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February   

super hero Feb. 13, 2016—Super Hero 5K & 10K walk/runs and kids' fun run, E. LaLoma Park, Modesto
These events benefit the Center for Human Services Shelters for Youth. Dress up as your favorite super hero and come out and join Dusty Bottoms Trail Runners in this fun run. After all, everybody is a super hero in their own right if they come out to support these events. All registered runners receive a t-shirt, so dust off your capes, leotards and masks. This event is sure to have a whole lot of awesome. Online registration has closed, but you can still register by contacting Brittany Heinsaar at 209-526-1476 x 131 or bheinsaar@centerforhumanservices.org.

Feb. 13, 2016—Bay Breeze Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K walk/runs, San Leandro Marina Park, Hayward
This is one of the few Brazen Racing events that is relatively flat. paved bike trail goes along the water's edge. Great post-race goodies and finishers' medals to all participants. Run this one and the Victory Run, Feb. 27, and earn a humongous three-piece Breeze 2 Victory medal. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Feb. 13, 2016—CSUB Peak Valentine's 5K and 10K Run, CSUB Campus, Bakersfield
For more information, visit Valentine's Run.

Feb. 13, 2016—Inaugural Valentine's Undie Run 5K couples and 1-mile walk/run, Fresno
This benefits the American Heart Association of Fresno. For more information, visit www.valentineundierun.com.

Feb. 13, 2016—Love our Kids 5K, Porterville Sports Complex, Porterville
This event benefits the Strathmore Boys and Girls Club. For more information, visit www.active.com.

Valentine's Day Run TogetherFeb. 14, 2016—Valentine's Day Run Together 5K, Mistlin Sports Complex, Ripon
Run as a couple or as an individual. A couple can be you and your significant other, you and a family member, you and a friend, or you and whomever else you want to run with. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.

Feb. 14, 2016—Valentine's Day 2-mile Run for the Chocolate walk/run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Did we say chocolate? Now that we have your attention, this event benefits Kids Kasa Foster Care. Mimosas or orange juice, t-shirt, finishers' medal plus a kids' bounce house, too. For more information, visit Fresno Valentine Run.

Feb. 20, 2016—Rotary 10 Chocolate Run, 2-, 5- and 10-mile runs & kids' fun run, Woodward Park, Fresno
This is a chocolate-themed event. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.

Feb. 20, 2016—Salvation Army Kettle Dash 5K walk/run and 10K run, and 1K dog walk, Turlock
This event used to be held around Thanksgiving but has been moved to late winter. For more information, visit Kettle Dash.

Feb. 20, 2016—Rotary Chocolate 2-mile walk/run, 5mile run and 10 run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Hot chocolate and chocolate snacks after the event. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.

Feb. 20, 2016—Tulare FFA 5K, Santa Fe Trail, Tulare
This event kicks off National FFA week. FFA was formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, but it changed its name to just the acronym a while back. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

Feb. 20, 2016—Run 2 Reach the World 5K & 10K runs and 1-mile walk, Turlock
These events start outside the Fitzpatrick Arena and go through the CSU Stanislaus campus. Walkers welcome in the 1-mile. Please, only runners in the 5K and 10K. All registered runners receive a tech t-shirt. Medals three deep in 10-year age spans. For more information, visit http://run2reachtheworld.weebly.com

Feb. 21, 2016—Inaugural Big Hat Half-Marathon, Downtown Clovis
All registered runners receive a tech shirt and a fleece blanket with the race logo. Hot breakfast included with race registration. Event benefits the Miss Wrinkles Pet Adoption Center. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.

Feb. 21, 2016—34th Annual Davis Stampede Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Davis
After years of being held on Super Bowl Sunday, the Stampede has now moved to two weeks later. Medals to half-marathoners, optional medals for a few dollars more for 10K and 5K walkers/runners. Flat courses in and around Davis. For more information, visit http://changeofpace.com.

