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Neighborhood plans limit marathon hassle

Some residents, pastors and others say they planned ahead to help manage road closures and traffic snarls generated by Sunday's Eye-Q Two Cities Marathon & Half.

Several said they provided information in person, through maps and on the Internet about the route that took runners through portions of northeast Fresno and Clovis.

The Holy Spirit Catholic Church on East Champlain Drive and the Northpark Community Church on East Shepherd Avenue, for example, offered information about street closures on their websites.

At the Woodward Park Baptist Church on East Teague Avenue, just off the race path, parishioners heard reminders last week about both the time change -- falling back an hour -- and the marathon, said the Rev. David Carothers.

He joked that while parishioners gained an hour, they might have needed it to get to services on time. Sunday, attendance at the 11 a.m. service was a little light but the 8:30 a.m. service was well-attended, Carothers said.

At the Copper River Country Club, just off Friant Road, staff members provided a map that showed the way around Sunday's road closure. Caleb Parmenter, assistant golf pro, said the course wasn't packed on the gloomy Sunday.

"It's not going to be a super busy day," he said.

Amy Park, 35, of Orange County, said the race didn't interfere with her nephew's birthday party at Railroad Park in Clovis. The park at Peach and Alluvial avenues borders the race route.

She said the park was clean and there was no trouble getting there despite midmorning race traffic.

On Shepherd Avenue in northeast Fresno, several residents said they weren't too inconvenienced by the marathon. Craig Henry, 42, of Fresno, joked about being "held hostage" by Sunday's event.

But he said he has learned to deal with the closures caused by the race, now in its third year. "I kind of plan my day around it," Henry said.

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