25, 2017—Second Wind 5K, Madera Speedway, Madera
The events benefit the Madera Rescue Mission and Madera County Food Bank. Course starts and finishes on the speedway an goes through the Madera District Fairgrounds. For more information, visit http://secondwind5k.com.
25, 2017—Second Annual Super Hero Heart Run 5K, Woodward Park, Fresno
The event benefits Mended Little Hearts of Fresno and Heart Heroes Inc. For more information, visit Super Hero Heart Run.
25, 2017—Sugar Rush 5K, The Park at River Walk, Bakersfield
The event features a super heroes theme, so don your cape and Spandex super hero suit. This is part of a national series of super hero runs produced by Superfly Running Inc., a foreign profit corporation based in Livonia, Mich. For more information on the race, visit www.active.com.
25, 2017—Hellyer Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Del Valle Regional Park, San Jose
Courses go through Hellyer County Park and Coyote Creek Parkway. Think relatively flat but it still has the same great post-race goodies of all Brazen Races. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
25, 2017—Color Vibe 5K, Tracy
This is one of those races where you wear a white t-shirt and run through color booths, where you're doused with colored corn starch or similar non-toxic colored powder. It also is one of those national events, this one produced by a Logan, Utah-based company. Although the firm claims to have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, a quick check of the BBB website shows Color Vibe is NOT accredited by the BBB. For more information on the event, visit The Color Vibe.
▪March 25, 2017—Barn Burner 6-, 12- and 24-hour runs, Sanger
See how far your legs will take you running around a 1-mile dirt loop during 6 hours, 12 hours or 24 hours. Unique finishers' awards to all finishers. Special awards go to those who complete 50 miles or more in less than 12 hours. Buckles to those who run 100 or more miles in 24 hours. Friends and family encouraged to join the camp-out. Please, NO pets. For more information, visit San Joaquin Running.
▪March 26, 2017—Livermore Half Marathon and 5K, Livermore
Commemorative wine glass, finishers' shirt and finishers' medal for all participants. Courses start in downtown Livermore and take runners past area wineries. Naturally, the half goes by more than the 5K. The half is part of the Golden State Half Series, whereas the 5K is part of the new Golden State 5K series. For more information on the Livermore events, visit http://runliv.com. You or a designated picker-upper must pick up your bib at the expo March 25. There is NO race day bib pick-up.
▪March 26, 2017—The Giving Trail 5K & 10K Memorial Walk/Run,
Events benefit Doc's Dogs for Vets program. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪March 26, 2017—Visalia Senior Games 5K & 10K, Cutler Park,
Age divisions start at 50-54 and go up to 100-plus. Medals three deep. These road races are part of the senior games, that include other sports events. For more information, visit Visalia Senior Games
1, 2017—AR (American River) 50-mile and 25-mile runs, Folsom and
This is a 50-mile ultra run almost entirely on dirt trails. Pacers are allowed only for the second half of the 50-miler. Finishers jacket and medals to all 50-mile finishers. There's also a 25-mile event starting at Beals Point. For more information, visit www.ar50mile.com.
▪April 1, 2017Color Walk/Run/Wheel, Virginia Corridor, Modesto
This event benefits Disability Resource Agency for Independent Living. Prizes will be awarded to the winners for both youth and adult levels. T-shirts will be provided to participants. Bags of colored powder will be provided to all participants. The colored powder, which will be sprayed on the participants as they run/walk, is non-toxic and will brush and/or wash off their clothing. The race flyer, available by clicking here, doesn't say where along the roughly 2.75-mile Virginia Corridor the race will be held. For questions, contact email@example.com.
▪April 1, 2017—11th Annual ACRA 49ers Bypass Run 5K & 10K, Sutter
This event is hosted by the Amador County Recreation Agency. Just a heads up: there are some rolling hills on the course. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
2017—Amanda Cruz Memorial 30th Annual Run for Health 1-mile, 5K and 10K
walk/runs, East LaLoma Park, Modesto
Proceeds benefit the Stanislaus Health Foundation. This is a good family event. For more information, visit www.run4health.org or register online at www.active.com.
▪April 1, 2017—Rock N Run for Hope 10K run and 2-mile
walk/run, Cutler Park, Visalia
This event benefits the Visalia Rescue Mission. The mission's annual Run for Hope has joined together with Bank of the Sierra's Rockin' Resolution Run to produce this event. For more information, visit https://vrmphope.org.
