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January   

Jan. 31, 2015—Pirates of the Cure-i-bbean Booty 5K Run, Woodward Park, Fresno
For more information, visit www.pirate5kbootyrun.org. Or register online at Chronotrack. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Jan. 31, 2015—MaxFit Games New Years Resolution Run and Fit Challenge, Mooney Grove Park, Visalia
There's a 5K run, four-person 3K obstacle course challenge, individual super-X challenge and free kids' fun run. Events benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital. For more information or to register, visit www.maxfitgames.com.

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. Register before Dec. 31, and you can choose your favorite NFL team's colors for the race t-shirt. After the deadline, you receive a color chosen by the Sacramento Running Association. For more information, visit Run Super Sunday.

Feb. 1, 2015—Third annual Super Bowl Sprint 5K run and 2-mile walk, Mickey Grove Park, Visalia
This event is a go after all. For more information, visit The Creative Center Foundation or register online at www.SignMeUp.com.

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. Celebrate the event's 30th anniversary by wearing your best (or worst) 1980s fashions. Can we say leg-warmers and disco pants? Pre-registered runners receive a long-sleeve tech shirt. Events benefit Special Olympics. For more information, visit Sonora Sunrise Rotary.

Feb. 7, 2015—The Tiny Half-Marathon and 5K run, Galt
For more information, visit Facebook (you don't need to be a member of Facebook to view this page) or register online at www.active.com. Download a paper registration form by clicking here. This is the first of three races in the Valley 13.1 Half Marathon Series sponsored by Fleet Feet Stockton. The other two are Avenue of the Vines half and St. Joseph's Half.

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. 7, 2015—Color Fun Fest 5K, San Joaquin Fairgrounds, Stockton
This is one of a series of national events put on by a Richardson, Texas, company. There are day waves, beginning at 5 p.m., and night waves, beginning at 9 p.m. Runners go through stations and are dowsed with corn-starch-based colored powders. At night, the powder glows under black lights. The event website is soliciting for charities, and it doesn't say what percentage of race proceeds will go toward whatever charities are chosen. For more information, visit http://colorfunfest5k.com.

Feb. 8, 2015—Davis Stampede Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, Davis
Note: This is the Sunday after the Super Bowl, unlike previous years. These are flat courses in and around Davis. 5K and 10K are around the city and greenbelts, half-marathon goes out in the country. Upgrade from cotton to a tech shirt for a few dollars more. Finishers medals for half-marathon. For a few dollars more, 10K and 5K finishers can earn a participant's medal too. But you must pre-register to choose these options. For more information, visit Change of Pace.

Feb. 14, 2015—Bay Breeze Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, San Leandro Marina Park
This is one of the few flat races that Brazen Racing produces. But it's still a nice event as you go along the bay. Same post-race goodies, choice of tech or cotton t-shirt, finisher's medal and overall Brazen good time. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Feb. 14, 2015—Justicia Run 2-mile walk/run and 5K run, Clovis
This was formerly known as Race Judicata. Starts and finishes near San Joaquin College of Law, downtown Clovis. For more information, visit www.racemine.com.

Feb. 14, 2015—Inaugural Love Our Kids 5K walk/run, Porterville Sports Complex, Porterville
This event benefits the Strathmore Boys and Girls Club. This is a non-competitive but timed family-friendly event. The first 200 registrants 13 years and older are guaranteed a t-shirt and goody bag. Register online at www.active.com.

Feb. 14, 2015—CSUB PEAK Valentine's Runs 5K & 10K, Bakersfield
Races go around the CSU Bakersfield campus. Hand-made custom heart-shaped awards. For more information, visit www.valentinesrun.com.

Feb. 21, 2015—Ripon Almond Blossom 1-mile and 8K runs, Mavis Stouffer Park, Ripon
These are on flat city and county streets and roads. To receive the long-sleeve shirt, you must have your registration form or digital entry into the Ripon Chamber of Commerce by Feb. 4, not just postmarked but in their hands. So register early by visiting the Chamber or online at www.active.com. The Chamber appears to have its own online registration, too. Download a registration form by clicking here.