Feb. 27, 2016—Almond Blossom Festival 1-mile and 8K walk/runs, Mavis Stouffer Park, Ripon
Courses go along flat city streets, with the 8K also going out on country roads. Shirts are only available to runners who have their application in the Chamber's office by Feb. 10. It must be physically at the office by that date, not postmarked. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com or download an application at the Ripon Chamber of Commerce.

Feb. 27, 2016—Victory Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, Craneway Pavillion, Richmond Marina
This is a new addition to the Brazen Racing family of events. Run this separately or in conjunction with the Bay Breeze, Feb. 13. If you run both — dubbed the Breeze to Victory — you earn a three-piece humongous medal. Like the Bay Breeze, the Victory features flat courses despite being a Brazen event. But like all Brazen events, they have great post-race goodies. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Feb. 27, 2016—Reedley College to Parkway Run 5K & 10K walk/runs, Reedley
The run finishes on the college track and goes along the Reedley Parkway. For more information, visit www.SignMeUp.com.

Feb. 27, 2016—Support Blue 5K and 10K walk/runs, Woodward Park, Fresno
Events benefit the Fresno Police Officers' Chaplaincy program. For more information, visit or www.supportbluefresno.com or RunSignUp.com.

Feb. 27, 2016—Justice Run 2-mile walk/run and 5K run, Clovis
Course starts in Old Town Clovis and runs along the paved bike trail. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com or visit JUSTice Run.

Feb. 27, 2016—Let's Get Physical, Therapy That Is, 5K, Fresno
This event is being put on by the Fresno State Doctor of Clinical Therapy class of 2017. Proceeds benefit the graduating class of 2017, educational materials and conference trips. For more information, visit www.raceentry.com.

Feb. 27, 2016—Stampede for Kids 2-mile Walk/Run, CNEC Track, Fresno
Billed as a run for kids, by kids. For more information, visit http://stampede4kids.weebly.com.

Feb. 28, 2016—Dragoon Gulch 5K, Sonora
This event benefits the city of Sonora with further expansion of Dragoon Gulch. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

March   

March 5, 2016—San Joaquin River Trail Half-Marathon and 10K, San Joaquin River Gorge Management Area
These are trail runs with lots of elevation gains and losses. Not suitable for baby joggers, in other words. There is a course cut-off of 5 hours. For more information, visit www.sanjoquinrunning.com.

March 5, 2016—Blossom Trail Run 2-mile walk/run, 10K run and kids' fun runs, Sanger
Come out for the events, take in the lovely fruit tree blooms. For more information, visit Sanger Parks & Rec.

March 5, 2016—Thin Mint 5K walk/run and Shortcake Shuffle 1-miler, Market Place Shopping Center, Bakersfield
First 1,000 registered runners receive a box of Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies. Right there you've got me. All registered runners receive a shirt and a good bag, too. For more information or to register online, visit https://RunSign.com.

March 5, 2016—Thin Mint 5K walk/run and Shortcake Shuffle 1-miler, River Park Shopping Center, Fresno
 First 1,000 egistered runners receive a box of Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies. Right there you've got me. All registered runners receive a shirt and goodie bag, too. For more information or to register online, visit https://RunSign.com.

March 5, 2016—Moo Mile walk/run and kids' fun runs, Live Oak Park, Tulare
For more information, visit Tulare Parks & Rec.

March 5, 2016—Mud Factor 5K, Hart Memorial Park, Bakersfield
This is one of those nationally produced obstacle mud races. These races supposedly benefit RunItForward. But when you click on the link to the group's website, the page isn't found. The RunItForward Facebook site hasn't been updated since 2014. So be warned! For more information, visit http://mudfactor.com.

March 6, 2016—Mud Factor 5K, Hobb's Grove, Sanger
This is one of those nationally produced obstacle mud races. These races supposedly benefit RunItForward. But when you click on the link to the group's website, the page isn't found. The RunItForward Facebook site hasn't been updated since 2014. So be forewarned! For more information, visit http://mudfactor.com.

