▪Jan. 21, 2017—Third Annual Kastner 5K & 10K Dream Run, Woodward
Dress as your favorite football team. Proceeds benefit Kastner PTC/Academics/Arts and Athletics. For more information, visit www.5kdreamrun.com or register online at RunSignUp.com.
21, 2017—Coyote Hills Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Coyote Hills Regional Park,
Yes, there are some climbs. But great views don't come easy. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪Jan. 21, 2017—Visalia PAL (Police Activities League) 5K walk/run
& kids' 1/2-mile run, Cutler Park, Visalia
Proceeds from these events help fund PAL kids attending PAL Honor Camp. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
▪Jan. 28, 2017—Third annual Pirate's of the Cure-i-bbean 5K Booty Run, Woodward Park,
The event helps promote awareness of blood-related cancers through Relay for Life team members fund-raising efforts. Participants receive Pirate Booty Run shirt with map, pirate bandana and a chance at the pirates' treasure chest. Dress in your best pirate garb and run for the booty. For more information or to register online, visit https://RunSignUp.com.
▪Jan. 28, 2017—St. Joseph's Walk/Run for Wellness
Medals to top 3 in each age group. Download a registration by clicking here.
▪Jan. 28, 2017—Second
Annual Kayla Bernardi Bee Positive 5K,
Race description says this event benefits local non-profits but doesn't note any. It is to celebrate the life of Kayla Bernardi, who passed away on March 8, 2015, in Tucson, Ariz. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
▪Jan. 28, 2017—Copper Run Ed Friel
Memorial 1/2-mile, 2-mile and 10K,
Head to the foothills and this annual event, which has been held for 25 years. Run benefits the Copperopolis Elementary School, Volunteer Firemen Association and Friends of the Library. For more information, visit Calaveras County Friends of the Library. Download the registration form by clicking here.
▪Jan. 29, 2017—Sycamore Island 5K & 10K Run/Walk, Madera
All finishers receive a long-sleeve shirt and custom finishers' medal. Proceeds benefit the San Joaquin River Parkway & Conversation Trust and Sycamore Island. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪Feb. 4, 2017Jed Smith Ultra 50-miles, 50K, 30K and 1/2-marathon, American River Parkway, Sacramento
This is a Buffalo Chips Running Club-hosted tradition. Online registration will open fall 2016. For more information, visit Buffalo Chips.
▪Feb. 4, 2017—Don Osborne Memorial 1-mile and 5K walk/runs,
Oakdale Library, Oakdale
This is a family event, especially the 1-miler. T-shirts and post-race goodies as part of registration. Download a registration by clicking here.
▪Feb. 4, 201732nd
Annual Orient Express 1-mile Fun Run and 4-mile Run, Chinese Camp Elementary
School, Chinese Camp
These events benefit Tuolumne County Special Athletes. For more information, visit Sonora Sunrise Rotary.
▪Feb. 4, 2017Sixth Annual Anthony's Seeing is Believing 5K &
For more information, visit www.anthonysseeingisbelieving.com
▪Feb. 5, 2017Second Annual Hanford Cow Run Half-Marathon and
These events benefit Valley Children's Hospital. For more information, visit Hanford Cow Run.
▪Feb. 5, 2017Super Bowl Sprint 5K and 2-mile, Visalia
These events are held early enough that you'll have plenty of time to prepare for the big game. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪Feb. 11, 2017—Superhero 5K & 10K walk/runs
and FREE 1/4-mile kids' fun run, East La Loma Park,
Once again, Dusty Bottoms Trail Runners has partnered with the Center for Human Services to host this awesome event. It benefits the center's Shelter for Youth. So dust off your Spandex superhero costume, iron your cape, paint your face and don your tiara for this fun, family-oriented walk or run. Shirt, bragging rights and a lifetime of glory are part of race registration. The events will not provide results, but a clock at the finish line will allow runners to self-time. Awards will be presented for best costumes, both individual and group. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪Feb. 11, 2017Bay Breeze Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, San
Leandro Marina Park, San Leandro
A rarity among Brazen Racing events, these races actually are on flat ground and pavement, but same great shirts, finishers' medals and post-race goodies. Courses go on bike paths along the bay. Parking is limited, so consider car-pooling. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪Feb. 11, 2017"Tiny" Half-Marathon, 10K, 5K & kids fun run,
Littleton Center (across from fairgrounds), Galt
Benefits "Tiny" Smiles and Children's Heart Foundation. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
▪Feb. 11, 2017CSUB PEAK Club Valentine's Day 5K & 10K,
Flat course goes around CSU Bakersfield campus. For more information, visit www.valentinesrun.com.
