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November   

Nov. 22, 2014—Womble Rumble 5K & 10K walk/runs and kids' mile, Lodi Lake, Lodi
For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

Nov. 23, 2014—Heller Lipsett Memorial 5K & 1-mile walk/runs, Manteca
For more information, download the registration form by clicking here or register online at EventBrite.

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. Walking courses is stroller friendly. 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. Registration includes free downloadable photos. For more information, visit Fleet Feet Stockton or register online at www.EventBrite.com.

Nov. 27, 2014—Brentwood Turkey Trot for Schools 5K, Brentwood
Event benefits Brentwood Union School District and Liberty Union High School District. For more information, visit Brentwood Turkey Trot.

Nov. 27, 2014—Modesto Turkey Trot 1/2-mile kids' run, 5K run and Gobbler Walk 5K, Modesto
Events start at 8:45 a.m. in Tuolumne River Park. Course has some grass and gravel and is mostly in a paved bike trail. Because the course is narrow in spots, strollers and baby joggers are only permitted in the Gobbler Walk. Please leave dogs, except for service animals, at home for the safety of Fido and the runners. For more information, visit www.finishedresults.com. (This link appears to be fixed. If you're having problems, email Demetrius Snaer at MJC.) Download a registration form at www.mjc.edu.

Nov. 27, 2014—Race Against Hunger, Visalia
This is an annual event in Visalia. Bring the entire family or your friends, have a good time and help others who are less fortunate at the same time. Proceeds benefit the Visalia Emergency Aid Council. This event is billed as the largest 5K in the Central Valley. For more information, visit Visalia Turkey Trot.

Nov. 27, 2014—NitroTurkey Race 10K, 5K and little turkey's race, Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, Pinole
This is a Brazen Racing event, but they dropped the half-marathon from this race because it's Thanksgiving Day. Be thankful that this is a relatively flat course for once. The park also is waving the standard $3 parking fee because it's Turkey Day. Custom medals for all finishers. Run this event and the Quarry Turkey Nov. 29 and receive a super awesome Double Turkey medal. Events benefit local food banks. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Nov. 29, 2014—Quarry Turkey Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K walk, hike and runs, Quarry Lakes Recreation Area, Fremont
Happy holidays. This is one of the flatter Brazen Racing courses. Paths are mostly dirt with some pavement thrown in. Choice of cotton or tech shirt (for a $6 upgrade fee). All finishers receive a medal. Run this event and the Nitro Turkey Nov. 27 and receive a super awesome Double Turkey medal. Events benefit local food banks. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

December   

Dec. 6, 2014—Bah Humbug 5K run/walk, Danville
Don your reindeer antlers and bring the family to this fun holiday event. Register early to receive a collectable Grinch t-shirt. Each year features a different Grinch pose from the Dr. Seuss book. Ice cream afterwards. It may not sound good in cold weather, but it really hits the spot. Check back later for more information.

Dec. 6, 2014—5K for a Brighter Christmas walk/run & 1-mile kids' run, Tracy
Participants are encouraged to wear their ugliest sweaters and reindeer antlers. Events benefit in part "Brighter Christmas of Tracy." For more information, visit www.active.com.

Dec. 6, 2014—Candy Cane 5K, Mariposa
Race is two loops through historic Mariposa. Santa and his reindeer will be there for rides afterwards as will Mrs. Claus. For more information, visit www.xmaswonderland.com or register online at www.active.com.

Dec. 6, 2014—Tinsel Toy 5K and 1-mile Run/Walks, Tulare Outlets, Tulare
Bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the Salvation Army. Events benefit local high school cross-country teams and the Salvation Army. Tech shirts to first 200 registered. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

Dec. 6, 2014—Leg-Bail Through the Park 5K run/walk and 10K run, Woodward Park, Fresno
These events benefit the Fresno Police Chaplain's and the Fresno Police Officer's Association (FPOA) athletic program. For more information, visit SignMeUp.

Dec. 6, 2014—Jingle Bell Run Toys for Tots 2-mile walk/run, Merced
Santa designed sweatshirts. Bring an unwrapped toy and receive a Santa beard (only for first 1,000). Course follows the same route as the downtown Christmas parade. For more information, visit www.mercedjinglebellrun.com.

Dec. 6, 2014—Hot Cocoa 5K Family Fun Run, Patterson
Run begins at Del Puerto Health Center at 8:15 a.m. and finishes in Keystone Basin Park. Pick up registration forms at Tri Cities Bank or US Bank in Patterson. Race-day registration from 7:30-8 a.m. Event benefits Patterson Unified District girls. Registration cost is $10. For more information, email Kinisha Campbell.

