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May   

Ole 5K medalMay 5, 2016—Olé 5 Que, Woodward Park, Fresno
This is an evening race that goes on both pavement and trails through Woodward Park. It is NOT flat, but lots of fun. Afterward, enjoy mariachi music, street tacos, a churro, and either beer or a soft drink to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Cool dual-purpose finishers' medal for adults—it's a medal AND a beer opener. Finishers' sombrero para todos los niños. Y camisas para todos los corredores (And shirts for all runners). For more information, visit http://www.cincodemayorace.com.

May 7, 2016—Rina's Run Half-Marathon and 5K, Ripon
Proceeds help go toward new all-accessible bathrooms and safe bleachers for the $1.8 million all-weather track facility. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com or www.rinasrun.com.

May 7, 2016—A.C.T. Like a Superhero 1- and 2-mile walk/run, Donnelly Park, Turlock
This event is being hosted by Advancing Children of Turlock. Register online at www.active.com.

May 7, 2016—26th Annual Run for the Health of It 5K walk/run and 1-mile walk/roll, Lodi
Health fair hosted by Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation accompanies this event. For more information, visit www.lmhfoundation.org.

May 7, 2016—Fifth Annual Stroke Awareness 5K Walk/Roll/Run, Merced
Health fair hosted by Mercy Medical Center accompanies this event. But you don't need to be registered to attend the fair. For more information, visit www.supportmercymerced.org.

May 7, 2016—Choose Life 5K walk/run and 10K run,
Legion Park, Modesto
Events benefit the Modesto Pregnancy Center. For more more information, visit https://secure.ministrysync.com.

May 7, 2016—Finish Strong 5K, Huron Branch Library, Huron
Event proceeds go toward the Huron Community Enhancement Foundation for the first Jackie Navarro Scholarships awarded to Huron and Coalinga high school students. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

May 7, 2016—26th annual Run (or Walk) for the Health of It 5K and 1-mile walk/roll, Lodi
Event is hosted by the Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation. For more information or to register online, visit www.lmhfoundation.org.

May 8, 2016—Delta Harvest Run Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K walk/runs, Brentwood
This event has moved from the fall to the spring. Celebrate Mother's Day by walking or running one of these events. Beneficiaries include East Contra Costa County food banks/pantries, shelters and local high school scholarships. For more information, visit www.deltaharvestrun.com.

May 8, 2016—13th Annual Mother's Day 2-mile walk/run and 5-mile run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Family festival at the finish of the race. For more information, visit www.greaterkiwanis.com.

May 14, 2016—Wicked Wine Run 5K walk/run and 1k tasting walk, Engelmann Cellars, Fresno
For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

May 14, 2016—Fifth Annual Mercy's 5K Stroke Awareness Run, Merced
For more information, visit http://runsignup.com.

May 14, 2016—Foothills Farm 5K Walk/Run and kids' run run, Exeter
This event benefits Exeter FFA. For more information, visit www.active.com

May 14, 2016—Boswell Games 5K, Corcoran
Event coincides with the Boswell Games, a kind of Central Valley Olympic Games held every four years. Event starts and ends at the "beautiful campus of the Recreation Association of Corcoran," to quote the write-up. For more information, visit http://runsignup.com.

May 14, 2016—Fourth Annual Poverello House Run for Meals 5K run and 2-mile walk, Woodward Park, Fresno
For more information, visit http://poverellohouse.org.

May 14, 2016—Third Annual Luc's Run 10K, 2-miler, kids' fun run and virtual run, Tuolumne
For more information, visit Luc's Run.

May 14, 2016—Proteus Inc. 5K Scholarship Run and 2-mile walk, Visalia
Proceeds in part go to college scholarships for local students. For more information, visit www.active.com.

May 15, 2016—10th Annual Avenue of the Vines Half-Marathon and 5K, Woodbridge Winery, AcampoAvenue of the Vines
Watch for something special to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this event. Starts and finishes at the Woodbridge Winery. Wine tasting afterward for adults. After the run, hang out on the lawn for post-race goodies. Mimosas available for a small charge. Commemorative wine glass for all registered runners. No parking on Woodbridge Road, so plan accordingly and arrive early to park in the big parking lot right across from the winery. For more information, visit Fleet Feet Stockton or register online at https://register.chronotrack.com.

May 15, 2016—J.G. Boswell Games 5K, Corcoran
This race is held in conjunction with the Boswell Games, which are held every our years. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.

