29, 2016Second annual Monster Mash Dash 5K and kids' fun run, Woodward
This is a local theme race where everybody is encouraged to run in costume. Event benefits Make A Wish Foundation. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪Oct. 29, 2016—Halloween Fun Run 5K or 10K, East LaLoma Park,
These events benefit Teens Run Modesto. Registration on site the day of the event. $10 donation recommended. Dress in costume. Pumpkin drawings and costume contest. Download the informational flyer by clicking here. Participate in this, the Fresno Turkey Trot and the Fresno Jingle Bell Run for Toys for Tots and earn a special Holiday Run Series medal.
▪Oct. 29, 2016—West High Halloween Fun Run 5K, Tracy
This event benefits the West High Cross Country Team. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
▪Oct. 30, 2016Seventh Annual
Active Orthopedic Move Your Bones 5K walk/run and NEW 10K run, plus
kids' run, Donnelly Park, Turlock
These events are hosted by T3 (Turlock Triathlon Team). Proceeds go to benefit local schools. Since this is the day before Halloween, dress in costume. This is something you don't see very oftenno processing fee for online registration. That being said, you can register online at www.active.com.
▪Nov. 5, 2016—Salmon Duathlon (5K run, 30K ride, 2.5K run) or 5,000 meters (5K) run,
Events benefit preservation of salmon natural habitat in the Stanislaus River. For more information or to register online, visit www.itsyourrace.com.
5, 2016—Hughson Relay for Life Color Fun Run 5K walk/run, Hughson Avenue and Charles, Hughson
Registration of $30 per runner is from 7-9 a.m., and the race starts at 9 a.m. Purchase a balloon for the balloon release in memory or in honor of someone who was lost to or is fighting cancer. For more information or to sign up, contact Dena Pimentel at Dena.Pimental@cancer.org or at 209-996-3665.
6, 2016Clarksburg County Run 20-miles, half-marathon, 10K and 5K,
Finishers' medals for 5K & 10K; wine stopper finishers' medals for half-marathon and 20 miles. For more information, visit www.clarksburgcountryrun.com.
6, 2016—Two Cities Marathon, Half-Marathon and Half Relay, Clovis and Fresno
Choose from either a half in Clovis or one in Fresno. The relay is only the Fresno course. Minimum age to run the half is 16 years old and 18 for the marathon. There is NO 5K as some online resources have erroneously stated. For more information, visit www.twocitiesmarathon.com.
▪Nov. 6, 2016—St. Joseph's, Half-Marathon and 5K-ish, UOP, Stockton
If the 5K course is the same as in the past, it's a bit over 5K, so don't freak out if your Garmin shows the course is a bit long. It's still a nice course, and you're getting more for your money. These events benefit the Greater Stockton Emergency Food Bank. For more information, visit www.itsyourrace.com.
▪Nov. 11, 2016—Veteran's Day Run 5K walk/run, 10K run and kids'
fun run, Porterville
The races are held BEFORE the city's annual Veteran's Day parade. For more information, visit Porterville Parks & Leisure Dept.
▪Nov. 11, 2016—Second annual RKS Veterans Day 5K and 1-mile
walk/runs, Ralph Knowles School, Raymond
Dress up in red and/or blue. all proceeds go to the Fisher House Foundation, which benefits veterans. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪Nov. 12, 2016—Veteran's Day Run 5K walk/run, Lemoore
For more information or to register online, visit http://ultrasignup.com.
▪Nov. 11-12, 2016Feat to the Beach 200-mile Relay, Fresno-Pismo Beach
Choose the 6-person ultra or 12-person regular team option. Relay legs average 3 to 8 miles. View the course map here. For more information or to register online, visit https://runsignup.com.
▪Nov. 13, 2016—Big Sur Half Marathon and Pacific Grove Lighthouse 5K, Monterey
This half is run around Pacific Grove and Monterey, and there is no bus ride involved. The course is relatively flat with gorgeous views and one incline. The 5K is held Saturday, Nov. 12, the day before. For more information, visit www.bigsurhalfmarathon.org.
▪Nov. 13, 2016—Bakersfield Marathon, Half-Marathon, Half-Marathon Relay and 5K, CSUB,
Be part of history and run or walk the inaugural Bakersfield Marathon, Half-Marathon, relay or 5K. For more information or to register, visit Run Bakersfield.
▪Nov. 13, 2016—Show Me the Finish 2-mile walk/run & kids'
fun run, Fresno
These events benefit the Armenian Relief Society. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com/
▪Nov. 19, 2016—Merced Turkey Trot 2-mile walk/run and 5-mile run,
Applegate Park, Merced
This is one of my favorite holiday events because it's just plain fun. Low-key atmosphere with lots of laughs. Raffles include dinner and a movie (McDonald's coupon and a Rated G video). Shoe drive, so bring your gently used shoes for donation to local agencies that help the homeless. For each pair of shoes, you receive a raffle ticket. Great project regardless of the raffle tickets. Check back later for more information.