▪April 1, 2017—CASA Superhero 5K, 10K and untimed 2k
Walk/Runs, The Park at River Walk, Bakersfield
The 5K and 10K are timed and will have age-group winners three deep in 10-year age spans. The 2K is not timed. All participants are eligible to compete in a super hero costume contest. For more information, visit www.active.com.
2017—California Classic Weekend, Fresno
On Saturday, participate in the only bike ride that closes a freeway. Distances of 100, 60 an 35 miles On Sunday, run the half-marathon or half-marathon relay through Chaffee Zoo and finish at home plate in Chukchansi Stadium. Or do the Rock and Run 5K, which doesn't go through the zoo but includes all of the other amenities. Do both the ride and run and earn a specially designed biker/runner hat. Tech shirt for both, interlocking medals, and post-race festivities. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
2017—40th annual Indian Gulch-Hornitos 2-mile, 5-mile and 10-mile run,
Walkers welcome in the 2- and 5-mile runs. Please, NO runners in the 10-mile event. Post-race pancake breakfast for all runners. For more information, visit the Merced Running Club.
▪April 2, 2017—Heller Lipsett Memorial 5K, Manteca
Proceeds go toward constructing a running path in and around George McParland School in Manteca. For more information or to register online, visit EventBrite.com.
▪April 8, 2017—Easter Run and Fun 5K, 10K & kids' fun run, Lodi Lake Park, Lodi
All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast included with registration. Events hosted by Bear Creek Community Church. Awards in 10-year age spans, plus medal for oldest runner. Team awards too. For more information, visit http://lodieasterrun.com.
▪April 8, 2017—Annual Turlock Chaplaincy 1-mile, 5K & 10K
fun run, Lodi Lake Park, Denair Park, Turlock
These events benefit the non-profit Turlock Chaplaincy, which provides chaplain care through first responders and the Turlock Unified School District. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
2017—Wind Wolves Preserve 10-mile and 10K Trail Runs,
The event is sold out, but there is a wait list. There is some confusion about the distances. The logos mention 10K & 10 miles, but the actual registration talks about 10 miles and half-marathon. As the name implies, it is a trail run. This means dirt, tree roots, rocksall of the things you'd find on an unimproved trail. It is NOT a paved bike trail. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
2017—Run for the Children 5K, Kearny Park, Fresno
The event is designed to raise community awareness about child abuse and raise funds for Breaking the Silence, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising public awareness and prevention of child abuse. Dry-tech shirt and chip timing. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪April 15, 2017—Save Mt. Diablo Trails Challenge 50K, Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Walnut
This is a Brazen Racing-produced event that benefits Save Mount Diablo. Hills? You bet! Finishers' medals for all and great post-race food? Yes, indeed. It's a Brazen event. For more information, visit Brazen Razing.
▪April 15, 2017—Cali 209
North vs. South 5K & 10K walk/runs, Weber Point,
Custom t-shirt, finishers' medals and post-race refreshments. For more information or to register online, visit It's Your Race. Download a paper entry form by clicking here.
2017—Red Hills Ramble 10K, 15K & 30 K trail runs, Tuolumne
These events are on a mix of single-track and fire trails with hills. If you've ever wanted to try a trail one, this is for you. Low-key, fun event with great post-race burgers (including veggie) for runners. It's hosted by Dusty Bottoms Trail Runners. Need we say more? Proceeds benefit the Center for Human Serices. For more information or to sign up online, visit RunSignUp.com.
2017—Footloose in the Foothills 5K & 10K, Ruth McKenzie Table Mountain
Commemorative shirts to all entrants. Course is entirely dirt, so it sounds like no baby strollers. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪April 22, 2017—Kern River 10-miles, 10K & 5K
Trail Runs, Hart
This is a trail run on dirt, so expect tree roots, rocks and other natural obstacles. In places it also is single track. In other words, it is NOT stroller friendly. It will not be run on the paved bike path. Please leave dogs at home. For more information, visit Bakersfield Track Club.
▪April 22, 2017—Run Happy Bee Happy 5K, Burroughs Family Farms,
Participants run on rolling hills past organic almond orchards and organic pastured hens. (By definition, organic doesn't mean no pesticides are used; it just means that growers can only use organic, non-synthetic, pesticides and fertilizer.) Website doesn't say whether entrants receive a race t-shirt, but they do receive brunch afterwards. For more information, visit Burroughs Family Farms.
