26, 2015—Nitro Turkey 10K and 5K, San Pablo
Start Thanksgiving Day off the fun way with this Brazen Race. Events have sold out in the past, so don't wait until the last minute. Finishers medals to all. Cotton t-shirts to all, upgrade to tech for a few dollars more. Costumes are encouraged. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪Nov. 26, 2015—Modesto
Junior College Turkey Trot 5K run, Gobbler Walk 5K and 1/2-mile kids' fun run, Tuolumne River Park,
Course is a mix of paved bike path, gravel and grass. Walkers and baby strollers in the Gobbler Walk. Please NO dogs except service animals. Kids fun runs are gender specific and will be held before the longer events. Beat the rush: Early packet pick-up Nov. 25 from 1-6 p.m. at the MJC basketball gym on Coldwell Avenue between College and Tully. You also can do walk-up registration on Nov. 25. Turkey Trot will be held rain or shine. Events benefit MJC running programs. For more information, visit Modesto Junior College.
▪Nov. 26, 2015—Sierra Challenge Express Turkey Trot 5K walk/run and 2-mile run, Woodward Park, Fresno
The course has changed slightly from previous years. Events benefit Fresno's Hungry with Thanksgiving Baskets, and local cross-country teams. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪Nov. 26, 2015—Run Against Hunger 5K walk/run and 10K run,
This is a great race, and walkers have their own course so they don't have to compete with runners. The walk is NOT timed, but registrants still receive an event t-shirt. The events start and end at the Stockton ballpark, which is open so runners can use permanent bathrooms. Yeah! Events benefit the Greater Stockton Emergency Food Bank. Downloadable event photos included as part of the registration price. Packet pick-up earlier in the week at Fleet Feet Stockton. Bring two non-perishable food items and receive 15% off Fleet Feet purchase that day. For more information, visit Fleet Feet Stockton.
▪Nov. 26, 2015—Del Rio
Country Club Run on the River 5K and kids' 1-mile
fun run, Del Rio Country Club,
Kids' run starts at 9 a.m., 5K follows immediately after. This is a cross-country course, meaning dirt, grass and gravel are possible. For more information, call Jason at 209-341-2419.
▪Nov. 28, 2015—Quarry Turkey Half-Marathon,
10K and 5K, Fremont
Courses are mostly dirt with pavement at the start and finish. Hills are "almost non-existent," according to Brazen. Novel concept for Brazen. So come on out and run your Thanksgiving meal off. Events benefit Alameda County Community Food Bank. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪Dec. 5, 2015—Bah Humbug 5K walk/run, San Ramon
This has quickly become a holiday tradition for many families, who come dressed up as their favorite Dr. Seuss Grinch characters. Ice cream treats after the race. Sounds strange, but they taste oh so good after a walk or run. Course goes through office park and has great traffic control. In addition to age-group awards, there's also a costume contest. So dust off your antlers. Register online at www.active.com.
5, 2015—Candy Cane 5K walk/run, Mariposa
This is a holiday-themed event, so Christmas attire is highly encouraged. Events benefit Valley Children's Hospital. For more information, visit www.xmaswonderland.com.
5, 2015—Merced Jingle Bell Run Toys for Tots 2-miles walk/run, Merced
This event is put on by Buhach High School in conjunction with the 20-30 Club of Merced County and the local U.S. Marines' Toys for Tots. Bring an unwrapped toy to donate, and you'll receive a Santa hat and beard. Such a deal! For more information or to register, visit RunSignUp.com.
6, 2015—SOLD OUT—California International Marathon (CIM) and 4-person marathon relay,
These events sell out, typically in August. The marathon has sold out unless you have a qualifying time. Looks like the relay may still be open. For more information, visit http://RunCIM.org.
6, 2015—Bakersfield Santa 5K fun run and kids' Elf 1K fun run, Bakersfield
Valley Schools has partnered with the Wounded Heroes Fund once again to help raise funds and bring awareness to those in the military that have suffered harm in serving our country. This is an afternoon run. For more information, visit www.bakersfield5k.com.
6, 2015—Hanford Rockin' Rudolph Run 5K walk/run and kids' fun run, Hanford
These events benefit Adventist Health Central Valley Network and Hospice Services. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.
