Madera’s Lopez wins first SJRT 50-50 Ultra
Dozens of runners hit the San Joaquin River Trail on Saturday morning for the first ever SJRT 50-50 Trail Run — and Oswaldo Lopez of Madera placed first overall in the 50-miler, finishing in 7 hours, 36 minutes, 47 seconds.
Ben Johnson of Folsom was second in 7:52:32 and Tracy Bowling of Fresno took third in 8:26:35. Bowling topped the women’s field, with Ashlee Mickelberry of Nevada second at 10:15:50 and Farin Montanez of Fresno third in 10:21:24.
In the 50K (31-mile) race, Matthew Morales of Visalia was the overall winner in 4:45:43. Fresno’s Salvador Rodriguez was second (5:05:01) and Clovis’ Gabriel Tenyenhuis was third (5:27:52).
Stacy Pearson of Carmichael was the women’s winner in 5:33:14 and fourth overall. Fresno’s Kristen Escobar was second and 17th overall in 6:42:48 and Monique Jacques, also of Fresno, was third and 28th overall with a time of 6:45:36.
China Peak’s Pray for Snow Party this Saturday
China Peak is gearing up for winter with its annual Pray for Snow Party at Sequoia Brewing Co. in northwest Fresno on Saturday.
The event, which runs from 7 p.m. to midnight, will be held at the brewery’s location at Champlain and Perrin avenues.
Live music and more than $10,000 in prizes, including lift tickets, lodging, demos, gift cards and the grand prize of a 2014-15 season pass.
Guests can also purchase and pick up season passes during the Pray for Snow Party or today at Herb Bauer Sporting Goods from 3-8 p.m.
Sierra Meadows GC to close Dec. 15
The 18-hole Sierra Meadows Golf Course in Ahwahnee, one of the largest recreational attractions in Madera County, is closing Dec. 15.
The popular course has been the site of hundreds of fundraising golf tournaments, weddings, anniversaries, awards banquets and other special events for more than 27 years. The closure was announced in a letter recently received by the 100 families and individuals who are members of the course (about 150 people) from owner Robert H. Bard Jr., who has owned the course for 13 years.
Golfers will still have a course in the area to play on: the nine-hole River Creek Golf Course on Road 600 in Ahwahnee.
Camp cooking basics
When: 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: REI Fresno (7810 N. Blackstone Ave.)
The Fresno REI Outdoor School will lead a free 90-minute session on how to make fun and simple meals while camping. Space is limited. Register at www.rei.com/fresno.