May 21, 2016—Wildcat Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K walk/runs, Tilden Park, El Sobrante
This is a Brazen Racing event. Great views of Golden Gate,
San Francisco, Mt. Tam and Alcatraz. But you know what that means—you have to climb to the top to see. 4 1/2 hour cutoff for half marathoners. For more information, visit http://brazenracing.com.

May 21, 2016—Dala Horse Trot 2-mile Walk/Run and 10K Run, Kingsburg
These events are held in conjunction with the Kingsburg Swedish Festival. For more information, visit https://runsignup.com.

May 21, 2016—Chocolate Festival 1-mile and 5K walk/runs, Oakdale
Come for the run, stay for the Chocolate Festival. Download an application by clicking here.

May 21, 2016—Visalia River Run 5K & 10K, Golden West High School, Visalia
For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

May 21, 2016—Mud on the Farm 5K Obstacle Race, Dell Osso Family Farms, Lathrop
This is a local obstacle run through, you guessed it, mud. For more information, visit mudonthefarm.homestead.com.

May 21, 2016—Seventh Annual Mountain Area Bloom Run 10K, 5K and 2-mile walk, Coursegold
These events benefit Rivergold Physical Education and Athletics programs. For more information, visit www.mountainareabloomrun.com.

May 22, 2016—Mud and Blood Zombie Run 5K Central California, Sanger
This is a local zombie run and spectators are free. You can register as a runner, a zombie or both. Beer and dance party after for adults. Soft drinks and wine also will be available. Event benefits St. Jude's Hospital in memory of Ian Reynolds. For more information, visit http://mudnbloodzombierun.com.

May 22, 2016—Superhero Heart Run, Woodward Park, Fresno
This is part of a national series of runs hosted by Heart Heroes. I wonder how much money actually stays in the community and how much goes to the national HQ in Omaha, Neb. It's hard to tell whether this is an untimed fun run or whether it is timed. I'd bet it was untimed. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

May 28, 2016—Modesto Memorial Classic 5K and 1-mile walk/runs and free kids' fun run, Tuolumne River Park, Modesto
These events are held on flat shady paved bike paths along the Tuolumne River. Age-group medals three deep in 10-year age spans in the mile. Age-group medals three deep in 5-year age groups in the 5K. The 5K also is certified and has prize money for top finishers. Registration includes a pancake breakfast. Download a registration form by clicking here or register online at www.active.com.

May 28, 2016—Clovis Memorial Run 5K and 2-mile walk/run, Clovis
For more information, visit www.active.com.

May 28, 2016—Nitro Trail Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K walk/runs, Point Pinole National Shoreline, San Pablo
This is a Brazen Racing event. Check back soon for more information.

May 29, 2016—Wounded Warrior 5K, Woodward Park, Manteca
This event is part of the Not Forgotten Memorial Day weekend celebrations in Manteca. For more information or to register online, visit www.itsyourrace.com.

May 29, 2016—Inaugural Scholarship Fun Run 5K, Woodward Park, Fresno
This event benefits the Bautista Foundation. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.

June   

June 4, 2016—Seventh Annual Grace Bishop 5K, 10K and 1-mile runs, CSU Stanislaus, Turlock
Proceeds in part go to scholarships for graduating foster-care youth. For more information, visit www.creative-alternatives.org or download a registration form by clicking here.

June 4, 2016—Mountain House Kite Run 5K & 10K, Mountain House
These are loop courses on part pavement, part crushed granite. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

June 5, 2016—KP Women's Fitness Festival 5K walk/run, Sacramento
The 5K lives. Event organizers had to discontinue the half-marathon because the railroad would not allow runners to cross its tracks near 20th. Race directors also had to reconfigure the 5K so it doesn't cross the tracks, so look for a new course. Finishers' medals to all participants. Health fair on the Capitol grounds. This is a women's only race, and there are separate heats based on your expected finishing times. If it's like years past, they have very cute Asics shirts, but they run small. So go up a size. Registration opens Feb. 15. For more information, visit http://www.womensfitnessfestival.com.

June 5, 2016—Hook N Ladder 5K and 10K walk/runs, Wente Vineyards, Livermore
These events benefit the Livermore and Pleasanton regional fire departments. Race registration is capped to ensure a good experience, so don't wait until the last minute to register. It has sold out the past few years. Nice courses with a bit of a roll through local parkways. Plan to carpool as parking is limited. Download a registration form by clicking here or register online at It's Your Race.