March 12, 2016—Seventh Annual SOS (Support Oakdale Schools) Fun Run 5K & 1-mile, Cleveland Elementary School, Oakdale
The annual SOS event has raised more than $70,000 over the past five years that is granted to schools by the Oakdale Educational Foundation. For more information, visit www.sosfunrun.com.

March 12, 2016—Badger Cove Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K walk/runs, Del Valle Regional Park, Livermore
Yes, Virginia, this event has hills. But it also has a great post-race spread and finishers' medals for all participants. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

March 12, 2016—End of the Trail Half Marathon and 10K walk/runs, Visalia
For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.

March 12, 2016—Jamestown Run 2-miles and 10K, Jamestown
This is a fund-raiser for the Jamestown School band/science program. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

March 12, 2016—St. Paddy's Shamrock Shuffle 5K Run and 3K walk, Lions Park, Lemoore
In addition to the run, there will be a costume contest for runners with prizes for best dressed. Age-group awards three deep. For more information, visit https://ultrasignup.com.

March 12, 2016—Starlight 5K walk/run, The Park at River Walk, Bakersfield
This is a night race with a glow theme to benefit children battling cancer. For more information, visit http://www.starlight5k.com.

March 12, 2016—Neon Run 5K, Stockton Fairgrounds, Stockton
This is a night event and one of those national themed fun runs. Runners are doused with colored corn starch that glows under black lights. When you go to the website, all it has is an email address to contact race directors. There is no company name nor address, so be forewarned. A search of the Web finds the race producers are Event Inventor Inc. of Temecula, Calif. Spectators must pay $10. For more information, visit https://theneonrun.redpodium.com. Several discounts also are offered on the Web.

March 12-13, 2016—12th Annual Shamrock 'N' Half-Marathon, 5K and 1/2-mile kids' runs, West Sacramento
The 5K and kids' runs are held on Saturday, March 12; the half-marathon on Sunday, March 13. The half typically sells out. For more information, visit www.shamrocknhalf.com.

March 13, 2016—Third Annual Fresno Urban 5K Run, Fresno
Event starts at Chuckchansi Park, goes over hill and dale, and finishes with a 10-flight stair climb up the Grand Tower. For more information, visit www.fresnourbanrun.com.

March 19, 2016—Lucky Run 7K, 7-mile and Half-Marathon, Davis
Enjoy the luck of the Irish in these well-done events. Races start and finish at Davis High, with the courses going mostly on paved bike trails. These are flat loop courses, so they're not as boring as an out-and-back. Upgrade to tech shirts from standard cotton and/or a finisher's medal for a few dollars more. Half runners receive finishers' medals automatically. For more information, visit A Change of Pace.

March 19, 2016—Madera Second Wind 5K, Madera Speedway, Madera
Registered runners receive a ticket to the speedway in their goodie packets. For more information, visit http://secondwind5k.com.

March 19, 2016—Bunsen to Beaker 5K walk/run, Detert Park, Jackson
Events benefit Amador High Cross Country Team and Jackson Junior High Science. For more information, visit www.active.com.

March 20, 2016—Modesto Marathon, Half-Marathon, Half Relay and 5K, Modesto
Expo at the Modesto Center Plaza is the day before, March 19, and is open to runners as well as the general public. Marathon and half start at 7 a.m.; 5K at 7:20 a.m. For more information, visit Modesto Marathon or register online by clicking here.

March 20, 2016—Hellyer Half Marathon, 10K and 5K,  Coyote Creek Parkway, San Jose
These races are designed for first-timers or those wanting a fast course. Only a bit of a roll, which for Brazen Racing is about as flat as they get. Great post-race spread and finishers' medals for all. For more information, visit www.brazenracing.com.

March 26, 2016—Livermore Half Marathon and new 24Life 5K, Livermore
Gender-specific tech shirts and commemorative wine glasses for all registered runners. Finishers' medals for half finishers. It doesn't say anything about the 5K. In fact, the website is sparse on 5K information. Half starts at 8 a.m.; 5K at 8:15 a.m. For more information, visit http://runliv.com.

