BENEFITS STUDENT ATHLETES
A substantial portion of the race entry fees go to the
local high school running programs. When you participate
in the Bidwell Classic, you are supporting local student
Register for the Bidwell Classic by filling out and
returning the entry form or by clicking Active.com's link
to the right.
Or you can register via this
downloadable, printable entry form.
For registration by mail, send your entry form to
Chico Running Club
P.O. Box 1182
Chico, CA 95927
Mailed entry forms must reach us on or by March 4. If you have
a paper entry form and are not sure it will reach us by that
Thursday, please take it to Fleet Feet, directions to which
any time up through March 5.
Do not wait until race day to turn in your registration.
There is no race day registration.
The last day to register is Friday, March 5 at
from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
5K run and fun walk: 8:30 a.m.
Half marathon run, relay, and racewalk (first wave):
Half marathon run, relay, and racewalk (second wave):
Half marathon starting wave is determined by your estimated
Pre-registered by February 20 (includes entries
postmarked on or by the 20th):
Adults, 5K: $30
Children 13 and under, 5K: $15
Adults, half marathon: $40
Children 13 and under, half marathon: $15
Adult relay teams, half marathon: $60
Child 13 and under relay teams, half marathon: $40
Adult CRC*/SWEAT discount: $5 each member
After February 20:
Adults, 5K: $35
Children 13 and under, 5K: $20
Adults, half marathon: $50
Children 13 and under, half marathon: $20
Adult relay teams, half marathon: $70
Child 13 and under relay teams, half marathon: $50
Adult CRC*/SWEAT discount: $5 each member
Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
*CRC members must be active for the 2009 - 10 season to receive
the CRC discount. If you need to start or renew a CRC membership,
please fill out and send in
For special school group rates
contact the race directors at Under the Sun Events (via our CRC
Every pre-registered entrant is guaranteed a technical hat. Hats available
to entrants after February 20 while supplies last. Technical shirts are also
available for $15. See below for details.
COURSE CERTIFICATION AND MAPS
Courses are USATF certified. 5K: CA05008RS. Half: CA08067RS. Both
are flat, paved, and free of traffic. All events start and finish
at One Mile Recreation Area in Lower Bidwell Park.
The half marathon course is map is
here. And here's the 5K map.
Avoid race day crowds by stopping by
Fleet Feet on
Friday, March 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Fleet Feet is at
241 Main St in downtown Chico.
You can pick up your timing chip, race number, and hat. Hats
available to pre-registered entrants and to those registering
after February 20 while supplies last. See the
HATS AND T-SHIRTS section below for more details.
March 5 packet pickup is also the last opportunity to register
for the race.
Or wait until race day, March 6, at Bidwell Park.
Packets available prior to race between 7:00 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. You
must be registered to pick up your packet as there is no
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
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
There are several entrances to the One Mile Recreation Area from
Woodland Ave. For race-day packet pickup, look for the sign marked
Pre-Registered. If you need to check clothing
prior to your race, look for the Sweat Check. For
any other assistance, make your way to the
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.
The sweat check dropoff is located near the start line. Place all
extra layers in the race goody bag, write your race number
on the bag, and turn it in at the dropoff. We transfer your goody bag
to a pickup area near the finish line. After you're done present
your race number to claim your bag.
Do not leave valuables at the sweat check. The
Chico Running Club and the Bidwell Classic are not responsible
for any lost items.
The Bidwell Classic proudly features chip timing.
Participants who do not return chips on race day are responsibile
for a $50 replacement charge. Other timing information:
You receive the timing chip at packet pickup. The chip is
associated with your race number.
Attach the chip to your shoe with the plastic ties from your race
packet. If you wear the chip at another location on your body,
the start and finish line sensors may not be able to record your time.
After crossing the finish line allow a volunteer to remove
Be sure to run with your timing chip. If you run with another
participant's chip, your time may be recorded under their name
or may not show up in the official results at all.
Cross over all the start and finish line sensor mats during your
race. If you run around any of the sensor mats, your time will not
be recorded. The finish line has two sensor mats. Be sure
to cross over both.
The start mat is deactivated five minutes after your race start so
do not intentionally start late otherwise you will receive no time.
