Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park has been chosen one of the top 10 "hidden gems" in the nation by Country Magazine.
The June/July issue of the magazine lists the 10 best national parks in the United States, as decided by Country editors. Magazine photographers submitted their considerations for the list based on three criteria: the location must be public, must not be on the list of the 100 most-visited national parks and must possess beautiful scenery.
Other parks that made the list include: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Texas, Myakka River State Park in Florida and Makoshika State Park in Montana.
In the issue, the magazine offers useful information and tips on the offerings of each park.
Runner of the Year series continues Saturday
With five wins in five races, Visalia's Maria Rivera has pretty much locked up a repeat as the women's Valley Runner of the Year, if she keeps racking up first-place finishes.
The series picks up Saturday with the 20-point, Miracle Mile of Quarters Run in Madera. The 1-mile run starts at 7:20 a.m. at Children's Hospital of Central California, just west of Highway 41.
Runs of a quarter- and half-mile are available for children. A 4-mile run and 2-mile run/walk will start at 7:35 and 7:40.
Registration costs $10 for children, $20 for adults per race. Proceeds benefit CHCC.
In the men's ROTY series, Samuel Silva of Los Angeles has moved into first at 136 points with three first-place finishes. Fresno's Sean Marzolf also has three wins but sits in second with 95 points and six races remaining.
• 48th annual Fathers Day Run
When: June 15, 6:30 a.m.
Where: Woodward Park (Mt. View Shelter)
The 2-mile run starts at 6:30 a.m. with the 6-mile, 30-point Valley Runner of the Year Series event, starting at 7. Awards will follow at approximately 8:15. The 2-mile walk will start at 6:31.
Father-son and father-daughter teams must be registered before race day. Individuals and teams can register online for $23 at www.runsignup.com/Race?raceId=1386. Online deadline is Wednesday. Walk-in registration is available for $30 at Sierra Running Co. from 1-7 p.m. June 13 and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June 14. Prices increase $10 on race day.
The race benefits the Fresno City College track and field team.
Details: Jesus Reyes at email@example.com or (858) 414-8853.
• 2nd annual Boy Scouts Shooting Clays Classic
When: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Sun Mountain Gun Club in Coarsegold
The Shooting Clays Classic is a fundraiser for the Boy Scouts of America for camp scholarships for scouts to attend summer and day camps.
The team competition features squads of five shooters each taking aim at 100 targets. All shells and clays will be provided.
Entries cost $125 per shooter and $200 per adult and youth partners. Teams of five cost $625.
Details: seqbsa.org/scc2014 or John Richers at firstname.lastname@example.org or (559) 320-2100, ext. 106.
• 20th annual Youth Fishing Derby
When: June 14, 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Shaver Lake
Anglers ages 3 to 15 can cast their lines for a chance to win prizes< donated by local merchants. Prize categories include first fish, last fish, smallest fish, largest limit, largest fish and youngest angler. The big fish and casting contests will be split into three age groups: 3-7, 8-11 and 12-15.
All kids will be entered in a free derby raffle that includes a grand prize of a family fishing trip on Shaver Lake. Other prizes are a half-day fishing boat rental, fishing tackle, sports equipment, clothing, gift certificates and more. Registration will take place 7:30-10 a.m. at the Southern California Edison day use area on Road 2. No day use fee is required. The casting contest and fishing will start at 8 a.m.
Details: Greg Marks at (559) 855-8752.
• Camp cooking basics
The REI Outdoors School is hosting a free camp-cooking class on Sunday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The 90-minute crash course will teach the basics of outdoor cooking. Register at www.rei.com/fresno.
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