3, 2016—Soaring Over Ripon (formerly called the Color the Skies Balloon Festival) 5K & 10K runs and
kids' fun run, Mistlin
Sports Park, Ripon
Watch the balloons lift off, then walk or run one of these events. There's also a kite festival as part of the weekend. You must register by Aug. 17 to receive a shirt. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
▪Sept. 3, 2016—Comforting Kids Bailey's Legacy Fun Run 5K & 1-mile
For more information, visit www.comfortingkids.org.
▪Sept. 3, 2016—Loop the Lake 5K & kids' fun run, Oak Grove
Regional Park, Stockton
This event benefits Tokay High School Cross-Country Team in Lodi. For more information, visit www.active.com.
▪Sept. 3, 2016—Trail Hog Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Joseph D.
Grant County Park, Mount Hamilton
If it has "mount" in its name and it's a Brazen race, chances are it has hills. And this one doesn't disappoint. Optional tech shirt for a few dollars more, medals to all finishers and great post-race spread. For more information, visit Brazen Racing
▪Sept. 4, 2016—Amigo Del Oro 5- and 10-mile runs, Mariposa Fairgrounds, Mariposa
The 5-miler is an out and back; the 10-miler is a loop, all on pavement. For more information, visit the Merced Running Club.
▪Sept. 10, 2016—UC Merced Journey 5K Fund Run, Merced
Event raises money for select UC Merced scholarship funds. For more information, visit http://giving.ucmerced.edu.
▪Sept. 10, 2016—Denair Farm & Family Festival Farm Run 5K,
Sponsored by Rotary Club of Turlock. Proceeds go toward high school scholarships. For more information, visit Denair Festival or download an entry form by clicking here or register online at www.active.com.
▪Sept. 10, 2016— Central Valley Teen Challenge 5K Walk for Recovery Fundraiser 5K, Reedley
This is part of a statewide effort to raise money for Teen Challenge of Southern California. Can't really tell if this event is timed or whether there are age group or overall awards. Looks like it may just be a fundraiser. For more information, visit http://tcwalks.com.
▪Sept. 11, 2016Great American Hero Run 5K & 10K obstacle
course, Eagal Lake Resort, Tracy
Events benefit Semper Fi Fund and United Way of San Joaquin. Races will be chip timed this year. Beer garden afterward for those 21 and over. For more information, visit Facebook or register online at www.active.com.
▪Sept. 11, 2016—Red, White & Blue Run 5K, Donnelly Park, Turlock
This is not a timed event. T-shirts available for purchase if you pre-register before Aug. 30. The run is designed to draw attention to post-veterans' service needs nationwide. Proceeds benefit Fisher House Foundation. Wear patriotic colors. Registration at 8 a.m., run at 9 a.m. Register online at www.active.com.
▪Sept. 17, 2016Dusty Bottoms Trail Runners' Beer Mile, Modesto
It's B-A-C-K. Runners bring four cans or bottles of their favorite beer. They start by downing a beer. Then each 1/4 mile, they have to down another one. (Brian, the winner of the inaugural Beer Mile, has left the state. So you won't be competing against him.) Don Pardo, tell them what they win—The fastest runners (without throwing up) receive grand prizes selected especially for them. But there's more. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the hilarity. Post-race burgers with all of the fixings will be served. Please bring a designated driver if you plan to participate. Proceeds in part go to the Center for Human Services. Register online at https://RunSignUp.com.
▪Sept. 17, 2016Drag-N-Fly Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Contra
Loma/Black Diamond Mines, Antioch
Trails and a panaromic vista. In Brazen Racing lingo, that means you climb to the top for great views. Tech shirt option for a few dollars more. Finishers' medals for all, and great post-race spread. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪Sept. 17, 2016Komen Race for the Cure, Chuckchansi Park,
This event benefits the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Chip timed, For more information, visit www.komencentralvalley.org.
▪Sept. 17, 2016—5K for Cured walk/runRays of Hope,
Oak Grove Regional Park, Stockton
Hard to tell if this is actually a run or just a fund-raising effort. Website says it benefits the Campaign Urging Research for Eosinophilic Disease. For more information, such as it is, visit http://curedfoundation.org.
