Join us for the Bidwell Classic 5K, 10k and Half Marathon.
March 4th, 2023 in Lower Bidwell Park
BENEFITS STUDENT ATHLETES
A substantial portion of the race entry fees go to the local high school cross country running programs. When you participate in the Bidwell Classic, you are supporting local student athletes. If you would like to make an additional donation to the schools, please do so on the donation portion of the registration. Thank you so much for supporting this race and our local youth runners!
Online registration closes at 5:00pm on Friday March 3th 2023.
In person registration will be available during packet pickup. No in person registration will be available on race day.
Packet pickup will be available Friday March 3rd 10:00am-4:00pm
Race day packet pick up will be available Saturday March 4th from 6:30am - 7:30am
Any questions about registration or packet pick up please email firstname.lastname@example.org
START DATE & TIMES
When: Saturday March 4th 2023
Where: Lower Bidwell Park/ Sycamore Field
5K, 10k and Half Marathon run and fun walk: Starting time is 8:00am for the 5k and 8:10 for the 10k and Half
Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
For special school group rates contact email@example.com
Every registered runner will receive a 2023 race shirt if registered before February 18th. To guarantee your shirt size please register on or before February 17th. All registrations after February 17th will be subject to availability and size after the race at the Fleet Feet booth starting at 9:00am.
If still running, you may have someone pick up a shirt for you. Please provide them your name and or bib #.
If you do not pick up your packet before the race (at packet pickup or at the race), your shirt will NOT be saved for you.
COURSE CERTIFICATION AND MAPS
the 5k and 10k are flat, paved, and free of traffic. The half marathon has a 1/4 mile on each of the loops that are a single-track trail. All events start and finish at One Mile Recreation Area in Lower Bidwell Park.
The maps to all the racecourses can be found by clicking the link below:
Packet pickup will be offered at Fleet Feet Chico (241 Main St in downtown Chico) We will also have a small window on race day to pick up your packet.
Packet Pickup days and hours:
Friday March 3rd at Fleet Feet Chico
10:00am - 4:00pm
Located at Fleet Feet Chico, 241 Main St., Chico CA
Race Day Packet Pick up at the Fleet Feet Tent
DIRECTIONS AND PARKING
To the course: Enter Chico via Highway 99 either from the north or from the south. If you are coming from the north on 99, take the Highway 32 offramp and turn right at the first intersection. If you are coming from the south on 99, take the 32 offramp and turn left at the second intersection. Now you're heading west on 32 (East 8th St). From here, take 8th St just under a half-mile, then turn right on Sycamore St.
Sycamore St runs a few blocks into Woodland Ave, which runs parallel to the park. The park itself will be closed to vehicle traffic on race day, so find a parking spot on or near Woodland Ave. Please be courteous and park legally. Do not park in a way that blocks local residents' entry to or exit from their homes. There are several entrances to the One Mile Recreation Area from Woodland Ave.
To Fleet Feet packet pickup: As above, from Highway 99 head west on Highway 32 (East 8th St).
Take 8th St about a mile then turn right on Main St. Drive north on Main St. Fleet Feet is located between 2nd and 3rd Streets. Fleet Feet's phone number is 530 345-1000.
Timing will be done by Under the Sun Events. All races will be chip timed, so feel free to space out. If you are racing for an overall placement, you must toe the line! (Based on Gun time/first to cross the line)
Gun start for 5k will be at 8:00am
Gun start for 10k, and Half Marathon will be 8:10am
AID STATIONS AND RESTROOMS
There will be 6 aid stations for the half, 3 for the 10k and 2 for the 5k.
1. Cedar Grove Bathrooms – Loop 1 Water / Loop 2 Water and GU and Electrolytes
2. Peterson Drive Gate – Loop 1 Water / Loop 2 Water GU and Electrolytes
3. Hwy 99 Overpass on Vallombrosa Side – Water
Restroom on the course will be located at One Mile recreation on the North and South side of the pool, Cedar Grove Park, and Pettersen Dr. Park entrance as well as portable restrooms at the start and finish.
- Please no dogs on the course during the race. Stollers are allowed, please be cautious of other runners. If wearing headphones, only in one ear please! Must be able to hear your surroundings.
- Be courteous when overtaking slower runners or walkers in your elected race location. We want you to race hard and fast, but with safety of yourself and others in mind. (Please remember that this is a public park and there may be others on course that are not part of the race)
- Where your Race number so it is visible on the participant's front
- Run your race with pride!
- You must cross the timing mat for your chip to be read. If you are planning of racing for top finisher, the race is based on gun time and first to cross the finish line.
- All other placements (age groups) will be based on chip timing
- Run, hard, run fast and have fun!
AWARDS FOR TOP FINISHERS
Top male and female for each race will be awarded as the overall winners for the race.
Awards will also be offered to the top three in each age group category for each gender in each race.
Ages groups will be as followed:
14 and under / 15-19 / 20-29 / 30-39 / 40-49 / 50-59 / 60-69 / 70 and over
Finisher Medals will be provided to all Half Marathon runners who finish the race.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
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