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April 26, 2014—Inaugural Second Wind 5K walk/run, Madera Speedway, Madera
This course starts and finishes at the speedway and winds through the district fairgrounds. Event benefits both the Madera Rescue Mission and Madera Country Food Bank. Runners will receive event T-shirts, a $20 admission ticket to the Madera Speedway for the evening of April 26 to watch Race #2 of the Loan Mart Open Late Model Series and Race #2 of the Hobby Stock Open Series, and post-race refreshments. Timing provided by Synergy Race Timing. Awards three deep in 10-year age groups. For more information, visit www.secondwind5k.com or register online at RaceIt.com.

April 26, 2014—Walk A Mile in Her Shoes, Modesto
This benefits the Venture Humanity Inc.'s International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence project. Men walk a mile in women's high-heeled shoes. This should be fun to watch! It is being put on by the Haven Women's Center of Stanislaus. For more information, visit Eventbrite.

April 26, 2014—Dairy Dash 5K & kids 1/2-mile sprint, Ag Center, Tulare
For more information visit the Ag Center, 4500 Laspina. Register online at www.SignMeUp.com.

April 26, 2014—Run or Dye 5K fun run, San Joaquin Fairgrounds, Stockton
This is one of those events where runners wear white and walk or run through color stations to get doused with corn-starch-based powdered dye. For more information, visit www.runordye.com.

April 26, 2014—Los Vaqueros Wildflower 10K Run,  Los Vaqueros Reservoir near the Marina
The run actually is 10.2K. Course promises to have some hills. For more information, visit Contra Costa Water District.

April 26, 2014—Poker Run/Walk 5K, Bakersfield
This is a combination run and poker run. So there are prizes for fastest runners and also for those with highest poker hand. Download an entry form from the Bakersfield Track Club or register online at www.active.com.

April 26, 2014—Neon Night Run 5K, Northgate Park, Manteca
Runners will be released in 15-minute waves, with the first going off about 8:30 p.m. shortly after sunset. Runners are encouraged to come in 1980s disco costumes and wear headlamps and other body lighting. Runners also will go through luminosity stations. Awards for best costumes. There will be an After-Glow Party following the run. For more information, visit Neon Night Run.

April 26-27, 2014—San Luis Obispo Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K, San Luis Obispo
The 5K will be held April 26; the half and full April 27. Eight-hour course closure for the full. That means an 18 minute pace, or you won't get an official time. Minimum age is 15 years old. This is a BYOB event, meaning they encourage runners to bring their own bottles to cut down on paper cups at the aid stations. For more information, visit SLO Marathon.

April 27, 2014—Great Spear-It 1-mile, 5K and 5-mile runs, StocktonGreat Spear-It logo
This is back to Sunday again. New this year, the 1-miler has been turned into the Super Hero 1-mile fun run. Costume contest and awards. The 1-mile will not be timed, nor will there be any running awards for it. The 5K and 5-miler will be timed. Typical awards three deep in 10-year age groups for the 5K and 5-miler. For more information, visit the California Asparagus Festival or download an application by clicking here or register online at www.active.com.

April 27, 2014—Capital City Classic 5K, 10K & 10 miles, Sacramento
For more information, visit Change of Pace.

April 27, 2014—Big Sur International Maration, 21-mile relay, 10.6- and 9-mile runs, and 5K, Big Sur-Carmel 
The marathon, 21-mile relay, 3K and 10.6-miler are SOLD OUT. Only the 9-miler and 5K remain open. For more information, visit www.bsim.org.

April 27, 2014—Randy's Run and Ride, Del Puerto Canyon, Patterson
Chose from a 13.1-mile half-marathon (not certified) run or a 50-mile bicycle ride. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For more information, visit Randy's Run & Ride or register online at www.active.com.

April 27, 2014—Miner's Revenge 13.1-, 26.2-miles and 2-person marathon relay, Cool
The course will take you by many of the mines dotting the foothills in and around Cool and Auburn. This is a trail run. For more information, visit Miner's Revenge or register online at UltraSignUp.

May   

May 3, 2014—Western Pacific Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area, Fremont
Surprise! Even though this is a Brazen Racing event, the course is mostly flat. Enjoy it. Medals to all finishers. Great post-race goodies and choice of cotton or tech t-shirts. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

May 3, 2014—Challenge Failure 5K & 10K, Lodi
Looks like they've finally updated race information, at least on the event Facebook page. The event benefits heart failure research. Register online at RunSignUp.com.