March 26, 2016—Third Annual Mission Possible 5K, Bakersfield
Event benefits the Mission of Kern County. For more information, visit Bakersfield Track Club.

March 26, 2015—Easter Run & Fun, 5K walk/run, 10K run and kids' fun run, Lodi Lake, Lodi
Visit http://lodieasterrun.com for more information.

April   

April 2, 2016—Run for the Reef 5K Run, 2-mile walk and Water Planet Adventure Day, River Park Shopping Center, Fresno
For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

April 2, 2016—CASA Superhero Run 2K walk/run, 5K run and 10K run, The Park at River Walk, Bakersfield
Run as your favorite superhero. Costume contest will take place during the run. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

April 2, 2016—Porterville College Veterans' Memorial 5K walk/run and 10K run, Porterville
For more information, visit www.portervillerotary.org.

April 2, 2016—Mud Factor 5K, DT-1 MX Park, Tulare
This is one of those nationally produced obstacle mud races. These races supposedly benefit RunItForward. But when you click on the link to the group's website, the page isn't found. The RunItForward Facebook site hasn't been updated since 2014. So be warned! For more information, visit http://mudfactor.com.

April 2-3, 2016—California Classic Weekend, FresnoCalifornia Classic Weekend
Join 2,000 of your friends to bike the freeway in a century (100 miles), metric century (62 miles), or a mini-metric (35 miles), Saturday, April 2. Or run the California Classic half-marathon or the Rock & Run 5K, Sunday, April 3. The half goes through the Chaffee Zoo. For those who participate both days, a big interlocking medal awaits you. For more information, visit California Classic Weekend.

April 10, 2016—Cali 10 5K & 10K, Stockton
The races start near Weber's Point and follow along the waterway. Food truck face-off, with runners receiving coupons for food truck fare. Participants receive a custom beach town. For more information or to register online, visit www.itsyourrace.com.

April 10, 2016—Run for the Children 5K run/walk, Kearney Park, Fresno
This event is designed to raise community awareness for child abuse. For more information or to register, visit https://RunSignUp.com.

April 10, 2016—Cross the River 2-mile walk/run and 10K run, Woodward Park, Fresno
As the name implies, you do cross the river into Madera County, then return. For more information or to register, visit https://RunSignUp.com.

April 16, 2016—Hillyer Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K walk/runs, Silver Creek Sportsplex, San Jose
Do my eyes deceive me? Is this a relatively flat Brazen course? Looks like it. The race will still have finishers' medals for all participants and a great post-race spread. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

April 16, 2016—Run with the Heroes 5K run/walk, Madera
Dress up and run as your favorite superhero. For more information or to register online, visit https://RunSignUp.com.

April 17, 2016—Diablo Trail Challenge 50K, Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, Castle Rock Recreational Area, Walnut Creek
This is one of those great Brazen Racing events, and this one has a 50K on top of the regular selections ranging from 5K to half-marathon. Lots of climbing and downhills for a good challenge. Events benefit Save Mount Diablo! Check back soon for more information.

April 23, 2016—Footloose in the Foothills 5K & 10 walk/run, Prather
The courses are entirely on dirt, which means baby joggers are ill-advised. For more information, visit www.RunSignUp.com.

April 23, 2016—Run Happy, Bee Happy 5K walk/run and kids' fun run, Snelling
From the race description, it sounds like the course is on dirt through orchards and around the Burroughs Family Farm. Entry for the 5K is $60, and it goes up to $65 in late March. The kids' fun run is $20. Brunch served after the finish of the 5K. For more information, visit www.active.com.

April 30, 2016—10th annual Parkway Half-Marathon and 5K walk/runs, Cal Expo, Sacramento
Courses go along the American River bike trail. Walkers have a separate course so runners won't have to navigate through them. Note the new start location: Cal Expo. This is only for 2016 because of the 10th anniversary. For more information, visit http://parkwayhalf.com.

