Running from San Francisco to Fresno seems like a crazy idea, but it was one challenge Ryan Stiner always wanted to try.
Thursday, the 27-year-old Fresno State business graduate will start that challenge while raising funds for the Autism Center at Fresno State.
The final commitment to pull it off came three weeks ago while sitting on the couch watching TV.
“I thought it’d be a really cool run,” said Stiner, who then decided to make it more than just a personal accomplishment.
“I’m not going to run this for myself. I’m going to try and raise some money too.”
Growing up, Stiner was able to put a face to autism. He had an aunt with Asperger’s Syndrome, so the center at Fresno State seemed like a perfect fit, with 100% of what he raises going there.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the latest update available, Stiner had received $4,300 in contributions, nearing his original goal of $5,000. He now wants to double that.
“This incredible center provides services for those who struggle with autism,” Stiner said. “They do wonderful work each day.”
Stiner is getting a ride to San Francisco from his father, will be accompanied by a support team, and plans to complete the run Nov. 8 — returning to an on-campus welcome ceremony hosted by sponsor and campus radio station KFSR.
“Words cannot describe how absolutely pumped I am right now,” Stiner said. “I’m ready to rock and roll.”
To donate or for more information on Stiner’s Run for a Cause, visit www.gofundme.com/22222
Yosemite Conservancy opens lottery for Ostrander Hut
A lottery has opened for the opening chance to stay this winter at the historic Ostrander Ski Hut in Yosemite National Park.
The 73-year-old rustic stone cabin is used by cross-country skiers who make the 10-mile trek from Badger Pass Ski Area to Ostrander Lake. The two-story hut can host groups of up to 15 people.
Online reservation requests are being taken through Nov. 19 by the Yosemite Conservancy, with results of the lottery then emailed by Nov. 24.
Nightly rates range from $35 Monday through Thursday to $55 Friday through Sunday. Conservancy donors receive a $10 per night discount.
Reservation information, equipment lists and a description of facilities can be found at www.yosemiteconservancy.biz/facilities-reservation.
Any remaining reservations will be available for booking starting Dec. 1. by calling (209) 379-5161.
CDFW offers upgrade to online fishing guide
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has launched an improved online fishing guide to help novice and experienced anglers plan their fishing trips. It is faster for users and among other features provides detailed information about fish plants and fishing locations.
The new version can be found at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Guide.
Users can research specific spots by selecting from a drop-down menu, clicking directly on a map or by searching for a specific address, city or zip code. Information includes planting schedule, historical details and comments about the terrain, local amenities, fish known to be available there and links to lodging, camping and dining options.
Fresno Ski Swap and Sale approaches
With rain expected for the Valley this weekend, that also means a chance of snow for the mountains.
The Fresno Ski Club hopes to help those who need to supplement their gear or sell some for cash through the club’s annual ski and swap sale Nov. 14-16.
There is a $5 entry fee for each adult or family, with all proceeds benefiting the Fresno County Chapter of Special Olympics and Central California Adaptive Sports Center.
Admission also enters each attendee into a raffle to win season passes to China Peak and Badger Pass and other prizes.
Sale hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Registration for consignment sales are 3 to 9 p.m. Friday and 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday.
The sale is at 5901 N. Fresno St., the former site of the World of Baseball and Cost Plus stores.
Return of the cranes
Fall’s arrival signals the return of sandhill cranes to the Pixley National Wildlife Refuge.
The Tulare Audubon Society and refuge staff will gather from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 8 for a watching party.
Details are at http://tularecountyaudubon.wix.com/tularecountyaudubon or call the Kern National Wildlife headquarters at (661) 725-2767.
Fitness Technology Basics
Experts from the REI Outdoor School will host a 90-minute Fitness Technology workshop Tuesday
Topics include measuring distance, pace and calorie-burn rates on runs, The workshop, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., is free but space is limited.
To reserve your spot, go to rei.com/fresno.