▪Sept. 17, 2016—Wascally Wabbit Half-Marathon & 2-mile run/walk,
For more information, visit http://thewascally.com.
▪Sept. 18, 2016—Sixth Annual Micke Grove Zoo Zoom 5K & kids'
fun run, Lodi
Course is on pavement through Micke Grove Zoo. Registration fee includes pancake breakfast and free zoo admission. T-shirts also included, while they last. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
▪Sept. 18, 2016—Rotary Run to End Polio 5K run & 2-mile walk,
For more information, visit https://runsignup.com.
▪Sept. 24, 2016Smokey Bear Run 2-mile walk/run & 10K run,
The course is on pavement, but it does have hills. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com
▪Sept. 25, 2016Peace Officer Half-Marathon and 5K
Gallo Center, Modesto
This is a great event to honor the peace officers in Stanislaus County who have given their lives over the years. Moving opening ceremony, great traffic control, Gruff the Crime Dog, police dog demonstrations and more. Half course goes through historic parts of Modesto and La Loma Park; 5K goes through Graceda Park. For more information, visit http://peaceofficermemorialrun.com or register online at www.active.com.
1, 2016—Superhero 5K Run/Walk, Lake Lodi, Lodi
This event benefits child abuse prevention in San Joaquin County. Download a registration form by clicking here or register online at www.active.com.
▪Oct. 1, 2016—Harvest Run 5K run, 3K walk
& 1/2-mile kids' run, Visalia
An effort of the Visalia Runners and Kaweah Delta Health Care District, this event raises funds to buy Christmas presents for families seeking cancer treatment. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.
1, 2016—Rocky Ridge Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Las Trampas Wilderness, San
This is the finale of Brazen Racing's Ultra Half Series. Even if you're not participating in the series, you can still enter. Trails, trails and lots of trails. Finishers' medals to all, and great post-race spread. For more information, visit Braden Racing.
1-2, 2016135 To The House ultra-marathon and relay, Bakersfield to Madera
Run this 135-mile event as an individual runner or part of a 4- to 8-person relay team. Event benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley. In addition to the registration fee, each team or ultra-runner must make a $150 or more fund-raising commitment. For more information, visit http://135tothehouse.com.
8, 2016Cheeese & Wine 5K walk/run & 10K run, Galaxy Theatres, Riverbank
Course go through shady residential area. The topography has a bit of a roll, and the 10K has a bonus hill. Sweatshirts for all pre-registered runners. Events benefit Riverbank High School athletic programs. For more information, visit www.runforthecheese.com or register online at www.active.com. Download an entry form by clicking here.
8, 2016Rabobank Fiesta Run 2-mile walk/run & 5-mile run, Reedley
New this year: team competitions. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪Oct. 8, 2016—Twain Harte Rotary Sugar Pine Trail Run 10K & 5K
runs and 1-mile fun run, Twain Harte
Since these are run on trails, it's probably not a wise idea to try to push a baby strollers. There's also a costume contest with a theme, "woodland wonderland." For more information, visit Twain Harte Rotary.
8, 2016—Run for Hope 10K run and 2-mile walk/run, Cutler Park, Visalia
The event is hosted by the Visalia Rescue Mission. For more information or to register online, visit https://RunSignUp.com.
▪Oct. 8, 2016—Yosemite Half Marathon, Bass Lake
Course is new this year, with first 5 miles on a rough fire road. Remainder of the course is similar to last year and is designed to be easier on the knees. For more information, visit http://yosemitehalfmarathon.com.
▪Oct. 8, 2016—Second Annual Cancer Run 5K, Yokurts Park, Bakersfield
This event was formerly called the Bakersfield Cancer Run. Proceeds benefit local cancer groups, screenings, transportation and financial assistance. For more information, visit Kern County Cancer Run.