May 4, 2014—Devil Mountain 5K & 10K walk/runs, Danville
For more information, visit http://www.devilmtnrun.com.

May 10, 2014—11th annual Mother's Day 2-mile walk/run, 10K run and kids' fun run, Woodward Park, Fresno
The 10k run is part of the Pro Race Group Runner of the Year series and is worth up to 30 points. Mothers will be recognized with special bibs and a gift at the completion of the their walk/run. There will be a "mommy and me" team run and awards for the top three times in each age group, Proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and many programs that serve the children of Madera County. For more information, visit Greater Kiwanis of Madera or register online at www.active.com.

May 10, 2014—Inaugural Red Hills Ramble 10K, 15K & 30K, TuolumneDusty Bottoms Trail Runners
These events are hosted by Dusty Bottoms Trail Runners. If you know this group, you know these will be "epic." And did we mention post-race beer? The courses have both technical single track and scenic fire trails. If you've ever wanted to try a trail run, this would be the one for you. While a few of the entrants may be serious, most just want to walk, hike or run and have fun. The 15K has "the hill." The 30K is just twice on the 15K loop, so it's double the fun. The events are being held at Red Hills, which is about 35 minutes east of Oakdale in the scenic foothills. (It's past the Knights Ferry turn-off but not by much.) Come out for a day of trails and fun. Did we mention post-race beer? Register online at RunSignUp. Space is limited to ensure a great experience. So don't delay registering. Odds are these events will sell out. 
Questions? Email dustybottomstrailrunners@gmail.com.

May 10, 2014—CPOA Run to Remember 5K & 10K, Pleasanton
Register online at www.active.com.

May 10, 2014—Fleet Feet's Dirty Secret Trail Run 5.8 and 10.3 miles, Cool
All registrants get strawberry pancakes afterwards. Registration is open, and it's already starting to heat up. For more information, visit Dirty Secret Trail Run or register online at WebConnex.

May 10, 2014—Gold Rush 50K and 100K runs and 2-person 100K team, Folsom
Course is new this year, and a 50K has been added. Parts of this course go along the Western States course. It also has about a 7,500-foot elevation gain. 50K has an 8-hour cut-off, 100K 16-hour cut-off. Both events start in Old Town Folsom at 5 a.m. For the team, each member will be scored as an individual, then the times combined for overall team placement. This is not a relay where each team member runs half the course; both members will run all 100K. For more information, visit http://goldrush100k.org.

May 10, 2014—Rina's Run half-marathon & 5K, Ripon High School, Ripon
If this event is like last year, it starts and finishes on the school's dirt track. For the half, the first two blocks or so are on dirt. For the 5K, you start on the dirt track, then run on uneven gravel dotted with storm drains. I have been told that race organizers learned from last year and have improved the course. They also have one person to just oversee volunteers, too. Looks like the start time is earlier, so the weather is cooler. The event benefits efforts to raise money to install an all-weather track at the high school's Stouffer Field. The good news is an anonymous donor recently contributed $300,000 toward the track, so paving will begin this summer after Rina's Run. For more information, visit the Rina's Run Facebook page (you don't need a Facebook account to view the page) or Ripon Community Athletic Foundation. Register online at www.active.com.

May 11, 2014—Double Road Race (10K followed by a 5K), Pacific Grove
This is part of a nationwide series. Runners do a 10K, rest a few minutes, then run a 5K. You also can run just the 5K. Although this series has been around for more than a year, it's still a bit disorganized, especially with the awards, which drag on much longer than they should. For more information, visit Double Road Race.

May 17, 2014—22nd annual Chocolate Festival 5K & 1-mile walk/runs, Oakdale
Come for the run, stay for the Chocolate Festival (just down the road). The festival's theme this year is "Chocolates Gone Nuts." Races start and finishe near Second and G streets. Download a registration form by clicking here or register online at www.active.com.

May 17, 2014—Dala Horse Trot 2-mile walk/run & 10K run, Kingsburg
This is an annual event in the city with a Swedish heritage. The run kicks off the Swedish Festival. The race also coincides with the Kingsburg Lion's Club Swedish Pancake Breakfast (for only $6).  For more information, visit Dala Horse Trot or register online at SignMeUp.

