The Two Cities Marathon is 150 days away, leaving runners with four months to train for Fresno’s only full-length marathon event scheduled for Nov. 6 at Woodward Park.
To get into shape, training programs are being offered through Fleet Feet Sports and the M*A*S*H* (Medical Aid Supplying Hope) Training Program. For more details, go to www.runfresno.com and click on the “Training” tab in the top right corner.
Marathon sign-ups are available online at www.runfresno.com. Registration for the 26.2-mile race costs $105 per person, while the four half-marathon options (13.1 miles; Fresno run/walk/relay, Clovis run) are $85 per person. Prices increase $10 after July 31.
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Miguel Reyes Memorial 5K – The Valley Runner of the Year series continues next weekend, with the second annual Miguel Reyes Memorial 5K on July 16 at Woodward Park.
The race was created by accomplished distance runner Jesus Campos in honor of his late friend and training partner, who died in a traffic accident last year in Bakersfield. Proceeds will be donated to help the Reyes family.
The 5K event is worth 10 points in the VROY series and comes with a hefty cash purse of $5,450 that will be split amongst the top finishers. Top prizes of $400 will be given to the overall male and female, with the rest of the earnings going to the top three male and female finishers in each age group.
Registration costs $25 per adult and $15 per student. Kids races are also offered.
For more information and to sign up, visit RunSignUp.com.
Mas at the River – Local author and farmer David Mas Masumoto and daughter Nikiko Masumoto will be leading the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust’s Respite by the River on Thursday, July 14.
Take a blanket and have a picnic dinner on the Ranch House front lawn with live music from Soul Kitchenette starting at 6 p.m. The Masumotos will follow with a reading from 7-8 p.m. A book sale, signing and dessert sale will follow the reading. The event is free and open to the public.
California hiking map – Hiking every trail in California seems impossible, but one Chico man has made that dream one step easier by creating a massive map with nearly every trail in the Golden State.
Jason Mandly created the project over about two years time, using information and maps from the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, federal and state fish and wildlife departments and his own research, according to the Chico News & Review.
He eventually started a Kickstarter campaign that received $11,631, more than tripling his original goal of $3,250.
Now complete, the map is 40 inches wide by 60 inches tall and contains trails that are open for public use and generally at least two miles long. Select historical and long distance trails are also highlighted.
The map costs $20, plus a $7 shipping charge. Because of high demand, it may take up to three weeks to receive your order, according to the website. A digital copy is set to be released in the future.
To order your own, visit www.CaliforniaHikingMap.com.