June 5, 2016—Vineyard Run and Jog-A-Dog 5K and 1-mile fun runs/walks, Lange Twins Winery, Lodi
These events benefit Animal Friends Connection Humane Society. All dogs must be on leashes, and no flex leashes allowed. Humans running alone will start 15 minutes ahead of humans running/walking with four-footed companions. Course is partly on pavement and partly on dirt around a lake, so no baby strollers please. Prizes to overall male and female runners as well as first dog teams. Finishers ribbons for all. Wine tasting (if you're over 21), chocolate and pizza truck post-race. Download an entry and fund-raising form by clicking here.

June 11, 2016—Miracle Miles of Quarters Run 1- and 4-mile runs and 2-mile walk/run, Madera
Events benefit Valley Children's Hospital. For more information or to register online, visit https://RunSignUp.com.

June 11, 2016—Shadow of the Giants 20K & 50K trail runs, Fish Camp (just outside Yosemite)
The 50k run takes you past 3,000-year-old giant sequoias in the famous Nelder Grove. The new 20K run course takes you on many of the same trails as the gorgeous 50K course. Elevation is 5,000 - 6,500 feet. Time limit for 50K: 8 hours. Pets are not allowed on the trail, so please leave your dog at home. For more information, visit UltraSignUp.com.

June 11, 2016—Mi-Wuk 5K & 10K trail walk/runs and summer games, MiWuk Village
Because the walking/running events are held on trails, baby strollers are highly discouraged. The events are put on by the Christian Berets. For more information, visit www.christianberets.org.

June 11, 2016—Wind Wolves Preserve 10K & 10-mile trail run, Bakersfield
This event sold out last year, so don't delay. Hand-made ceramic mugs for all finishers. Aid station, chip timing and lunch. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.

June 12, 2016—Lodi 5000 (5K), Downtown Lodi
This event is run like a bicycling criterium. So runners do the same four laps around downtown that cyclists will ride later. And just like a bike crit, this event also has primes (pronounced preems), or prizes for the winner of a specific lap. Prime laps are signaled when the bell rings. Come for the run, stay for the bike races that will follow. Check back later for more information.

June 25, 2016—Brain Health 5K walk/run, McLeod Lake Park, Stockton
This event is designed to raise stroke awareness. Register online at Eventbrite.com.

June 25, 2016—Heroes for Life 5K walk/run & 10K run, Chowchilla
These events benefit the Trinity Pregnancy Resource Center of Chowchilla. Chip timing, plus medals for all finishers. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.

June 26, 2016—Crazy Eights #1 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   

July 3, 2016—Hernia Hill 5K, 10K & Half-Marathon, Twisted Oak Winery, Vallecito
OK, I won't lie. There are some hills that will challenge you. But you get to run through the winery (picture running through the Disneyland Castle only cooler) and finish up with a post-race barbecue. For more information or to register online at www.itsyourrace.com

July 4, 2016—Run for Independence 2-mile walk/run and 5-mile run, Atwater
This is the traditional start to local Independence Day festivities. Flat course. Come for the run, stay for the parade. Fun, local event that's grown over the years because of its reputation. For more information, visit the Merced Running Club.

July 4, 2016—Annual Freedom Run 4-miler, Woodward Park, Fresno
This annual event put on by Sierra Challenge Express benefits local scholarships. Most patriotic group wins a box of safe and sane legal fireworks. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com,

July 10, 2016—Gary Long's SHE 365 5K walk/run, Woodbridge Winery, LodiSHE 365
This is an all-female walk/run. Post-race swag includes mimosas, chocolate (and we're not talking the cheap stuff, either, but good quality CHOCOLATE), cute shoe bags and more. Flat course starts and finishes at Woodbridge Winery. For more information or to register online, visit www.itsyourrace.com.

July 16, 2016—Escalon Park Fete 2-mile walk/run & 10K run, Escalon
Courses are on city streets and paved country roads. Races start at highway 120 and Irwin. Download a registration form by clicking here or register online at RunSignUp.com.

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.

August   

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, 20, 2016—Campus Life 5K, Woodward Park, Fresno
This event benefits Fresno/Madera Youth for Christ. For more information, visit RunSignUp.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—Color the Skies Balloon Festival 5K & 10K walk/runs, 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. Visit the Ripon Chamber of Commerce for more information.

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. 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. 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
Check back later for more information.

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
Check back later for more information.

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. 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.

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 dwill 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. 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.

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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