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May   

May 30, 2015—Mud on the Farm 5K obstacle course, Dell'Osso Farm, Lathrop
This is one of the few local mud runs. Dell'Osso Farms is a family run operation just off of I-5 in Lathrop. This event is sure to have lots of obstacles, mud and fun. Register online at www.mudonthefarm.com.

May 30, 2015—Bass Lake Run for the Kids 5K, Bass Lake
For more information, visit www.basslaketri.com.

May 30, 2015—Randy's Run and Ride, Patterson
The run is a half marathon, 13.1 miles. The ride is 50 miles. For more information, visit Randy's Run and Ride. Events benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

May 30, 2015—Second annual Run for Luc 2-mile and 6-mile, Tuolumne
All proceeds will go to the Major Lucas Gruenther Legacy Foundation. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

May 30, 2015—Nitro Trail Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K walk/runs, Point Pinole, San Pablo
Course is described as having "rolling" hills. Then again, it is a Brazen Racing event. Great post-race spread. Upgrade to a technical shirt for a few dollars more. Finishers' medals to all runners. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

May 31, 2015—Mud 'N Blood Zombie Run 5K, Hobb's Grove, Sanger
Runners are given three flags. Run through the zombies and finish with at least one flag and you have survived. You also can run as a zombie, going after runners' flags. Event benefits St. Jude's Children's Cancer Research Hospital. For more information, visit http://mudnbloodzombierun.com.

June   

June 6, 2015—MH Kite Run 5K & 10K and kids' fun run, Mountain House
For more information, visit www.mhkiterun.com or register online at www.active.com.

June 6, 2015—Wicked Wine Run 5K and 1K tasting/walk, Engelmann Cellars, Fresno
This is part of a national series that pairs walking/running with wine-tasting. It also includes a costume contest. It's also an evening event. You can also sign up for both. Minimum age for the 5K is 16, minimum for the 1K wine tasting is 21 years old. For more information, visit www.wickedwinerun.com.

June 6, 2015—Run and Play for Kendall Rae 5K and kids' fun run, Woodward Park, Fresno
For more information or to sign up online, visit https://runsignup.com.

June 6, 2015—Shadow of the Giants 50K Trail Run, Fish Camp
Event is held in the Sierra National Forest and features more than 3,750 feet total elevation gain over 31 miles. For more information, visit Big Baz Trail Races.

June 6, 2015—Sixth Annual Grace Bishop 1-mile, 5K & 10K walk/runs, CSU Stanislaus, Turlock
For more information, visit Creative Alternatives or download a registration form by clicking here.

June 6, 2015—Trail Quake Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K walk/runs, Saratoga
Half and 10K participants ascend peaks for great views. This is one of those great Brazen Racing events, so expect a super post-race spread. Upgrade to a tech shirt for a few dollars more. Finishers' medals to all runners. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

June 6, 2015—Porterville Dust Bowl 5K and 1.5-mile Mud Runs, Porterville Sports Complex, Porterville
These events feature obstacles, mud and even some "pops of color." They benefit the Family Crisis Center. Register online at www.SignMeUp.com.

June 7, 2015—POSTPONED UNTIL 2016—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. For more information, visit Lodi Cyclefest & 5K or download an application at Fleet Feet Stockton.

June 7, 2015—Hook and Ladder 5K & 10K walk/runs & kids' fun run, Wente Vineyards, Livermore
These events sell out every year. As of May 8, it was more than 75% full, so don't delay. 5K course is 50% dirt, 50% pavement and mostly flat. 10K is 90% dirt and has one hill. 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. Download a registration form from On Your Mark Events or register online at www.active.com.

