Saturday’s Miguel Reyes Memorial 5K is more than another race in the park; it’s an opportunity for runners to honor the memory of Miguel Reyes, a beloved member of the Fresno running community who was involved in a fatal car accident two years ago.
Race director Jesus Campos, Reyes’ friend and training partner, organized the first Miguel Reyes Memorial 5K later that year as a way to pay tribute to his friend and raise money for his family, which includes his widow and two young children.
The competitive race, held on Woodward Park’s 5K CIF high school cross country course, has a $5,400 prize purse, with cash awards going to the the top five overall winners as well as the top three finishers in each age group. (Top middle school, high school and college student finishers, who are ineligible for the cash prize, will have the opportunity to earn medals in their divisions.)
While the elite field includes several runners with local connections, including Fernando Cabada, Molly Friel, and Campos himself, the race is open to all. There is a separate division for Athena (women weighing 160 pounds or greater) and Clydesdale (men weighing 200 pounds or greater) runners, as well as kids races for infants through 10 years of age.
The 5K race is also a 10-point race in the Valley Runner of the Year Series.
The registration fee includes a post-race breakfast and entertainment provided by Zumba and Mexican folkloric dance ensembles.
Miguel Reyes Memorial 5K Run/Walk
Where: Woodward Park, Mountain View Shelter, 7775 N. Friant Rd., Fresno
When: 5K begins at 7 a.m., kids races begin at 8 a.m.
Cost: $35/adults, $25/students (middle school through college), $20/kids races