Miguel Reyes poured his heart into everything he loved: family, friends, running and his job as a construction worker. But the 38-year-old’s life was cut short four months ago in a fatal car accident.
His legacy, however, lives on with the first Miguel Reyes 5K at Woodward Park on Sunday.
Reyes was a staple in the Fresno-area running community for many years. When elite runner Jesus Campos moved to Fresno eight years ago, Reyes was one of his first friends and a brotherly bond formed soon after.
“We helped each other on anything,” Campos said. “We shared so many races together. Every weekend training run I did, he was there with me.”
The two trained for what would be a final time the day before the accident on a run near Millerton Lake, Campos said. Campos and Reyes finished 1-2 at last year’s Wascally Wabbit Half Marathon. Reyes’ best time in a marathon was 2 hours, 43 minutes, set at the Modesto Marathon.
Campos dedicated his recent win at the Modesto Marathon to Reyes and is organizing the memorial 5K race in honor of his friend.
The event is open to all ages and offers a total prize purse of $4,000. Cash prizes will be given to the top three overall finishers ($300, $200, $100), top three men and women, and the top three in each age group regardless of gender (19-and-under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60-and-older). Middle school, high school and college students are not eligible for prize money (they’ll get medals, instead). The course in use will be same as the CIF State Cross Country Championships.
Registration costs $25 for adults and $15 per students. Prices increase $5 beginning Saturday. Participants will receive a full breakfast, ice cream and raffle prizes. A zumba class will be held following the race, as well as performances from Aztec and Mexican folkloric dancers.
A strong race field is expected with U.S. Olympic marathon trial qualifiers Fernando Cabada and Molly Friel signed up, Campos said.
Register online at www.runsignup.com.
Search and Rescue Wild Run
When: Aug. 9
Where: Shaver Lake, Fishing Club Road
Run or hike around Shaver Lake in this fourth annual fundraiser for the Fresno County Search and Rescue mountaineering team. Options include a half-marathon, 10K trail run, 5K “wild run” (trail run with a couple steep hillside scrambles) and a 2-mile family hike. Running events start from 8-8:15 a.m.
Participants can park in the VIP lot for $20, only a 10-minute walk from the start/finish line, or in Shaver Lake and take the shuttle ($5 per person) to the race area. Shuttles will run from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Chip timing will be provided for all runners. Participants will receive an event T-shirt, a custom finisher’s medal, a free BBQ lunch with ice cream and a complimentary beer for those 21 and older. Registration per person costs $35 for the family hike, $40 for the 5K and 10K options, $75 for the half-marathon. Prices increase $5 starting Saturday.
GoPro editing workshop
REI’s Outdoor School will lead a two-hour workshop on how to use the GoPro Studio to edit videos starting at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Fresno store. The workshop costs $20 for members and $40 for non-members. Sign up online at www.rei.com/fresno.
▪ A free workshop on the basics of lightweight backpacking will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at REI. Space is limited.