1, 2013—Run Wild! 5K run/walk, Crissy Field, San Francisco
Benefits the San Francisco
Firefighter's Toy Program. In
addition to the regular goodies, including a t-shirt, participants
receive a Santa hat to get into the holiday spirit. Help those less
fortunate celebrate Christmas by bringing an unwrapped toy to the race
for the Firefighter's Toy Program. There will be shuttles out to Crissy
Field. For more information, visit RhodyCo.com.
7, 2013—Merced Jingle Bell Run Toys for Tots 2-mile run/walk, Merced
Run the same course as the Christmas
parade. Registration includes Santa-design sweatshirt. Cool lookin'
sweatshirts, if the pic on the website is representative. Bring an
unwrapped toy, and you'll also receive a Santa hat. Santa beards
availble for purchase, with proceeds going to the Toys for Tots
program. Toys will be donated to needy kids by the Marine Corp's Toys
for Tots program. NO race-day registration. You MUST pre-register.
Awards three deep in 10-year age groups. For more information, visit Merced
Jingle Bell Run or register by clicking here.
7, 2013—Bah Humbug 5K walk/run, San Ramon
Costume contest, too, so come as your
favorite Grinch character. Ice cream sandwiches, popsicles, Drumsticks
and ice cream on a stick post-race. You'd be surprised how good ice
cream tastes after a 5K, even on a cold morning. Long-sleeve t-shirts
with the Grinch to all pre-registered runners. This is a fun holiday
and family event. Highly recommended. Register online at www.active.com.
7, 2013—Ugly Swater 5K, Alameda Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
As the name implies, wear your ugliest
sweater. (This is one
of a series of national events.) This is a pricey event, with
registration of $52, and that's for a 5K. Did I mention a $6.25
convenience fee for onlne registration, bringing total registration
cost to $58.25? And yes, that's for a 5K (3.1 miles). Pick up bib
number before race day at Sports Authority. If not, pay another "small
convenience fee" (as the website says) of $5 to pick it up on race day.
On top of it, this is NOT a timed race. You self time, which means no
medals or awards, either. For more information, visit The Sweater Dash.
7, 2013—Candy Cane 5K walk/run, Mariposa
Portion of proceeds go to Childrens
Hospital of Central
California. This is part of an all-day holiday event that also includes
photo ops with Santa, cookie decorating and more. For more information
including how to register, visit Wonderland.
7, 2013—Run for a Brighter Christmas 5K and kids' Jingle Jam, Eagal
For more information or to register
online, visit www.active.com. Register for both
this and the New Year's Polar Run 5K and save
7, 2013—Mr. Toad's Wild Run 20K & 5K, Bakersfield
This is billed as a tough event and
front the sounds of things, a dirt trail run. For more information,
Toad's Wild Run.
8, 2013—SOLD OUT—California International
Marathon (CIM) and Marathon Relay,
Registration opened March 1, and it
sold out in late August unless you have a Boston Qualifying time. There are still a very limited number of
charity entries where you pay $120 PLUS the
$130 entry fee, or a total of $250. The $120 will go to the marathon's
designated charity this year. For those with BQ
will reopen Oct 1-Oct. 15.
Visit CIM for more information.
14, 2013—Spirit of Giving 5K walk/run and free kids' fun run, Modesto
Kids get to chase the Grinch out of
Modesto in the free kids' fun run. 5K starts near downtown and goes
through quiet residential areas. Get your picture taken with Santa
and/or the Grinch after the event. The young and young at heart are
welcome for photos. Bring non-perishable food to donate to the Mission.
Receive raffle tickets for donated food, too. This is a great family
event and a healthful way to
beat holiday stress. Register online at www.active.com or download a
registration form by clicking here.
14, 2013—Summit Rock Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Sanborn County
is one of those great Brazen Racing events, so you know there will be
hills, hills and more hills. Work off some of those holiday treats with
one of these events. Hikers welcome. Medals for all finishers. For more
information, visit Brazen Racing.
