Sunday, November 6, 2016 • Fresno, CA • Course Maps
Set for its 9th annual running this year, Fresno’s Two Cities Marathon and Half Marathons gives runners the choice of two separate half marathon routes to run at the race — the Fresno Half Marathon or the Clovis Half Marathon, both of which follow out-and-back courses that start and finish at Woodward Park.
More than 3,100 runners and walkers crossed the finish line in all races combined each year, including more than 1,200 finishers in the Clovis Half and just over 1,000 in the Fresno Half.
What the Fresno Half is like. Fast and mostly flat, with little change in elevation throughout its 13.1 miles, the Two Cities Fresno Half Marathon course starts on Friant Road next to Fresno’s Woodward Park, where runners will cross the finish line later in this point-to-point course (which looks from above like it’s almost an out-and-back loop course).
From there, the course follows a long straightaway along East Shepherd for the race’s first two miles until it hits the turnaround point at Cedar Avenue, sending runners heading back westward toward Friant Road.
The course then turns right and heads north along Friant for the next 5 1/2 miles or so, taking runners past the Copper River Country Club on the way to the turn onto Old Friant Road, which they’ll follow for the next three miles as the course winds its way through the wide-open fields that border the San Joaquin River.
Runners rejoin Friant Road, which they’ve run earlier in the race, just before hitting the mile 11 marker, and then follow Friant Road southward toward the 300-acre Woodward Park, where they run in to the finish line at the amphitheater inside the park.
What the Clovis Half is like. Runners start the Clovis course from the same starting line as the Fresno Half, but instead follow a long out-and-back stretch along East Shepherd Avenue and the Fresno-Clovis Rail Trail for most of the race.
They’ll make their midpoint turn around Treasure Ingmire Park at 1st Street and Clovis Avenue, and then head back to Woodward Park for the race finish. Really the only hills of any significance occur just as runners are entering and leaving Old Friant Road, as the course falls and then rises on the way out about 60 feet in elevation each time.
Whether they’re running the half or the full marathon (or the relay), runners will have 7 hours to complete their race. After the time limit expires, race organizers will no longer be monitoring the course, and so runners will need to be sure to complete the race by 2:00 PM.
Race Weather & Climate
Set in California’s inland valley area in the middle of the state, about a three-hour drive from San Francisco, the city of Fresno typically sees very hot and dry summers that lead into cooler, slightly wetter fall seasons.
On race day (Nov. 6), the average low is 47ºF and the average high is 70ºF.
- 2015 Two Cities Half Marathons Results
- 2014 Two Cities Half Marathons Results
- 2013 Two Cities Half Marathons Results
- 2012 Two Cities Half Marathons Results
- 2011 Two Cities Half Marathon Results
- See the map for the Two Cities Clovis Half Marathon here
- See the map for the Two Cities Fresno Half Marathon here
- 6:30 AM – full marathon
- 7:15 AM – Clovis Half Marathon
- 7:30 AM – Fresno Half Marathon
- $75 for either half marathon (Clovis or Fresno), if registered by April 30, 2016
- $85 between May 1 – July 31
- $95 between August 1 – September 30
- $105 between October 1 – November 4
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of Fresno’s Two Cities Marathon, Clovis Half Marathon, Fresno Half Marathon, or Relay, register online at RunSignup.com here.
Official Race Website
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