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2016

July   

July 31, 2016—Crazy Eights #2 8K and 8-mile trail run, Lake Camanche
Sign up for all three events at the same time and receive a discount. For more information or to register online, visit www.itsyourrace.com.

July 31, 2016—Courtland Pear Fair 5-mile and 10-mile runs, Courtland
These races are mostly to entirely off pavement. This is a dog-free event except for registered service animals. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.

August   

Aug. 2, 2016—Sole 2 Soul 5K Series, Woodward Park, Fresno
This is a six-race series held every other Tuesday in Woodward Park. Each race also has a theme, so dress in costume if you want. Each chip-timed race begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit Sole 2 Soul Sports.

Aug. 6, 2016—BattleFrog Obstacle Race 8K, 16K and unlimited laps "Xtreme," Patterson
The promos say Greater San Jose, but it's actually Diablo Grande near Patterson. These for-profit races are part of a national series and have variable pricing, with the cheapest ones being in the heat of the afternoon. For more information, visit www.battlefrogseries.com

Aug. 13, 2016—Hell of a Half Marathon, Exeter
The name says it all — there will be no shortage of valley heat. There is no shortage of crazies, and this race sells out. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.

Aug. 14, 2016—40th annual Pinecrest 5-mile run and 1-mile fun run, Pinecrest Lake
This is a fundraiser for a 501(c)3 group trying to reopen an elementary school in the area. If it's like previous years, this course has some hills. For more information or to sign up, visit UltraSignUp.com

Aug. 14, 2016—SAR Wild Run Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Shaver Lake
This is a Fresno County Search And Rescue FUNdraiser. Participants receive a tech shirt, unique medallion, chip timing and BBQ prepared by the Fresno County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team. For more information, visit www.sarwildrun.com or RunSignUp.com.

Aug. 14, 2016—Second annual Bruins on the Run 5K and kids' fun run, Stockton
This is a fund raiser for Bear Creek High School athletics. For more information or to register, visit www.active.com.

Aug. 16, 2016—Sole 2 Soul 5K Series, Woodward Park, Fresno
This is a six-race series held every other Tuesday in Woodward Park. Each race also has a theme, so dress in costume if you want. Each chip-timed race begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit Sole 2 Soul Sports.

Aug. 20, 2016—Campus Life 5K, Woodward Park, Fresno
This event benefits Fresno/Madera Youth for Christ. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.

Aug. 20, 2016—China Peak Mud Run 5K, Lakeshore
Run as an individual or a team, brewfest follows. For more information, visit Ski China Peak.

Aug. 27, 2016—Second annual Assyrian Fest 5K, Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, Turlock
First five male and first five female finishers receive a medal and prize. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

Aug. 28, 2016—Marathon, Half-Marathon and Downtown 5K runs, Santa Rosa
Half and full participants receive a bottle of De Loach wine. There is NO race-day packet pick-up, so plan accordingly. You can have your bib and shirt mailed to you for an extra $25. All three courses are certified, and the full is a Boston Qualifier. For more information, visit http://www.thesantarosamarathon.com.

Aug. 28, 2016—Crazy Eights #2 8K, 8-mile and half-marathon trail run, Lake Camanche
Sign up for all three events at the same time and receive a discount. For more information or to register online, visit www.itsyourrace.com.

September   

Sept. 3, 2016—Soaring Over Ripon (previously 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 runs, Newman
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. 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. 17, 2016—Dusty Bottoms Trail Runners' Beer Mile, Modesto
Dusty Bottoms
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. More details coming soon.

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, 2016—Great 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. 17, 2016—Andrew's Run for the Children 1-mile and 5K walk/runs, Tuolumne River Park, Modesto
This race was formerly held in January. Check back later for more information.

Sept. 17, 2016—Komen Race for the Cure, Chuckchansi Park, Fresno
This event benefits the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Chip timed, For more information, visit www.komencentralvalley.org.

Sept. 17, 2016—Run/Walk for Cured, Oak Grove Regional Park, Stockton
Not much information on this event— distance, how to register, etc. To view the Cured website, visit, http://curedfoundation.org. The website also is cumbersome.

Sept. 17, 2016—Wascally Wabbit Half-Marathon & 2-mile run/walk, Fresno
For more information, visit http://thewascally.com.

Sept. 18, 2016—Rotary Run to End Polio 5K run & 2-mile walk, Visalia
For more information, visit https://runsignup.com.

Sept. 24, 2016—Smokey Bear Run 2-mile walk/run & 10K run, Bass Lake
The course is on pavement, but it does have hills. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com

Sept. 25, 2016—Peace Officer Half-Marathon and 5K walk/runs, Gallo Center, Modesto
Peace Officer RunThis 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.

October   

Oct. 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.

Oct. 1, 2016—Go for Life 5K run and 2-mile walk, Hanford
This event benefits the Pregnancy Center's ongoing ministry. For more information, visit www.active.com.

Oct. 1-2, 2016—135 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.

Oct. 8, 2016—Cheeese & 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. For more information, visit www.runforthecheese.com or register online at www.active.com.

Oct. 8, 2016—Rabobank 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 & 1-mile fun run, Twain Harte
Costume contest, too. For more information, visit www.twainharterotary.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. 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—Tiger Dash 5K Run & 1/2-mile cub fun run, UOP, Stockton
This event is hosted by the Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2017. For more information, visit www.active.com.

Oct. 16, 2016—Judgment 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, 2016—Merco 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. 29, 2016—Second annual Monster Mash Dash 5K and kids' fun run, Woodward Park, Fresno
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.

November   

Nov. 6, 2016—Clarksburg County Run 20-miles, half-marathon, 10K and 5K, Clarksburg
Finishers' medals for 5K & 10K; wine stopper finishers' medals for half-marathon and 20 miles. For more information, visit www.clarksburgcountryrun.com.

Nov. 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. 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—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. 10, the day before. For more information, visit www.bigsurhalfmarathon.org.

Feat to BeachNov. 11-12, 2016—Feat 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—Bakersfield Marathon, Half-Marathon, Half-Marathon Relay and 5K, CSUB, Bakersfield
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.

Nov. 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.

December   

Dec. 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.

Dec. 4, 2016—California International Marathon (CIM) and marathon relay, Folsom-Sacramento
Regular registration is open. The marathon sold out in September in 2015, so don't delay. For more information, visit http://runcim.org.

Dec. 10, 2016—Spirit of Giving 5K walk/run and free kids' fun run, Gallo Center, Modesto
Check back later for more information. Visit Spirit of Giving for previous years' events.

Dec. 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

2017

February   

Feb. 4, 2017—Jed 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.


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