Feb. 21, 2015—Run or Walk to Reach the World 5K & 10K, CSU Stanislaus, Turlock
Courses run through Stan State campus. Events benefit Turlock Christian Schools. For more information, visit Run 2 Reach the World.

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.

Feb. 21, 2015—Double Road Race 15K (10K followed by a 5K) and double 5K (3K followed by a 2K), San Jose
Runners do the longer race, then take a short break, then complete the shorter distance. Although this double format has been going on for three years now, the events still tend to be disorganized and award ceremonies drag on and on and on. Plan to spend at least a half day. You can only win money if you become a member of the Ujena team, race founder Bob Anderson's online bathing suit company. For more information, visit Double Road Race.

Feb. 22, 2015—Auburn Endurance Capital 5K and 10K Series, Auburn
This is the first in a three-race series held on the streets of Auburn. There is a slight roll to the course. Age-group awards in each race as well as awards for overall series winners. For more information, visit Northlander Events.

Feb. 28, 2015—35th annual UCP 10K Brian Sturgeon Run,  2-mile walk/run, 5-mile walk and kids' fun run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Events benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Central California. For more information, visit http://ucp10k.com/ or register online at Choronotrack.com.

Feb. 28, 2015—Hellyer Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, San Jose
This course is described as "mildly rolling," which makes you wonder. Is it a Brazen Racing mild roll or a regular person's mild roll? Regardless, sounds like a nice event. Great post-race spread, choice of cotton or tech t-shirts, and finisher's medals to all. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Feb. 28, 2015—Foothill Leadership Academy & Dragoon Gulch 5K, Sonora
Register online at www.active.com. For more information, call 209-535-4585 or email Foothilldragoon5k@gmail.com.

March   

March 1, 2015—Graffiti Run 5K, Woodward Park, Fresno
This is one of those national theme runs. Runners go through graffiti zones, where they're dowsed with colored food-grade corn starch. Sounds similar to a color run. For more information, visit The Graffiti Run or register online at RunSignUp.com.

March 1, 2015—Heavenly Half Marathon, Auberry
Great views of the valley and pine trees. Downhill route, too. For more information, visit http://theheavenlyhalf.com. Last year the race sold out a month before the event, so don't delay. Event is capped at 1,250. Hot breakfast and hot chocolate after the race.

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
These races are full of choices. For a few dollars more, runners can upgrade from cotton to a tech shirt and can receive a finisher's medal. For those who want to go the budget route, they still get a cotton shirt and a great race, all for a great price. But you must pre-register to choose these options. For more information, visit Change of Pace.

March 7, 2015—Sanger Blossom Trail 2-mile walk/run and 10K walk/run, 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 7, 2015—Thin Mint 5K and 1-mile Shortbread Shuffle, Fresno and Bakersfield
These events help support the Girl Scouts. The events are held at two locations on the same day so choose the one that's closest to you. For more information, visit www.thinmint5k.com. First 1,000 to enter receive a box of you guessed it, those famous Thin Mint cookies.

March 7, 2015—Starlight 5K, Riverwalk Park, Bakersfield
This is one of those themed events that's very similar to a neon run. The after-dark event involves walking or running through black lights or glow lights. For more information, visit www.starlight5k.com.

March 7, 2015—Color Me Rad 5K, Bakersfield
This is one of those national themed events that involves wearing a white shirt and running through color stations, where runners are doused with colored corn starch-based powder. This is a non-competitive event. For more information, visit Color Me Rad.

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, 2015—Run and Play for Kendall Rae 5K run/walk, Woodward Park, Fresno
For more information, visit RunSignup.com.

March 14, 2015—St. Paddy's Shamrock Shuffle 5K run and 3K walk, Lions Park, Lemoore
For more information, visit UltraSignup.com.