Dec. 7, 2014—SOLD OUT—California International Marathon (CIM) and four-person marathon relay, Folsom-Sacramento
 
Registration opened March 1 and it sold out about Sept. 16. If you have a Boston Qualifying time, you can register when it reopens on Oct. 1. There also are a limited number of charity spots available for a much higher price. 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,Spirit of Giving 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. The start and finish locations have been changed as has the course. Events start and finish on 10th Street near Brendan Theaters and Fuzio. Register online at www.active.com or download a registration form by clicking here.

Dec. 13, 2014—Fresno Jingle Bell 5K Run & 2-mile walk for Toys for Tots, Christmas Tree Lane, Fresno
New design for sweatshirt. Hot chocolate and Christmas cookies afterward. Unique awards in 10-year age groups. Bring an unwrapped kids' Christmas gift and receive a Santa hat. For more information, visit Fresno Jingle Bell Run.

Dec. 13, 2014—Summit Rock Half Marathon, 10K & 5K walk, hike and runs, Sanborn County Park, Saratoga
The 10K and half-marathon have some BIG hills. All finishers receive a custom medal. Upgrade from a cotton to tech shirt for only $6 more. Great post-race spread. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Dec. 13, 2014—MH Jingle All the Way 5K, Mountain House
S
ome listings have this event being held in San Joaquin, which is a town southwest of Fresno. It is not. The event is in Mountain House, which is west of Tracy. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page (you don't need to be a member of FB to look at this) or register online at www.active.com.

Dec. 13, 2014—Christmas Toy Drive Prediction Run 3-miles, Grupe Park, Stockton
Bring an unwrapped toy or make a $10 donation. No watches allowed. T-shirts to the first 100 entrants. Fleet Feet gift card to best prediction. Pre-entry is highly encouraged. Download a registration form by clicking here.

Dec. 14, 2014—Visalia Jingle Bell 2-mile Run (or walk) for Toys for Tots, Candy Cane Lane, Downtown Visalia
Bring an unwrapped toy and you receive a Santa Hat. Sweatshirts and jingle bells to all registered walkers/runners. Chip timed with "unique" age-group awards. For more information, visit www.visaliajinglebellrun.com.

Dec. 14, 2014—CANCELLED—Inaugural Santa Clara Half-Marathon and Faithful 5K, Santa Clara
Event was supposedly cancelled due to conflicts with the 49ers, who are away that weekend playing in Seattle, plus emphasis on the Nov. 8 obstacle event at Levi's Stadium.
The half is being billed as the 49ers Half Marathon. Both events have red and gold football jersey-style shirts, and all finishers receive a football helmet-themed finishers' medal. Events start and finish near the new Levi's Stadium and feature a gridiron-themed finish zone. The 49es have an away game that Sunday—they're playing the Seahawks. For more information, visit Santa Clara Half Marathon

Dec. 21, 2014—Third annual Double Road Race (10K followed by a 5K or NEW 5K followed by a 3K), Pleasanton
This is part of a nationwide series. Runners do a 10K, rest a few minutes, then run a 5K. Recently added is the 8K challenge comprising a 5K followed by a 3K. 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. Awards don't even start until 12:30 p.m., according to the event's website. You also have to join the Ujena team if you want to collect any prize money. Ujena is the swimsuit company founded by Bob Anderson, former owner of Runner's World and Double Road Race founder. For more information, visit Double Road Race.

Dec. 27, 2014—Brazen Almost New Year's Eve Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Lake Chabot Marina, Castro Valley
Both the 10K and half-marathon have the infamous long hill. The 5K is relatively flat. Run this and the New Year's run and receive a super awesome mega-medal on top of the regular finisher's medal. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

2015

January   

Jan. 1, 2015—Bank of the Sierra's Resolution run 5K walk/run & kids' fun run, Visalia
These events benefit the Visalia Rescue Mission. For more information, visit www.valleyresolutionrun.com or register online at www.active.com.

Jan. 1, 2015—Brazen New Year's Day Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K walk, hike and runs, Lake Chabot Marina, Castro Valley
The half and 10K give runners a belated Christmas present in the form of a big hill. Upgrade from standard cotton t-shirt to a tech shirt for $6. Great post-race spread. Custom medal to all finishers. Run both this and the Almost New Year's event and also receive a mega-medal. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Jan. 1, 2015—New Years Polar 5K Run and Dunk, Eagal Lakes, Tracy
The additional dunk in the brrr cold water is optional. Bring a towel if you plan to take the plunge. The course is dirt and/or gravel, so plan accordingly. For more information, visit http://eagallakes.com.

Jan. 1, 2015—Fresno Resolution 4-mile run, 2-mile walk/run and kids' fun run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Prizes to top three overall finishers in both male and female categories, but no age-group awards. The course is 2-miles, so you run two laps for the 4-miler. For more information, visit Valley Race Productions or register online at Chronotrack.com.

