Trail Mix for 1/30: California Classic half marathon moved up to March

The Fresno BeeJanuary 29, 2014 

Half-marathoners begin trickling across the finish line in the California Classic Weekend annual ride and run at Chukchansi Park on May 19, 2013.

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The California Classic Weekend is no more as organizers split the two events two months apart to help runners cope with the heat.

The event has been held in May, but at the plea of participants, organizers moved the California Classic half marathon up to March 16 for cooler running conditions.

The course will not change, taking runners through the streets of downtown Fresno and the Chaffee Zoo before crossing the finish line at Chukchansi Park. Other options include the half-marathon relay and Rock & Roll 5K — a smaller course that also starts and ends at Chukchansi Park but doesn't go through the zoo.

The century ride is scheduled for May 18. The ride will still feature three lengths for cyclists: the 35-mile mini metric, 60-mile metric and 100-mile century. The course hasn't changed, with Highway 168 being closed that morning for cyclists.

Details: at

Heavenly Half Marathon

When: Feb. 9

Where: Auberry

The Heavenly Half Marathon gives runners a brush of the outdoors on an almost all-downhill course.

It's the first of the three half marathons in Sole 2 Soul's Soul Race series. Registration is $85 and includes a long-sleeve tech T-shirt, a finisher's medal and jacket, chip timing and a hot breakfast at the finish.


Race Judicata kicks off 2014 ROTY series

When: 8 a.m. Feb. 15

Where: Starting line near Veterans Memorial Building in Old Town Clovis (808 Fourth St.)

The 28th annual Runner of the Year series starts with Race Judicata Fun Run in Clovis.

The 5K run and two-mile run/walk course starts in Old Town Clovis and goes out-and-back to Peach and Alluvial avenues on the Sugar Pine Trail. The event also includes a quarter-mile kids race.


Audubon Raptor Run

While no running will actually take place, the Fresno Audubon Society will lead a field trip to the Madera foothills to catch glimpses of bald and golden eagles, hawks, falcons and other birds.

The group will meet at 7:45 a.m. Feb. 15 at the park-and-ride lot at Highway 41 and Road 200 (North Fork turnoff) and will leave at 8 a.m. Bring binoculars, a scope if you have one, lunch, snacks, water and a two-way radio if available. The event is open to the public.

Details: Nina Jones at (559) 760-1624 or

REI: Backpacking Sequoia and Kings Canyon

When: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Fresno REI (7810 N. Blackstone Avenue)

National park rangers will share trip-planning techniques, details on how to obtain a wilderness permit, reservations and more in a 90-minute crash course.


Also …

** The Fresno Sunrise Rotary Run is scheduled for Feb. 8 at Woodward Park. The event includes a kids race, a 2-mile walk and runs of 2, 5 and 10 miles. Registration is due by Friday. Details: Alan Uyemora at (559) 226-6701.

** The Run or Dye 5K at Woodward Park is slated for Feb. 15. The 5K features four dye stations and a dye zone at the start/finish line. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County. Registration costs $47 per person, with groups of four at $42 per person. After Tuesday, rates increase $10. Details:

** Volunteers will gather from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday to clean up Sycamore Island on the San Joaquin River. The 350-acre island opens for weekends and holidays starting Feb. 1 through Nov. 11 for fishing, hiking and picnicking. Details:

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