▪Oct. 8, 2016—Freedom Festival and 5K Fun Run, Turlock Free
Methodist Church, corner of Johnson and Tuolumne, Turlock
These events are hosted by the Turlock Free Methodist Church and are designed to highlight modern slavery. T-shirt to all pre-registered runners, and age-group awards in 10-year spans. Proceeds benefit the www.setfreemovement.org. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
9, 2016—Honey Badger Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, China
Camp State Park, San Rafael
These are trail runs with a bit of an attitude. But don't let that scare you away. Events are designed for all abilities. All pre-reg runners receive a tech shirt. Half marathon finishers receive a medal that doubles as a bottle opener and screwdriver, while 10K & 5K finishers receive a woodallion. Craft beer post-race for adults. For more information, visit https://raceroster.com.
▪Oct. 15, 2016—Red Wave 5K Run & kids' fun run, Fresno
This event benefits the Fresno State Bulldogs Track & Field Program. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪Oct. 15, 2016—Tarantula Run Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Los
Vaqueros Reservoir, Brentwood
This is a Brazen Racing event, so naturally there's a challenging hill. If you're lucky, you may see male tarantulas out cruising for foxes (a.k.a. female tarantulas). Don't worry, tarantulas are harmless although they look scary. Tech t-shirt option, finishers' medals for all and great post-race spread. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪Oct. 15, 2016—Tiger Dash 5K Run & 1/2-mile cub fun run,
This event is hosted by the Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2017. For more information, visit www.active.com.
▪Oct. 15, 2016—36th Annual Springville Apple Run 5K river run, 10K
trail run and 2-mile walk and kids' fun run, Springville
There also will be a mountain bike race. No registration on race day. For more information or to register online, visit http://runwalkjog.com.
▪Oct. 16, 2016Judgment Day Half-Marathon, Bakersfield
Whoa! Look at the swag: Quarter-zip sweater, tech shirt, visor for early registration, custom socks and hot breakfast. And did we mention, personalized race bib if you register before Sept. 15. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪Oct. 16, 2016Merco Credit Union Half-Marathon and 5K,
UC Merced Campus, Merced
Wonder if the " awesome, unique age-group trophies" are the age-group award rocks (yes, they were BIG heavy rocks) they have given out in the past. For more information, visit www.runningmerced.com. Register online at www,active.com.
▪Oct. 22, 2016—Second Annual Honey's Air and Solar 5K
Timed Run/Walk/Stroll, Salida
This event benefits the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Food, music, beer garden (you've got me there), raffles, photo booths and crafts, to name a few of the activities. Registration includes an event t-shirt. For more information, download the flyer by clicking here or register online at Honey's Air.
▪Oct. 22, 2016—Great Pumpkin Run, Walk or Wheel 5K, East LaLoma Park, Modesto
Not much information on this event. The flyer sent doesn't mention participant t-shirts, nor does it mention age-group awards or overall awards. It does mention, however, that it benefits Disability Resource Agency for Independent Living. Download the registration form by clicking here.
29, 2016Second annual Monster Mash Dash 5K and kids' fun run, Woodward
This is a local theme race where everybody is encouraged to run in costume. Event benefits Make A Wish Foundation. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪Oct. 29, 2016—Halloween Fun Run 5K or 10K, East LaLoma Park,
These events benefit Teens Run Modesto. Registration on site the day of the event. $10 donation recommended. Dress in costume. Pumpkin drawings and costume contest. Download the informational flyer by clicking here.
▪Oct. 30, 2016Seventh Annual
Active Orthopedic Move Your Bones 5K walk/run and NEW 10K run, plus
kids' run, Donnelly Park, Turlock
These events are hosted by T3 (Turlock Triathlon Team). Proceeds go to benefit local schools. Since this is the day before Halloween, dress in costume. This is something you don't see very oftenno processing fee for online registration. That being said, you can register online at www.active.com.
▪Nov. 5, 2016—Salmon Duathlon (5K run, 30K ride, 2.5K run) or 5,000 meters (5K) run,
Events benefit preservation of salmon natural habitat in the Stanislaus River. For more information or to register online, visit www.itsyourrace.com.
6, 2016Clarksburg County Run 20-miles, half-marathon, 10K and 5K,
Finishers' medals for 5K & 10K; wine stopper finishers' medals for half-marathon and 20 miles. For more information, visit www.clarksburgcountryrun.com.