May 18, 2014—Avenue of the Vines Half-Marathon & 5K, Acampo
Events start and finish at a winery. Afterwards, relax on the grassy grounds and enjoy post-race food and wine tasting. Flat course. Wine prizes to first place age group winners (minors receive alternate awards). This is part of the Valley 13.1 Half-Marathon Series. For more information, visit Fleet Feet Stockton. Register online at Chronotrack.com.

May 18, 2014—Be Your Own Hero 5K walk/run and kids' 1-mile fun run, Hanford
Dress up as your favorite super-hero. It could be someone famous or someone infamous, your choice (but please use good taste—this is a family event). Events start at the Fox Theater in downtown Hanford. Sponsored by MGM Fitness. Chip timing, too. Finishers' ribbons to all kids. Events benefit Kings Rehab Center. For more information or to signup online, visit SignMeUp.com or the event's Facebook page (you don't need to be a Facebook member to view this).

May 24, 2014—Modesto Memorial Classic 1-mile & 5K walk/runs and free half-mile kids' fun run, Tuolumne River Park, Modestomodesto classic logo
The 1-mile is an out and back. The 5K is certified and fast. Prize money to top male and female finishers in the 5K. Post-race pancake breakfast included in registration fee. In the 1-mile, awards three deep in 10-year age spans. In the 5K, awards three deep in 5-year age spans. Proceeds in part benefit the Modesto Vet Center, which helps returning combat veterans make the transition to civilian life. Download a mail-in entry form by clicking here. Register online with a credit card at www.active.com.

May 24, 2014—Wildcat Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K run/hike,  El Sobrante
This course has lots of hills, but you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the bay, Golden Gate Bridge and other sites from the top. The East Bay Waldorf School has provided access to trails that most people never get to run on. Finishers medals to all. Great post-race spread. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

May 24, 2014—Run for Our Future 5K, Bass Lake
This is one of the many events associated with the Bass Lake Classic Triathlon. Participants gain free admission to the post-tri party, bluegrass concert and BBQ. First 16-ounce beer is free (for adults). For more information, visit www.BassLakeTri.com.

May 24, 2014—Memorial Run 5K run/walk, 2-mile walk and 1/2-mile seniors/kids walk, Clovis
Events start and finish at Clovis Senior Center. For more information, visit Clovis Memorial Run.

May 25, 2014—Christopher Braley Wounded Warrior 5K run/walk, Woodward Park, Manteca
For more information, visit thememorialweekend.org. Download an application by clicking here or register online at www.active.com.

May 25, 2014—Neon Night Run 5K, Stanislaus Fairgrounds, Turlock
LOOKS LIKE THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED: For more information, visit Neon Night Run.

May 31, 2014—Mud on the Farm 5K mud run/obstacle course, Del Osso Family Farm, Lathrop
This event combines mud, obstacles and an optional tomato fight. Runners start in waves. Beer (only for adults) and a hose for washing off for all finishers. For more information, visit Mud on the Farm or register online at Del Osso Farm.

June   

June 1, 2014—Sixth annual Hook and Ladder 5K & 10K runs, Wente Vineyards, Livermore
These events typically sell out and benefit the Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Foundation. No dogs in any event. 5K is 50:50 pavement and dirt. 10K is 90% dirt, 10% pavement. Strollers only in the 5K. Please no strollers in the 10K. Download a registration form by clicking here or register online at www.active.com.

June 1, 2014—Divas Half-Marathon and 5K, San Francisco
There is NO race-day pick up. Women-specific pink race shirts. Feather boa and tiara stops on the course. Sounds like men are discouraged from these races, as they are only eligible for awards in the 5K, and these will only be awarded to the top 3 male overall. For women in the half-marathon and 5K, awards are three deep in 5-year age groups. Use the code SFB14A5 to save $5. For more information, visit Run Like a Diva.

June 1, 2014—Lake Chabot Trail Challenge Half-Marathon & 5K, Lake Chabot, Castro Valley
This event is put on by the Castro Valley Track Club. Register online at www.active.com.

June 7, 2014—Porterville Mud Run 5K & 1-miler, Porterville Sports Complex, Porterville
Proceeds benefit the Family Crisis Center. For more information, visit the Family Crisis Center.

June 7, 2014—SPCA 5K walk/run, Plaza Park, Visalia
For more information, contact race director Trish Chambers.

