Valley couple prepares for 'Classic Challenge'

FRESNO, Calif.

Action News caught up with a couple that is preparing to take on the Classic Challenge. That's the combined events of the hundred mile bike ride followed by Sunday's half-marathon.

Phillip Gonzalez and his wife Norma Castillo are now checked in and ready to ride and run in the second annual Eye-Q California Classic Weekend.

They'll both take part in a century bike ride and half-marathon. "I'm excited... I just like a challenge, for my birthday I told my husband let's do it," Norma Castillo said.

Norma and Phillip have been competitive runners for years but they have only spent one month training for their hundred miles on two wheels.

"I've never rode that many miles in my life, first time for everything. We're gonna go for it and do it because we've been training for just a month and it seems easy," Gonzalez said.

The seemingly easy hundred mile ride will start on the streets of downtown Fresno. Road closure signs are already set on the curbs and will be put in place first thing Saturday morning. Organizers say 1,500 cyclists will be riding in the 100, 59 and 35 mile rides.

"Westbound 168 will be closed between McKinley and Shepherd will be closed to vehicular traffic for the cyclists," said event organizer Tricia Bowlby.

At a donated warehouse in downtown Fresno supplies were being stored throughout the day Friday.

By the evening most of the supplies had been delivered to the various rest stations along the course.

As for the brave run and ride duo they said their friends think they're crazy. But they said this weekend's events will be good for them.

"It's just fun, it's good," Gonzalez said. "It's good for the heart, it's good for the soul."

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