6, 2016—Two Cities Marathon, Half-Marathon and Half Relay, Clovis and Fresno
Choose from either a half in Clovis or one in Fresno. The relay is only the Fresno course. Minimum age to run the half is 16 years old and 18 for the marathon. There is NO 5K as some online resources have erroneously stated. For more information, visit www.twocitiesmarathon.com.
▪Nov. 6, 2016—St. Joseph's, Half-Marathon and 5K-ish, UOP, Stockton
If the 5K course is the same as in the past, it's a bit over 5K, so don't freak out if your Garmin shows the course is a bit long. It's still a nice course, and you're getting more for your money. These events benefit the Greater Stockton Emergency Food Bank. For more information, visit www.itsyourrace.com.
▪Nov. 11, 2016—Veteran's Day Run 5K walk/run, 10K run and kids'
fun run, Porterville
The races are held BEFORE the city's annual Veteran's Day parade. For more information, visit Porterville Parks & Leisure Dept.
▪Nov. 12, 2016—Veteran's Day Run 5K walk/run, Lemoore
For more information or to register online, visit http://ultrasignup.com.
▪Nov. 11-12, 2016Feat to the Beach 200-mile Relay, Fresno-Pismo Beach
Choose the 6-person ultra or 12-person regular team option. Relay legs average 3 to 8 miles. View the course map here. For more information or to register online, visit https://runsignup.com.
▪Nov. 13, 2016—Big Sur Half Marathon and Pacific Grove Lighthouse 5K, Monterey
This half is run around Pacific Grove and Monterey, and there is no bus ride involved. The course is relatively flat with gorgeous views and one incline. The 5K is held Saturday, Nov. 12, the day before. For more information, visit www.bigsurhalfmarathon.org.
▪Nov. 13, 2016—Bakersfield Marathon, Half-Marathon, Half-Marathon Relay and 5K, CSUB,
Be part of history and run or walk the inaugural Bakersfield Marathon, Half-Marathon, relay or 5K. For more information or to register, visit Run Bakersfield.
▪Nov. 19, 2016—Merced Turkey Trot 2-mile walk/run and 5-mile run,
Applegate Park, Merced
This is one of my favorite holiday events because it's just plain fun. Low-key atmosphere with lots of laughs. Raffles include dinner and a movie (McDonald's coupon and a Rated G video). Shoe drive, so bring your gently used shoes for donation to local agencies that help the homeless. For each pair of shoes, you receive a raffle ticket. Great project regardless of the raffle tickets. Check back later for more information.
▪Nov. 19, 2016—San Joaquin River
Run 50K & 100K, Friant
Both the 50K and 100K will challenge even the most experienced runners with a 5,500-foot elevation gain for the 50K and 15,000 feet for the 100K. Runners of both distances receive a finisher's medal and awesome swag. For more information, visit San Joaquin Running.
19, 2016—Womble Run 5K walk/run & 10K run, Lodi Lake,
More information coming shortly.
19, 2016—Turlock Turkey Trot 2-mile walk/run and 1-mile Children's Stampede,
Donnelly Park, Turlock
These events will start earlier this year. Kids' stampede is 1 lap around Donnelly; Turkey Trot is 2 laps around the park. Prizes to first, second and third place in each age group. For more information, visit https://ci.turlock.ca.us.
▪Nov. 20, 2016—The Super Run 5K, Woodward Park
This is part of a national series. The website says, "This event will support an awesome children's charity. We just don't know which one yet." On top of it, the website takes forever to load. If we didn't know better, we'd say this sounds a bit fishy. In other words, let the runner beware. The run is put on by Superfly Running Inc. of Livonia, Mich. In several cities in which the event has been held, Groupon, HalfOffDeals or other discounts have been offered. For more information, visit http://thesuperrun.com.
▪Nov. 24, 2016—Run Against Hunger 5K walk/run & 10K run and kids'
fun run, Banner Island Ballpark, Stockton
The ballpark opens up so runners can use nice permanent bathrooms before the race. Walkers have their own course, so they're not impeding runners. Great family event and a nice way to start Thanksgiving. Proceeds benefit the Emergency Food Bank of San Joaquin County. Early packet pick-up at Nov. 21-23 at Fleet Feet Stockton, 277 Lincoln Center. Bring two non-perishable food items and receive 15% off your entire purchase that day. Download an entry form by clicking here or register online at http://www.eventbrite.com.