March 14, 2015—Jamestown Run 2-mile & 10K, Jamestown
To register online, visit www.active.com or visit www.jamestown.k12.ca.us/run.

March 14, 2015—El Portal Panther 5K and 1-mile fun run, El Portal Middle School, Escalon
Events benefit the El Portal Middle School Parents Club, which uses the funds to assist the school in meeting the educational needs of the student body, according to the website. Register online at www.active.com.

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. As of Jan. 9, the half is 60% full.

March 15, 2015—Indian Gulch-Hornitos 2-, 5- and 10-mile runs, Hornitos
These runs have hills, but they're in the beautiful foothills outside of Snelling. Pancake breakfast afterwards. Walkers welcome in the 2- and 5-mile runs. Please, only runners in the 10 miler. Proceeds benefit the UC Merced Cross Country Team. For more information, including a downloadable entry form, visit the Merced Running Club.

March 15, 2015—Dublin Shamrock 5K run/walk, Dublin
Choose from a chip-timed or untimed option. For more information, visit www.active.com.

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 15, 2015—Badger Cover Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K walk, hikes and runs, Del Valle Regional Park, Livermore
Panoramic views, but you pay for it with challenging courses. After all, thee are Brazen Racing events. Choice of cotton or tech t-shirts, great post-race spread and finisher's medals for all. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

March 15, 2015—Rocky Hill Short- and Long-Course Triathlons, Exeter
The short course involves a 400-yard swim, 12.6-mile ride and 3.1-mile (5K) run. The long course is a 800-yard swim, 24.9-mile ride and 6.2-mile (10K) run. For more information, visit www.rockyhilltriathlon.com.

March 21, 2015—Pacheco Spring Triathlon, Los Banos
There's a short course and a long course. Event will be capped at 100 participants. For more information and to register, visit www.active.com.

March 21, 2015—Breaking the Silence Run for Children 5K, Madera/Fresno TBA (to be announced)
For more information, visit www.fresnobts.org.

March 21, 2015—Bunsen to Beaker 5K, Jackson
This event benefits Amador High cross country and Jackson Junior High science. For more information, visit Facebook (you don't have to be a Facebook member to view this) or register online at www.active.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—Race to the Kiddieland Train 2-mile walk/run and 5-mile run, Applegate Park, Merced
Check back later for more information.

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.

March 28, 2015—Brazen Goonies Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K walk, hike and runs, Lagoon Valley Park, Vacaville
All runners will get to experience some single track, while half-marathoners will get a hill. Great post-race spread, choice of cotton or tech t-shirt, and finisher's medals for all. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

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.

March 29, 2015—Fresno Urban Run 5K, Fresno
This is an obstacle course but with urban obstacles, such as running the Grizzlies' stadium stairs. For more information, visit Fresno Urban Run.

March 29, 2015—Auburn Endurance Capital 5K and 10K Series, Auburn
This is the second in a three-race series held on the streets of Auburn. There is a slight roll to the course. Age-group awards in each race as well as awards for overall series winners. For more information, visit Northlander Events.

March 29, 2015—Fourth annual Running of the Elk Half-Marathon, Half Relay and 5K, Elk Grove
Micro-fiber shirts for all pre-registered runners. Flat, fast course. For more information, visit www.runningoftheelkhalf.com.

April   

April 4, 2015—Run for the Reef 2-mile walk or 5K, River Park, Fresno
This is a non-competitive event. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

April 4, 2015—Visalia Triathlon, Visalia
This involves a 400-yard swim, 11-mile ride and 3-mile run. For more information, visit http://vi-tri.com.

April 4, 2015—Sutter Creek Bypass Run 5K & 10K, Sutter Creek
Sounds like there are some hills on the courses. For more information, visit www.active.com.

April 11, 2015—Run for the Children 5K walk/run, Fresno
The event is designed to raise awareness about child abuse. For more information or to register, visit RunSignUp.com.

