The 11th annual Two Cities Marathon and Half was once again a sweeping success as an estimated 4,800 people took part in Sunday’s event.
It featured three separate races, which traveled through northeast Fresno and Old Town Clovis. Not only is it a healthy activity for the participants, but they raised money for good causes. Children's Hospital, Community Health Centers of Central California, the Leukemia – Lymphoma Society and the Sierra Challenge Express Scholarship Fund were all beneficiaries.
Daniel Wagoner was one of those who completed the race, which he called refreshing.
“It's great. Right after the fog lifts you get to see the mountains in the background, so it's nice. The scenery kind of helps detract from the fact you're running 13 miles, half of it uphill,” said Daniel Wagoner, a runner.
Stephanie Wait ran in the very first Two Cities Marathon. She talked about how much it has improved.
“They hand out a lot more water and treats. The fans come out to rally the community which is great because when you're running and there's cheering it's just makes the day a whole lot better,” said Stephanie Wait, a runner.
Something special is that Sunday's race featured 40 people who were destined for the New York City Marathon, which was cancelled following Hurricane Sandy's destruction. Due to the circumstances, race organizers allowed them to register last minute.
“Some of them called us or emailed us. They said I'm in Denver and would like to run a marathon, if I turn around can I come run your marathon? We said yes, we'll let you in,” said Debra Schmitt, Race Director.
A nice gesture which allowed these out-of-towners a chance to experience this great event that the locals so deeply love.
“I hope they keep doing this and keep bringing it back because I love doing it every year, it's something to look forward to,” said Wagoner.
If you are interested in running a marathon, but have not done it before, an experienced runner recommends that you train with a group. That way you can keep each other motivated.