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July 31, 2015—Neon Vibe 5K, Big Fresno Fairgrounds, Fresno
This is one of those national themed runs where people run with glow sticks. Runners also will be "blasted" with powder that glows under black lights. As the website says, you'll want to keep this material out of your eyes and mouth. This is an evening event. For more information, visit The Neon Vibe.


Aug. 1, 2015—Summer Breeze Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K walk/runs, San Leandro Marina Park, Hayward
This is one of the few Brazen Races that really is flat. Courses go along the bay. As always, great post-race spread. Upgrade to a tech shirt for a few dollars more. Finishers' medals to all runners. For more information, visit Brazing Racing.

Aug. 1, 2015—Run for Water 5K and kids' fun run, UOP campus, Stockton
Register as an individual or a team. For more information, visit Bear Creek or register online at

Aug. 1, 2015—Feline 5K, Bakersfield
This benefits the Cat People, a group that is raising funds for a cat sanctuary to care for Bakersfield's homeless cats. For more information, visit

Aug. 2, 2015—Miguel Reyes 5K, Woodward Park, Fresno
This race is in memory of area runner Miguel Reyes, who passed away earlier this year. Up to $4,000 in prize money, too. For more information, visit

Aug. 9, 2015—SAR (Search and Rescue) Wild Run trail half-marathon, 10K 5K and 2-mile family walk, Shaver Lake
These are trail runs with hills up at about 5,400 elevation. Unique medal and post-race BBQ prepared by the Fresno County Search and Rescue Team. For more information or to register online, visit

Aug. 9, 2015—Bear Creek Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K walk/runs, Briones Regional Park, Lafayette
Although this is a Brazen Racing event, it is billed as being flat and fast. Despite not having lots of hills, it will still have that great post-race food. For a few dollars more, upgrade to a tech shirt. Finishers' medals to all. For more information, visit Brazing Racing/

Aug. 15, 2015—Crazy Eights #3 8K and 8-mile trail runs, Lake Camanche
Download a registration form from On Your Mark Events. Medals three deep in 10-year age groups. Overall male/female winners receive a Nike trail running prize pack. If you register for all three events at one time, you receive a discount. Participants who complete all three events receive a special Nike medal.

Aug. 15, 2015—Tri for Fun #3, Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, Pleasanton
400-yard swim, 11-mile bike, 3.1-mile run. Download a registration form at

Aug. 16, 2015—Hell of a Half Marathon, Exeter
The name says it all. Prepare for hot running conditions, since this is summer in the Central Valley. For more information, visit

Aug. 16, 2015—Run on the Sly 12K, half-marathon, 20-mile and 50K trail runs, Sly Park (El Dorado County)
No headphone policy will be strictly enforced. The half, 20-miler and 50K all run around Jenkinson Lake, while the 12K goes through the pines. Events are capped at 750 altogether, with specific caps for each event. For more information, visit Run on the Sly.

Aug. 23, 2015—The Giant Race Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K,Hunter Pence bobblehead AT&T Park, San Francisco
Registered runners receive a tech shirt and a special bobblehead. This year, it's Hunter Pence, which was a surprise to some. Odds-on favorite was MadBum. Still, a good choice, joining earlier bobbleheads of Buster Posey, Matt Cain and Sergio Romo. There is no race-day bib pick-up. You can pay $12 extra to have shirt and bib mailed to you if you register by July 13, then pick up bobblehead after the race. There are a limited number of runners' baseball tickets to the Aug. 25 game against the Cubs. First come, first served. For more information, visit

Aug. 23, 2015—Santa Rosa Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K, Santa Rosa
Courses are out and back on a newly designed course that starts and finishes in downtown Julliard Park. Half and full finishers receive a custom spinning medal, a bottle of wine and zippered jacket. Very strange age groups too. For more information, visit

Aug. 29, 2015—Ménage a Trail Team Race, Cool
This is a combination relay and adventure-ish race. All runners will run beginning at the same time. Each three-person team will line up at the starting line at 7:45 p.m. The glow-in-the-dark necklace will identify which loop you will run. Teams should strategize before race day as to which member runs the 6-, 7- or 8-mile loop. Each team member will get a split time for the completion of his/her leg, however, it is the total combined team time that will count for scoring. Each finisher must then complete an "energy component," which consists of mental and physical exercises. Oh, BTW, this is an evening race. For more information, visit

Aug. 30, 2015—Second Annual Be Your Own Super Hero 5K, Fox Theater, Hanford
Dress up as your favorite super hero. Chip timing and prize money. For more information, visit

Aug. 30, 2015—Inaugural Beat the Heat 5K walk/run, Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, Pleasanton
Event benefits the non-profit Corazon that works to improve the lives of underprivileged families in Mexico. For more information, visit

Aug. 30, 2015—40th Annual Buffalo Stampede 10-mile walk/run, Rio Americano High School, Sacramento
This event typically is held in mid-September. Flat course on the streets around Rio Americano High. For more information, visit Buffalo Chips Running Club.


