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Fresno, CA  •  Sunday, November 3, 2013  •  Course Map


The fall of 2013 brings the 6th annual running of Fresno's Two Cities Marathon and Half Marathons, a newly expanded running event which added a second half marathon for the first time last year, offering runners the chance to sign up for either its Fresno Half Marathon or the all-new Clovis Half Marathon, which will follow an out-and-back course.

More than 3,600 runners and walkers crossed took part in all races combined in 2012, including more than 3,100 runners and walkers who crossed the finish line in both half marathons. Note: The race info below describes the Fresno Half Marathon course. The race route and elevation for the Clovis Half Marathon is available on the Two Cities course maps page.

Fast and mostly flat, with little change in elevation throughout its 13.1 miles, the half marathon course starts on Friant Road next to Fresno's Woodward Park, where runners will cross the finish line 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 five and a half miles or so of the race, taking runners past local landmarks like the Copper River Country Club on the way to the second turn of the half marathon, which lies just after runners pass the mile 7 marker. There, runners turn and then turn off Friant onto Old Friant Road, which they follow for the next three miles as the course winds its way through the wide-open fields that border the San Joaquin River flowing by to the west.

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 amphitheatre inside the park. 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 seven 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. Both half marathons are open to runners as well as walkers, and the Clovis Half Marathon is the first to start, at 7:00 AM -- followed by the Fresno Half at 7:15 AM.

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.

In November, temperatures average between 42°F and 63°F, while rainfall totals average just over an inch for the month. On the day of the race (Nov. 3), the average low is 46°F and the average high is 69°F.

Course Map

See the race route maps for the Two Cities Half Marathons

Starting Times

7:00 AM - full marathon, Clovis Half Marathon Run
7:15 AM - half marathon relay, Fresno Half Marathon Run, Half Marathon Walk


$65 for either half marathon (Clovis or Fresno), if registered by May 31, 2013
$75 between June 1 - August 31
$85 between September 1 - October 31
$95 on November 1 and after


To reserve your spot in the fall 2013 running of Fresno's Two Cities Marathon, Clovis Half Marathon, Fresno Half Marathon, Relay or Kids Mini Marathon, register online at Active.com.

Official Race Website


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