Hello, 2018! It’s that time again—New Year’s resolution season. Is this the year you get fit?
One way to get off to a good start is signing up for a local race. Every month FresYes puts together a list of the top local races.
It seems like nearly every weekend there is a running club or group putting on some type of run or walk. Often, the money raised goes to a local charity.
Participating in a race is a great way to step up your fitness. Knowing that you are going to take part helps you set goals and helps keep you on track.
Here are some of the races happening in January.
Winchell Cove 10k/10 Mile Trail Run—Friant
When: Saturday, Jan. 13
Cost: 10K trail run/walk is $45, 10-mile trail run is $50
The 10K course is good for those wanting to try out trail running for the first time. The 10-mile course is more challenging with a longer distance and a few hills.
Got Miles 5k Birthday Race—Clovis
When: Sunday, Jan. 14
Cost: 5K is $25, kids (ages 6-18) is $10
This race, organized by local teen Miles Alexander in honor of his birthday, benefits the Poverello House. It takes place at Railroad Park and participants receive a long-sleeve t-shirt designed by the birthday boy and an edible finishers’ medal.
Pirate 5k Booty Run—Fresno
When: Saturday, Jan. 27
Cost: $35, kids race (9 and under) is $20
This 4th annual race, at Woodward Park, helps promote awareness of blood-related cancers and is a fundraiser for Relay for Life. Racers are invited to dress up in pirate garb. There’s a treasure hunt involved! Someone will leave with the “booty” valued at $1,000.
Sycamore Island 5k & 10k Run/Walk—Madera
When: Sunday, Jan. 28
Cost: $40, kids race (9 and under) is $20
This family-friendly race benefits the San Joaquin Parkway and Conversation Trust and Sycamore Island. Sycamore Island has three access points to the river for canoeing and kayaking. There are also running trails and picnic shelters. The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust began operating Sycamore Island in 2013. Finishers will receive a custom medal and post-race goodies.
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