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Fresno, CA  •  Sunday, March 16, 2014  •  Course Map


Part of a weekend-long outdoor event for Fresno called the California Classic Weekend -- with cycling events on Saturday and a half marathon and relay on Sunday -- the California Classic Half Marathon and two-person relay is set for its 4th annual running in the early spring of 2014, along a course that takes runners through the city's zoo and its dining- and entertainment-themed Tower District.

(The race was run in mid-May last year, and moves up to mid-March for 2014.)

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 -- the cycling events are scheduled for the previous day, along with the kids' marathon. More than 1,900 runners crossed the finish line in the half marathon alone at the 2012 race.

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.

March Avg. Day of Race Monthly Precip.
Low: 45°F Low: 46°F Rain: 2.03 in.
High: 66°F High: 68°F Snow: 0 in.

Course Map

See the race route map for the California Classic Half Marathon

Starting Time

7:00 AM - half marathon
7:15 AM - 5K


$60 for the half marathon, if registered by December 1, 2013
$70 between Dec. 2 - January 1, 2014
$75 between Jan. 2 - March 1
$90 at the race expo


To reserve your spot in the late spring 2014 running of Fresno's California Classic Half Marathon, Relay or cycling races, register online at Active.com.

Official Race Website


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