▪Feb. 11, 2017—Second Annual Tulare FFA Blue & Gold Dash 5K,
The event is designed to connect Tulare FFA, agriculture education and the community in a fun setting. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
▪Feb. 12, 2017Fresno Valentine Run 5K and 2-mile runs,
Woodward Park, Fresno
For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪Feb. 18, 2017Chocolate Run Rotary Ten 10-mile and 5-mile
runs and 2-mile walk/run, Woodward Park,
For the chocoholic. Large selection of chocolates and chocolate drinks afterward. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪Feb. 19, 2017Dragoon Gulch 5K Family Run and Hike, Sonora
This event is hosted by the Foothills Leadership Academy. Please NO dogs or baby strollers. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com or www.raceemtry.com..
▪Feb. 25, 2017Support Blue Fresno 5K and 10K, Woodward Park,
Unique finishers' medals and awards. For more information or to register online, visit https://RunSignUp.com.
▪Feb. 25, 2017Reedley "College to Parkway" 5K & 10K Runs,
Events start and finish at the Reedley College track. Courses go along the Kings River. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪Feb. 25, 201735th
annual Almond Blossom Festival 1-mile and 8K
Courses are flat. The 8K goes out in the country. You must register by Feb. 6 to receive a t-shirt. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com. Download an application by clicking here."
25, 2017—Victory Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Richmond Marina
Once again, a relatively flat course, and this is a Brazen Race. But don't get too used to it. Subsequent events are back to the hills that Brazen is known for. Run this event and the Feb. 11 Bay Breeze (any distance) and receive a special medal. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪Feb. 25, 2017End of the Trail Half-Marathon and 10K,
Long-sleeve shirt and finishers' medals to all finishers. Beanie if you register before Jan. 1. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪Feb. 25-26, 2017Riverbank One Day Classic 24-hour
and 12-hour endurance
runs and team relay, Riverbank High School, Riverbank
Teams may consist of 4-10 people. For more information or to sign up online, visit RunSignUp.com.
4, 2017—Run to Reach the World 5K and 10K runs and 1-mile walk, CSU
The event benefits Turlock Christian School students who will be going on a mission this summer. Course starts and finishes at CSUS and runs through the campus. Tech shirts to all who register by Feb. 12. Finishers'' medals as well as age-group awards. This is a family friendly event, so strollers and dogs welcome. Register online at RunSignUp.com. If you want a printed registration form to mail in, email email@example.com or call Turlock Christian Schools at 209-632-2337.
4, 2017—20th annual Sanger Blossom Trail 2-mile walk/run, 10K run and kids' fun runs, Sanger
Kids run for free if pre-registered through Sanger Unified School District. Chip timing, t-shirt to pre-registered runners and nice age-group awards. For more information or to download a registration form, visit City of Sanger. Register online at RunSignUp.com.
▪March 4, 2017—San Joaquin River Trail Half-Marathon and 10K, Auberry
This is a trail run with about 2,500 feet of elevation gain. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪March 11, 2017—Fresno St. Patrick's Shamrock 4-mile or 2-mile Run, Woodward
Leprechaun finishers' medals as well as green goodies, and green beer for those 21 and over. Wearing of the green is encouraged. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪March 11, 2017—CASA of Tulare Superhero Run
Event raises awareness for Blue Ribbon Month and supports CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children). For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪March 12, 2017—Heavenly Half-Marathon, Pine Ridge
Course is almost all downhill near Auberry. No parking at start line, but there is a shuttle bus. Six aid stations but they will NOT have gels or energy bars because of litter concerns. You're welcome to bring your own. Please deposit all wrappers in trash cans. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪March 17, 2017—Badger Cove Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Del Valle Regional Park,
These events have hills but runners and walkers are paid back with great scenery. Would you expect anything less from Brazen Racing? If the winter rains continue, park could be filled with wildflowers and green grass. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
19, 2017—Modesto Marathon, Half-Marathon, Half Relay and 5K walk/runs, Modesto
The event has a new sponsor for 2017: Sutter Health Memorial Medical Center. Read more. Expo, walk-up registration and bib pick-up will be held the day before, March. 18. The Expo at Modesto Centre Plaza is free and open to the public. For more information and to register online, visit Modesto Marathon.
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—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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪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—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—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.
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.
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—Almond Festival Scholarship 2-mile walk/run & kids' fun run, Kerman
For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.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 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 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 company. Check back later for more information.
▪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. Please check back for more information.
▪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 in race registration. Flat course. Check back later or more information.
▪May 27, 2017—Modesto Memorial Classic 5K and 1-mile walk/runs and
free kids' fun run, Tuolumne Regional Park, Modesto
Check back later for more information or follow the Classic on Facebook.
▪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.
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
9, 2017—Gary Long's SHE 365 5K, Woodbridge Winery, Lodi
This is an all-women event. Check back later for additional info.
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