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August   

Aug. 30, 2014—Color the Skies Balloon Run 5K & 10K and kids' fun run, Mistlin Sports Park, Ripon
Hot air balloons are supposedly scheduled to return this year, and they will join with the kite festival started last year. The balloons were absent in 2013. Cash prizes to overall male and female 5K & 10K winners. (If you're a high school or college runner, accepting cash or other prizes of value (like gift certificates or iPods) may violate CIF or NCAA rules.) For more information, visit Color the Skies, download the registration form by clicking here or register online at www.active.com. Packet pick-up noon-6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 28, at Mistlin Park. Otherwise, beginning 6 a.m. race day.

Aug. 30, 2014—Courage Run 5K and 10K, Tracy
The event benefits Courage Worldwide, a 501 (c)3 non-profit that seeks to rescue and restore children who are the victim of sex trafficking. For more information, visit www.couragerun.org. Race organizers also are seeking volunteers. Contact them at run@courageworldwide.org

Aug. 30, 2014—The Color Dash 5K fun run, Pacheco High School, Los Banos
This is part of a national series. Wear a white shirt and you're doused with corn starch-based dyes as you run through "color stations." In the end, you look like a Grateful Dead tie-dyed shirt. For more information, visit The Color Dash 5K.

Aug. 31, 2014—Amigo del Oro 5-mile walk/run and 10-mile run, Mariposa County Fairgrounds, Mariposa
The 5-mile course is an out-and-back. The 10-miler is a loop and has hills. For more information, visit the Merced Running Club.

September   

Sept. 6, 2014—Trail Hog 5K, 10K & Half-marathon, Mt. Hamilton, San Jose
Walk, hike or run one of these events. Warning: There are hills. After all, this is a Brazen event, and hills are the norm. All finishers receive a medal and can indulge in the great post-race spread. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Sept. 7, 2014—40th annual Buffalo Stampede 10-mile run/walk, Rio Americano High School, Sacramento
For more information, visit Buffalo Chips running club or sign up online at RunSignUp.

Sept. 7, 2014—The Giant Race 5K, 10K & half-marathon, San Francisco
These events start outside of ATT Park, and finishers end inside the park. Courses are basically out-and-backs. Let's hope race organizers have improved bib pick-up (which took more than 55 minutes last year) and congestion on the 5K course as runners coming back had to zigzag around hoards of slower runners and walkers heading out. All participants receive a Buster Posey bobble-head and all finishers receive a Lou Seal medal. Last year, it was a replica of the World Series ring, which was really cool. Last year's tech t-shirts also were nice and resembled Giants uniforms.  Be forewarned: Half and 10K start at 7 a.m., the 5K not until 10:50 a.m. (yes, you read that right, 10:50 a.m.). For more information, visit The Giant Race.

Sept. 7, 2014—Peace-Love-Run 5K, 10K & half-marathon, PointPeace Love medal Pinole Regional Park, Richmond
Groovy VW Microbus medals. Costume contest, too, so get out your elephant bells and tie-dyed shirts. This is a timed event but it doesn't have age-group awards. For more information, visit www.peace-love-run.com.

Sept. 11, 2014—Gold Rush Mother Lode Multi-Day Expedition Adventure Race, Northern Sierra Nevada
For more information, visit Gold Rush Adventure Races.

Dusty Bottoms Trail Runners Sept. 13, 2014—Second annual Dusty Bottoms Trail Runners Beer Mile, Thomas Park, Modesto
This event is for adults 21 and older and is being touted as being even more epic than the inaugural event.  After each quarter mile, runners guzzle a beer for a total of four cans by the finish. Prizes to top runners will be awarded. This is a fun and, surprisingly, highly competitive event. At least two of the area's top runners have been training in preparation of this event. In fact, one is gunning for last year's overall winner. If you plan to participate, it might be wise to bring a designated driver. Even if you don't want to run, come on out and share in the fun. For more information, click here. Register online at RunSignUp.

Sept. 13, 2014—21st annual Trix Run 5K, Lodi Lake
For more information, visit http://trixfunrun.generalmills.com. Download a registration form by clicking here or register online at www.active.com.