▪April 22, 2017—Run With the Heroes 1-mile & 5K, Madera
Event benefits Valley Children's Hospital. Stroller and wheelchair friendly route. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com
▪April 22, 2017—Second Annual Superheroes-Stockton Asparagus
Festival 5K and kids' fun runs, San Joaquin Fairgrounds, Stockton
This event is professionally chip timed by Capital Road Race of Sacramento. Awards to best costume, overall male and female, and first place in each 10-year age group. NO pets, skateboards or scooters. Only paid registrants will be allowed inside the fairgrounds gate. All paid runners receive free admission to the Asparagus Festival. Spectators will have to pay regular admission. For more information, visit Superheroes 5K.
▪April 23, 2017—The Papa Petrucci Vineyard 5K, Fresno State,
Event is hosted by the Fresno State Viticulture Club. Proceeds go toward providing viticulture and enology scholarships and the V.E. Petrucci Library. Course goes through the vineyard at Fresno State University. For more information, visit Fresno State Vit Club.
▪April 29, 2017—Western Pacific Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K,
The course follows pats of the old Transcontinental Railroad and is mostly flat. the marathon is now USATF certified, meaning you can use it as a Boston qualifier. These events are produced by Brazen Racing, so you know you'll have a good time. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪April 29, 2017—Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,
Men walk a mile wearing women's dress shoes. It's hilarious to see these guys wobbling on stiletto heels or wedge sandals. This event is designed to raise awareness of sexual and domestic violence and is a fund raiser for the Haven Women's Center. To sign up to walk or donate, visit www.havenwalkamile.org.
2017—Shinzen 2-mile walk/run or 5-mile run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Participants receive free entry into the Shinzen Gardens afterward. For more information or to register, visit RunSignUp.com.
2017—Olé 5-Qué, Bakersfield
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a 5K walk or run, then stay for the party. Post-race: dos tacos, churros and cerveza o aqua fresco para todos de los corredores. (2 tacos, churros and beer or soft drinks for all runners.) También cada corredor recibe una camisa (all runners receive a shirt). Costumes encouraged. For more information, visit www.cincodemayorace.com.
2017—Olé 5-Qué, Woodward Park, Fresno
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a 5K walk or run, then stay for the party. Post-race: dos tacos, churros and cerveza o aqua fresco para todos de los corredores. (2 tacos, churros and beer or soft drinks for all runners.) También cada corredor recibe una camisa (all runners receive a shirt). Costumes encouraed. For more information, visit www.cincodemayorace.com.
2017—Almond Festival Scholarship 2-mile walk/run & kids' fun run, Kerman
For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪May 6, 2017—Visalia River Run 5K & 10K, Golden West high School,
Courses go along the St. John's River Trail. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
2017—Paseo de Mariposa 12K (7.66 miles) & 5K Trail Runs, Mariposa
The 12K is on trails, which means dirt, rocks, tree roots, all of the things that come with an unimproved trail. Come for the runs, stay for the parade and Butterfly Festival. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪May 6, 2017—Inaugural Donut Dash 5K, Tracy
This event benefits the Tracy Police Activities League. For more information, visit Tracy Donut Dash 5K
▪May 6, 2017—Sixth Annual
Mercy's Stroke Awareness 5K, Merced
This event is designed to raise the awareness on the signs and symptoms of strokes. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪May 6, 2017—Act Like a Superhero 1 or 2-mile fun
runs or Doggie Dash, Donnelly Park, Turlock
For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
▪May 7, 2017—Kings County 4-H Color Me Green 5K Walk/Run, Hanford
The event is designed to encourage youth and adults to increase their physical activity. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪May 7, 2017—Second Annual McFarland USA Half-Marathon, 10K, 5K
This is the town where Disney shot the movie of the same name McFarland USAshowcasing how the underdog local cross-country team won the state meet. Meet the real Coach White, who was played in the movie by Kevin Costner. Courses go on pavement, through vineyards and orchards, much like the kids in the movie did. This year they also added a 10K to the event. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com
▪May 13, 2017—Anti-Bully 5K Run/Walk, Clovis East High School, Clovis
T-shirts for all registered runners. Events raise money for anti-bully over-coming adversity scholarship for a graduating senior. Clovis East will be open so runners can use the nice, permanent bathrooms before the events. Course goes through and around the school. Download a registration form by clicking here. Online registration coming shortly.