June 7, 2014—Creative Alternatives Fifth Annual Grace Bishop Scholarship 5K, 10K & 1-mile fun run, CSUS, Turlock
Events benefit Creative Alternatives, a non-profit that operates residential care homes for children, placement of children in private homes and running non-public ED schools. For more information, visit www.creative-alternatives.org. Download a registration form by clicking here.

June 7, 2014—Mud 'n Blood Zombie Run 5K, Hobb's Grove, Sanger
Register as a runner, a zombie who also runs or a zombie only. Each runner receives life flags at the beginning. Kind of like flag football, the zombies go after the life flags. The goal is to finish with at least one flag. Oh, did we mention the obstacles. But unlike true mud runs, you can bypass any obstacle you want (although you have to live with the shame, according to the website.). Cut the course, and it's only 3K. Run the full course and it's 5K. Kids 8 and older also may run. Prizes for craziest costumes and best-dressed teams. There's also beer for adult finishers. Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Cancer Research Hospital in memory of Ian Reynolds. For more information, visit http://mudnbloodzombierun.com.

June 8, 2014—Inaugural Merco Credit Union Half-Marathon, Merced
Gender-specific tech shirts, finishers' medals, post-race breakfast and unique locally produced age-group awards three deep. The design will be chosen among local students who submit their artwork in a contest. Flat, fast course starts and finishes at UC Merced. For more information, visit http://runningmerced.com or register online at www.active.com.

June 8, 2014—Kaiser Permanente Women's Fitness Festival Half-Marathon and 5K, Sacramento
New this year, the half marathon. Cute shirts, but order up a size because they're women-specific and tend to run small. This is a women's-only event and guys are NOT allowed. Events start and finish near the Capitol. For more information, visit Fleet Feet Sacramento.

June 10, 2014—Fresno 5K Summer Series, Woodward Park, Fresno
This is part of a six-race series that will be held every other week during the summer. Economically priced, too. Chip timing but no shirts, no awards. For more information, visit SignMeUp.

June 14, 2014—Eleventh Annual Udder Run 2- & 5-mile walk/runs presented by Hilmar Cheese, Hilmar
Post-race spread includes chocolate milk (a great recovery beverage) and lots of Hilmar cheese as well as other goodies. Thanks to Hilmar Cheese. Yum! There's also a free kids' fun run. Permanent bathrooms, too. Two-mile course is an out and back on paved (not the best pavement) county roads. Five-miler goes on paved county roads, through two dairies and includes a bit of graven and dirt. Say hi to the bovine cheering squads as you run past the cows. Hilmar Middle School opens up the school cafetaria for post-race festivities. Events benefit Hilmar Middle and High School running programs. For more information, visit Merced Running Club, download an application by clicking here or register online at .
www.active.com.

June 14, 2014—Be a Hero Freedom Run 5K & 10K, Tuolumne Regional Park, Modesto
These events benefit Without Permission, a non-profit that works to raise awareness of and reduce human trafficking. For more information about the race, click here.

June 15, 2014—Pleasanton Rotary Father's Day Spirit Run 5K & 10K, Pleasanton
For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

June 21, 2014—Micke Grove Zoo Zoom 5K, Lodi
For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

June 21, 2014—44th annual Walt Stack DSE Double Dipsea, Stinson Beach-Mill Valley-Stinson Beach
Runners are given a handicap, based on their age, and are started accordingly. So the most mature runners are given a head start. This trail run also is known for the stairs you have to climb. And there are lots of them, too. This year, Brazen Racing has been brought in as a partner, so you know there's going to be a good post-race spread. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

June 22, 2014—See Jane Run Half-Marathon, 5K & kids fun run, San Francisco
Men are allowed to enter, but there will be no prizes for men since this is a women-focused event, according to the event website. For more information, visit See Jane Run or register online by clicking here.

June 24, 2014—Fresno 5K Summer Series, Woodward Park, Fresno
This is part of a six-race series that will be held every other week during the summer. Economically priced, too. Chip timing but no shirts, no awards. For more information, visit SignMeUp.

June 29, 2014—Crazy Ei8hts 8K & 8-mile trail runs, Camanche Reservoir, South Shore
This is the first of three races in the series. If you sign up for all three, you receive a special rate. Parking is $2.50 if you ask for a day-use trail pass. Check out the prizes. For more information, visit Fleet Feet Stockton.

June 29, 2014—Lathrop Levee 5K walk/run and untimed fun run, Lathrop
Course is part pavement, part packed dirt. Download a registration form by clicking here or register online at www.active.com.