Sept. 13, 2014—Kingsburg Viking 5K Walk/Run and kids' obstacle course, Kingsburg
Events benefit Kingsburg High School Cross-Country Program. For more information, visit www.viking-run.com or to sign up online at  www.SignMeUp.com.

Sept. 13, 2014—Show Me PAH! 5K, Woodward Park, Fresno
For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

Sept. 13, 2014—West Valley Ride for Education Century, Metric Century and 30 miles, Patterson
Event benefits P.R.I.D.E.—Patterson Recognizing Individuals Determined to Excel—scholarships. For more information, visit PRIDE or register online at www.active.com.

Sept. 13, 2014—Denair Fair Fun Run 5K, Denair
Event benefits Children's Hospital of Central California. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

Sept. 13, 2014—Second annual Neon City Run 5K, Porterville Fairgrounds, Porterville
This is a night event with DJ's throughout the course, optional paint station and DJ-hosted party at the finish. This is a fun run, so it isn't timed. But it is about "glowing." Family friendly event, too. This benefits the Children's Hospital of Central California. More information to come at neoncityrun.com.

Sept. 13, 2014—Raiders Back to Football Run 5K, O.com stadium, Oakland
For all of you in the Raider Nation. Runners start on the field and are cheered onto the finish by members of the Black Hole. Participants also receive tickets to the Sunday's home opener, Raiders-Houston game; finishers' medal; and a black shirt (of course) courtesy of Raiders Image. For more information, visit Corrigan Sports Enterprises or register online at Racemine.

Sept. 13, 2014—Pincushion Hill Climb, 1 miler, Friant
So what's the big deal with a mile? Well, it's straight up. This will be a chip-timed hill climb starting at the San Joaquin River Trailhead in the South Finegold picnic area (Millerton Lake State Recreation Area; end of Sky Harbor Rd) and finishing at the top of Pincushion Mountain. There are also cash prizes for top 3 men and women finishers. So put on your big boy pants and sign up for this challenging event. For more information, visit San Joaquin Running or sign up online at UltraSignUp.com.

Sept. 14, 2014—Loop the Lake 5K and 10K walk/runs & kids' 1-mile fun run, Oak Grove Regional Park, Stockton
Events benefit Tokay High School cross-country team. 10K is two loops of the 5K course. This is the "home" course for Tokay High, so it means it's not paved—event description calls it a "wilderness trail." Parking fee will be refunded if you show your parking stub. Pancake breakfast afterward included with registration. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

Sept. 14, 2014—See Dub Run 5K, Dublin
Not sure this race is actually coming. The website says "coming soon," and it's already early August. See for yourself. www.dublin-integrity-in-action.org.

Sept. 20, 2014—Cancer Awareness 5K & 10K walk/runs and 12-, 30-Cancer Run and Ride logo and 62-mile bicycle rides, MJC West, Modesto
You can either run or ride or sign up to do both. All riders must wear approved helmets. There's also a health fair that's part of the event as well as a kids' fun run. This is a great family event. For more information, visit Sutter Health Memorial Medical Center. Register online at www.active.com or request a mail-in registration form by calling 209-569-7789.

Sept. 20, 2014—Dragon Fly 5K, 10K & Half-Marathon, Contra Loma Regional Park, Antioch
These trail runs have hills and are a tad over their stated distance. So if your Garmin shows you ran 13.4 miles rather than 13.1 miles, it's correct. But don't fret. Everybody is walking or running the same distances. Besides, Mother Nature doesn't lay out everything on the metric scale. Finishers' medals for all, and a great post-race spread. for more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Sept. 20, 2014—Double Road Race (10K followed by a 5K), San Juan Bautista
This is part of a nationwide series. Runners do a 10K, rest a few minutes, then run a 5K. You also can run just the 5K. Although this series has been around for a year and a half, 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.

Sept. 20, 2014—Hughson Harvest Festival 5K, Hughson
Event benefits Hughson High School Track Team. For more information, visit Hughson Chamber of Commerce or register online at www.active.com.

Sept. 20, 2014—Bakersfield Police Department Howl at the Moon 5K & 10K, Bakersfield
Shirts guaranteed to first 300 registrants. This will be an evening event. The event benefits the K-9 unit. For more information, including a downloadable race firm, visit the BPD.

