is deciding what kind of bike to use; many opt for a cyclocross bike, which has the split personality suited for the race.

Not enough mileage? Check out the June 21 Dixie 200, a 200-mile, self-supported epic challenge on trails between Bryce Canyon and Brian Head.

July 31 brings the Wildflower Trailfest at Snowbasin, a mountain bike challenge for women.

Riders and racers looking for something in between need to check out the June 7 Wasatch Back 50, a Heber City-based race that is just the perfect length for those who want more than the usual Saturday races off but don’t want to commit to one of the full-fledged endurance races.

The only thing missing from this calendar is a 12-hour or 24-hour race in northern Utah for early summer. Anyone? Anyone?

Trail running

The famed Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back race already is full, but don’t despair, there are plenty of other races that will test your will and skill.

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