California Classic Half Marathon, Relay & 5K

Sunday, April 2, 2017 • Fresno, CA • Course Map

runsignup-bluePart of a weekend-long outdoor event for Fresno called the California Classic Weekend, the California Classic Half Marathon and two-person relay is set for its 7th annual running this year, along a course that takes runners through the city’s zoo and its dining- and entertainment-themed Tower District.

The event features a half marathon for both individual runners as well as two-person relay teams, and follows an out-and-back course that will start and finish at Fresno’s Chukchansi Park, the home of minor league baseball’s Fresno Grizzlies, the AAA-level affiliate of the San Francisco Giants major league baseball team.

Once runners leave the starting line in the park, the race course then heads out into downtown Fresno, taking runners past a number of local landmarks like the Fresno City Hall, the recently renovated federal courthouse and the historic Old Fresno Water Tower, whose history dates all the way back to 1894 and which provided water for the city until the early 1960s — and today serves as a tourist visitor center for the city.

After the run through the city’s downtown, the race then heads inside the grounds of the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, which is home to more than 120 animal species — including 18 species listed on the Species Survival Plan, which works to help breed many of the planet’s rarest animals.

Runners will get the chance to run through the zoo’s park roads and past a number of animal exhibits before heading back out into the city.

Next the race takes runners past the city’s Tower District, where many of its popular clubs and restaurants are located, and then heads back over to Chukchansi Park for the race finish inside the baseball stadium — and where runners will be able to see themselves on the huge diamond vision screen as they cross the finish line.

Scheduled starting time for the half marathon and relay is 7:00 AM, and the course time limit for the half is 4 hours.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the middle of Central California’s San Joaquin Valley, roughly 220 miles north of Los Angeles and just over 170 miles south of the state’s capital city Sacramento, Fresno typically sees warm and very dry weather in the late spring season.

On race day (April 2), the average low is 45ºF and the average high is 66ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the California Classic Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 7:00 AM – half marathon
  • 7:05 AM – 5K


  • $65 – $85 for the half marathon
  • $35 – $45 for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of Fresno’s California Classic Half Marathon, Relay or 5K race, register online at here.


Official Race Website

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1 comment… add one
  • Grace paparigian April 3, 2016, 2:21 pm

    My name is Grace Pepper again my bid number is 2696. When I checked the results the name listed is Brenda Niles which is not me please make the correction


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