It's hard enough to run through an obstacle course--try doing it with a bucking motorcycle between your legs. That's endurocross, a grueling sport that pits rough-riding motorcyclists against one another on an indoor course strewn with logs, rocks, even water features.
A dozen or so top riders will buzz into the Idaho Center Saturday, Nov. 9, to compete in the penultimate round of the 2013 Geico AMA EnduroCross championship, a seven-stop national competition that began in Las Vegas on May 3 and will finish back in Sin City on Nov. 23.
Racers will be facing off for a $3,000 top-prize purse, with second place earning $2,000 and the third-place finisher taking home $1,000.
According to race organizers, the Idaho Center course covers the largest floor space and "the most treacherous rocks" of the circuit, which makes stops in five states. Competitors will have to take on log ramps, rock and sand fields, tire obstacles and two water hazards before reaching the finish.
Racer Mike Brown currently holds a seven-point lead over Taddy Blazusiak for the championship, but Cody Webb has taken the top spot at the past two events, in Everett, Wash., and Denver.
Beyond competition among the top riders, women's, amateur, veteran and trialscross classes will run through their own main events Nov. 9.
The pit area at the Idaho Center will be open for free on race day, when spectators can meet the riders and check out their bikes. The arena will also be open, gratis, for the daytime qualification races, though tickets are required for the evening events.
Tickets cost $12-$17 for kids ages 3-12, and $22-$27 for adults. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with races starting at 7:30 p.m. Buy tickets online at ictickets.com or, if for whatever reason you don't want to see the action in person, follow the results live at endurocross.tracksideresults.com.
If indoor motorcycle ass-kickery isn't your speed, stop by the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center (3188 Sunset Peak Road) any time between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Nov. 9 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hulls Gulch preservation. Free and open to all ages, hear about the Wetlands Coalition--the group that sparked efforts to save Hulls Gulch--and take part in a range of activities, including creating a Hulls Gulch habitat, making an oak medallion and taking a guided hike. Find more info at boiseenvironmentaleducation.org.