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Gridley Herald - Gridley, CA
  • 37th Annual Bidwell Classic Benefits Local Athletes

  • Chico Running Club and Under the Sun Events present the 37th Annual Bidwell Classic, Chico’s signature spring event, happening Saturday, March 2.
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  •  Chico Running Club and Under the Sun Events present the 37th Annual Bidwell Classic, Chico’s signature spring event, happening Saturday, March 2.  This year’s event features a 5k Run/Walk, Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay.  The festivities start at 8:00 am with the 5k and half-marathon starts at 8:10 am.  These are new start times for both races.  This year’s race theme is Classic Chico.  We will have a classic vendor area for participants and spectators to enjoy during and after the race.
    The 37th Annual Bidwell Classic is a major fundraiser for local high school cross-country teams.  Both courses start in lower Bidwell Park near One Mile Recreation Area.  The 5k race takes a short loop in lower park with a turn at Cedar Grove. Half-marathoners and the first leg of the half-marathon relay start in lower park and head up to Manzanita Avenue before looping back on Peterson Drive.  The half-marathon relay exchange is at near the half-marathon starting line.  Registration for the event is available online at www.chicorunningclub.org.
    Volunteers are needed for this event.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sara Nelson, Volunteer Coordinator, at 530-591-4161 or Volunteer@underthesunevents.org.  There is a volunteer dinner for all volunteers on Tuesday, February 26 at 6:30 pm at Mountain Mike’s on 5th Street.  All volunteers and those who want to help on Saturday are encouraged to come.
    Under the Sun Elents is owned and operated locally by Nikki Stadler and Julie Healy since 2007.  They take pride in creating great, safe events that encourage healthy lifestyles for all members of the community.  For more information on Under the Sun Events, visit underthesunevents.org or send an email to nikki@underthesunevents.org.
    Chico Running Club was founded in 1975 by a group of nine dedicated runners and now has over 145 members.  The CRC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping the sports of running and walking alive.  For more information on Chico Running Club, visit chicorunning.org or send an email to runner@saber.net.

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