Jan. 4, 2015—Fifth annual Andrew's Run/Walk 5K, Tuolumne River Park, Modesto
Events benefit George Mark Children's House, which provides hospice services for children. Download a registration form by clicking here.

Jan. 24, 2015—Coyote Hills Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K walk, hike and run, Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont
The name says it all—coyote hills, although they're supposed to be "runnable." Gorgeous views. Upgrade from a cotton t-shirt to a tech shirt for $6 more. Great post-race spread. Finishers medals for all. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Jan. 24, 2015—St. Joseph's Wellness Run 5K, Stockton
Register online at www.active.com.

Jan. 24, 2015—Ed Friel Memorial Run 2-mile walk/run & 10K run, Copperopolis
This course has hills. Check back for more information.

Jan. 24, 2015—Kastner 5K/10K Dream NFL Run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Proceeds benefit Kastner Intermediate Parent-Teacher Club. For more information, visit www.5kdreamrun.com or register online at RunSignUp.com.

Jan. 24, 2015—Tule Fog 5K and 10K, Cutler Park, Visalia
Maybe there actually will be fog this year. Register online at www.active.com. For more information, visit the Visalia Parks and Rec Department.

Jan. 31, 2015—Pirates of the Cure-i-bbean Booty Run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Register online at Chronotrack.

February   

Feb. 1, 2015—Run Super Sunday 5K & 10K runs, Sacramento
Kick off Super Bowl Sunday the healthful way, and you'll be back home with plenty of time to prepare for the BIG game. For more information, visit Run Super Sunday.

Feb. 1, 2015—Third annual Super Bowl Sprint 5K run and 2-mile walk, Visalia
Events will be finished long before the BIG game. Run and walk benefit The Creative Center Foundation, which helps support the non-profit Creative Center. More details, including downloadable registration form, to come.

Feb. 7, 2015—Library Run 5K and 1-mile walk/runs, Oakdale
After a few years hiatus, this event has been resurrected. It is being put on by the Oakdale Lions Club to benefit the Oakdale Library. Download the registration form by clicking here.

Feb. 7, 2015—30th Orient Express 1- and 4-mile walk/runs, Chinese Camp
Word has it that there are a few hills on the course. Events benefit Special Olympics. For more information, visit Sonora Sunrise Rotary.

Feb. 7, 2015—The Tiny Half-Marathon and 5K run, Galt
Register online at www.active.com.

Feb. 7, 2015—Jed Smith Ultra 50-mile, 50K and 30K ultraruns, Sacramento
This event, held along the American River bike trail near Watt Avenue, is hosted by the Buffalo Chips. This is a relatively flat and fast course. For more information, visit the Buffalo Chips.

Feb. 8, 2015—Davis Stampede Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, Davis
These are flat courses in and around Davis. Upgrade from cotton to a tech shirt for a few dollars more. Finishers medals for half-marathon. Few a few dollars more, 10K and 5K finishers can earn a finishers' medal too. For more information, visit Change of Pace.

Feb. 21, 2015—Rotary 10 Chocolate 2-mile walk/run, 5-mile run, 10-mile run and kids' fun run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Lots of chocolate edibles. Age-group awards three deep in 5-year spans. Register online at RunSignUp.com.

March   

March 7, 2015—Walk Run for Cancer 2-mile, 5-mile & tot trot, Valley Center
Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Download the registration form by clicking here.

March 7, 2015—Lucky Run 7K, 7-miles and Lucky 13 half-marathon, Davis
Big finishers' bling (medals) for all events. Registration opens Nov. 11. For more information, visit Change of Pace.

March 7, 2015—Sanger Blossom Trail 2-mile walk/run and 10K walk/un, Sanger
Flat fast course. For more information, visit Sanger Parks and Rec. Register online at RunSignUp.com. These events coincide with Sanger Chamber of Commerce's annual Blossom Days Festivals.

March 7, 2015—San Joaquin River Trail Half-Marathon and 10K, Auberry
There are hill on this course to the tune of 2,500 feet in elevation gain. Post-race food and beer (for adults). Event is limited to 200 runners. For more information, visit http://sanjoaquinrunning.com.

March 8, 2015—35th annual Brian Sturgeon St. Patrick's Day 2-mile walk/run, 5-mile run, 10K run and kids' fun run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Events benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Central California. For more information, visit http://store.ccucp.org or register online at Choronotrack.com.

March 8, 2015—Mud Factor 5K obstacle run, Hart Memorial Park, Bakersfield
This is part of a national series of obstacle mud runs. Waves will go off every 15 minutes. For more information, visit http://mudfactor.com.