Sept. 20, 2014—5K for Care - Celebrating Life Together 5K walk/run and 1-mile fun run, Visalia
Events benefit Care Pregnancy Resource Center (CPRC) of Tulare County. For more information, visit www.active.com.

Sept. 20, 2014—Wascally Wabbit Half-Mawathon and 2-mile walk, Fresno
Proceeds benefit Kids Kasa Foster Care's Educational Fund. For more information, visit http://thewascally.com.

Sept. 20, 2014—5K for a Cure, 5K and 1-mile fun run, Visalia
For more information and to register online, visit www.active.com.

Sept. 21, 2014—Third annual Delta Harvest Run Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Brentwood
Events start and finish on the track at Liberty High School, Brentwood. Courses are USATF certified. For more information, visit deltaharvestrun.com or register online at RunSignUp.

Sept. 21, 2014—Rock the '80s 5K & 8-miler, Elk Grove
Pac Man-like finishers' medals for all. Flat paved course. So dig out your leg warmers and your Farrah Fawcett hairstyles for this epic event. Although it does have a 1980s theme, it's a real road race and not one of those themed "fun runs." There is a costume contest and post-race music. For more information, visit Change of Pace.

Sept. 21, 2014—Sierra Nevada Endurance Runs 12K and Trail Marathon, Granite Bay
For more information, visit Sierra Nevada Endurance Runs.

Sept. 27, 2014—Mavericks Pony Express 5K walk/run, Tulare
For more information, visit Happy Trails Academy or register online at www.active.com.

Sept. 27, 2014—Ninth annual Covered Bridge Bike Classic Century (100 miles), 40-miles, 20-miles and 5-mile family ride, Oakdale
These events benefit Healing Nation. For more information, visit Healing Nations Modesto or register online at www.active.com.

Sept. 27, 2014—27th annual Smokey Bear 10K run, 2-mile run/walk and kids' fun run, Bass Lake
Walkers welcome in the 2-miler. Please only runners in the 10K. For more information, visit Smokey Bear Run.

Sept. 27, 2014—Run2Rescue 5K & 1-mile walk/runs, and kids' fun run, Delano
For more information and to register online, visit www.active.com.

Sept. 28, 2014—Third annual Peace Officer Memorial Half-Marathon,Peace Officer Memorial Run 5K & free kids' fun run, downtown Modesto
There's also a race expo and safety fair. Both races start and finish in front of the Gallo Center. The half-marathon  is run on city streets as well as through La Loma Park. 5K goes through the residential neighborhoods around Graceda Park. Moving ceremony before the start of the half-marathon honors the 15 Stanislaus County peace officers who have given their lives throughout the years. Form a team of 10 or more, and members receive a free hat. If you're not a runner or don't feel like running, the race always can use more volunteers. For more information, visit http://peaceofficermemorialrun.com/ or register online at SVE Timing.

Sept. 28, 2014—Angels Camp Gold 5K & 10K walk/runs & 1-mile kids' fun run, Angels Camp
Proceeds benefit Mark Twain Elementary School. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

October   

Oct. 4, 2014—Harvest Run 5K & 1-mile walk/run, Visalia
This event benefits Visalia's Youth Scholarships. It is hosted by the Visalia Runners. For more information, visit Visalia Runners.

Oct. 4, 2014—Judgment Day Half-Marathon, Bakersfield
Course runs from Lake Ming to downtown Bakersfield. Warm breakfast and chocolate milk afterward. For more information, visit www.judgmentdayhalf.com.

Oct. 4, 2014—Inaugural Fly Like an Eagle 5K run/walk & kids' fun run, Modesto
Participants are invited to stay afterward for the Scout Strong Health Fair. Events benefit the Greater Yosemite Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Download the application by clicking here.

Oct. 4, 2014—Rocky Ridge 5K, 10K & half-marathon walk/hike/runs, Las Trampas Wilderness, San Ramon
This is billed as the toughest Brazen Racing, so you know there will be mega-hills along the way. It's also the Brazen Racing half-marathon championships. There should be great post-race goodies, finishers' medals for all and a choice of cotton or tech shirts. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Oct. 4, 2014—Octoberfest Duathlon and 5K trail run, Shaver Lake
Duathlon is 3.1-mile run, 15-mile bike, 3.1-mile run. For more information, visit Sierra Cascades Multi Sports.