April 11, 2015—Millerton Lake (Crows Nest) Triathlon, Millerton Lake
There is a sprint and an Olympic distance for individuals and teams. For more information, visit www.scmultisport.com or www.racemine.com.

April 11, 2015—“That They May Live” 5K Run & 2-Mile Fun Walk, Woodward Park, Fresno
Early bird pre-registration discount through March 14. Events benefit Right to Life Central California. Register online beginning Jan. 15 at www.RightToLifeCA.org. The 5K will be professionally chip timed by Soul2Sole and Go For It Events.

April 11, 2015—CAP Run Across the Spectrum 8K and 1-mile walk/run, Veva Blunt Elementary, Visalia
For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

April 12, 2015—Santa Cruz Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, Santa Cruz
Course goes along the ocean bluffs for great scenery. There are some parts that aren't paved, and races finish on the beach. For more information, http://firstwave-events.racemine.com.

April 12, 2015—Dionysus Dash 5K, Concannon Vineyards, Livermore
This is part of a series of pricey runs through vineyards. Awards for top three male and female finishers. Wine tasting afterwards. The event website said it benefits a community charity but doesn't state what that charity is. For more information, visit www.dionysusdash.com.

April 12, 2015—Dragoon Gulch 5K, Sonora
This event is partially on dirt trails and has some hills. No baby strollers or dogs. For more information, visit www.active.com.

April 18, 2015—Diablo Trails Challenge, 50K, half-marathon, 10K & 5K, Castle Rock Recreation Area, Walnut Creek
These events benefit Save Mount Diablo. You can be sure there are hills since this is a Brazen Racing event. Finisher's medals to all, choice of cotton or tech shirts. Great post-race spread. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

April 18, 2015—Paws for a Cause 2-mile walk/run and 5-mile run, Applegate Park, Merced
Check back later for more information.

April 18, 2015—Mokelumne River Trail Runs 50-miles, 50K and 13.1 miles, Valley Springs
For more information, visit Elemental Running.

April 25, 2015—Color Me Rad 5K, Fresno
This is one of those national theme events that involves wearing a white shirt and running through color stations, where runners are doused with colored corn starch-based powder. This is a non-competitive event. For more information, visit Color Me Rad.

April 18, 2015—Cat Trails 5K, UC Merced
Registration includes t-shirt. Prizes three deep in 10-year age groups. For more information, visit UC Merced.

Dusty Bottoms Trail RunnersApril 25, 2015—Second Annual Red Hills Ramble 10K, 15K and 30K trail runs, Red Hills
The courses combine wide fire trails with technical single-track trails. This is a great opportunity if you've always wanted to try a trail run. Definitely a low-key, fun event brought to you by Dusty Bottoms Trail Runners. Barbecue included in price of registration. Unique awards for overall winners. What will Red create this year? Come and find out. Red Hills is about 35 minutes east of Oakdale. Race benefits in part Center for Human Services. Car pool as parking is limited. To register online, visit RunSignUp.com. Google Red Hills Recreation Management Area for map and more info.

April 25, 2015—Sutter Creek Duck Dash 5K, Sutter Creek
This event benefits the Amador High Cross Country Team. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

April 25, 2015—Foothill Farm 5K run/walk, Exeter
For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

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.

April 26, 2015—Auburn Endurance Capital 5K and 10K Series, Auburn
This is the third in a three-race series held on the streets of Auburn. There is a slight roll to the course. Age-group awards in each race as well as awards for overall series winners. For more information, visit Northlander Events.

May   

May 2, 2015—Third annual 5K Stroke Awareness Run/Walk, Merced
There's also a family festival and health fair, which are open to the community. For more information, visit Support Mercy Merced.

May 3, 2015—Dionysus Dash 5K, Clos La Chance Winery, San Martin
This is part of a series of pricey runs through vineyards. Awards for top three male and female finishers. Wine tasting afterwards. The event website said it benefits a community charity but doesn't state what that charity is. For more information, visit www.dionysusdash.com.