March 14, 2015—California Classic Half-Marathon, 2-person Half-Marathon Relay and Rock & Run 5K, Fresno
The 5K is new this year. Half course goes through the Chaffee Zoo. The 5K does not go through the zoo, but all finishers get a celebratory beer as part of their registration. All races start and finish at the Chuckchansi Stadium. For more information, visit Fresno Half Marathon

March 14-15, 2015—Shamrock N Half-Marathon, 5K and kids' fun run, West Sacramento
The 5K and fun run will be March 14, the half March 15. Registration opened Nov. 3, and this event is sure to sell out. Visit Shamrock N Half to register online. The half already is 20% full.

March 15, 2015—California Classic Half-Marathon, Half-Marathon Relay and Rock and Run 5K, Fresno
The course goes through the Chaffee Zoo. All events feature a beer garden for adult finishers. For more information, visit Fresno Half Marathon or register online at Chronotrack.com.

March 15, 2015—Mud Factor 5K obstacle run, Hobbs Grove, Sanger
This is part of a national series of obstacle mud runs. Waves will go off every 15 minutes. For more information, visit http://mudfactor.com.

March 22, 2015—Oakland Running Festival, Oakland
There's a marathon, the Kaiser Permanente Half-Marathon and the Bank of the West 5K. 5K awards to top three male and female finishers and top male and female finisher in each 5-year age group. This event strictly enforces USATF headphone rules, and any winner eligible for prize money who is wearing headphones will be declared ineligible for the award. For more information, visit OaklandMarathon.com.

March 28, 2015—Livermore Half Marathon, Livermore
This is part of the Golden States Half Series, which also includes The Town's Half in Oakland in August and the U.S. Half Marathon in San Francisco in November. Registration includes gender-specific tech shirt and commemorative wine glass as well as finishers' medal. For more information, visit RunLivermore.com.

Modesto Marathon logo March 29, 2015—Modesto Marathon, Half-Marathon, Half-Marathon Relay and 5K Run/Walk, Modesto
The first 3,500 runners to register for the full or half marathons or half marathon relay (age 21 or older) will receive a  commemorative custom bottle of wine made exclusively for the Modesto Marathon. The swag doesn't stop there. Participants will also receive a tech shirt featuring the new logo, a pair of custom Modesto Marathon arm sleeves, a custom recovery jacket, finisher's medal and goody bag. Also new this year: All 5k participants will receive a tech shirt and a finisher's medal. Early bird registration is good through August. Special pricing: 5K $30; 5K (12 & under) $20; half marathon $65; marathon $85; half-marathon relay, $65 per runner for teams of 2; wheelchair half marathon, $65; wheelchair marathon, $85, assisted team half marathon, $65 per runner in teams of two; and assisted team marathon, $85 per runner in teams of two. There's also a Commit to Get Fit challenge where teams from schools, non-profits and corporate/companies compete against each other for the largest turn-out in the events. For more information, visit Modesto Marathon or register online at RaceMine.com.

April   

April 26, 2015—Big Sur International Marathon, 21-miler, 10.6 miler,  9 miler and 5K, Carmel
Forget about trying to get into these events unless you want to do the 9-miler or the 5K. All of the other events are SOLD OUT. For more information, visit www.bsim.org.

May   

May 9, 2015—Rina's Run Half-Marathon and 5K, Ripon
Events start and finish on the new all-weather track at Ripon High School. Register online at www.active.com.

May 9, 2015—CPOA Run to Remember 5K & 10K, Pleasanton
Check back later for more information.

May 17, 2015—Avenue of the Vines Half-Marathon and 5K, Lodi
Events start and finish at Woodbridge by Mondavi Winery. Flat courses through vineyards. Check back later for more information.

May 23, 2015—Modesto Memorial Classic 1-mile & 5K walk/runs and kids' free fun run, Tuolumne River Park, Modesto
Check back later for more information.

June   

June 7, 2015—Hook and Ladder 5K & 10K walk/runs & kids fun run, Wente Vineyards, Livermore
These events sell out every year. Check back later for more information.

July   

July 11, 2015—SHE 365 5K run, Mondavi Winery, Lodi
This is a women's only event. Check back later for more information.

July 12, 2015—Lodi 5000 (5K), Lodi
This event is held earlier in the morning before all of the bike races. Unique four-lap course covers the same course as the bike riders do. It's a fun race. Wine raffles for adults. Check back later for more information.

July 26, 2015—43rd annual Wharf to Wharf 6-miler, Santa Cruz-Capitola
Registration typically opens in April, so check back then. This race sells out quickly, so when it opens, don't delay. For more information, visit Wharf to Wharf.

August   

• Aug. 1, 2015—Modesto Midnight Run, Modesto
Don't know much more than this. Wonder if it's like the 2-mile and half-marathon Midnight Marathon held several years ago?



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