Two Cities Marathon around the corner
In less than two weeks, thousands of people will take part in this year’s Two Cities Marathon & Half.
Race day is Nov. 2, and there are still spots for runners in every event.
Cost is $100 for the full 26.2-mile marathon and $85 for the half. New to the event this year is the 5K (3.1 mile) Fun Run with a cheaper, $40 registration fee.
The Clovis Half marathon is only open to runners; walkers are allowed on the Fresno Half.
Prices do increase $10 on Nov. 1, the final day for registration. Race packets must be picked up by that morning at the Sierra Pacific Orthopedics Health and Fitness Expo at Chukchansi Park. There will be no packet pickup on race day.
To sign up or for more details, go to www.runfresno.org.
Yosemite proposes fee increase
Yosemite National Park one-week vehicle passes would climb to $30, a $10 increase, as part of a series of fee changes proposed for next year.
Individual and motorcycles passes would go from $10 to $15; annual passes would cost $60 instead of $40, park spokesman Scott Gediman said.
Campground fees also are being evaluated, with proposed new rates ranging from $6 to $24 per night for family sites and $48 per night for group sites. Current rates are $5 to $20 for family sites and $40 for group sites.
Officials have opened a 30-day public-comment period that runs through Nov. 20.
Feedback will be accepted via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and by mail at: Superintendent, Attention Proposed Fee Increase, P.O. Box 577, Yosemite, 95389.
An open house also will allow a chance for comment and is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 12 at the Yosemite Valley Auditorium, behind the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.
Audubon trip to Yokohl Valley
When: 6 a.m. Saturday
The Fresno and Tulare County Audubon societies are hosting a field trip to Yokohl Valley Road to view raptors and other wintering birds.
Yokohl Valley is home to bald and golden eagles, Perigrine falcons, hawks, mountain bluebirds and more.
There will be carpool meet-ups in Fresno and Tulare starting at 6 a.m.
For details, go to tularecountyaudubon.wix, or call Gary Lindquist at (559) 734-0833. Those in the Fresno area should call Penny Stewart at (559) 224-9403.
Nature Walk: Sunset at Ledger Island
When: 3-7 p.m. Saturday
Clary Creager of the San Joaquin River Parkway will lead the hike among the giant oaks and ponds and of Ledger Island.
The group will meet at River Center at 3 p.m. and caravan to Ledger Island, returning by about 6:30 p.m.
To RSVP, contact Finn Telles at (559) 248-8480 x101 or email@example.com.
Preparing for the Unexpected
When: 7-8 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Fresno REI
The one-hour class at the REI Outdoor School will teach wilderness survival skills.
All of the essentials will be covered, whether you’re planning for a single day hike or a longer backpacking adventure.
Space is limited.
Table Mountain trail work
The Sierra Foothill Conservancy is seeking volunteers help clean up debris and overgrowth on the Mackenzie Preserve Table Top Mountain trail.
Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the parking lot and clear the trail of excess foliage. Wear proper clothing, but otherwise all tools will be provided.
To register, go to sierrafoothill.org.