Oct. 4, 2014—Wiggle Waggle Walk and Furry 5K Run, Fresno
Event benefits the no-kill Valley Animal Center. For more information, visit valleyanimal.org.

Oct. 4, 2014—Octoberfest Multisport Event Duathlon and 5K Trail Run, Friant
Duathlon is 3.1-mile run, 15-mile bike ride, followed by a 3.1-mile run. Runs have hills and "tough terrain," according to the event website. For more information, visit http://www.scmultisport.com.

Oct. 5, 2014—Urban Cow Half-Marathon and 5K, Land Park, Sacramento
This is a relatively flat course that goes through the Land Park neighborhoods and up on the Sacramento River levee. Parking on the streets surrounding Land Park is limited, so get there early. You can also park a few blocks away at Sac City College. Plan accordingly. For more information, visit Urban Cow Half.

Oct. 11, 2014—Riverbank Cheese & Wine 5K walk/run and Cheese & Wine Run logo10K run, Riverbank
Come for the run, stay for the Cheese & Wine Festival down the road. Thanks to Galaxy Theaters for opening early so runners can enjoy permanent bathrooms. Courses go through quiet residential areas and have a bit of a roll. The 10K has a bonus hill. If this is like years past, custom sweatshirts to all who pre-register. The sweatshirts alone are a big draw! Events benefit Riverbank High School running programs. Download a registration form by clicking here. Register online at www.active.com.

Oct. 11, 2014—Oktobrewfest 5K & 10K runs, Davis
This is an evening event, with post-race beers for adults and root beer for minors. Come for the run, stay for the party. Cool beer opener finishers' medals to all finishers. Costumes encouraged and will be judged. Winners will receive awards. Running awards three deep in 5-year age groups. For more information, visit A Change of Pace.

Oct. 11, 2014—Stanislaus Bike Club Fruit Yard Century, Metric Century and 30-miler, Modesto
For more information, visit the Stanislaus County Bicycle Club or register online at www.active.com.

Oct. 11, 2014—Discodonut 5K, Sacramento
This is a new take on these themed fun runs and is one of these national races. Dress up in your best and clashiest '70s costumes, run and then enjoy the doughnuts. There's also a doughnut hole eating contest at mile 2 (participation is optional). Eat a dozen and win a "fab" prize, as the website says. In addition to the obligatory race t-shirt, entrants also receive aviator shades. For more information, visit DiscoDonut.

Oct. 11, 2014—Rabobank Fiesta 2- and 5-mile run/walks, Reedley
Races start at 7 a.m. at 11th and G streets in downtown Reedley. For more information, call 559-637-4203. To register online, visit Chronotrack.com

Oct. 11, 2014—Third annual Run for Hope 10K run and 2-mile walk/run, Cutler Park, Visalia
Register in person at Soul 2 Sole Sports in Visalia or Fresno or online at RunSignUp.com. For more information, contact hope@vrmhope.org or call 559-740-4178.

Oct. 11, 2014—Zoo Zoom 5K run/walk, Chaffee Zoo, Fresno
For more information, visit www.zoozoomrace.com.

Oct. 11, 2014—Twain Harte Sugar Pine 1-mile walk/run & 10K run, Twain Harte
Races go along the Sugar Pine Rail Road trail bed. Race is actually 10 miles past Twain Harte. Enjoy the fall foliage and the Sierras. For more information, visit Twain Harte Rotary or register online at All Sport Central.

Oct. 12, 2014—Central Valley Triathlon, Woodrow Reservoir, Oakdale
This is a sprint distance. Check back later for more information.

Oct. 18, 2014—Dead Dash and Beyond 5K Zombie Obstacle Fun Run, Eagal Lakes, Tracy
Entrants wear life flags similar to flag football. Try to make your way through all of the zombies with at least one life flag. For more information, visit Eagal Lakes.