June 7, 2015—Kaiser Permanente Women's Fitness Festival 5K,  Sacramento
As the name implies, this is a women-only event. Registration opened Feb. 2. Only the 5K is still planned. THE HALF-MARATHON HAS BEEN CANCELLED. It was a relatively new addition to the event. Because of conflicts over Midtown railroad tracks, race organizers couldn't map out a safe course for the 13.1-mile race. If it's like years past, the Asics shirts run small, so consider going up one size. They won't allow shirt exchanges until AFTER the event. 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 13, 2015—She Rocks the Trails 10K and 25K trail runs, Auburn Overlook
These are women-only events. No drop bags or pacers will be allowed for either race. The courses follow portions of the Western States 100 trail. For more information, visit She Rocks the Trails.

June 13, 2015—Madtown 5K Scholarship Challenge and 2-mile walk, Madera
Proceeds go toward scholarships for young women pursuing degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

June 20, 2015—Tri for Fun #1, Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, Pleasanton
400-yard swim, 11-mile bike, 3.1-mile run. Download a registration form at OnYourMarkEvents.com.

June 20, 2015—SOLD OUT—Double Dipsea Forty-Six, Stinson Beach
There are no wait lists, no referrals, no race-day registration. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

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 or register online at www.active.com.

June 21, 2015—Father's Day Run 2-mile walk/run and 6-mile run, Fresno, Woodward Park
This event has been going on since 1965. Start a new tradition or continue one by walking or running one of these races. For more information, visit Father's Day Run Fresno.

June 21, 2015—Run the Rim 10K, Arnold
This is a trail run on the Arnold Rim Trail, which is mostly single track. For more information, visit Mother Lode Sports.

June 27, 2015—Lathrop Levee Run 5K, Lathrop
For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

June 28, 2015—Crazy Eights #1 8K and 8-mile trail runs, Lake Camanche
Download a registration form from On Your Mark Events or register online at It's Your Race. 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.

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. This is what a local running event is all about. A portion of the proceeds go toward the Atwater Fourth fireworks display. Download an entry form by clicking here or register online at www.active.com.

July 4, 2015—Run San Ramon 5K & 10K runs, San Ramon
These are fun events. Post-race treats include ice cream, such as Drumsticks, popsicles and ice cream on a stick. Register online at www.active.com. For more information, visit San Ramon Parks.

July 4, 2015—Exeter Fourth of July 10K Run and 2-mile Prediction Run, Exeter
Register online at www.active.com.

July 4, 2015—Freedom Run 2-mile walk/run and 4-mile run, Fresno
For more information, visit or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.

July 5, 2015—Hernia Hill 5K, 10K & Half-Marathon and new 4-person relay, Twisted Oak Winery, Vallecito
There are some hills on these courses. But you also get to run through the wine cellars for a little bit of a cool experience. Barbecue afterwards. Download an application at OnYourMarkEvents.com.

July 11, 2015—SHE 365 5K run, Mondavi Winery, Lodi
This is a women-only event. (Tip: If you're a guy, you might want to consider the odds and volunteer to help with the run.) Talk about swag for participants! Finisher's shirt, champagne flute, mimosas, fresh fruit and chocolate, and custom headband. Hmmm. This sounds like it could be fun! Hope the shirts are as cute as the ones from the KP Women's Running Festival in Sacramento in June (hint, hint, Tony). For more information, visit Fleet Feet Stockton, download an application at On Your Mark Events or register online at www.active.com.

July 11, 2015—Escalon Park Fete 2-mile and 10K walk/runs, Escalon
These are flat courses. The 2-mile is an out-and-back, the 10K goes out in the country and then back. Both start and finish at El Portal Middle School. A portion of the proceeds go toward Escalon High School's cross-country program. Watch for the thundering purple herd from Escalon High out on the course volunteering as course monitors. Last year, the high school's cheerleaders turned out to run the 2-miler. Now that's school spirit! Download the registration form at www.ShadowChase.org or register online at www.active.com.

July 11, 2015—Fourth Annual Mi-Wuk 5K trail run, 1-mile fun run/walk and 1/2-mile special needs race, Mi-Wuk Village
Events benefit special needs chldren and adults. BBQ for all registered runners. Only $6 for family and friends not registered. For more information or to register online, visit Christan Berets.