12, 2015—Spirit of Giving 5K walk/run and free kids' fun run, Modesto
Proceeds benefit in part local food pantries. Don your antlers, your elf costume or your Santa suit and come downtown for this holiday-inspired family event. There's also a free kids' fun run where they get to chase that mean old Mr. Grinch out of town. Word has it that it will snow once again race-day morning on 10th Street outside of Fuzio and Brendan Theaters like it did last year. NEW ROUTE this year will take you past the downtown ice skating rink. Yes, you read it right: ice skating rink. For more information or to register, visit Modesto Spirit of Giving or register online at www.active.com.
12, 2015—Summit Rock Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, Saratoga
Expect hills, but also expect breathtaking views. Anytime Brazen uses the word "ascends," you know there will be climbs. But you're rewarded with great post-race food and finishers medals for all. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
12, 2015—MH Jingle All the Way 5K walk/run, Mountain House
Tech shirts for all registered runners. For more information, visit www.active.com.
▪Dec. 12, 2015Jingle Bell Run Toys for Tots 2-mile and 5K walk/runs, Fresno
Newly redesigned Jingle Bell sweatshirt for registered runners. Run down Christmas Tree Lane. Loop course with complete road closures. Hot chocolate and sugar cookies post-race. Bring an unwrapped toy for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots and receive a Santa hat on top of the sweatshirt. Sweet! For more information, visit Talley Timing.
▪Dec. 12, 2015Tinsel Toy 1-mile and 5K run/walks, Tulare
Outlet Center, Tulare
These events benefit the Salvation Army, so bring an unwrapped toy to donate. For more information, visit www.active.com.
▪Dec. 13, 2015Jingle Bell Run Toys for Tots 2-mile walk/run, Visalia
Sweatshirts and jingle bells for all registered runners. NO race-day registration, so you must pre-register. Bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots and receive a Santa hat. Cookies and hot chocolate afterwards served by Santa's helpers. This is a chip-timed event with "unique" age-group awards in 10-year age spans. For more information, visit www.visaliajinglebellrun.com.
20, 2015—Ugly XMas Sweater 5K, Kern County Soccer Park,
As the name suggests, wear your ugliest and most hideous sweater. For more information, visit www.fluxfunrun.com.
27, 2015—Brazen (almost) New Year's Eve Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, Lake
Chabot, Castro Valley
This is an annual holiday tradition. Run both this event and the New Year's Day event and earn a super cool double medal. These events do sell out, so don't wait until the last minute thinking you can still register. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
1, 2016—Bank of the Sierra's Rockin' Resolution 5K Walk/Run and kids' fun run, Visalia
Continue a family tradition or start a new one by bringing the new year in a healthful way. For more information, visit www.rockinresolutionrun.com.
1, 2016—Brazen's New Year's Day Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K
walk/runs, Lake Chabot, Castro Valley
Start the New Year's off in a fun and healthy (and hilly) way with one of these Brazen events. Finishers' medals for all participants and great post-race spread. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
1, 2016—Resolution Run 2-mile walk/run and 4-mile run,
Woodward Park, Fresno
For more information or to sign up online, visit RunSignUp.com.
2, 2016—New Year's 5K Color Run, Castle Airport, Atwater
This benefits education in Vanuatu and Gospel Defenders Christian Academy's mission trip to build and work in schools in this low-education country. The Merced Sun Star listing for this event says registration is $40 and for more information, visit the event's Facebook page. But when you do so, it doesn't give any information about how to register. Nowhere in my searches can I find a registration form or a registration link.
2, 2016—Polar Bear Run & Dunk 5K run and optional dunk plus a kids' dunk, Eagal
Lakes Resort, Tracy
If you plan to take the plunge, bring a towel and dry clothes to change into afterwards. If you're over 21, you'll be able to toast the new year with champagne. For more information, visit http://eagallakes.com.
9, 2016—Fog Run 5K walk/run & 10K run,
Lake Ming, Bakersfield
For more information, visit Bakersfield Track Club.
16, 2016—Rio Bravo Rumble 5K and 10K runs and Walk/Run and duathlon,
For more information, visit Glinn & Giordano Physical Therapy.