April 30, 2016—Western Pacific Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, Quarry Lakes Regional Park, Fremont
This is a Brazen Racing event. Normally Brazen has distances from 5K to half-marathon. But this one also has 26.2 miles. The marathon also is USATF certified. A good portion of each race is an out-and-back, and all are run on mostly gravel fire trails. Elevation gain is minimal for a Brazen event, but you still receive the great post-race spread and finishers' medals. For more information, visit www.brazenracing.com.

April 30, 2016—Dr. Amanda Crews Memorial 29th Annual Run for Health 1-mile, 5K & 10K walk/runs, East LaLoma Park, Modesto
This is a great event for first-timers or veteran runners alike. Each course is out and back. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com, or download a registration form by clicking here.

May   

May 1, 2016—Randy's Run Half-Marathon, Patterson
Event honors the late Randy Basinger, a Team In Training coach who died of leukemia. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Course is roughly 13.1 miles but is not certified. Shirts and finishers medals for all. For more information, visit www.active.com.

May 5, 2016—Olé 5K, Woodward Park, Fresno
This is an evening race that goes on both pavement and trails through Woodward Park. It is NOT flat, but lots of fun. Afterward, enjoy mariachi music, street tacos, a churro, and either beer or a soft drink. Cool dual-purpose finishers' medal—it's a medal AND a beer opener. For more information, visit http://www.cincodemayorace.com.

May 7, 2016—Rina's Run Half-Marathon and 5K, Ripon
Proceeds help go toward new all-accessible bathrooms and safe bleachers for the $1.8 million all-weather track facility. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com or www.rinasrun.com.

May 7, 2016—Choose Life 5K walk/run and 10K run,
Legion Park, Modesto
Events benefit the Modesto Pregnancy Center. For more more information, visit https://secure.ministrysync.com.

May 14, 2016—Wicked Wine Run 5K walk/run and 1k tasting walk, Engelmann Cellars, Fresno
For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

May 15, 2016—10th Annual Avenue of the Vines Half-Marathon and 5K, Woodbridge Winery, AcampoAvenue of the Vines
Watch for something special to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this event. Starts and finishes at the Woodbridge Winery. Wine tasting afterward for adults. After the run, hang out on the lawn for post-race goodies. Mimosas available for a small charge. Commemorative wine glass for all registered runners. No parking on Woodbridge Road, so plan accordingly and arrive early to park in the big parking lot right across from the winery. For more information, visit Fleet Feet Stockton or register online at https://register.chronotrack.com..

May 21, 2015—Wildcat Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K walk/runs, El Sobrante
This is a Brazen Racing event. Check back soon for more information.

May 21, 2015—Chocolate Festival 1-mile and 5K walk/runs, Oakdale
Come for the run, stay for the Chocolate Festival. Download an application by clicking here..

May 21, 2015—Mud on the Farm 5K Obstacle Race, Dell Osso Family Farms, Lathrop
This is a local obstacle run through, you guessed it, mud. For more information, visit mudonthefarm.homestead.com

May 22, 2015—Mud and Blood Zombie Run 5K Central California, Sanger
This is a local zombie run and spectators are free. You can register as a runner, a zombie or both. Beer and dance party after for adults. Soft drinks and wine also will be available. Event benefits St. Jude's Hospital in memory of Ian Reynolds. For more information, visit http://mudnbloodzombierun.com.

May 28, 2016—Modesto Memorial Classic 5K and 1-mile walk/runs and free kids' fun run, Tuolumne River Park, Modesto
These events are held on flat shady paved bike paths along the Tuolumne River. Age-group medals three deep in 10-year age spans in the mile. Age-group medals three deep in 5-year age groups in the 5K. The 5K also is certified and has prize money for top finishers. Registration includes a pancake breakfast. Download a registration form by clicking here or register online at www.active.com.

