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Peace Officer RunOct. 4, 2015—Peace Officer Memorial Run Half-Marathon and 5K, Modesto
For more information, visit Register online at There is a moving ceremony before the start of the race honoring the peace officers who have given their lives in Stanislaus County over the years. There's also a free kids' fun run and safety fair. The 5K goes through the residential areas near Graceda Park. The half-marathon goes through some of those neighborhoods and then heads down to LaLoma Park. Sleep in an hour later with the new 8 a.m. start. Newly redesigned finishers' medal for the half-marathon too.

Oct. 4, 2015—Judgment Day Half Marathon, Bakersfield
Tech shirts for all registered runners. Medals and sweatshirts for finishers. For more information, visit Judgment Day Half.

Oct. 4, 2015—Urban Cow Half Marathon and 5K, Land Park, Sacramento
Events start and finish in Land Park. The half goes on residential streets and up on the Sacramento River levee. New Balance micro-fiber shirts. Special cowbell finishers' awards. For more information, visit

Oct. 4, 2015—Loop the Lake, 10K, 5K and 1-mile runs, Oak Grove Regional Park, Stockton
The event benefits Tokay High School (Lodi) cross-country team. For more information, visit

Oct. 4, 2015—Run Around the Rocks 5K walk/run & 10K run, Fresno
Start at the San Joaquin River Parkway & Conservation Trust's River Center, run through the Vulcan Materials Co. quarry, down to the scenic San Joaquin River and back to the River Center. For more information, visit RunSignUp.

Oct. 10, 2015—Fourth Annual Run for Hope 2-mile walk/run and 10K run, Cutler Park, Visalia
Race proceeds benefit Visalia Rescue Mission. Course goes on St. John's River Trail. For more information or to register, visit or

Run for the CheeseOct. 10, 2015—Riverbank Run for the Cheese 5K walk/run & 10K run, Riverbank
Courses are through residential neighborhoods and have a bit of a roll to them. The 10K has a bonus hill. Walkers welcome in the 5K. Runners ONLY in the 10K. Galaxy Theatres will open up early so runners can use their permanent bathrooms. All pre-registered runners receive a custom sweatshirt as part of their registration. (Sizes CANNOT be guaranteed.) Events benefit the Riverbank High School athletics program. For more information, visit Run for the Cheese or register online at Download a registration form by clicking here.

Oct. 10, 2015—Rabobank Fiesta Run 2-mile walk/run, 5K non-competitive walk, 5-mile run and kids' fun runs, Reedly
For more information, visit

Oct. 10, 2015—Visalia Rescue Mission Run for Hope 2-mile walk/run and 10K run, Cutler Park, Visalia
The course follows the St. Johns River trail. For more information, visit

Oct. 10, 2015—Chowchilla Sober Grad 5K Color Run, Chowchilla Fairgrounds, Chowchilla
This is a Sober Grad 2016 fundraiser. For more information, visit

Oct. 10, 2015—Twain Harte Rotary Sugar Pine 10K Trail Run and 1-mile walk, Twain Harte
For more information, visit Twain Harte Rotary or register online at

Oct. 11, 2015—Giving Trail 10K Memorial Run, Raymond
This is a cross-country-style course, meaning dirt, plus a 1,000-foot elevation gain. Breakfast included with registration. For more information, visit or Doc's Dogs 4 Vets.

Oct. 11, 2015—Red Wave 5K Walk/Run, Fresno
Course goes through the Fresno State campus. For more information, visit

Oct. 11, 2015—Wiggle, Waggle, Walk (2 miles) & 5K Furry Run, Fresno
These events benefit one of the valley's largest no-kill animal shelters. For more information, visit

Oct. 11, 2015—Inaugural Stampede through Dos Palos 5K walk/run, Dos Palos High School
This event benefits the Dos Palos Athletic Boosters and Autism Speaks. Walk/run starts at 10 am. For more information, visit the Dos Palos High Facebook page. You don't need to be a member of Facebook to view the race information.

Oct. 17, 2015—Tarantula Run Half-Marathon,Tarantula Run 10K & 5K runs, Brentwood
These runs promise lots of hills and dirt. But reviewers also say it's a well-run fun event. Maybe you'll even see one of the race's namesakes as male tarantulas roam during the fall looking for love. Don't worry. Tarantulas look way scarier than they actually are. For more information or to register online, visit is organized and timed by Brazen Racing, so you know it's going to be fun.

Oct. 17, 2015—Tiger Dash 5K and 1/2-mile Cub Fun Run, UOP campus, Stockton
For more information, visit

Oct. 17, 2015—That Dam(n) Race 10K and half-marathon trail runs, Cool
This is a kind of sparse website. But for more information, visit or visit the event on Facebook. (You don't have to be a member of Facebook to view this page.)