June 29, 2014—Color Me Rad 5K, John Thurman Field, Modesto
This is one of those national race series where runners wear white and are doused with gluten-free corn starch-based colored powder as they go through different stations. This is NOT a timed race. For more information, visit Color Me Rad.

July   

July 4, 2014—Run for Independence 2-mile walk/run & 5-mile run, Atwater
This is a great annual community event put on by the Merced Running Club. Flat, fast courses through Atwater. Two-miler is for both walkers and runners; the 5-miler is just for runners. Check back later for more information.

July 4, 2014—Run San Ramon 5K & 10K, San Ramon
More information coming shortly.

July 5, 2014—Hernia Hill Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Twisted Oak Winery, Valecito
If you like hills, you'll love this course. Lots of hills. Barbecue afterwards for all finishers. Download an application by clicking here or register online at www.active.com.

July 8, 2014—Fresno 5K Summer Series, Woodward Park, Fresno
This is part of a six-race series that will be held every other week during the summer. Economically priced, too. Chip timing but no shirts, no awards. For more information, visit SignMeUp.

July 12, 2014—Escalon Park Fete 2-mile and 10-K walk/runs, Escalon
Flat course, great low-key family event. Challenge your family, friends or co-workers to a friendly race. All kids 19 and under receive a reduced registration fee. So what are you waiting for? Bring out the entire clan. If you're a ShadowChase member in good standing, you can earn double the grand prix points by running this event. As a member, you also receive a $2 discount when you mail in your registration form before the deadline. Download a registration form by clicking here or register online at www.active.com.

July 12, 2014—Davis Moonlight 5K, 10K & Half-Marathon, Davis
This is an evening race. Finishers' medals for the half marathon. Glow-in-the-dark t-shirts and other race items. For more information, visit a Change of Pace.

July 12, 2014—S.H.E. 365 5K walk/run, Woodbridge Winery, Lodi
This women's-only event drew rave reviews in its inaugural showing last year. Cute women-specific shirts, chocolates, fresh fruit and wine tasting afterwards. Flat, fast course on county roads. For more information, visit Fleet Feet Stockton. Download an application by clicking here or register online at www.active.com.

July 13, 2014—Carnival Kids Course, Manteca
This is a 1-mile obstacle course and color run for kids. There's also face painting. clowns, balloon sculptures, jump houses and more for kids ages 4-13. Obstacles include walls, tunnels, bubble tents, mazes and color splashes. Use the code KIDSCOLORFUN for a $15 discount. (Discount is for a limited time.) For more information, visit carnivalkidscourse.com. Watch the YouTube video from last year's event in Modesto.

July 13, 2014—Lodi Cyclefest 5K, Downtown Lodi
For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com. In addition to the run, the Sunday features an entire day of bicycle racing.

July 22, 2014—Fresno 5K Summer Series, Woodward Park, Fresno
This is part of a six-race series that will be held every other week during the summer. Economically priced, too. Chip timing but no shirts, no awards. For more information, visit SignMeUp.

July 26, 2014—Neon Night Run 5K, Big Fresno Fairgrounds, Fresno
Runners start in waves after dark. Wear your best outfits from the '80s to be eligible for a costume contest. This is a non-competitive, untimed event. Music, beer (for adults) and dancing afterward. For a discount, enter the code EARLYBIRD. For more information, visit Neon Night Run.

July 26, 2014—Bad Bass 5K, 10K & half-marathon, Lake Chabot, Castro Valley
Only Brazen Racing could pull off a pun like this. Walk, hike or run any of these events, and you'll earn a finishers' medal if you finish. One of the top-rated post-race spreads in the area. The 10K & half-marathon have a challenging hill. It wouldn't be a Brazen event without at least one hill. Free downloadable photos, too. For more information, visit Bad Bass.

July 27, 2014—Wharf to Wharf 6-miler, Santa Cruz to Capitola
Registration opens at 12:01 a.m., PDT,, April 1, and this will sell out quickly. If you live in Santa Cruz County, you can register earlier, but you must provide a local zip code. This is now chip timed and runners are group into start corrals, based on their estimated finishing times. They're cracking down on bandits—unregistered runners without bibs. Top 100 males and 100 females earn special finishers' apparel. No other age-group prizes given. For more information, visit Wharf to Wharf or click here to register.

