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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 4, 2015—Firecracker 4-mile Run, Stockton
Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch...or a free race? Event goes off at 8 a.m. at Grupe Park. This is a FUN run, so there will be no medals or awards, just the reward of running 4 miles and having a good time. No pre-registration necessary. Just sign the waiver on race day. Water and post-race refreshments. For more information, visit Fleet Feet Stockton.

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—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—Sixth Annual Moo-nlight Half-Marathon, 10K, 5K and new 10-mile distance, Davis
These are twilight events, with the longer distances starting at 7 p.m., the 5K at 7:15 p.m. These are all single-loop courses that mostly go on Davis' paved bike paths. Glow-in-the-dark swag are part of the event. For more information, visit Change of Pace.

July 12, 2015—S.H.E. 365 5K walk/run, Mondavi Winery, LodiS.H.E. 5K
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 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.

July 31, 2015—Neon Vibe 5K, Big Fresno Fairgrounds, Fresno
This is one of those national themed runs where people run with glow sticks. Runners also will be "blasted" with powder that glows under black lights. As the website says, you'll want to keep this material out of your eyes and mouth. This is an evening event. For more information, visit The Neon Vibe.

August   

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. 1, 2015—Feline 5K, Bakersfield
This benefits the Cat People, a group that is raising funds for a cat sanctuary to care for Bakersfield's homeless cats. For more information, visit www.active.com.

Aug. 2, 2015—Miguel Reyes 5K, Woodward Park, Fresno
This race is in memory of area runner Miguel Reyes, who passed away earlier this year. Up to $4,000 in prize money, too. For more information, visit RunSignUp.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. 23, 2015—The Giant Race Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K,Hunter Pence bobblehead AT&T Park, San Francisco
Registered runners receive a tech shirt and a special bobblehead. This year, it's Hunter Pence, which was a surprise to some. Odds-on favorite was MadBum. Still, a good choice, joining earlier bobbleheads of Buster Posey, Matt Cain and Sergio Romo. There is no race-day bib pick-up. You can pay $12 extra to have shirt and bib mailed to you if you register by July 13, then pick up bobblehead after the race. There are a limited number of runners' baseball tickets to the Aug. 25 game against the Cubs. First come, first served. For more information, visit www.race-sfgiants.com.

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.

Aug. 30, 2015—Inaugural Beat the Heat 5K walk/run, Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, Pleasanton
Event benefits the non-profit Corazon that works to improve the lives of underprivileged families in Mexico. For more information, visit www.beattheheat5k.com.

September   

Color the Skies 5K and 10K runsSept. 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 and kids' obstacle course, 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.

Sept. 13, 2015—Micke Grove Zoo Zoom 5K & kids' fun run, Lodi
For more information, visit Micke Grove Zoo.

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—5K for Care — Superheroes Saving Lives, Cutler Park, Visalia
For more information, visit www.active.com.

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. 20, 2015—Campus Life 5K and kids fun run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Events are hosted by Campus Life and Fresno/Madera Youth For Christ. For more information or to register, visit www.SignMeUp.com.

Sept. 26, 2015—Smokey Bear Run 2-mile walk, 2-mile run, 10K run and kids' fun runs, Bass Lake
For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.

Sept. 26, 2015—Mavericks Pony Express 5K walk/run and kids' fun run, Tulare
Events benefit Happy Trails Riding Academy, which provides therapeutic horsemanship. For more information, visit Happy Trails Riding Academy.

Angel Camp Gold RunSept. 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   

Oct. 3, 2015—Cotton Run 5K run and 1-mile walk, Corcoran
Come for the run or walk, stay for the Cotton Festival Parade. For more information, visit www.active.com.

Oct. 3, 2015—Harvest Festival 5K run and 3K walk, Visalia
Proceeds go toward brightening up the Christmas holidays for needy children who have family members battling cancer. For more information, visit www.active.com.

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. 4, 2015—Judgment Day Half Marathon, Bakersfield
Tech shirts for all registered runners. Medals and sweatshirts for finishers. For more information, visit Judgment Day Half.

Oct. 10, 2015—Fourth Annual Run for Hope 2-mile walk/run and 10K run, Cutler Park, Visalia
Race proceeds benefit Visalia Rescue Mission. Course goes on St. John's River Trail. For more information or to register, visit VRMHope.org or RunSignUp.com.

Oct. 11, 2015—Giving Trail 10K Memorial Run, Raymond
This is a cross-country-style course, meaning dirt, plus a 1,000-foot elevation gain. Breakfast included with registration. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com or Doc's Dogs 4 Vets.

Oct. 17, 2015—Tarantula Run Half-Marathon,Tarantula Run 10K & 5K runs, Brentwood
These runs promise lots of hills and dirt. But reviewers also say it's a well-run fun event. Maybe you'll even see one of the race's 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.17, 2015—Tiger Dash 5K and 1/2-mile Cub Fun Run, UOP campus, Stockton
For more information, visit www.active.com.

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.

Oct. 24, 2015—Step Up for Down Syndrome 1-mile and 5K walk/runs, Clovis
For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.

Oct. 31, 2015—Monster Mash Dash 5K walk/run and Little Monster Dash, Woodward Park, Fresno
Come run in costume for the costume contest. This race does have age-group awards, so it's not just a fun run. For more information, visit Monster Mash Dash.

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
The half is bound to sell out, so don't delay. The 3K and 5K are held Saturday, Nov. 7. The Big Sur Half is now part of the California Half and Full Marathon Series. For more information, visit www.bsim.org. If you try to register for the half and receive a message that registration for the event is no longer available, try this direct link to registration on www.active.com.

Nov. 1, 2015—Save Mount Diablo Trail Adventure Half-Marathon, 10K, 5K and family hike, Walnut Creek 
This is a Brazen Race, so expect hills, nice scenery and a great post-race spread. Medals for all finishers. Cotton t-shirts to all, upgrade to tech for a few dollars more. Events benefit Save Mount Diablo. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

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. Flat courses in and around Davis. For more information, visit Change of Pace.

Nov. 26, 2015—Nitro Turkey 10K and 5K, San Pablo
Start Thanksgiving Day off the fun way with this Brazen Race. Events have sold out in the past, so don't wait until the last minute. Finishers medals to all. Cotton t-shirts to all, upgrade to tech for a few dollars more. Costumes are encouraged. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Nov. 28, 2015—Quarry Turkey Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, Fremont
Courses are mostly dirt with pavement at the start and finish. Hills are "almost non-existent," according to Brazen. Novel concept for Brazen. So come on out and run your Thanksgiving meal off. Events benefit Alameda County Community Food Bank. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

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.

Dec. 12, 2015—Spirit of Giving 5K walk/run and free kids' fun run, Modesto
Proceeds benefit in part local food pantries. Check back later for more information.

Dec. 12, 2015—Summit Rock Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, Saratoga
Expect hills, but also expect breathtaking views. Anytime Brazen uses the word "ascends," you know there will be climbs. But you're rewarded with great post-race food and finishers medals for all. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Dec. 27, 2015—Brazen (almost) New Year's Eve Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, Lake Chabot, Castro Valley
This is an annual holiday tradition. Run both this event and the New Year's Day event and earn a super cool double medal. These events do sell out, so don't wait until the last minute thinking you can still register. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.



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