Outdoors

July 23, 2014

Trail Mix for 7/24: Marathon training, fire restrictions, star gazing

Central San Joaquin Valley outdoors news and notes.

The Two Cities Marathon & Half is a little more than three months away -- and now is the time to get ready.

Sierra Running Co. started full marathon training sessions last week, but athletes can still sign up as long as there is room. The cost is $195.

Half marathon training begins Aug. 5 at a cost of $150.

The training programs do not include entry to the Nov. 2 Two Cities Marathon & Half.

Details: sierrarunco.com/training-programs

• Registration for the Two Cities Marathon & Half is $90 for the full and $75 for the half. The Clovis half is for runners only; participants have the option of running or walking the Fresno half. Teams of two can register for the marathon relay for $150. Kids races are also available.

Details: runfresno.com

• The MASH Marathon team will host half marathon training starting Aug. 23 with sessions Saturday mornings at Woodward Park.

Details: mashrunners.org/index.php/two-cities

Fire restrictions for Sequoia, Kings Canyon

Because of very high fire danger, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are instituting additional fire restrictions.

Starting Monday:

• No wood or barbecue fires are permitted at Potwisha, Buckeye Flat or South Fork campgrounds; Ash Mountain and Hospital Rock picnic areas; and below 6,000 feet in wilderness or backcountry areas. Note, year-round, site-specific wilderness fire restrictions also apply.
• No smoking below 6,000 feet is permitted, except within a campground or picnic area where wood and charcoal fires are allowed, an enclosed vehicle, a designated smoking area or a building that allows smoking.

Gas, propane, alcohol and tablet/cube stoves are allowed anywhere inside the parks.

Wood or barbecue fires are allowed at campgrounds in the Cedar Grove, Grant Grove, Dorst, Lodgepole, and Mineral King areas and in all picnic areas other than Ash Mountain and Hospital Rock.

More upcoming events: Dark Sky Festival

When: Friday-Sunday
Where: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

The parks will celebrate the night sky this weekend, with constellation tours, night hikes, astronaut speakers and more.

All festival activities are free, though entrance to the parks is $20 per vehicle.

Schedule: sequoiahistory.org

California Camping Basics

The REI Outdoor School will cover the basics for camping in the Golden State, with tips on gear and equipment, great regional resources and areas to camp.

Scheduled for 90 minutes, the workshop begins at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Fresno REI in River Park.

Register at rei.com/fresno.

Lead bullet ban workshop

When: 7 p.m. Aug. 12
Where: Department of General Services Building, 2550 Mariposa Mall in Fresno

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a 90-minute public workshop to discuss the implementation of the lead bullet ban signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last year.

AB 711 requires the Fish and Game Commission to adopt a regulation to ban lead ammunition in the state no later than July 1, 2015, with full implementation by July 1, 2019.

A CDFW representative will discuss the proposed implementation plan, answer questions and take comments.

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