16, 2016—Got Miles 5K Birthday Race,
Railroad Park, Clovis
For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.
23, 2016—Kastner 5K and 10K Dream Run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Events benefit Kastner PTC/Academics/Arts and Athletics. For more information, visit www.5kdreamrun.com or register oneline at RunSignUp.com
▪Jan. 23, 2016—Sixth Annual Tule Fog 5K & 10K, Cutler Park,
Courses go along the scenic St. John's River. Chip timing and dri-fit shirt. For more information, visit www.active.com.
▪Jan. 23, 2016—Coyote Hills Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K
walk/runs, Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont
These are part of the Brazen Racing series, so can you say "hills?" But these are only "rolling" hills and "quite runnable", so they're not some of the monsters like in some of the other races. Brazen also is know for putting out a great spread, finishers' medals for all and a choice of cotton or for a few dollars more, tech shirts. Shuttles from DeVry University parking lot will take runners to the start/finish line. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪Jan. 23, 2016—Inaugural Run-4 Education 5K run/walk and 10K run, West
Hills College, Lemoore
Each participant will receive a pair of neon socks. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪Jan. 23, 2016—Geek Streak 5K, Shafter
This event benefits the Shafter High School AP (Advance Placement) Club. All participants are encouraged to dress like geeks. For more information, visit Bakersfield Track Club.
▪Jan. 30, 2016—Pirate of the Cure-I-bbean 5K
Booty walk/run, Woodward Park, Fresno
This is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life. For more information, visit www.Pirate5KBootyRun.org
30, 2016—Kayla Bernardi Bee Positive 5K Fun Run/Walk,
Pink t-shirts to all registered runners. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
30, 2016—A Riverbed Runs Through It Half-Marathon and 5K,
Courses start at the Park at Riverbend. For more information, visit Bakersfield Track Club.
6, 2016—Orient Express 1-mile fun run and 4-mile run, Chinese Camp
These events benefit Special Athletes of Tuolumne County. For more information, visit Sunrise Rotary.
6, 2016—Tiny Smiles Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, Galt
Check back later for more information.
Feb. 7, 2016—Inaugural Hanford Cow Run Half-Marathon & 5K, Hanford
Events are on flat country roads, and the half course goes through dairies. Four-hour cut-off. You have to be at least 10 years old to run the 5K and 12 years old for the half. For more information, visit www.hanfordcowrun.com or register online at www.active.com.
Feb. 7, 2016—El Portal 1-mile & 5K fun run/walk, Escalon
Events benefit El Portal Middle School Parents Club. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com/.
13, 2016—Super Hero 5K & 10K walk/runs and kids' fun run, E. LaLoma Park, Modesto
These events benefit the Center for Human Services Shelters for Youth. Dress up as your favorite super hero and come out and join Dusty Bottoms Trail Runners in this fun run. After all, everybody is a super hero in their own right if they come out to support these events. All registered runners receive a t-shirt, so dust off your capes, leotards and masks. This is sure to be an epic event. To register online, visit RunSignUp.
13, 2016—Bay Breeze Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K walk/runs, San Leandro Marina Park,
This is one of the few Brazen Racing events that is relatively flat. paved bike trail goes along the water's edge. Great post-race goodies and finishers' medals to all participants. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
13, 2016—CSUB Peak Valentine's 5K and 10K Run, CSUB Campus, Bakersfield
For more information, visit Valentine's Run.
13, 2016—Inaugural Valentine's Undie Run 5K couples and 1-mile
This benefits the American Heart Association of Fresno. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.
14, 2016—Valentine's Day 2-mile Run for the Chocolate walk/run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Did we say chocolate? Now that we have your attention, this event benefits Kids Kasa Foster Care. Mimosas or orange juice, t-shirt, finishers' medal plus a kids' bounce house, too. For more information, visit Fresno Valentine Run.
20, 2016—Rotary 10 Chocolate Run, 2-, 5- and 10-mile runs & kids' fun run,
Woodward Park, Fresno
This is a chocolate-themed event. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.
20, 2016—Salvation Army Kettle Dash 5K walk/run and 10K run, and 1K dog
This event used to be held around Thanksgiving but has been moved to late winter. For more information, visit Kettle Dash.