Oct. 17, 2015—Bakersfield Heart and Stroke and Lawyers Have Heart 5K, CSUB
For more information, visit

Oct. 18, 2015—Nike Women's Half-Marathon, San Francisco
Entry is by lottery only, unless you're a member of Team In Training. Then you can bypass the lottery. Nike says more information coming early this summer. My hunch is it will be after Nike has completed hosting the inaugural Toronto 15K on June 14.

Folsom Blues Half MarathonOct. 18, 2015—Folsom Blues Breakout Half-Marathon, Half-a-Half Relay and new this year, 5K, Folsom
Course is described as net downhill but with a bit of a roll to it around Lake Natoma. No convenience fee for online registration. "I fell in to a burning ring of fire." For more information, visit

Oct. 24, 2015—Fifth Annual Justice Run 5K walk/run, Granite Hills High School, Porterville
This is part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Proceeds from the event will benefit Family Services of Tulare County and the Central California Family Crisis Center. Last year, more than 450 walkers and runners participated. For more information, visit

Oct. 24, 2015—Step Up for Down Syndrome 1-mile and 5K walk/runs, Clovis
For more information, visit

Oct. 24, 2015—Movie Run, Star Wars-Themed 5K Run, Lost Lake Recreation Area, Fresno
This is an untimed run and is part of a nationwide series of races. It is seeking vendors for locations. Be very cautious of national themed fun runs, especially since this one has no phone number or home office location. For more information, visit 5K Movie Run.

Oct. 24, 2015—Komen Race for the Cure 5K run and 2.2-mile walk, Fresno State University, Fresno
For more information, visit

Oct. 24, 2015—Zero Prostrate Run/Walk 5K and 1-mile, Manteca
There's also a kids' super hero dash for Dad. Download the registration form by clicking here or register online at Zero Prostrate Run.

Oct. 24, 2015—Inaugural Community Spirit Run 5K run/walk and kids' challenge, Carnegie Park, Livermore
Download a registration form by clicking here or register online at

Oct. 24, 2015—Zombie Survival Crawl Obstacle Run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Kind of hard to tell much about this event with the poorly organized, pixelated website. For more information, visit Zombie Survival Crawl.

Oct. 25, 2015—Sixth annual Move Your Bones 5K and kids' fun run, Donnelly Park, Turlock
This event is hosted by the Turlock Triathlon Team. For more information or to register online, visit

Oct. 25, 2015—Dionysus Dash 5K Wine Run, Mettler Family Vineyards, Lodi
This is a fun run ending with a glass of wine and wine tasting. Awards (as in a bottle of wine) will be given out to the top 3 men and women over 21 years old. Medals to top 3 age-group finishers (only if you're over 21). Kind of sounds like this is an adult-only event. Course is all-terrain, so wear the appropriate shoes. No pets allowed. Use discount code LOD10 for more savings. For more information, visit

Oct. 25, 2015—Dead of Night Zombie 4K Run, Valley Oaks Golf Course, Visalia
Organized by Visalia Parks & Rec Department. For more information, visit

Oct. 31, 2015—Monster Mash Dash 5K walk/run and Little Monster Dash, Woodward Park, Fresno
Come run in costume for the costume contest. This race does have age-group awards, so it's not just a fun run. This is a local event brought to you by the same people who bring you the California Classic in spring. For more information, visit Monster Mash Dash.

Oct. 31, 2015—5K RunDead Zombie Run, Kearney Park, Fresno
Looks like dueling zombie events. This is one of those national events held in more than 35 U.S. cities. For more information, visit 5K Run Dead.

Oct. 31, 2015—Halloween 5K and 10K fun run, East LaLoma Park, Modesto
This is a benefit for the Teens Run Modesto program. No t-shirts or medals, but there will be a clock at the finish if you want to self-time. Runs start at 8:30 a.m., so arrive in plenty of time to find parking (which can be at a premium) and register. Costume contest afterward, so start thinking about what you'll come as. You do not need to pre-register. Fill out the form on race-day—$10 donation requested. TRM participants run free. For more information, visit ShadowChase Running Club or download an informational flyer by clicking here..

Oct. 31, 2015—Rampage Run Festival 3K mud run, Angels Camp Fairgrounds, Angels Camp
This will take place over two days and has classes for beginners and intermediate runners. For more information, visit Rampage Run Festival.

Oct. 31, 2015—Zombie 5K Walk/Run and Monster Dash Kids' Fun Run, Hanford
This is a benefit for the Hanford High School Band and Color Guard. T-shirt included with registration. For more information, download the informational flier by clicking here or register online at Hanford High Band.


Nov. 1, 2015—Two Cities Marathon, Half-Marathon, Half Relay and kids' mini-marathon, Clovis and Fresno
Register before May 1, when the price goes up. You don't see prices like this for a long-standing marathon—$85 for a full and $65 for a half. New logo and swag, according to the website. Choose a half within Fresno or one in Clovis. Less than 200 slots left in the Clovis half-marathon, as of Sept. 22. For more information, visit Two Cities Marathon.