14, 2013—Jingle Bells Run for Toys for Tots 5K, Fresno
The run goes down Christmas Tree
Lane—how appropriate. For more information, visit Talley
Timing. Last year, the
inaugural event sold out.
14, 2013—Tinsel Toy Walk/Run 5K 7 1/2-mile walk, Tulare
This event is hosted by the Visalia
Runners. Long-sleeve shirt to first 200 participants. For more
information and to register online, visit www.active.com.
14, 2013—Mountain House Jingle All the Way 5K, Mountain House
For more information visit Mountain
House Jingle Run's Facebook page or register online
15, 2013—Visalia Jingle Bell Run for Toys for Tots 2-mile walk/run,
Sweatshirts to all registrants. Jingle
bells to the first 1,500 runners. Bring an unwrapped toy and you'll
receive a Santa hat. Toys go to the Marine Corp's Toys for Tots
program. NO race-day registration, meaning you MUST pre-register. For
more information, including registration information, visit Visalia
Jingle Bell Run.
22, 2013—Second annual Double Road Race, Pleasanton
Participants run a 10K, then take a
short break before running
a 5K. Registration limited to 2,500. There also will be a Christmas
Road Mile Run/Walk and Kids' Cup Mile.
(Let's hope it's better organized than last year, when the awards
ceremony took 1 1/2 hours just for the 10K. 5K medals were not awarded
but instead were mailed to winners because of snafus with timing. 5K
start time was
and most of the participants weren't notified, so the start was way too
confusing.) For more information, visit Double
28, 2013—Brazen's New Year's Eve (sort of) Half-Marathon, 10K &
5K, Lake Chabot
Ring out 2013 with one of these trail
races. 5K is relatively
flat, but the 10K and half do have hills. All finishers receive a
custom medal, and Brazen is known for its post-race spread. Do both
this and the New Year's Day race and earn a mongo medal. These dual
events sell out, so don't wait to register. For more information, visit
Dec. 31, 2013—Resolution Run (formerly the Pajama Run), Fleet Feet Stockton, Lincoln Center
Ring in the new year with this fun 2-mile event, and you may
win one of numerous raffles. More than $2,000 in prizes to be given
away. The untimed event goes around Fleet Feet, 277 Lincoln Center, Stockton. Plus
hot chocolate, cookies and cookies to all participants. Long-sleeve
t-shirt to all participants. Event goes off at the stroke of midnight.
It's only $20, including a long-sleeve t-shirt. Wear your finest
pajamas. Hair curlers and pink fluffy slippers are optional. To
the Fleet Feet Stockton website.
1, 2014—Brazen's New Year's Day Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Lake
Ring in the new year with one of these
trail races from Brazen
Racing. There's a 5K that's relatively flat and a hilly 10K &
marathon. All are held at Lake Chabot. Run both this and the New Year's
eve race and receive a humongous medal. Hikers and walkers welcome.
These dual events sell out, so don't delay. Visit Brazen Racing.
1, 2014—Resolution 2-mile walk/run & 4-mile run Run/Walk,
Woodward Park, Fresno
Ring in the new year with either the
walk or run. Portion of
proceeds goes to Battle Buddy Foundation, which pairs service dogs with
returning vets who have PTSD (post-traumatic stress symdrom). Awards to
top three men and women, but no age-group awards. There is NO race-day
registration. For more information or a link to online registration,
visit Valley Race Productions.
1, 2014—Polar Run 5K and optional dunk, Eagal Lakes, Tracy
Be brave and do the 5K and the dunk.
Changing facilities will be available for those who brave the water.
Register online at www.active.com. If you register
for both this event and the Brighter Christmas 5K, Dec. 7,
you can save $10.
1, 2014—Bank of the Sierra's Resolution 5K Run/Walk, Visalia
Course goes through downtown Visalia.
For more information, visit Valley
4, 2014—Andrew's Run for the Children 5K, Tuolumne River Park, Modesto
What a great way to start the new
year. You can walk or run this event. It benefits the
George Mark Children's House,
which provides hospice services to children. (This is the same course
as the Modesto Memorial Classic.) Download an entry form by clicking here.