21, 2016—Inaugural Big Hat Half-Marathon, Downtown Clovis
All registered runners receive a tech shirt and a fleece blanket with the race logo. Hot breakfast included with race registration. Event benefits the Miss Wrinkles Pet Adoption Center. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪Feb. 27, 2016—Almond Blossom Festival 1-mile and 8K
Mavis Stouffer Park, Ripon
Courses go along flat city streets, with the 8K also going out on country roads. Shirts are only available to runners who have their application in the Chamber's office by Feb. 10. It must be physically at the office by that date, not postmarked. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com or download an application at the Ripon Chamber of Commerce.
28, 2016—Dragoon Gulch 5K, Sonora
This event benefits the city of Sonora with further expansion of Dragoon Gulch. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
▪March 12, 2016—Seventh Annual SOS (Support Oakdale Schools) Fun Run 5K & 1-mile,
Cleveland Elementary School, Oakdale
The annual SOS event has raised more than $70,000 over the past five years that is granted to schools by the Oakdale Educational Foundation. For more information, visit www.sosfunrun.com.
▪March 12, 2016—Badger Cove Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K
walk/runs, Del Valle Regional Park, Livermore
Yes, Virginia, this event has hills. But it also has a great post-race spread and finishers' medals for all participants. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
20, 2016—Modesto Marathon, Half-Marathon, Half Relay and 5K, Modesto
Expo at the Modesto Center Plaza is the day before, March 19, and is open to runners as well as the general public. Marathon and half start at 7 a.m.; 5K at 7:20 a.m. For more information, visit Modesto Marathon or register online by clicking here.
26, 2016—Livermore Half Marathon and new 24Life 5K, Livermore
Gender-specific tech shirts and commemorative wine glasses for all registered runners. Finishers' medals for half finishers. It doesn't say anything about the 5K. In fact, the website is sparse on 5K information. Half starts at 8 a.m.; 5K at 8:15 a.m. For more information, visit http://runliv.com.
▪March 26, 2016—Third Annual Mission Possible 5K, Bakersfield
Event benefits the Mission of Kern County. For more information, visit Bakersfield Track Club.
▪April 2-3, 2016California Classic Weekend, Fresno
Join 2,000 of your friends to bike the freeway in a century (100 miles), metric century (62 miles), or a mini-metric (35 miles), Saturday, April 2. Or run the California Classic half-marathon or the Rock & Run 5K, Sunday, April 3. The half goes through the Chaffee Zoo. For those who participate both days, a big interlocking medal awaits you. For more information, visit California Classic Weekend.
▪April 16, 2016Hillyer Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K walk/runs,
Silver Creek Sportsplex, San Jose
Do my eyes deceive me? Is this a relatively flat Brazen course? Looks like it. The race will still have finishers' medals for all participants and a great post-race spread. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪May 7, 2016Rina's Run Half-Marathon and 5K, Ripon
Check back later for more information.
27, 2016Modesto Memorial Classic 5K and 1-mile walk/runs and free kids' fun run, Tuolumne River Park, Modesto
These events are held on flat shady paved bike paths along the Tuolumne River. Age-group medals three deep in 10-year age spans in the mile. Age-group medals three deep in 5-year age groups in the 5K. The 5K also is certified and has prize money for top finishers. Registration includes a pancake breakfast. Check back later for more information.
▪May 29, 2016Wounded Warrior 5K, Manteca
Check back later for more information.
▪June 6, 2016Hook N Ladder 5K and 10K
walk/runs, Wente Vineyards, Livermore
These events benefit the Livermore and Pleasanton regional fire departments. Race registration is capped to ensure a good experience, so don't wait until the last minute to register. It has sold out the past few years. Nice courses with a bit of a roll through local parkways. Plan to carpool as parking is limited. Check back later for more information.
▪June 12, 2016Lodi 5000 (5K)
walk/run, Downtown Lodi
This event is run like a bicycling criterium. So runners do the same four laps around downtown that cyclists will ride later. And just like a bike crit, this event also has primes (pronounced preems), or prizes for the winner of a specific lap. Prime laps are signaled when the bell rings. Come for the run, stay for the bike races that will follow. Check back later for more information.
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