Oct. 18, 2014—Folsom Blues Break-out Half-Marathon and Half-Marathon Relay, Folsom
This event used to be known as the Four Bridges Half. Johnny Cash, the man in black, will be there in spirit. NOTE: This is a Saturday event, unlike the former Sunday time. Course goes around Lake Natoma. For more information, visit www.folsomblueshalf.org.

Oct. 18, 2014—Tarantula Run Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Los Vaqueros Reservoir, Brentwood
These races have lots of hills. But past participants have said they're fun, and they keep coming back. Brazen Racing is taking over race management, which means good management and a great post-race spread. For more information, visit Brazen Racing. Read about last year's event. More details coming soon.

Oct. 18, 2014—Tiger Dash 5K and 1/2-mile Cub Run, Stockton
This event is hosted by the 2014 Class of Doctor of Physical Therapy. For more information, visit Pacific Dash on Facebook or register online at www.active.com

Oct. 18, 2014—Dead Dash and Beyond 5K Zombie Obstacle Run, Eagal Lakes, Tracy
For more information, visit Eagal Lakes or register online at www.active.com.

Oct. 18, 2014—Springville Apple Run 5K & 10K, Springville
For more information, visit Facebook. You don't have to be a member of Facebook to view this page.

Oct. 18, 2014—Justice Run 1-mile & 5K walk/run, Mooney Grove Park, Visalia
For more information, visit www.active.com.

Oct. 19, 2014—Nike Women's Half-Marathon, San Francisco
Entries guaranteed to members of Team In Training and current college students with proper IDs. Remainder of entries are by lottery, which has already been held. there is no waiting list.

Oct. 25, 2014—Let's Go 510 5K & 10K walk/runs, Golden Gate Fields, Berkeley
Although this event is produced by Brazen Racing, it features a relatively flat road course along the water. For more information, visit Let's Go 510.

Oct. 25, 2014—Komen Central Valley Race for the cure 5K run/walk and 2.2-mile and 1-mile walks, Fresno
Choose from a timed or untimed option. For more information, visit www.komencentralvalley.org.

Oct. 26, 2014—Move Your Bones 5K and kids' fun run, Donnelly Park, Turlock
For more information, visit the Turlock Tri Team or register online at www.active.com.

Oct. 26, 2014—Color Me Rad 5K, Fresno
This is one of those national race series where runners wear white and are doused with gluten-free colored corn starch-based powder as they go through different stations. This is NOT a timed race. For more information, visit Color Me Rad.

Oct. 26, 2014—Run 10 Feed 10 10K, San Francisco
This is part of a national series put on by Rodale, parent company of Runner's World and Running Times. The San Francisco course goes over the Golden Gate Bridge. This is part of a national event and it will be timed. Awards will be given, too. Be forewarned. This is a fundraiser. In addition to race registration, you may be asked to raise more money. Some of these races require you to put down a fundraising goal but won't hold you to it. For more information, visit www.run10feed10.com.

Oct. 26, 2014—That Dam(n) Run Half-Marathon and 10K trail runs, Cool
From the looks of the topo map, there are some challenging hills. But it wouldn't be a trail race without a few challenges. For more information, visit Run the Damn Half.

Oct. 27, 2014—T3 Active Orthopedic Move Your Bones 5K walk/run & 1-mile kids' fun run, Turlock
For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

November   

Nov. 1, 2014—Salmon Duathlon (run, 30K ride, 2.5K run) and 5000 (5K) Run, Knights Ferry
Download an application by clicking here. Online registration coming shortly.

Nov. 1, 2014—32nd annual Bakersfield Police Department Memorial 5K & 10K walk/runs, Bakersfield
All proceeds benefit the surviving children of fallen BPD officers by paying for their entire education. Timed 5k & 10k with medals for the top 3 winners in each category, including a Law Enforcement category. First 250 pre-registered runners are guaranteed a shirt. For more information, contact Andrea Pflugh at 661-316-3685 or apflugh@bakersfieldpd.us.

Nov. 2, 2014—St. Joseph's Half-Marathon and 5K, UOP Campus, Stockton
This is part of the Valley 13.1 Half-Marathon Series. More information coming soon.