July 27, 2014—Crazy Ei8hts 8K & 8-mile trail runs, Camanche Reservoir, South Shore
This is the second of three races in the series. If you sign up for all three, you receive a special rate.
Parking is $2.50 if you ask for a day-use trail pass. Check out the prizes. For more information, visit Fleet Feet Stockton.

July 27, 2014—Blood, Sweat & Beers 5.9- and 10.5-mile trail runs, American River Canyon, Auburn
These events always sell out. Beer and BBQ after the runs. Registration opens April 22. For more information, visit bloodsweatbeers.com.

July 27, 2014—San Francisco Double Marathon, Marathon, 1st Half Marathon and 2nd Half Marathon, and 5K, San Francisco
Back by popular demand, the 52.4-mile double marathon. Choose half options from the first 13.1 miles of the course or the second 13-1 miles. The marathon is a loop course, starting at the Ferry Building, winding through the city to Golden Gate Park and then returning. For more information, visit www.thesfmarathon.com.

August   

Aug. 2, 2014—Summer Breeze 5K, 10K & half-marathon, San Leandro Marina, Hayward
One of the few Brazen Racing events without a lot of hills. This is held on paved bike trails by the bay. Finishers' medals for all events. Walk, hike or run one of these. Choice of cotton or for a few dollars more, tech t-shirts. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Aug. 5, 2014—Fresno 5K Summer Series, Woodward Park, Fresno
This is part of a six-race series that will be held every other week during the summer. Economically priced, too. Chip timing but no shirts, no awards. For more information, visit SignMeUp.

Aug. 9, 2014—Foam Fest 5K, San Joaquin Fairgrounds, Stockton
This is another one of those themed nationally produced events that really aren't a race so much but something to do with friends. Runners go through foam stations where they get covered in, you guessed it, foam. Course also contains mud and obstacles. Runners start in waves. In fact, you sign up for the wave you want. Nowhere does it mention age-group or overall awards, so I wouldn't count on it. These events typically don't give out awards. For more information or to register online, visit FoamFest.

Aug. 16, 2014—Hell of a Half Marathon, Exeter
This race includes heat and two great hill climbs, according to the race website. Nine aid stations and medals for all finishers. For more information, visit http://www.hellofahalf.com or register online at SignMeUp.

Aug. 16, 2014—Bear Creek 5K, 10K & half-marathon, Briones Regional Park, Martinez
These events have hills. It's a Brazen Racing event, so hills come with the territory. But well worth it since Brazen does a great job, according to past participants. Great post-race spread, too. Medals to all finishers. Come out and walk, hike or run one of these events. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Aug. 19, 2014—Fresno 5K Summer Series, Woodward Park, Fresno
This is part of a six-race series that will be held every other week during the summer. Economically priced, too. Chip timing but no shirts, no awards. For more information, visit SignMeUp.

Aug. 23, 2014—Double Road Race (10K followed by a 5K), San Jose
This is part of a nationwide series. Runners do a 10K, rest a few minutes, then run a 5K. You also can run just the 5K. Although this series has been around for a year and a half, it's still a bit disorganized, especially with the awards, which drag on much longer than they should. For more information, visit Double Road Race.

Aug. 23, 2014—Great American Hero 5K & 10K Obstacle Runs, Eagal Lakes, Tracy
There will be two levels of obstacles at each site, one for regular people and one for elites. There's also a police vs. fire wave. Discounts to law enforcement and military personnel. Events benefit Susan G. Komen Foundation, so wear pink. Or are you tough enough? For more information, visit Eagal Lakes or register online at www.active.com.

Aug. 24, 2014—Crazy Ei8hts 8K, 8-mile & half-marathon trail runs, Camanche Reservoir, South Shore
This is the third of three races in the series. If you sign up for all three, you receive a special rate. 
Parking is $2.50 if you ask for a day-use trail pass. Check out the prizes. For more information, visit Fleet Feet Stockton.

Aug. 24, 2014—Santa Rosa Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K, Santa Rosa
Bottle of DeLoach premium wine to all adult finishers of the half and full. Double spinner medals. This is a Boston qualifier. For more information, visit The Santa Rosa Marathon.

Aug. 30, 2014—Color the Skies Balloon Run 5K & 10K and kids' fun run, Mistlin Sports Park, Ripon
Hot air balloons are supposedly scheduled to return this year, and they will join with the kite festival started last year. The balloons were absent in 2013. For more information, visit Color the Skies.