24, 2016—Visalia Emergency Aid Council "Race Against Hunger" 2-mile walk and 5K
These event benefits the Emergency Aid Food Pantry. For more information or to register online, visit https://RunSignUp.com.
24, 2016—Kings United Way Turkey Trot 5K, Hanford
First 20 female and first 20 male finishers will receive a medal. This event benefits several local charities. For a list of the charities or for more information on the race, including registration, visit https://RunSignUp.com.
24, 2016—Fresno Turkey Trot 5K run and 2-mile walk, Woodward Park, Fresno
The 5K is chip timed. The walk is not timed. The event, hosted by Sierra Challenge Express Running Club, benefits Fresno's hungry. For more information or to register online, visit https://RunSignUp.com
3, 2016—Bah Humbug 5K, San Ramon
This is a fun holiday tradition. Dress up as your favorite Dr. Seuss Grinch character. Ice cream treats (Ice cream sandwiches, Drumsticks, etc.) afterward. Grinch-themed long-sleeve t-shirts for pre-registered runners. For more information, visit www.active.com.
4, 2016—California International Marathon (CIM) and marathon relay,
Regular registration is open. The marathon sold out in September in 2015, so don't delay. As of Aug. 13, the marathon was 91% full. For more information, visit http://runcim.org.
4, 2016—Hanford Rockin' Rudolph Run 5K, Hanford
All finishers receive a custom Christmas ornament. Costume contest as well as a visit from ole Saint Nick. For more information, visit https://RunSignUp.com.
10, 2016—Spirit of Giving 5K walk/run and free kids' fun run, 10th Street,
Course starts on 10th Street and goes through downtown before turning into the College area neighborhood. There it meanders before finishing once again on 10th Street. Kids then line up to chase the Grinch out of Modesto in the free kids' fun run. Free pictures with Santa, too. Pull out your green tutus and don your Santa hat or reindeer antlers for this festive event. Bring a can of food for a raffle drawing and a chance to win a bicycle. One boy's and one girl's bike will be given away. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
10, 2016—Fourth annual Jingle Bell Run Toys for Tots 2-mile walk/run & 5K run,
Christmas Tree Lane, Fresno
Christmas-themed sweatshirt for all registered runners. Bring an unwrapped, new toy and receive a Santa Claus hat. Toys will be distributed by the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com
11, 2016—Annual Jingle Bell Run Toys for Tots 2-mile walk/run, Main
Christmas-themed sweatshirt for all registered runners. Bring an unwrapped, new toy and receive a Santa Claus hat. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com
▪Jan. 1, 2017Resolution Run 2-mile walk/run, 4-mile run and
kids' fun runs, Woodward Park, Fresno
For more information or to register online, visit https://RunSignUp.com.
▪Jan. 4, 2017Kastner
5K & 10K Dream Run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Dress as your favorite football team or favorite football star. For more information or to register online, visit www.RunSignUp.com.
▪Jan.14, 2017—Winchell Cove 10K & 10-mile trail run,
Millerton Lake State Park, Friant
This event is produced by San Joaquin Running. For more information or to register online, visit https://RunSignUp.com.
▪Jan. 28, 2017—Third annual Pirate's of the Cure-i-bbean 5K Booty Run, Woodward Park,
For more information or to register online, visit https://RunSignUp.com.
▪Feb. 4, 2017Jed Smith Ultra 50-miles, 50K, 30K and 1/2-marathon, American River Parkway, Sacramento
This is a Buffalo Chips Running Club-hosted tradition. Online registration will open fall 2016. For more information, visit Buffalo Chips.
▪Feb. 11, 2017Bay Breeze Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, San
Leandro Marina Park, San Leandro
A rarity among Brazen Racing events, these races actually are on flat ground and pavement, but same great shirts, finishers' medals and post-race goodies. Courses go on bike paths along the bay. Parking is limited, so consider car-pooling. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪Feb. 25, 2017Support Blue Fresno 5K and 10K, Woodward Park,
For more information or to register online, visit https://RunSignUp.com.
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