Nov. 1, 2015—St. Joseph Half-Marathon and 5K run, Stockton
These events benefit the Boots to Books Scholarship Program at Delta College. They start and finish on the University of the Pacific campus. Mizuno tech shirt and Mizuno running vest for each registered runner (sizes not guaranteed). For more information, visit It's Your Race.

Nov. 1, 2015—Save Mount Diablo Trail Adventure Half-Marathon, 10K, 5K and family hike, Walnut Creek 
This is a Brazen Race, so expect hills, nice scenery and a great post-race spread. Medals for all finishers. Cotton t-shirts to all, upgrade to tech for a few dollars more. Events benefit Save Mount Diablo. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Nov. 7, 2015—Salmon Duathlon (run, bike, run) and 5,000 run, Knights Ferry
The duathlon consists of a 5K run, 30K bike and a 2.5K run. The 5,000 is a 5K run. For more information, visit It's Your Race.

Nov. 7, 2015—Veterans Day 5K, Lemoore
For more information, visit

Nov. 7, 2015—Wicked Wine Run 5K or 1K tasting walk, Engelmann Cellars, Fresno
This is one of those national events, Wicked Wine Runs, that ends with wine tasting. For more information, visit

Nov. 8, 2015—13th annual Big Sur Half Marathon, 5K and 3K, Monterey
The half is bound to sell out, so don't delay. The 3K and 5K are held Saturday, Nov. 7. The Big Sur Half is now part of the California Half and Full Marathon Series. For more information, visit If you try to register for the half and receive a message that registration for the event is no longer available, try this direct link to registration on

Nov. 8, 2015—50th Clarksburg Country Run 20-mile, half-marathon, 10K & 5K runs, Clarksburg
These courses are flat. Finishers' medals for the half and 20-miler. For more information, visit

Nov. 11, 2015—Veterans' Day 5K walk/run, 10K run and free kids' fun run, Porterville
Come for the run, stay for the parade. Run precedes parade in downtown Porterville. Awards three deep in each age division. Pre-registered participants guaranteed a long-sleeved commemorative t-shirt. For more information or online registration, visit City of Porterville. Download a registration form by clicking here.

Nov. 14, 2015—San Joaquin River 50K and 100K runs, Friant
Start/finish lines are at the South Finegold Picnic Area, located at the end of Sky Harbor Road. Trails go around Millerton Reservoir. About 5,500 feet elevation gain for the 50K and 9,000-plus feet gain for the 100K. For more information, visit

Nov. 14, 2015—Third annual Exeter Veteran's Benefit Run 5K/10K, Exeter City Park, Exeter
Event benefits the Assistance Service Dog Educational Center. For more information, contact Laura Miller.

Nov. 21, 2015—Merced Turkey Trot 2-mile walk/run, 5-mile run and kids' fun run, Applegate Park, Merced
This is a great, fun family event. Be prepared to laugh at the antics of the race directors. This is what a local event is all about. Friends, family and fun! Bring clean, gently used shoes to donate. Receive 1 raffle ticket for each pair, which will be given to the local homeless mission. Eclectic raffle includes whole turkeys and "dinner and a movie." For more information, visit the Merced Running Club.

Nov. 21, 2015—28th Annual Davis Turkey Trot Half-Marathon, Half Relay, 10K & 5K, Davis
The half-marathon includes finishers' medals and pacers. No finishers' medals in the 10K or 5K. Flat courses in and around Davis. For more information, visit Change of Pace.

Nov. 21, 2015—Womble Run 5K, 10K & kids' fun runs, Lodi Lake, Lodi
Register online at or download an application by clicking here.

Nov. 22, 2015—Heller Lipsett Memorial 1-mile and 5K Walk/Runs, Manteca
This is a fund-raiser for George McFarland School. For more information, visit

Nov. 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, Modesto
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

Run Against HungerNov. 26, 2015—Run Against Hunger 5K walk/run and 10K run, Stockton
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. 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

Dec. 6, 2015—SOLD OUT—California International Marathon (CIM) and 4-person marathon relay, Folsom-Sacramento
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

GrinchDec. 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

Dec. 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.

Dec. 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.



Jan. 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

Jan. 16, 2016—Rio Bravo Rumble 5K and 10K runs and  Walk/Run and duathlon, Bakersfield
For more information, visit Glinn & Giordano Physical Therapy.

Jan. 30, 2016—Kastner 5K and 10K Dream Run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Events benefit Kastner PTC/Academics/Arts and Athletics. For more information or to register, visit

Jan. 30, 2016—Pirate of the Cure-I-bbean 5K walk/run, Woodward Park, Fresno Fresno
This is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life. For more information, visit


Feb. 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.

Feb. 14, 2016—Inaugural Valentine's Undie Run 5K couples and 1-mile walk/run, Fresno
This benefits the American Heart Association of Fresno. For more information, visit


March 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.

March 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


April 2-3, 2016—California 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.

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