STP, Black Lake Regatta begin Saturday

Two recreational events that come to South Sound annually — the Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Classic and the Black Lake Regatta — will be Saturday and Sunday.

About 10,000 cyclists will ride through Thurston County along the 202.25-mile route in the 35th annual Group Health Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Classic, the largest multiday ride in the Northwest.

The riders’ trek begins at the University of Washington and will finish at Portland’s Holladay Park, with area stops at Tenino City Park and Yelm Community Schools’ McKenna Elementary.

Riders are expected to roll through Thurston County as early as 9 a.m. Saturday.

Hydroplane racing at the 41st annual Lucky Eagle Black Lake Regatta begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and will continue until about 5:30 p.m. each day.

Spectators can watch the races from the Evergreen Shores Resort on Black Lake Boulevard.

Black Lake’s 1.25-mile course has been the site of 27 national records —the most of any lake in the United States.

In 2010, Shockwave Racing’s GP-17, owned by Olympia’s Rick Bridgeman, set a world-record average lap speed of 116.129 mph.