Race preview: SAR Wild Run

Looking for an August race that’ll get you out of Fresno’s heat? There’s still time to sign up for Shaver Lake’s SAR Wild Run, scheduled for August 13.

The event — a fundraiser for Fresno County’s Search and Rescue team — offers something for every type of athlete: a 2-mile family hike along the lake’s shore; the 5K Wild Run, named after the original course that required runners to run up steep mountain terrain (the course has since been “tamed” with the addition of switchbacks); a 10K run; and a half marathon that follows the 5- and 10K courses and also includes a segment along the lake.

Race director Mike Herman says the race has grown from 349 participants in 2012 to an expected 1,000 at this year’s edition. Last year’s event sold out a week before race day.

Race amenities include chip timing, free downloadable photos, an event shirt, a Big Foot finisher’s medal, and age group awards. Cooling towels, a barbecue, ice cream, and the Michelob Ultra/Tioga Sequioa Beer Garden await racers at the finish line.


SAR Wild Run

Where: Dinkey Creek Rd. and Fishing Club Rd., Shaver Lake

When: Half marathon begins at 7:30 a.m., 5K begins at 8 a.m., 10 K begins at 8:05 a.m., 2-mile family hike begins at 8:10 a.m.

Cost: $80/half marathon, $40/5K and 10K, $40/family hike

Packet pickup and late registration will be held at Fleet Feet Fresno on Friday, August 12 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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