▪Nov. 19, 2016—San Joaquin River
Run 50K & 100K, Friant
Both the 50K and 100K will challenge even the most experienced runners with a 5,500-foot elevation gain for the 50K and 15,000 feet for the 100K. Runners of both distances receive a finisher's medal and awesome swag. For more information, visit San Joaquin Running.
19, 2016—Womble Run 5K walk/run & 10K run, Lodi Lake,
Race proceeds go toward renovating Don Womble Track & Field facility at Lodi High School. Download an entry form by clicking here or register online at www.active.com..
▪Nov. 19, 2016—Inaugural Rotary Heroes for the Future 5K, Delano
Come dressed as your favorite super hero. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
19, 2016—Turlock Turkey Trot 2-mile walk/run and 1-mile Children's Stampede,
Donnelly Park, Turlock
These events will start earlier this year. Kids' stampede is 1 lap around Donnelly; Turkey Trot is 2 laps around the park. Prizes to first, second and third place in each age group. For more information, visit https://ci.turlock.ca.us.
▪Nov. 20, 2016—The Super Run 5K, Woodward Park
This is part of a national series. The website says, "This event will support an awesome children's charity. We just don't know which one yet." On top of it, the website takes forever to load. If we didn't know better, we'd say this sounds a bit fishy. In other words, let the runner beware. The run is put on by Superfly Running Inc. of Livonia, Mich. In several cities in which the event has been held, Groupon, HalfOffDeals or other discounts have been offered. For more information, visit http://thesuperrun.com.
▪Nov. 24, 2016—Run Against Hunger 5K walk/run & 10K run and kids'
fun run, Banner Island Ballpark, Stockton
The ballpark opens up so runners can use nice permanent bathrooms before the race. Walkers have their own course, so they're not impeding runners. Great family event and a nice way to start Thanksgiving. Proceeds benefit the Emergency Food Bank of San Joaquin County. Early packet pick-up at Nov. 21-23 at Fleet Feet Stockton, 277 Lincoln Center. Bring two non-perishable food items and receive 15% off your entire purchase that day. Download an entry form by clicking here or register online at http://www.eventbrite.com.
▪Nov. 24, 2016—MJC Turkey Trot & Gobbler Walk 5K and kids' 1/2-mile
runs, Tuolumne River Park, Modesto
These events benefit track and field and cross-country programs. The 5K run is just that, a run. Please, NO baby strollers, headphones or dogs in the Turkey Trot. Strollers, dogs and walkers welcomed in the Gobbler Walk. The Turkey Trot will be chip timed. The Gobbler Walk will have no official times, but there will be a clock at the separate finish line so participans can self-time. All kids finishing the 1/2 mile will receive finishers' medals. Courses are on a paved bike trail with portions of grass and gravel. The start and finish lines are on grass. Arrive early as parking is limited. For more information or to register, visit https://RunSignUp.com
24, 2016—Visalia Emergency Aid Council "Race Against Hunger" 2-mile walk and 5K
These event benefits the Emergency Aid Food Pantry. For more information or to register online, visit https://RunSignUp.com.
24, 2016—Kings United Way Turkey Trot 5K, Hanford
First 20 female and first 20 male finishers will receive a medal. This event benefits several local charities. For a list of the charities or for more information on the race, including registration, visit https://RunSignUp.com.
24, 2016—Fresno Turkey Trot 5K run and 2-mile walk, Woodward Park, Fresno
The 5K is chip timed. The walk is not timed. The event, hosted by Sierra Challenge Express Running Club, benefits Fresno's hungry. For more information or to register online, visit https://RunSignUp.com. Participate in this, the Oct. 29 Monster Dash and the Fresno Jingle Bell Run for Toys for Tots and earn a special Holiday Run Series medal.
24, 2016—Brentwood Turkey Trot for Schools
This has become a Brentwood tradition. There is a 10K and 5K. For more information or to register online, visit Brentwood Turkey Trot.
26, 2016—Kaweah Country Run 5K & 10K, Three Rivers
These events start and finish at Slick Rock Recreation Area. For more information, visit http://kaweahcountryrun.com
3, 2016—Bah Humbug 5K, San Ramon
This is a fun holiday tradition. Dress up as your favorite Dr. Seuss Grinch character. Ice cream treats (Ice cream sandwiches, Drumsticks, etc.) afterward. Grinch-themed long-sleeve t-shirts for pre-registered runners. For more information, visit www.active.com.