September   

Sept. 6, 2014—Trail Hog 5K, 10K & Half-marathon, Mt. Hamilton, San Jose
Walk, hike or run one of these events. Warning: There are hills. After all, this is a Brazen event, and hills are the norm. All finishers receive a medal and can indulge in the great post-race spread. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Sept. 7, 2014—The Giant Race 5K, 10K & half-marathon, San Francisco
These events start outside of ATT Park, and finishers end inside the park. Courses are basically out-and-backs. Let's hope race organizers have improved bib pick-up (which took more than 55 minutes last year) and congestion on the 5K course as runners coming back had to zig-zag around hoards of slower runners and walkers heading out. All participants receive a Giants player bobble-head and all finishers receive a medal. Last year, it was a replica of the World Series ring, which was really cool. Last year's tech t-shirts also were nice and resembled Giants uniforms.  Be forewarned: Half and 10K start at 7 a.m., the 5K not until 10:50 a.m. (yes, you read that right, 10:50 a.m.). For more information, visit The Giant Race.

Sept. 13, 2014—21st annual Trix Run 5K, Lodi Lake
For more information, visit http://trixfunrun.generalmills.com.

Sept. 13, 2014—Kingsburg Viking 5K Walk/Run and kids' obstacle course, Kingsburg
Events benefit Kingsburg High School Cross-Country Program. For more information, visit www.viking-run.com or to sign up online at  www.SignMeUp.com.

Sept. 13, 2014—Second annual Neon City Run 5K, Porterville Fairgrounds, Porterville
This is a night event with DJ's throughout the course, optional paint station and DJ-hosted party at the finish. This is a fun run, so it isn't timed. But it is about "glowing." Family friendly event, too. This benefits the Children's Hospital of Central California. More information to come at neoncityrun.com.

Sept. 20, 2014—Cancer Awareness 5K & 10K walk/runs and 12-, 30- and 62-mile bicycle rides, MJC West, Modesto
You can either run or ride or sign up to do both. All riders must wear approved helmets. There's also a health fair that's part of the event as well as a kids' fun run. This is a great family event. Check back later for more information.

Sept. 20, 2014—Dragon Fly 5K, 10K & Half-Marathon, Contra Loma Regional Park, Antioch
These trail runs have hills and are a tad over their stated distance. So if your Garmin shows you ran 13.4 miles rather than 13.1, miles it's correct. But don't fret. Everybody is walking or running the same distances. Besides, Mother Nature doesn't lay out everything on the metric scale. Finishers' medals for all, and a great post-race spread. for more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Sept. 20, 2014—Double Road Race (10K followed by a 5K), San Juan Bautista
This is part of a nationwide series. Runners do a 10K, rest a few minutes, then run a 5K. You also can run just the 5K. Although this series has been around for a year and a half, it's still a bit disorganized, especially with the awards, which drag on much longer than they should. For more information, visit Double Road Race.

Sept. 21, 2014—Third annual Delta Harvest Run Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Brentwood
Events start and finish on the track at Liberty High School, Brentwood. Courses are USATF certified. For more information, visit deltaharvestrun.com.

Sept. 28, 2014—Third annual Peace Officer Memorial Half-Marathon,Peace Officer Memorial Run 5K & free kids' fun run, downtown Modesto
There's also a race expo and safety fair. Both races start and finish in front of the Gallo Center. The half-marathon  is run on city streets as well as through La Loma Park. 5K goes through the residential neighborhoods around Graceda Park. Moving ceremony before the start of the half-marathon honors the 15 Stanislaus County peace officers who have given their lives throughout the years. For more information, visit http://peaceofficermemorialrun.com/.

October   

Oct. 4, 2014—Harvest Run 5K & 1-mile walk/run, Visalia
This event benefits Visalia's Youth Scholarships. It is hosted by the Visalia Runners. For more information, visit Visalia Runners.

Oct. 5, 2014—Urban Cow Half-Marathon and 5K, Land Park, Sacramento
This is a relatively flat course that goes through the Land Park neighborhoods and up on the Sacramento River levee. Parking on the streets surrounding Land Park is limited, so get there early. You can also park a few blocks away at Sac City College. Plan accordingly. For more information, visit Urban Cow Half.

