The City of Clovis is home to a new half marathon, and it’s coming up quickly. The inaugural Big Hat Half Marathon is scheduled for Feb. 21 through Clovis.
The race is open to runners only and costs $90 per person. Registration closes Feb. 20. Proceeds from the race will help the Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center.
The course starts in downtown Clovis at the corner of Clovis Avenue and 4th Street, then takes runners north along Clovis Avenue before following the Dry Creek Trail to Shepherd Avenue. Runners will go four miles, crossing Highway 168 before returning downtown via Tollhouse Road, Sierra Avenue and Third Street. There will be six aid stations and five restrooms along the course for runners.
Participants will receive a custom technical running shirt, an event-based fleece blanket and mason jar, hot breakfast complete with Top O’ The Morn Chocolate Milk (Tulare) and a finisher’s medal.
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The race starts at 7 a.m., or 6:30 a.m. for runners who choose the early start option. The course closes at 10:30 a.m., when parts of downtown Clovis will reopen to traffic.
The Big Hat Half, put on by Go For It Events, is the first race of the Soul Half Marathon Series. Other races are Exeter’s Hell of a Half Marathon on Aug. 13 and Bakersfield’s Judgment Day Half Marathon on Oct. 16.
Undie Run – Shoes? Check. Water? Check. Underwear? Check.
That’s right. Put on your tighty whities, long johns or holiday briefs for the inaugural Valentine Undie Run at Woodward Park on Sunday in Fresno.
The event features two races: a Couples 5K and a 1-mile Undie Run, with all proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association of Fresno.
Registration costs $30 per person or $60 per couple. Runners who enter the Couples 5K will automatically be entered for the Undie Run.
All participants will receive Valentine boxers and a drawstring “undie” backpack. The male and female winners of the Undie Run will each receive a custom bathrobe. The top three couples teams will win dinner for two.
The Undie Run will start at 8 a.m. and the Couples 5K at 8:30.
Fishing seminar – Dick Nichols and Captain Jack Yandell are hosting their annual Shaver Lake fishing seminar at Herb Bauer’s Sporting Goods on Feb. 25 in Fresno.
The event will start at 6 p.m. Topics include Kokanee fishing, trolling Shaver Lake, jigging and still-fishing, night-fishing, smallmouth bass fishing and a trophy trout planting update. Raffle prizes will be awarded throughout the evening.
Ski/board for a cause – 7 Hours on the Razor is set for March 6 at China Peak Mountain Resort. The endurance ski event is a fundraiser for the Central California Adaptive Sports Center. Participants will ride Chair 1, ski or snowboard down Upper and Middle Razorback to Mainstream, then repeat. Participants must register and collect pledges.
CCASC is a non-profit organization with the mission of providing life-enhancing, year-round recreation for persons with disabilities and their families.
More information: 7hours.dojiggy.com
OHV open house – The Sierra National Forest will host an open house at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at its Clovis headquarters (1600 Tollhouse Road) to discuss the state’s Off-Highway-Vehicle preliminary grant cycle application for this year.
Feedback from the meeting will help in the development of the preliminary grant application to the state’s Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation division.
Grants will help eligible agencies and organizations (federal, city, county, non-profit) that develop, maintain, operate, expand, support or contribute to well-managed, high-quality OHV recreation areas, roads and trails.
Birding field trip – The Fresno Audubon Society is hosting its next Wednesday walk Feb. 24 at the Mendota Wildlife Area. For more details and to RSVP, call Margaret Houck at 559-252-8548 or Frank Gibson 559-299-8452.