3, 2016—Jingle All the Way 5K walk/run, Mountain House
For more information, visit https://localraces.com.
3, 2016—Merced Jingle Bell Run Toys for Tots 2-mile walk/run and kids' fun
The event is put on by Buhach Colony HS in conjunction with the 20-30 Club of Merced County and our local US Marines' Toys for Tots drive. Bring a new, unwrapped kids toy to donate. A portion of the proceeds go to athletic scholarships for graduating Merced High School Students. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
4, 2016—NEARING SELL OUT—California International Marathon (CIM) and marathon relay,
Fewer than 250 marathon entries remain at $275. Relay entries also remain at $225 per team. High school relay entries for $50 per team. For more information, visit http://runcim.org.
4, 2016—Hanford Rockin' Rudolph Run 5K, Hanford
All finishers receive a custom Christmas ornament. Costume contest as well as a visit from ole Saint Nick. For more information, visit https://RunSignUp.com.
4, 2016—Bakersfield Santa 5K Fun Run, Riverwalk Park,
This is an afternoon event and is partnering with Ronald McDonald House this year. For more information, visit www.bakersfield5k.com.
10, 2016—Spirit of Giving 5K walk/run and free kids' fun run, 10th Street,
Course starts on 10th Street and goes through downtown before turning into the College area neighborhood. There it meanders before finishing once again on 10th Street. Kids then line up to chase the Grinch out of Modesto in the free kids' fun run. Free pictures with Santa, too. Pull out your green tutus and don your Santa hat or reindeer antlers for this festive event. Bring a can of food for a raffle drawing and a chance to win a bicycle. One boy's and one girl's bike will be given away. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
10, 2016—Fourth annual Jingle Bell Run Toys for Tots 2-mile walk/run & 5K run,
Christmas Tree Lane, Fresno
Christmas-themed sweatshirt for all registered runners. Bring an unwrapped, new toy and receive a Santa Claus hat. Toys will be distributed by the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com. Participate in this, the Oct. 29 Monster Dash and the Fresno Turkey Trot and earn a special Holiday Run Series medal.
11, 2016—Annual Jingle Bell Run Toys for Tots 2-mile walk/run, Main
Christmas-themed sweatshirt for all registered runners. Bring an unwrapped, new toy and receive a Santa Claus hat. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com
▪Jan. 1, 2017Resolution Run 2-mile walk/run, 4-mile run and
kids' fun runs, Woodward Park, Fresno
For more information or to register online, visit https://RunSignUp.com.
▪Jan. 7, 2017—New Year Polar Bear 5K Run & Dunk, Eagal Lake, Tracy
The post-run dunk is optional. If you choose to be a polar bear, bring a towel and dry clothes. Long-sleeve shirt, finishers' medals and champagne toast (for all 21 years and older). For more information, visit Eagal Lakes.
▪Jan. 14, 2017—Winchell Cove 10K & 10-mile trail run,
Millerton Lake State Park, Friant
This event is produced by San Joaquin Running. For more information or to register online, visit https://RunSignUp.com.
▪Jan. 14, 2017—Thin Mint 5K and 1-mile Shortbread Shuffle,
Market Place Shopping Center, Bakersfield
All registered runners receive a box of Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies to first 1,000 runners. Yum! Thin Mints here I come. Events support Girl Scouts of Central California. For more information or to register online, visit https://RunSignUp.com.
▪Jan. 14, 2017—Thin Mint 5K and 1-mile Shortbread Shuffle, River
Park Shopping Center, Fresno
Your eyes are not deceiving you. There are two Thin Mint 5Ks held the same day. Choose the one that best fits your schedule. All registered runners receive a box of Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies to first 1,000 runners. Yum! Thin Mints here I come. Events support Girl Scouts of Central California. For more information or to register online, visit https://RunSignUp.com.
▪Jan. 14, 2017—Tulare Blue and Gold Dash 5K FFA Shuffle,
This event benefits the Tulare FFA and ag education. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
▪Jan. 14, 2017—Winchell Cove 10K/10-mile Trail Run, Millerton Lake
State Rec Area, Friant
Trail run along the shores of Millerton Lake. For more information or to register online, visit https://runsignup.com.
▪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.
▪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.
▪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. 5, 2017Second Annual Hanford Cow Run Half-Marathon and
These events benefit Valley Children's Hospital. For more information, visit Hanford Cow Run.
▪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. 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. 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, 2017Almond Blossom Festival 1-mile and 8K
Check back later for more information.
▪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. Fiinishers' 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Turlock Christian Schools at 209-632-2337.
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.
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. 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.
▪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.
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—Almond Festival Scholarship 2-mile walk/run & kids' fun run, Kerman
For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪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.
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