May 3, 2015—Devil Mountain 10K, 5K and free kids' fun run, Danville
The 5K is billed as family friendly, the 10K flat and fast. Race shirts only for the first 1,000 to enter. No shirts for free kids' fun run. For more information, visit http://devilmtnrun.com/ or http://www.svetiming.com.
Ole 5 Que Run medal

May 5, 2015—Olé 5-Qué 5K and 5 Miles, Woodward Park, Fresno
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this evening event. Adult participants receive 2 tacos, 1 Mexican beer or aqua fresco, 1 churro, 1 shirt, and a unique finisher's medal (right). Kids receive 1 taco, 1 aqua fresco, 1 churro, 1 shirt, 1 finisher's sombrero. DJ and Mariachi band, too. Costumes encouraged. For more information, visit www.cincodemayorace.com.

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. proceeds will help bring ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible  bathrooms and bleachers to the Ripon stadium. Prize money to overall and masters male and female winners. NOTE: This race considers a masters runner 50-plus years old, unlike the sport standard 40 years old. Download a paper registration form by clicking here. Register online at www.active.com.

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

May 10, 2015—Tiger Fun Run 5K & 10K, Los Banos
For more information, visit www.active.com.

May 16, 2015—Chocolate Festival 1-mile and 5K walk/runs, Oakdale
Race registration includes free admission to the festival afterwards. These are both flat courses through Oakdale. Download a registration form by clicking here or register online at www.active.com.

May 16-17, 2015—Li'l Mud Runner, Eagal Lakes, Tracy
This is a little kids' version of the mud runs that adults like to do. Registration includes a customized bib, t-shirt and swag bag. Free parking for mom and dad, and no online registration processing fee. Just like the big mud runs, this 1-mile event will feature waves of runners, so there's not a crush and stampede at the start. Mud, mud and lots of mud as well as obstacles to crawl under, over or through. Event also includes an all-day carnival. For more information or to register, visit Li'l Mudder.

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. Post-race picnic on the grassy grokunds of the winery. Plan to arrive early because parking can be at a premium shortly before the race. For more information, visit Fleet Feet Stockton. This is the first of three races in the Valley 13.1 Half Marathon Series sponsored by Fleet Feet Stockton. The other two are the Tiny Half (held in late January) and St. Joseph's Half in early November.

May 23, 2015—Modesto Memorial Classic 1-mile & 5K walk/runs and kids' free fun run, Tuolumne River Park, Modesto
The 1-mile is an out-and-back course; the 5K, a flat, fast certified course. Both are on paved shady paths. Awards 3 deep in 10-year age spans in the 1-mile. Awards 3 deep in 5-year age groups in the 5K. Prize money for top three 5K male and female finishers as well as top master (over 40). Additional prize money for breaking the 5K course record. Pancake breakfast included with each paid registration. There's also a free kids' run. Medal to all finishers in the kids' run. (Kids' run does not include a t-shirt or breakfast. Additional breakfasts are available for $5 each). Register online at www.active.com or download a registration form by clicking here.

May 23, 2015—Clovis Memorial 2-mile & 5K walk/runs, Senior Activity Center, Clovis
For more information, visit www.clovismemorialrun.com.

May 23, 2015—Rugged Maniac 5K obstacle race, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
This event is part of a national series  The race includes 25 obstacles, including a 50-foot water slide. The start will go off in waves of runners beginning at 10 a.m. and running through 3 p.m. Registration, which seems a bit pricey for a 5K, includes a cotton t-shirt, finishers' medal, free photos and one free beer. It does not include $8 for parking. The price starts at $59 through Jan. 23 and runs up to $100 on race day. You can choose a chip-timing option, but it doesn't appear they give out age-group awards—just recognition for the top three overall male and female finishers. Last year, the NorCal event attracted about 140 participants. For more information, visit www.ruggedmaniac.com.