▪May 13, 2017—Rina's Run 5K, 10K & Half-Marathon, Ripon
Proceeds go toward the Ripon Community Athletic Association, which will use it to upgrade bleachers and bathrooms at Ripon High School's stadium. The Brocchini Family Foundation has been a major supporter of the event. The late Rina Brocchini is the event's namesake. This will be the swan song for race director Stephanie Hobbs, who will retire after the 2017 event. The event will have a new name and new race director in 2018. For more information, visit www.rinasrun.com. Register online at It's Your Race or download a registration form by clicking here.
▪May 13, 2017—Wildcat Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Wildcat
Regional Park, Sobrante
Gorgeous views and a challenge await participantsGolden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Mt. Tam and San Francisco. Well worth the climb, say race promoters Brazen Racing. Participation is limited, so don't delay in registering. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪May 13, 2017—Mother's Day Run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Celebrate Mom's day with a nice run or walk. For more information, visit Greater Madera Kiwanis Club.
▪May 13, 2017—Valley Oak SPCA 26th annual Dog Walk-A-Thon
and Furry 5K, Mooney Grove Park, Visalia
For more information, visit RunSignUp.com
▪May 15, 2017—Amgen Tour of California Bike Race, Men's Stage 2
This week-long men's seven-stage event starts May 14 in Sacramento and ends in Pasadena May 20, while the shorter women's four-stage series starts May 11 in Lake Tahoe and ends in Sacramento May 14. The men's Stage 2 will begin in Modesto, May 15, and end later that day in San Jose. Riders are expected to make two laps of downtown Modeseto before heading out of town that morning. A lifestyle expo is planned to coincide with the event. The City of Modesto is paying $125,000 for the privilege, a sum city leaders say they hope to recover through donations and sponsorships. For more information on the tour, visit Amgen Tour of California.
▪May 20, 2017—Mud on the Farm 5K Obstacle Race, Dell Oso
Family Farms, Lathrop
This is a local race put on by Dell Oso Family Farms, NOT one of those events put on by some no-name national out-of-town company. For more information or to register online, visit Mud on the Farm.
▪May 20, 2017—Chocolate Festival 5K and 1-mile walk/runs, Oakdale
Walk or run one of these events, then stay for the annual Chocolate Festival. For more information, visit Oakdale Chamber of Commerce or register online at www.active.com.
▪May 20, 2017—Inaugural Merced Cowboy/Vaquero 5K and kids' 1/2-mile
This event is sponsored by the Merced County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Tsunami Collaborations. Come for the run, stay for the day-long Merced Gulch Day celebrations in downtown Merced. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com
▪May 20, 2017—Dala Horse Trot
10K run and 2-mile walk/run, Kingsburg
This is part of the big Swedish celebration in this Central Valley town. Events benefit the Kingsburg Rotary Club. Swedish pancakes post-race for all runners. New this year: finishers' medals for all 10K runners. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪May 21, 2017—11th Annual Avenue of the Vines Half-Marathon
and 5K walk/runs, Woodbridge Winery, Lodi
Plan to arrive early as parking is limited. The sheriff's department does not allow parking along Woodbridge Road. Come for one of the events, then do a little wine tasting and hang out on the lawn until the awards ceremony. Post-race goodies included with race registration. Flat course. For more information, visit Fleet Feet Stockton.
▪May 21, 2017—Stevenson Falls Half-Marathon, Shaver Lake
View spectacular waterfalls and scenery along the course. Runners and spectators must take the shuttle bus and will not be allowed to drive to the start or park along the course. Unique finishers' medals to all finishers. For more information, visit San Joaquin Running.
▪May 27, 2017—Modesto Memorial Classic 5K and 1-mile walk/runs and
free kids' fun run, Tuolumne Regional Park, Modesto
This is a flat course. Medals three-deep in 10-year age spans for the 1-mile. Medals three deep in 5-year age spans for the 5K. Register for the FREE kids' run race day. Tech shirts guaranteed to all preregistered runners, but sizes cannot be guaranteed. Each paid registration includes a pancake breakfast. A portion of event proceeds go to the Modesto Vet Center, which helps returning combat veterans and their families. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com. Download a registration form by clicking here and follow the Classic on Facebook.
