The California Classic Half Marathon Sunday sent runners through downtown Fresno and on to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo before heading back down to finish in Chukchansi Park.
About 3,000 runners were expected for the half marathon run, which pitched Sunday’s date as a cooler time to hold the run than in mid-May, when the companion bicycle race will be held. Temperatures, though, were in the mid-60s to low-70s. Sunday’s event included a half-marathon relay and a 5k race.
Joseph Rivera of Tulare won the race with a time of 1:08:43.
The California Classic run is the first of a pair of events. A bicycle race of varying lengths is scheduled for May 16.