Oct. 11, 2014—Riverbank Cheese & Wine 5K walk/run and Cheese & Wine Run logo 10K run, Riverbank
Come for the run, stay for the Cheese & Wine Festival down the road. Thanks to Galaxy Theaters for opening early so runners can enjoy permanent bathrooms. Courses go through quiet residential areas and have a bit of a roll. The 10K has a bonus hill. If this is like years past, custom sweatshirts to all who pre-register. The sweatshirts alone are a big draw! Events benefit Riverbank High School running programs. Check back later for more information.

Oct. 11, 2014—Oktobrewfest 5K & 10K runs, Davis
This is an evening event, with post-race beers for adults and root beer for minors. Come for the run, stay for the party. Cool beer opener finishers' medals to all finishers. Costumes encouraged and will be judged. Winners will receive awards. Running awards three deep in 5-year age groups. For more information, visit A Change of Pace.

Oct. 18, 2014—Twilight Zombie 5K Fun Run, Eagal Lakes, Tracy
Entrants wear life flags similar to flag football. Try to make your way through all of the zombies with at least one life flag. For more information, visit Eagal Lakes.

Oct. 19, 2014—Nike Women's 26.2 Marathon & Half-Marathon, San Francisco
Entries guaranteed to members of Team In Training and current college students with proper IDs. Remainder of entries are by lottery, which is expected to open for a limited number of days in June. Check back later for more information.

Oct. 26, 2014—Move Your Bones 5K and kids' fun run, Donnelly Park, Turlock
For more information, visit the Turlock Tri Team or register online at www.active.com.

Oct. 26, 2014—Folsom Blues Break-out Half-Marathon and Half-Marathon Relay, Folsom
This event used to be known as the Four Bridges Half. Johnny Cash, the man in black, will be there in spirit. Course goes around Lake Natoma. For more information, visit www.folsomblueshalf.org.

Oct. 26, 2014—Color Me Rad 5K, Fresno
This is one of those national race series where runners wear white and are doused with gluten-free colored corn starch-based powder as they go through different stations. This is NOT a timed race. For more information, visit Color Me Rad.

November   

Nov. 1, 2014—Salmon Duathlon (run, ride, run) and 5000 (5K) Run, Knights Ferry
Download an application by clicking here. Online registration coming shortly.

Nov. 2, 2014—St. Joseph's Half-Marathon and 5K, UOP Campus, Stockton
This is part of the Valley 13.1 Half-Marathon Series. More information coming soon.

Nov. 2, 2014—Two Cities Marathon,  Half-Marathon and 2-person Half-Marathon relay, Fresno-Clovis
Half runners get a choice of the Clovis half or the Fresno half. Ice cream to finishers. For more information, visit Two Cities Marathon or register online at www.active.com.

Nov. 9, 2014—49th annual Clarksburg Country Run 5K, 10K, half-marathon and 20 miles, Delta High School, Clarksburg
Registration opens July 16. For more information, visit http://clarksburgcountryrun.net.

Nov. 27, 2014—Run Against Hunger 5K & 10K walk/runs, StocktonRun Against Hunger logo
This is a well-run family event. All of downtown Stockton is blocked to traffic. Runners get to run the full width of streets—no tight bottlenecks or slippery grass courses. Walkers have their own course, too. Permanent bathrooms at the ball park are open for participants. If it's like last year, you can pay a small amount more to be upgraded to a long-sleeve Brooks tech shirt. Well worth it. These are well-made shirts and are great to run in. Check back later for more information.

December   

Dec. 7, 2014—California International Marathon (CIM) and four-person marathon relay, Folsom-Sacramento
Registration opened March 1 and will sell out, probably by mid- to late August if it is like 2013. For more information, visit www.runcim.org or register online at http://register.chronotrack.com.

Dec. 13, 2014—Spirit of Giving 5K and kids' free fun run, Modesto
Kids get to chase the Grinch out of town. Get your photo taken with Santa or even Mr. Mean, the Grinch. Walk or run the 5K through quiet neighbors around Graceda Park. Start a holiday tradition or continue one. Great way to relieve the stress around the holidays or just get together with friends and family. Events benefit local food closest and meal programs. Check back later for more information.

Dec. 21, 2014—Third annual Double Road Race (10K followed by a 5K), Pleasanton
This is part of a nationwide series. Runners do a 10K, rest a few minutes, then run a 5K. You also can run just the 5K. Although this series has been around for two years, it's still a bit disorganized, especially with the awards, which drag on much longer than they should. For more information, visit Double Road Race.


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