18, 2014—Rio Bravo Rumble 5K run/walk, 10K run and biathlon (10K run
followed by 20-mile mountain bike ride), Bakersfield
For more information, visit Glinn & Giordano Physical Theraphy.
25, 2014—Ed Friel Memorial 2-mile & 10K walk/runs and kids'
1/2-mile runs, Copperopolis
Warning: This course has hills.
Download a registration form by clicking here.
25, 2014—Coyote Hills Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Coyote Hills
Regional Park, Fremont
The name says it all—Coyote Hills.
Since this is a
Brazen Racing event, you know there will be inclines. But all finishers
get medals and they have a great post-race spread. Hikers/walkers
welcome. For more
information, visit Brazen Racing.
25, 2014—St. Joseph's 5K Run/Walk for Wellness, Stockton
Register online at www.active.com.
1, 2014—Orient Express 4-mile run & 1-mile family run, Chinese
Benefits Special Olympics. Download an
application by clicking here.
1, 2014—Anthony's Seeing is Believing 5K & 10K, Bakersfield
For more information, visit Anthony's
Seeing is Believing.
2, 2014—Super Bowl Run
10K and 2-person relay, Sacramento
something healthy before sitting
down and snacking during the big game. Cool football-style jersey tech
shirts to participants. For more information, visit Sacramento
Running Association. Read about how Turlock's Kimberly Cloud won the woman's
2, 2014—El Portal Middle School Super Bowl Sunday 4-mile
Panther Run & 1-mile kids' fun run, Escalon
This is a fundraiser for the Portal
Middle School Parent's Club. For more information, click here or register online at www.active.com.
2, 2014—Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half-Marathon and 5K, San
Both races afre point to point.
Shuttles to start line.
Half-marathon awards three deep in 5-year age groups. There will be no
finishers' medals in the half so more money can be donated to the
race's charity. 5K awards three deep in wide-open cateogories: youth,
teen, open, masters and senior. For more information, visit Kaiser Permanente.
8, 2014—The Tiny Half & 5K, Galt
Register online at active.com.
9, 2014—Davis Stampede Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Davis
For more information, visit Change
15, 2014—Run or Dye 5K fun run, Woodward Park, Fresno
one of those events
where runners wear white and walk or run through color stations to get
doused with corn-starch-based powdered dye. For more information, visit
15, 2014—Resolution Run 5K & 10K walk/run, Johansen High
This event benefits the Salvation Army
and Inter-Faith Ministries. Register
online at www.active.com.
15, 2014—Bay Breeze Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K San Leandro Marina
Park, San Leandro
This is a rarity—a Brazen Racing
event with no hills. Races are held along the paved trail that follows
the San Francisco Bay. Hikers welcome. Custom medals for all finishers,
and super post-race spread. For more information, visit Brazen
15, 2014—Run or Dye 5K, Woodward Park, Fresno
This is one of those fun runs where
you run through stations
and get doused with colored corn starch. Finishers end up with a
rainbow of colors on their white t-shirts. For more information, visit Run or Dye.
Feb. 22, 2014—Almond Blossom Festival 1-mile & 8K walk/runs, Ripon
This annual event coincides with the Ripon Almond Blossom
Festival and the unofficial start to spring. More information coming
1, 2014—Walk and Run for Cancer 5K,
10K & Tot Trot, Valley Springs
Download an application by clicking here or register online at www.active.com.
1, 2014—Hellyer Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K run/hike, Hellyer
County Park, San Jose
This is one of those Brazen trail events, so expect some hills but not
as bad as some of their events. The half only has 331 feet of elevation
gain. Much of the race is on a paved bikeway. If you use the
Hellyer Park lot, it will cost $6. Brazen is known for a great
post-race spread and medals for all finishers. For more information,
visit Brazen Racing.
