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California > Hooker Oak Trail Half Marathon & Quarter Marathon
Chico, CA  •  Sunday, October 9, 2011


View the course map for the Hooker Oak Trail Half Marathon

The second of two races that take runners through Chico's historic Bidwell Park, whose 3,618 acres shoulder both sides of the Big Chico Creek Canyon, the Hooker Oak Trail Half Marathon features a challenging trail run along the park trail by the same name, along rugged, rocky and hilly terrain with plenty of obstacles and steep uphills and downhills thrown in throughout the race.

Set for its fifth annual running in the early fall season of 2011, the race offers a kind of autumn bookend to the Bidwell Classic Half Marathon & 5K, which takes place in the park each spring.

From the starting line at the city's Hooker Oak Recreation Area, located at 1928 Manzanita Avenue, the course takes runners along Bidwell Park's Upper and Lower Yahi Trails, which runs alongside the creek that runs through the canyon and the park. Runners also get a chance to run along a stretch of the park's Middle Trail, a lesser-trafficked and more rugged section of the park's trails, and run past swimming areas in the park like Brown's Hole, Salmon Hole and Horseshoe Lake, a year-round popular spot for fishing.

One of Northern California's smaller running events, the race is limited to 250 entrants, so those thinking of running the race are encouraged to sign up early. Race day registration will be available, but only if the race has not sold out and spots are still available. Runners also are encouraged to wear trail shoes for tackling the course's often difficult terrain, and the half marathon race starts at 8:00 AM.

Race Weather & Climate

Set in the inland valley region of Northern California, about 88 miles north of Sacramento, the town of Chico tends to see mild to moderately warm weather in the early weeks of fall, with relatively low precipitation. In October, average monthly temperatures range between 79°F and 47°F, while rainfall totals average about 1.34 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Oct. 9), the average high is 82°F and the average low is 49°F.


$50 for the half marathon, if registered by September 1, 2011
$55 between Sept. 2 - October 1
$60 between Oct. 2 - 9


To reserve your spot in the fall 2011 running of Chico's Hooker Oak Trail Half or Quarter Marathon, register online at Active.com.

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