May 24, 2015—Wounded Warrior 5K run/walk, Manteca
Check back later for more information.

May 30, 2015—Mud on the Farm 5K obstacle course, Dell Osso Farm, Lathrop
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. 5K course is 50% dirt, 50% pavement. 10K is 90% dirt. Strollers NOT allowed in the 10K. Events benefit the non-profit Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Foundation, a 501(c)3 foundation. For more information, visit Fleet Feet Pleasanton.

June 7, 2015—Kaiser Permanente Women's Fitness Festival Half-Marathon and 5K, Sacramento
As the name implies, this is a women-only event. Registration opens Feb. 2. Finishes near the state Capitol. If it's like years past, the shirts run small, so go up one size. For more information, visit www.womensfitnessfestival.com.

June 7, 2015—Second annual Merco Credit Half-Marathon and 5K, UC Merced, Merced
The 5K is new this year. This is a half-marathon in June in the Central Valley, so be prepared for heat and hydrate accordingly. The half starts at 6:30 a.m., and the 5K follows at 6:40 a.m. to try to avoid some of that heat. For more information, visit Merced Athletic Corp. Register online at www.active.com.

June 7, 2015—Dionysus Dash 5K, Mettler Vineyards, Lodi
This is part of a series of pricey runs through vineyards. Awards for top three male and female finishers. Wine tasting afterwards. The event website said it benefits a community charity but doesn't state what that charity is. For more information, visit www.dionysusdash.com.

June 20, 2015—Tri for Fun #1, Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, Pleasanton
400-yard swim, 11-mile bike, 3.1-mile run. Check back later for more information.

June 21, 2015—Pleasanton Rotary Father's Day Spirit 10K run, 5K walk/run and kids' fun run, Pleasanton
For more information, visit Fleet Feet Pleasanton.

June 28, 2015—Crazy Eights #1 8K and 8-mile trail runs, Lake Camanche
Check back later for more information.

June 28, 2015—California Sprint Triathlon and California International Triathlon, Shadow Cliffs Recreation Area, Pleasanton
Click here for information on the sprint and here for the international triathlon. The sprint is a 1/2-mile swim, 11-mile bike and 3.1-mile run. The international is a 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run.

July   

July 4, 2015—Run for Independence 2- and 5-miles, Atwater
The 2-mile is for both walkers and runners. Please, only runners in the 5-miler. This is a flat course in and around Atwater. Check back later for more information.

July 4, 2015—Run San Ramon 5K & 10K runs, San Ramon
Check back later for more information.

July 5, 2015—Hernia Hill 5K, 10K & Half-Marathon, Twisted Oak Winery, Vallecito
Check back later for more information.

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 event covers the same criterium course as the bike riders do. It's a fun race and different than just about any other one out there. Wine raffles for adults. Check back later for more information.

July 25, 2015—Dirt, Sweat and Beers Mountain Bike Sprint Triathlon, Eagal Lakes, Tracy
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.

July 26, 2015—Crazy Eights #2 8K and 8-mile trail runs, Lake Camanche
Check back later for more information.

August   

Aug. 1, 2015—Modesto Twilight Run Half-Marathon & 5K, 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 in Modesto? Stay tuned.

Aug. 15, 2015—Crazy Eights #3 8K and 8-mile trail runs, Lake Camanche
Check back later for more information.

Aug. 16, 2015—Hell of a Half Marathon, Exeter
For more information, visit www.hellofahalf.com.

September   

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. 12, 2015—Kingsburg Viking 5K Run, Kingsburg
Events benefit the Kingsburg Track and Cross-Country Boosters. For more information, visit www.viking-run.com.

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 http://thewascally.com.

October   

Oct. 4, 2015—Peace Officer Memorial Run Half-Marathon and 5K, Modesto
For more information, visit http://peaceofficermemorialrun.com. Register online at www.active.com. 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.



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