▪May 27, 2017—Nitro Trail Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Pt.
Pinole Regional Shoreline, San Pablo
This site was once home to a dynamite manufacturer for more than 100 years. I bet this will be a "bang" of a race. (Couldn't resist) That being said, it's a Brazing Racing event, so it will be "dy-no-mite," as Jimmy J.J. Walker used to say on the TV show, Good Times. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪May 27, 2017—Clovis Memorial Run 2-mile and 5K walk/runs,
Old Town Clovis
Pancake breakfast comes with the registration. Finishers' medals to all. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com
▪June 3, 2017—Brain Health 5K, Stockton
This is a new event, so not much information is available right now. Check back later for additional info.
▪June 3, 2017—Fifth Annual
Poverello House Run for Meals 5K Run or 2 Mile Walk, Woodward Park, Fresno
This event benefits the Poverello House. T-shirt and breakfast burrito included with registration. For more information or to sign up on line, visit RunSignUp.com
▪June 3, 2017—Shadow of the Giants 50K
Ultra and 20K fun run, Green Meadows Outdoor School, Fish Camp
This is a trail run, so expect hills, rocks, tree roots, mud and even water. Cutoff of 8 hours on the 50K. For more information, visit San Joaquin Running.
▪June 3, 2017—Kite Run 5K & 10K, Central Community Park,
When somebody says, "Go fly a kite," you can with this event. Walk or run one of these, then stay for kite flying. Tech shirt and finishers' medals for 5K & 10K. Course is half pavement, half crushed granite. For more information, visit http://mhkite.com.
▪June 4, 2017—Hook
& Ladder 5K and 10K, Wente Vineyards, Livermore
This event sells out, so enter early. It benefits the non-profit Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Foundation. The 5K course is 50% dirt and 50% pavement. The 10K course is 90% dirt and the rest pavement. Baby strollers are not allowed on the 10K course. Both courses go through Sycamore Grove Park. NO DOGS allowed on either course. Plan to arrive early, too, as parking is limited. Check back soon for more information.
▪June 24, 2017—Heroes for Life 5K & 10K, Fig Tree Plaza, Chowchilla
This event benefits the Trinity Pregnancy Resource Center of Chowchilla. Finishers medals for all. For more information or to sign up online, visit RunSignUp.com.
2, 2017—Hernia Hill Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Twisted Oak
This is an annual event, with lunch afterward as part of race registration. The 5K has one hill, the 10K two. The half-marathon offers a few more challenges but also runs through the winery. For more information or to register online, visit www.itsyourrace.com
▪July 4, 2017—Run for Independence 2-mile walk/run and 5-mile run, Atwater
Walkers welcome in the 2-mile event. Please no walkers in the 5-mile run. Courses are flat and go through Atwater. Races start near Ralston Park on time at 7:30 a.m. Registration closes 10 minutes before race start. So plan accordingly and don't be late. Hosted by the Merced Running Club. For more information, visit Merced Running Club.
▪July 4, 2017—Freedom Run 2-mile walk/run, 4-mile run & kids' fun run, Woodward
For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪July 8, 2017—North Fresno Rotary Run for Humanity
5K run and 2-mile walk/run, Fig
Garden Shopping Center, Fresno
Post-race pancake breakfast included with registration. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
9, 2017—Fifth Annual Gary Long's SHE 365 5K, Woodbridge Winery, Lodi
This is an all-women event. All participants receive a shirt, finishers' medal, jewelry and post-race chocolate, mini Bundt cake and mimosa (if you're over 21). For more information or to register online, visit It's Your Race.
2, 2017—Soaring Over Ripon Festival (formerly Color the Skies) 5K & 10K
Check back later for more information.
▪Oct. 1, 2017—Peace Officer Memorial Run Half-Marathon and
5K, Downtown, Modesto
This event honors those Stanislaus County officers who have fallen in the line of duty. Moving ceremony before the start of the half. Finish under a giant U.S. flag. Half starts at 7 a.m. For more information, visit http://peaceofficermemorialrun.com.
3, 2017—CIM (California International Marathon) and 4-person marathon relay,
The marathon historically sells out in August, so don't delay registering. For more information, visit CIM.
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