Color the Skies 5K and 10K runsSept. 5, 2015—Color the Skies 5K & 10K walk/runs, Mistlin Sports Park, Ripon
The Ripon Chamber Foundation has now taken over this event. For more information, visit the Ripon Chamber of Commerce or register online at

Sept. 5, 2015—Trail Hog Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, Mount Hamilton, San Jose
The name Mount in the location says it all. There are some climbs. Great post-race spread. Upgrade to a tech shirt for a few dollars more. Finishers' medals to all runners. For more information, visit Brazen Racing

Sept. 6, 2015—Amigo de Oro 5- and 10-mile runs, Mariposa
Walkers welcome in the 5-miler. Please, only runners in the 10-miler. For more information, visit Merced Running Club.

Sept. 6, 2015—Mother Lode Marathon, 50K ultra, half-marathon, 10K and Big Tree mountain bike races,  White Pines Lake, Arnold
This is the inaugural running of this event. For more information, visit Mother Lode Sports, or register online at

Sept. 7, 2015—Second Annual Angels Camp Gold Run 5K, 10K and kids' fun run, Angels Camp
Events benefit Mark Twain Elementary School. For more information or to register online, visit

Sept. 12, 2015—Third Annual Dusty Bottoms Trail Runners' Beer Mile, Modesto
Dusty Bottoms Trail Runners
"Awesome!" "Epic." "I haven't laughed so hard in years." Those are just a few of the comments from critics of last year's Beer Mile. This has quickly become the event that all of the cool kids do. Participants start by guzzling a beer, then run a quarter mile, down another beer, and so forth until they finish four beers and the mile. But if they barf along the way, they're DQ'd and will be cheered by spectators. Runners must furnish their own beer, which will be inspected before the race. Runner waves will be assigned on race day. Even if you don't run, come out for a great show and tons of laughs. Post-race BBQ too. It's the can't miss event of the season. Special keepsake awards for overall male and female winners. Register online at

Sept. 12, 2015—Kingsburg Viking 5K Run and kids' obstacle course, Kingsburg
Events benefit the Kingsburg Track and Cross-Country Boosters. For more information, visit

Sept. 12, 2015—Pincushion Hill Climb 1 mile, Friant
As the name implies, this is a 1-mile hill climb. Form a team and the top three times go toward team time. For more information, visit

Sept. 13, 2015—Micke Grove Zoo Zoom 5K & kids' fun run, Lodi
For more information, visit Micke Grove Zoo.

Cancer Awareness Run logoSept. 19, 2015—FINAL YEAR—10th annual Cancer Awareness Run and Ride 2-mile and 10K walk/runs and 12-, 25- and 61-mile bicycle rides, MJC West, Modesto
This will be the final year for this event as it rides off into the sunset. Due to the popularity of the ride, it will be limited to 800 registrants. As in years past, there will be a big health and wellness fair as well as a barbecue for registered runners and cyclists. Registration will include a combo package where you can run, then cycle one of the shorter rides. Shirts guaranteed ONLY to those who register by Sept. 4. Register online at

Sept. 19, 2015—Wascally Wabbit Half-Marathon and 2-mile walk/run, Fresno
Event benefits Kids Kasa Foster Care's Educational Foundation. For more information, visit

Sept. 19, 2015—Dragon Fly Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K walk/runs, Contra Loma Regional Park, Antioch
This event is known for its hills. But expect a great post-race spread when you finish. Upgrade to a tech shirt for a few dollars more. Finishers' medals to all runners. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Sept. 19, 2015—5K for Care — Superheroes Saving Lives, Cutler Park, Visalia
For more information, visit

Sept. 20, 2015—Tri for Real, Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, Pleasanton
700-yard swim, 19-mile bike, 4-mile run. Download a registration form at

Sept. 20, 2015—Delta Harvest Run 10-miles, 10K & 5K, Brentwood
Check back later for more information.

Sept. 20, 2015—Campus Life 5K and kids fun run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Events are hosted by Campus Life and Fresno/Madera Youth For Christ. For more information or to register, visit

Sept. 26, 2015—Smokey Bear Run 2-mile walk, 2-mile run, 10K run and kids' fun runs, Bass Lake
For more information, visit

Sept. 26, 2015—Mavericks Pony Express 5K walk/run and kids' fun run, Tulare
Events benefit Happy Trails Riding Academy, which provides therapeutic horsemanship. For more information, visit Happy Trails Riding Academy.

Angel Camp Gold RunSept. 27, 2015—Second Annual Angels Camp Gold 5K and 10K Walk/Runs, Angels Camp
This event benefits Mark Twain Elementary School. For more information, visit Angels Camp Gold Run or register online at


Oct. 3, 2015—Cotton Run 5K run and 1-mile walk, Corcoran
Come for the run or walk, stay for the Cotton Festival Parade. For more information, visit

Oct. 3, 2015—Harvest Festival 5K run and 3K walk, Visalia
Proceeds go toward brightening up the Christmas holidays for needy children who have family members battling cancer. For more information, visit

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. 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

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. 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. 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. 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—Step Up for Down Syndrome 1-mile and 5K walk/runs, Clovis
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. For more information, visit Monster Mash Dash.


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

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. 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. 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. 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. 6, 2015—California International Marathon (CIM) and 4-person marathon relay, Folsom-Sacramento
These events sell out, typically in August. For more information, visit

Dec. 12, 2015—Spirit of Giving 5K walk/run and free kids' fun run, Modesto
Proceeds benefit in part local food pantries. Check back later for more information.

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.



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.


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.

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