32nd Merced Gateway triathlon on Saturday
The annual Merced Gateway Triathlon will offer three separate courses for participants of all ages and abilities, even children.
For youth ages 5 to 12, a 1-mile run, 2-mile bike ride and 200-yard swim will be held on the Merced College campus.
Adults can pick between short and long courses. The shorter features a 2-mile run, 6-mile ride and 400-meter swim while the longer consists of a 6-mile run, 24-mile ride with a four-lap, criterion-style finish and a 400-yard swim.
All three events will end poolside at Merced College with the awards ceremony, raffle and barbecue.
Day-of entry fees are $40 for the kids course, $75 for the short course and $85 for the long course. Registration includes refreshments, custom T-shirt, awards, raffle ticket, refreshments and lunch. All participants are required to bring and wear a swim cap for the swim, and a CPSC approved bike helmet for the bike.
Triathlon check-in and race-day registration will begin at 7 a.m. with the race starting at 8:15.
Details: Call On Your Mark Events at (209) 795-7832 or www.onyourmarkevents.com.
Cool weather brings running season to full sprint
For local runners, October is the racing season’s busiest month with many runners gearing up for the Two Cities Marathon & Half, which is exactly one month away. (Nov. 2, details: www.runfresno.com.)
If you’re looking for a start here’s a list of upcoming runs in the central San Joaquin Valley.
• Saturday, second annual Run For Meals 5K at Woodward Park. The race is a benefit for the Poverello House and costs $30 for adults and $15 for children. Registration is at 7 a.m. Saturday with the 5K run starting at 7:45 and the 2-mile walk at 8.
• Saturday, Harvest 5K Run/Walk at the Lifestyle Center in Visalia (5105 W. Cypress Ave). Day-of registration starts at 6:30 a.m. and costs $35. The 5K run is a 10-point event in the Valley Runner of the Year series and starts at 8 a.m.
• Saturday, Wiggle Waggle Walk and Furry 5K Run at Fresno State’s Maple Mall. Proceeds benefit the no-kill Valley Animal Shelter. Day-of registration costs $35. Check-in opens at 7 a.m. with the 5K starting at 8.
• Oct. 11, Rabobank Fiesta Walk/Run in downtown Reedley. The 5-mile race is the final 20-point event in the ROTY series. Proceeds benefit for Reedley Parks & Recreation. Register at
• Oct. 25, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K at Fresno State. The ROTY series finale is worth 10 points. To register, visitwww.komencentralvalley.org
• Nov. 8, Run by the River 5K at Lost Lake Park. Details can be found atwww.fresnosalmonfest.org
. The run coincides with the annual Salmon Fest that offers several activities including fly casting lessons and contests, free kayak and canoe rides and more.
Rest of bear hunting season opens Oct. 11
While general hunting for bears and deer opened last month in parts of Fresno, Madera, Merced, Mariposa and Tuolumne counties, the last of the state’s bear hunting zones will open Oct. 11.
General bear season opened concurrently with deer in the A, B, C, D, X8, X9A, X9B, X10 and X12 deer hunting zones. In the remaining deer hunting X zones, the season begins next Saturday along with the bear season.
A reminder that deer hunting zone X-10, with a deer quota of 400, will remain open until Oct. 12. Zone D-8 has a deer quota of 8,000 and will close on Oct. 26.
Bear season will close Dec. 28 or once the quota of 1,700 is met.
• Cold weather cycling basics
Saturday: 7-8 p.m. at REI Fresno, 7810 N. Blackstone
The REI Outdoor School will show riders how to outfit bikes for inclement weather. The workshop is free, though space is limited. Register at www.rei.com/fresno.