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Idaho Waffle Cross sets season

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If you wake up early enough, you can actually start to feel a little chill in the air--and that means it's OK to start thinking about fall sports.

Sure, when most people think of outdoor activities in the fall in Idaho, thoughts turn toward hunting season. But fall is also the perfect time to hit the trails--be it of the dirt track or paved variety.

The Idaho Waffle Cross series is gearing up for its first race Saturday, Oct .19, and Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Eagle Bike Park. The four-race series is when local cyclocross riders can show off their skills.

For the uninitiated, cyclocross is a cross between mountain bike and BMX racing and obstacle course running. Riders tackle courses that include challenging obstacles--some of which require getting off and carrying bikes--vying for the best time. The sport is also spectator friendly, since most of the course is visible and fans are encouraged to boisterously support their favorites.

The series continues with races on Saturday, Nov. 9-Sunday, Nov. 10, with the Turkey Cross, followed by the Idaho State Cyclocross Championship on Saturday, Dec. 14, and the Kringle Kross Sunday, Dec. 15.

Racing begins at 11 a.m. each day, and pre-registration costs $20 in advance or $30 day-of. For those who want to take on the series, an $80 season pass is available through Saturday, Oct. 19. All races also require riders have a $10 USA Cycling license.

For more information, check out idahowafflecross.com.

Those who prefer to do their racing on two feet can run/walk to their heart's content while racing for a good cause.

The SueB Memorial 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, Oct. 6, honors the memory of Susan Elaine Brubaker Bredeson Newby, who died in a mysterious horseback riding accident in 2008. After her death, her family and friends realized she was in an abusive relationship, and during the investigation of her death, her husband committed suicide.

The race coincides with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and proceeds from the event will go to support the Women's and Children's Alliance.

The route follows a loop course along the Greenbelt beginning at the Rose Garden in Julia Davis Park, and the day includes music and family friendly activities starting at 1:30 p.m. The race itself gets going at 2 p.m., and music, a bungee trampoline, rock wall climbing and food vendors will be in the park until 5 p.m. Individual registration costs $25 or teams of 10 or more can register for $20 per person.

For more info, visit wcaboise.org.