July 11, 2015—Dirty Dozen and Half Dozen endurance runs, and 10K and 5K walk/runs, Point Pinole, San Pablo
The dozen and half dozen come into play for the races that span 12 and 6 hours, respectively. All races are held on a 3.37 loop that's nearly all dirt. This is a Brazen Racing event, so expect a great post-race spread. For more information, visit Brazing Racing.

July 11, 2015—Moo-nlight Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, Davis
This is an evening event. Glow-in-the-dark swag are part of the event. For more information, visit Change of Pace.

July 18, 2015—Tri for Fun #2, Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, Pleasanton
400-yard swim, 11-mile bike, 3.1-mile run. Download a registration form at OnYourMarkEvents.com.

July 25, 2015—Dirt, Sweat and Beers Mountain Bike Sprint Triathlon, Eagal Lakes, Tracy
Event includes a 400-meter swim in a private lake, 11-mile mountain bike trail ride and 3.1-mile trail run. For more information, visit Eagal Lakes..

July 25, 2015—Bad Bass Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K walk/runs, Lake Chabot, Castro Valley
Lake Chabot is known for at least one really big hill in the half and 10K. But this is a Brazen Racing event, so expect no less than a super post-race spread. Upgrade to a tech shirt for a few dollars more. Finishers' medals for all runners. For more information, visit Brazing Racing.

July 25, 2015—Foam Water Rush 5K, Bakersfield
This is one of those themed runs with lots of inflatable obstacles and water obstacles. This is a non-competitive, untimed event with no awards. For more information, visit www.fluxfunrun.com.

July 26, 2015—SOLD OUT—43rd annual Wharf to Wharf 6-miler, Santa Cruz-Capitola
Registration for the race opened at noon April 1 and SOLD OUT in a record 2 hours. Race was capped at 16,000 runners. There is no waiting list and no charity registrations. For more information, visit Wharf to Wharf.

July 26, 2015—Crazy Eights #2 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.

July 26, 2015—Blood, Sweat and Beers 5.9- and 10.5-mile trail runs, Auburn
No headphone policy will be strictly enforced. No dogs allowed either. Although there will be aid stations on the course, they will not be stocked with gels so bring your own if you want some. BBQ and Hoppy Beer afterward to adult finishers. These races will sell out. Plan to carpool as parking is limited. For more information, visit Blood, Sweat & Beers.

August   

Aug. 1, 2015—Modesto Twilight Run Half-Marathon & 5K, Modesto
Intriguing. Wonder if it's like the 2-mile and half-marathon Midnight Marathon held several years ago in Modesto? Maybe with an earlier start time, kind of like the Davis Moo-nlight Half-Marathon? Stay tuned.

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 www.active.com.

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 https://RunSignUp.com.

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 OnYourMarkEvents.com.

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 www.hellofahalf.com.

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. 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 http://MGMFitness-Hanford.com.

September   

Sept. 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 www.active.com. .

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 www.active.com

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 www.active.com

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. Runner waves will be assigned on race day. Even if you don't run, come out for a great show and tons of laughs. It's the can't miss event of the season. Special keepsake awards for overall male and female winners. Registration information coming shortly.

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. 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 www.SanJoaquinRunning.com.

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 www.active.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.

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—Micke Grove Zoo Zoom 5K walk/run, Lodi
Check back later for more information.

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 OnYourMarkEvents.com.

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

Sept. 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 www.active.com.

October   

Peace Officer RunOct. 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.

Oct. 17, 2015—Tarantula Run Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K runs, Brentwood
These runs promise lots of hills and dirt. But reviews also say it's a well-run fun event. Maybe you'll even see one of the race namesakes as male tarantulas roam during the fall looking for love. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.Event is organized and timed by Brazen Racing, so you know it's going to be fun.

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.

November   

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
These events will sell out, so don't hesitate. The Big Sur Half is now part of the California Half and Full Marathon Series. For more information, visit www.bsim.org.

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 www.SanJoaquinRunning.com.

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. For more information, visit Change of Pace.

December   

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 http://RunCIM.org.



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