2019 Lexus Ventura Marathon, Half Marathon, Downtown Mile and 5K Weekend of October 19-20

The 2019 Lexus Ventura Marathon, Half Marathon Downtown Mile and 5K are planned for the weekend of Saturday-Sunday, October 19-20

Saturday: Oct 19: 5K at 9:30am, Downtown Mile at 10:45am, Kids Run at 11:15am, Party in the Park 9am to 3:30pm (live music, beer garden, etc.)

Sunday, Oct 20: Marathon at 6:40am, Half Marathon at 7:10am, Expo 8am to 2pm.

Learn more and sign up at www.venturamarathon.com.

The event is managed by Vendurance Sports, a Ventura County-based running club and event management company aiming to bring high-quality, well-organized and affordable events to the region.

2019 Cool Breeze Century Ride in Ventura on Saturday, August 17th

COOL BREEZE CENTURY 2019

-30, 63, 102 and 127 Miles-

Saturday, August 17

Ventura

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Sponsored by the Channel Islands Bike Club and the Kiwanis Club of Ventura, the Cool Breeze route follows the coast from Ventura to Santa Barbara. The weather is generally in the low 70's -- you can't ask for better summer cycling weather! There are lots of great rest stops along the way. Pre-race breakfast and post race lunch included.

Visit www.cibike.org/cool-breeze-century.html for more information and to register.

2019 Ride of Silence in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday, May 15th

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Residents are encouraged to participate in the annual Ride of Silence on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks, 2200 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Participants will begin gathering at 5:45 PM, the pre-ride program will begin at 6 PM; official ride commences at 6:30 PM with police escort over the short 10 mile ride.

The Ride of Silence is a worldwide event to honor bicyclists killed by motorists on public roads, promote sharing the road, and provide awareness of bicycling safety.

The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road, and remain silent during the ride. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by adult.

Sponsored by the Conejo Valley Cycling Club.

For information on the Ride of Silence or www.rideofsilence.org.

Red Cross Ventura County Operation Ride for the Red on May 18, 2019

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The American Red Cross of Ventura County, a leading humanitarian organization with nearly 600 volunteers, announces the kickoff of its third annual Operation: Ride for the Red cycling event. The ride will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2019 and all proceeds will support the organization, which helps members of the military, veterans, and their families prepare for, cope with and respond to the challenges of military service. The 2019 event will be hosted by an Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Steve Hegg.

There will be three rides going through Ventura County, a century (100 miles) starting at 6:30 a.m., a metric century (about 62 miles) starting at 9:30 a.m. and a half metric century (30 miles) starting at 10:00 a.m. Each registered rider will receive a rider bag with several free items. All active and retired veterans will ride for free.

In order to sustain the cyclists through the ride, there will be a free breakfast prior to the start of each ride as well as eight rest stops along the routes that will have water, energy drinks and bars, and first aid available. Lunch and live entertainment will also be provided from noon to 3 p.m.

Event participants are also encouraged to reach out to friends, family and supporters to help raise additional funds for the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program.

“Each time we participate in Operation: Ride for the Red, I’m overjoyed by how the community comes together to support such a worthy cause,” said Ken Bauer, ride event director for Operation: Ride for the Red. “It’s such a fun way to bring the community together to raise support for the military, veterans and their families. We owe a big thanks to our sponsors for allowing the Red Cross to host this ride year after year.”

The Red Cross is able to help local military families thanks to the generosity of donors who support the SAF program. This year’s Operation: Ride for Red sponsors include California Resources Corporation (CRC), Wells Fargo, Premier America Credit Union, and Capital Insurance Group (CIG), in addition to many generous in-kind donors.

Operation: Ride for the Red was created by passionate, local volunteers eager to share the story and history of the Red Cross SAF program. Since 9/11, the Red Cross has served more than one million military families, and it is the only military service organization that supports military families from the day they enlist through their time as a veteran. 

Register to ride, make a donation, or learn more about sponsorship opportunities at www.redcross.org/local/california/central-california/about-us/news-and-events/events/operation-ride-for-the-red.html

About The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/local/california/central.

10th Annual Mike Nosco Memorial Bicycle Ride in Newbury Park on Saturday, November 3, 2018

The 10th Annual 80 Mile Mike Nosco Memorial Bike Ride will take place on Saturday, November 3, 2018, starting at 8 a.m. at Borchard Park, 250 N. Reino Road, Newbury Park.

This annual event is organized by Jack Nosco in honor of his brother, Mike Nosco, who was killed in a tragic car accident on November 3, 2004. On that night, Nosco headed down the Conejo Grade from Newbury Park and northbound on Las Posas Rd, just north of Laguna Road at the wide bend in the road, when a farm truck and trailer with no lights decided to pull in front of his truck. Mike slammed on the brakes, came to a screeching halt, but his truck crashed into the back left corner of the trailer. His truck slid under the trailer and he was crushed.

Mike loved to serve our country and was in the Navy for 20 years. He was part of a very special elite unit, HCS-5 (helicopter combat support). In 2004, Mike was scheduled to be deployed to serve his third term in Iraq. Mike started serving the community at a young age, starting as a Boy Scout reaching the rank of Eagle Scout for Troop 730 in Newbury Park.

Shortly after his death, Jack hopped on his bike and rode "the course," wallowing in misery every year since the passing of his brother...until he decided to turn the day around. In Mike's memory, Jack decided he wanted to give back like Mike would have and in 2009 started the 1st Annual Mike Nosco Memorial Bicycle Ride.

The ride has become quite popular and has attracted some top notch cyclists. But most importantly, proceeds from the event are used to provide financial relief to families and individuals in need in our local community.

For more information and to register, visit www.mikenosco.com.