Fernando Cabada continued his training for next year’s Olympic Marathon trials with a 10th-place finish at the Chicago Marathon on Sunday.
Cabada, of Fresno, was timed in 2 hours, 15 minutes, 36 seconds and was the third American to cross the finish line.
Kenyans Dickson Chumba and Florence Kiplagat pulled away late to sweep the individual titles. Chumba broke out of a three-man pack around the 23rd mile for his first Chicago victory in 2:09:25. Kiplagat was the women’s winner in 2:23:33.
Other local competitors at the race included: Jesus Campos, Fresno (79th overall, 2:29:54); Yvonne Jessup, Hanford (4,680, 3:32:25); David Humerickhouse, Visalia (8,491, 3:50:38); Joshua Halpin, Visalia (9,467, 3:54:39); Matthew Dildine, Clovis (11,119, 4:00:01); Veronica Paredes, Fresno (14,559, 4:14:35); Maria Williams, Fresno (23,773, 4:51:25); and Leslie Tamura, Fresno (26,710, 5:04:15).
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Fat Tire Classic – The Springville Apple Festival is this weekend, with hundreds of mountain bikers hitting the hills Sunday for the 17th annual Springville Fat Tire Classic.
The race is held on an 8-mile circuit that uses single track, fire roads, grueling climbs and speedy descents along the Tule River and a downhill section that splits riders into three separate ravines. Prizes will be given to the top three finishers in each category (expert, sport, beginner, single speed and Clydesdale) and age group (12-18, 19-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-and-up).
A cash prize will be given to the King and Queen of the Hill and more prizes will be raffled throughout the day. Day-of registration will be available for $40, and includes a T-shirt, raffle ticket and lunch. The race starts at 10 a.m. sharp. Check-in and registration open at 8 a.m.
The California Highway Patrol is hosting a free kids race for riders 11 and younger at 9:30 a.m. Registration for that race opens at 8:45 a.m.
For details or to register early, visit springville.ocsnet.net/applerun/bike/bike.html or pick up a form at a local bike shop.
Pheasant hunts – Hunters have until Oct. 21 to sign up for two junior pen-raised pheasant hunts on Nov. 14 at the Mendota Wildlife Area.
Each hunt (morning and afternoon) can accommodate 25 hunters, with a maximum hunting party size of two. Two more hunts are scheduled for Dec. 8, with a Nov. 18 registration deadline.
In Madera County, 75 spaces are available for pheasant hunts Nov. 21-22 near Chowchilla. The Saturday hunt is open to mobility-impaired hunters and Sunday’s two hunts are open to families. Deadline to sign up is Oct. 28.
For details, visit wildlife.ca.gov/Hunting/Upland-Game-Birds and click on the “special hunts” tab.
Firewood permits – Kings Canyon National Park will allow visitors to take surplus wood on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Tuesday. About 30 or more cords will be available until the supply is gone or snowfall prevents access to the Grant Grove woodlot.
A firewood permit must be purchased and can be picked up at the Kings Canyon Visitor Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Permits are good for 30 days. The cost is $10 per cord with a limit of six cords per family per year. For more details, call Ranger Daniel Hovanen at 559-565-4336.
The surplus wood is from trees considered to be potential hazards to visitors or property in the vicinity of campgrounds, buildings and roads.
Garage sale – REI’s members-only garage sale is Saturday, where adventurers can find cheap and discounted gear. The store will hand out numbered wristbands at 4 p.m., with the lottery draw entry starting at 5 p.m. Memberships can be purchased on site for $20. All sales are final.