The finish line closes at 12:20 p.m. Participants finishing beyond
12:20 p.m. may not receive a finish time. If you want an official
time, be sure you can complete your event in 3 hours or less.
Again, make sure to return the chip to avoid the $50 replacement fee.
If you are unable to start or finish the race find
a volunteer near the finish area so that they can remove it.
The relay exchange area is situated on South Park Drive near
the start line. The exchange area is close to the halfway point
on the half marathon course, with each runner doing one loop of
approximately 6.5 miles.
AID STATIONS AND RESTROOMS
Mt Shasta Spring Water and Knudsen Recharge--The All Natural Sports
Drink--are available at 5 aid stations along the half marathon course
and at 1 aid station on the 5K course.
Porta-potties are located near the start line, and the park restrooms
are also open on the day of the race. In addition to the park
facilities near the swimming hole, more park restrooms are located
to the right of road roughly 1.5 miles into the course loop.
KIDS UNDER 13 RUN
For runners 12 and under we have a free, quick run on the
baseball field near Caper Acres park.
More details coming soon.
No dogs, strollers, bicycles, unicycles, tricycles, inline skates,
roller skates, or skateboards are allowed on the course. No pace
bikes allowed. If you run with a pet or stroller, if you ride
the race on or in any one of the aforementioned vehicles, or if
you are paced by anyone riding or otherwise using one of them,
you are subject to disqualification, and your team is
subject to disqualification if you are running a relay.
Your time and placing will be stricken from the results and you
will not be eligible for any age group or overall finish awards.
No pace bikes or other vehicles allowed. Any runner being paced
by somebody not entered in the event is subject to
No food or drink assistance beyond that available at the official
In each event the fastest runners line up at the front of the wave,
followed by the slower runners, followed by walkers. No children
allowed to line up at the front.
Upon crossing the finish line maintain your finish line order. Move
through the chute without passing or dropping behind any other
finishers. Precise finish line order is necessary to reconcile
chip time finish order with bib number finish order.
Nonregistered runners not allowed on course.
No shortcuts. Anyone cutting the course is disqualified.
Half marathon runners overtaking slower 5K participants give 5K
participants a wide berth. Be courteous when overtaking slower
runners or walkers.
Race number must be visible on the participant's front
side. Missing race numbers, obscured race numbers, or numbers
not attached to the front of the runner's shirt or shorts can
disqualify the participant.
Start your race and wave at the proper time as noted above in
START TIMES. For the half marathon,
whether you run or walk,
you are assigned a starting wave noted on your race number bib.
Relay teams receive wave assignments for each runner. The first
runner completes one lap of the course starting in his or her
assigned wave, tags their relay partner's
hand at the relay exchange, then the second runner completes the
second loop. Team times are computed via associated bib numbers and
timing chips; you do not need to wear any matching clothing to
signify the team.
The half marathon racewalk is unjudged. No course marshals check to
ensure that racewalkers are maintaining allowable racewalk form.
HATS AND T-SHIRTS
Every pre-registered participant gets a nice technical hat--
one size fits all. In addition technical shirts are available for an
Entrants registering after February 20 receive hats
while supply lasts.
AWARDS FOR TOP FINISHERS
5K ceremony takes place at approximately 9:30 a.m., and the half
marathon ceremony at approximately 11:30 a.m.
In addition to age group awards, awards are available to select
overall event placers. Cash prizes for the top 3 overall men's and
women's finishers in both the 5K and half marathon events.
There is no "double-dipping." If you place overall for an event,
you do not place in your age bracket.
In addition to awards for top age group and overall placers, every
entrant has a chance to win prizes. We will randomly distribute
"claim ticket" envelopes in several race packets. If you receive a
ticket, you can bring it to a special prize booth on the day of the
race to pick up your prize.
HOLIDAY INN SPECIAL RATE
The Chico Holiday Inn is offering runners a special rate of $92
per night (single or double occupancy, plus tax) for the nights
of Friday, March 5, and Saturday, March 6. This offer includes
a full buffet breakfast with omelet and waffle bar. Call the hotel directly at (530) 345-2491 and ask for
the Bidwell Classic rate. Rooms must be booked by February 15 to ensure
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Under the Sun Events, care of CRC.