May 28, 2016—Clovis Memorial Run 5K and 2-mile walk/run, Clovis
For more information, visit www.active.com.

May 28, 2016—Nitro Trail Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K walk/runs, Point Pinole National Shoreline, San Pablo
This is a Brazen Racing event. Check back soon for more information.

May 29, 2016—Wounded Warrior 5K, Manteca
Check back later for more information.

June   

June 5, 2016—KP Women's Fitness Festival 5K walk/run, Sacramento
The 5K lives. Event organizers had to discontinue the half-marathon because the railroad would not allow runners to cross its tracks near 20th. Race directors also had to reconfigure the 5K so it doesn't cross the tracks, so look for a new course. Finishers' medals to all participants. Health fair on the Capitol grounds. This is a women's only race, and there are separate heats based on your expected finishing times. If it's like years past, they have very cute Asics shirts, but they run small. So go up a size. Registration opens Feb. 15. For more information, visit http://www.womensfitnessfestival.com."

June 6, 2016—Hook N Ladder 5K and 10K walk/runs, Wente Vineyards, Livermore
These events benefit the Livermore and Pleasanton regional fire departments. Race registration is capped to ensure a good experience, so don't wait until the last minute to register. It has sold out the past few years. Nice courses with a bit of a roll through local parkways. Plan to carpool as parking is limited. Check back later for more information.

June 11, 2016—Miracle Miles of Quarters Run 1- and 4-mile runs and 2-mile walk/run, Madera
Events benefit Valley Children's Hospital. For more information or to register online, visit https://RunSignUp.com.

June 12, 2016—Lodi 5000 (5K), Downtown Lodi
This event is run like a bicycling criterium. So runners do the same four laps around downtown that cyclists will ride later. And just like a bike crit, this event also has primes (pronounced preems), or prizes for the winner of a specific lap. Prime laps are signaled when the bell rings. Come for the run, stay for the bike races that will follow. Check back later for more information.

July   

July 3, 2016—Hernia Hill 5K, 10K & Half-Marathon, Twisted Oak Winery, Vallecito
OK, I won't lie. There are some hills that will challenge you. But you get to run through the winery (picture running through the Disneyland Castle only cooler) and finish up with a post-race barbecue. Check back later for more information. 

July 4, 2016—Run for Independence 2-mile walk/run and 5-mile run, Atwater
This is the traditional start to local Independence Day festivities. Flat course. Come for the run, stay for the parade. Fun, local event that's grown over the years because of its reputation. Check back later for more information.

July 10, 2016—Gary Long's SHE 365 5K walk/run, Woodbridge Winery, LodiSHE 365
This is an all-female walk/run. Post-race swag includes mimosas, chocolate (and we're not talking the cheap stuff, either, but good quality CHOCOLATE), cute shoe bags and more. Flat course starts and finishes at Woodbridge Winery. Check back later for more information.

July 16, 2016—Escalon Park Fete 2-mile walk/run & 10K run, El Portal Middle School, Escalon
Check back later for more information.

August   

Aug. 28, 2016—Marathon, Half-Marathon and Downtown 5K runs, Santa Rosa
Half and full participants receive a bottle of De Loach wine. There is NO race-day packet pick-up, so plan accordingly. You can have your bib and shirt mailed to you for an extra $25. All three courses are certified, and the full is a Boston Qualifier. For more information, visit http://www.thesantarosamarathon.com.

September   

Sept. 3, 2016—Color the Skies Balloon Festival 5K & 10K walk/runs, Mistlin Sports Park, Ripon
Watch the balloons lift off, then walk or run one of these events. There's also a kite festival as part of the weekend. Visit the Ripon Chamber of Commerce for more information.

Sept. 17, 2016—Andrew's Run for the Children 1-mile and 5K walk/runs, Tuolumne River Park, Modesto
This race was formerly held in January. Check back later for more information.

Sept. 25, 2016—Peace Officer Half-Marathon and 5K runs, Gallo Center, Modesto
Check back later for more information.


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