Fresno will continue to host the state high school cross-country meet.
The City Council on Thursday approved a three-year deal with the California Interscholastic Federation to hold the event at Woodward Park through 2015.
The meet, held at the north Fresno regional park every year since 1987, attracts an estimated 2,000 runners and 10,000 spectators. It is held on the Friday (practice) and Saturday (competition) after Thanksgiving.
Fresno and the CIF in late 2009 agreed to a six-year run of the event, but never put things in writing.
City Manager Bruce Rudd (also Parks Department director) learned this year of the oversight and helped negotiate a contract that identifies each side's areas of responsibility.
Rudd earlier this week said the city had an ethical duty, at the least, to fulfill the terms agreed to four years ago. However, Rudd added at the time, he hoped City Hall-CIF talks when this contract expires produce a deal more to Fresno's liking.
Rudd said he wasn't sure the city was getting as much money out of the deal as claimed.
The city pays a maximum $12,100 to the CIF each year and allows the organization to keep all fees paid by people entering the park on the day of the meet.
The city's payoff comes from money spent in Fresno by people attending the meet. They book an estimated 1,100 motel room nights and generate an estimated $350,000 in economic activity per year. Rudd said he's not convinced the formula for computing economic activity is accurate.
The council voted 7-0 for the new deal.
"I think it's fantastic," Council Member Steve Brandau said.
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