Nov. 2, 2014—Two Cities Marathon, Half-Marathon and 2-person Half-Marathon relay, Fresno-Clovis
Half runners get a choice of the Clovis half or the Fresno half. Ice cream to finishers. For more information, visit Two Cities Marathon or register online at www.active.com.

Nov. 2, 2014—Save Mt. Diablo Trail Adventure 5K, 10K and half-marathon walk/hike/runs, Castle Rock Park, Walnut Creek
This is a Brazen Racing event, so expect hills. Brazen is teaming with Save Mt. Diablo for the event. Choice of t-shirts, finishers' medals to all, and great post-race spread. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Nov. 8, 2014—Fourth annual Salvation Army Kettle Dash 5K and 10K walk/runs and 1-mile kids' fun run, downtown Turlock
For more information, including downloadable entry forms, visit http://www.kettledash.com. Register online by clicking here.

Nov. 8, 2014—Race to the Flagpole 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon and 1-mile kids' fun run, Livermore
These events benefit the Livermore-Granada Boosters Club. For more information, visit Race to the Flagpole or register online at www.active.com.

Nov. 8, 2014—Mud Factor 5K run, Hobbs Grove, Sanger
This is one of those national themed obstacle runs. For more information, visit http://mudfactor.com.

Nov. 9, 2014—49th annual Clarksburg Country Run 5K, 10K, half-Clarksburg Country Runmarathon & 20 miles, Delta High School, Clarksburg
Registration opens July 16. For more information, visit http://clarksburgcountryrun.net.

Nov. 9, 2014—Colors for a Cure 5K, Pleasanton
Check back later for more information.

Nov. 9, 2014—Red Rave Run 5K & kids' fun run, Bulldog Stadium, Fresno State, Fresno
Race proceeds go toward building a new all-weather track at Fresno State Athletics. 5K is chip timed. Event finishes with a run on Sweeney Field in Bulldog Stadium. This also is homecoming weekend for the Bulldogs. For more information, visit Valley Race Productions. Sign up before Aug. 15 for early bird pricing.

Nov. 15, 2014—San Joaquin River Trail 50K and 50-miler, Friant
The course goes around Millerton Lake and along the San Joaquin River. For more information, visit http://sanjoaquinrunning.com or sign up online at UltraSignUp.com.

Nov. 15, 2014—Mud Factor 5K run, Hart Memorial Park, Bakersfield
This is one of those national themed obstacle runs. For more information, visit http://mudfactor.com.

Nov. 16, 2014—Big Sur Half-Marathon, 5K and kids' 3K, Monterey
The course is in and around Monterey and doesn't have nearly the hills as the full marathon. The half is 73% full, as of Aug. 5. For more information, visit Big Sur International Marathon or register online at www.active.com.

Nov. 16, 2014—Bakersfield Marathon and Half-Marathon, Bakersfield
The website, which is incomplete, claims this is the Central Valley's best marathon. Registration also is a bit of a challenge and is kind of disorganized. Be forewarned this is apparently an inaugural event and bugs may not have yet been worked out. In other words, enter at your own risk. This event is being produced by Action Sports, which is known for cycling, not running. For more information, visit www.runbakersfieldmarathon.com.

Nov. 22, 2014—Womble Rumble 5K & 10K walk/runs and kids' mile, Lodi Lake, Lodi
Check back later for more information.

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. Check back later for more information.

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—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. 7, 2014—California International Marathon (CIM) and four-person marathon relay, Folsom-Sacramento
Registration opened March 1 and will sell out, probably by mid- to late August if it is like 2013. As of Aug. 15, the marathon was 85 percent full. 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. Check back later for more information.

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. 14, 2014—Visalia Jingle Bell 2-mile Run, Candy Cane Lane, Visalia
Check back later for more information.

Dec. 14, 2014—Inaugural Santa Clara Half-Marathon and Faithful 5K, Santa Clara
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), Pleasanton
This is part of a nationwide series. Runners do a 10K, rest a few minutes, then run a 5K. You also can run just the 5K. 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
For more information, visit www.valleyresolutionrun.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. 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.

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—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—Jed Smith Ultra 50-mile, 50K and 39K 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.

March   

Modesto Marathon logo March 29, 2015—Modesto Marathon, Half-Marathon, 5K and Half-Marathon Relay, 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..

 



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