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Weekly Runs/Walks

Weekly Runs/Walks

CRC's Saturday morning runs start at 7:00 a.m. until October, when they begin at 8:00 a.m. We meet in the parking lot on the north side of One Mile. read more...

The Chico Running Club hosts fun runs/walks for members and the Chico community, and organizes foot races for participants from all over California.

The Chico Running Club hosts fun runs/walks for members and the Chico community, and organizes foot races for participants from all over California.

The 42nd Annual Bidwell Classic
Bidwell Classic Half Marathon Chico, CA
Saturday March 3, 2018

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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.


CLICK HERE to Register for the Bidwell Classic
Or register online at Fleet Feet's Registration Station at 241 Main Street, Downtown Chico 

Online registration closes at 11:59 pm on Tuesday February 27th 2018. In person registration will be available during packet pickup (see below for times) at Fleet Feet, 241 Main Street, Downtown Chico


  • 5K run and fun walk: 8:00 a.m.
  • Half marathon run, relay: 8:10 a.m.

Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

*CRC members must be active for the 2017 - 18 season to receive the CRC discount. If you need to start or renew a CRC membership, please fill out the membership form.

For special school group rates contact us.

Every pre-registered entrant is given a choice between a shirt OR a hat. Hats available to entrants after February 18 while supplies last. See below for details.  You may purchase an additional hat or shirt, through Feb. 18.


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 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Fleet Feet is at 241 Main St in downtown Chico. You can pick up your timing chip, race number, and shirt or hat. See the HATS AND T-SHIRTS section below for more details.

March 2 packet pickup is also the last opportunity to register for the race.

You may also pick up your packet on race day, March 3, at Bidwell Park. Packets will be available prior to the race between 6:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m.

You must be registered to pick up your packet as there is no race-day registration.


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. 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 Information booth.

Here's a map.

  • 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.

Here's a map.


Fleet Feet Chico is pleased to be the 'official sweat check' for the 2018 Bidwell Classic! You will find their booth located next to the refreshment area near the finish line.

The Chico Running Club, Fleet Feet, and the Bidwell Classic are not responsible for any lost items.


The Bidwell Classic proudly features chip timing by Capital Road Race Management. Other timing information:

  • You receive the timing chip at packet pickup. The chip is associated with your race number.
  • 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 12:00 p.m. Participants finishing beyond 12:00 p.m. may not receive a finish time. If you want an official time, be sure you can complete your event in 4 hours or less.
Running Club


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.


• 6 aid stations line the half marathon course.

• There are two aid stations on the 5K course.

• Aid stations will serve Water from Mt. Shasta Spring Water and Clif Bar products.

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 the road roughly 1.5 miles into the course loop.


  • 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 disqualification.
  • No food or drink assistance beyond that available at the official aid stations.
  • 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.


Every pre-registered participant has their choice of a technical shirt or hat. The hats are one-size-fits-all. The shirts are unisex. You may purchase an additional shirt and/or hat for $15 each with your registration, through February 18.

Entrants registering after February 18 receive hats while supply lasts. Shirts will not be available to order after February 18, but both shirts and hats will be available for sale at packet pickup and on race morning while supplies last.


5K ceremony takes place at approximately 9:30 a.m., and the half marathon ceremony at approximately 10:30 a.m.

In addition to age group awards, awards are available to select overall event placers.

There is no "double-dipping." If you place overall for an event, you do not place in your age bracket.


The Bidwell Classic is pleased to have a partnership with the Oxford Suites!

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Simply use the Promo Code PLYHRD when booking a room to recieve a discounted room rate!

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Chico has a variety of additional lodging options, including bed & breakfast inns. Visit the Chico Chamber of Commerce website to find a list of other great places to stay race weekend.


Email Chico Running Club.

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