15-16, 2014—Shamrock 'N Half Marathon, 5K and kids' fun run, West
half is on Sunday, March 16; the
5K and kids' run, Saturday, March 15. The 5K and kids' fun run are new
this year. When this event first started, it had a 5K, but it was
dropped after a couple of years. The half sells out, so don't
too long to register. Registration opens Nov. 1. For more information,
15, 2014—Brian Sturgeon 2- & 4-runs and 2- &
5-mile walks, Woodward Park, Fresno
United Cerebral Palsy of Central California. For more information,
15-16, 2014—Badger Cove Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K run/hike,
Del Valle Regional Park, Livermore
is a Brazen Racing event, so expect hills. (Hills build character.)
Brazen is kown for great post-race goodies, choice of cotton or tech
shirt, and medals for all finishers. For more infornation, visit Brazen Racing.
16, 2014—Emerald Across the Bay 12K, Sausalito-San Francisco
goes across the Golden Gate Bridge. For more information,
16, 2014—California Classic Half-Marathon, Half-Marathon Relay and 5K,
through the Chaffee Zoo. The century (100 miles), metric
century (62 miles) or
mini-metric bicycle rides will be held on May
17 on a closed freeway.
more information, California Classic Weekend or register online at www.active.com.
22, 2014—Mud Factor CenCal 5K obstacle fun run, Hobbs Grove, Sanger
more information, visit www.mudfactor.com.
23, 2014—Modesto Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K, Modesto
is a Boston Qualifier. For more information, visit www.modestomarathon.com.
29, 2014—Livermore Half Marathon, Livermore
opens 10 a.m., Oct. 29.
First 149 get in for $49. They also get unlimited winetasting at 15
wineries and VIP tickets to the Grapes of Rock Festival the
following day, March 30. The next 159 get $59 registration. CHEAP
REGISTRATIONS SOLD OUT in 5 minutes. That's crazier than Disney's Dumbo
Double Dare selling out in less than an hour. But $69
registrations are still available. This is put
on by the same folks who do the US Half Marathon in San Francisco.
There also will be a corporate cup for the fastest men's, women's and
co-ed teams as well as the company with the most participants. For more
information, including a link to registration, visit www.runlivermore.com.
30, 2014—Inaugural Fresno Urban Run 5K, Fresno
travels through downtown Fresno and finishes with a 10-story stair
climb. For more information, visit Talley
5, 2014—American River (AR) 50-mile Endurance Run, Folsom
This is a new course that stays along
the top portions of the
former course. It won't start at the Guy West Bridge and won't go along
the lower parts of the American River bike trail. Instead, it starts at
Brown's Revine and ends up at Granite Bay. The course has more dirt and
less pavement. It also is billed as having easier access for crews and
less driving between crew access locations. Course limit has been
raised to 1,000 from 850. As of Nov. 16, 642 people
had registered. You know it will sell out, too. For more
information, visit www.ar50mile.com.
19, 2014—Diablo Challenge 50K, half-marathon, 10K & 5K, Castle
Rock Park, Walnut Creek
This benefits Save Mount Diablo. This is a
Brazen Racing event, so it means lots of hills and dirt. Nice post-race
spread and medals for all finishers. Age-group medals three deep in
5-year age spans. For more information, visit Brazen
20, 2014—Run for the Parks 10K, 5K & 1-mile kids' fun
run, Sycamore Grove Park, Livermore
The 5K & 10K courses are 80% unpaved
through the park. That means put all-terrain tires on your baby
strollers. Otherwise, the course is probably too rough for baby
strollers. For more information, visit Finish Line Production.
26-27, 2014—San Luis
Obispo Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K, San
The 5K will be held April 26; the half and full April 27. Eight-hour
course closure for the full. That means an 18 minute pace, or you won't
get an official time. Minimum age is 15 years old. This is a BYOB
event, meaning they encourage runners to bring their own bottles to cut
down on paper cups at the aid stations. For more information, visit SLO
26, 2014—Walk A Mile in Her Shoes, Modesto
This benefits the Venture Humanity Inc.'s International Men's March to
Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence project. Men walk a
mile in women's high-heeled shoes. It is being put on by the Haven
Women's Center of Stanislaus. For more information, visit Eventbrite.
26, 2014—Run or Dye 5K fun run, San Joaquin Fairgrounds, Stockton
This is one
of those events where runners wear white and walk
or run through color stations to get doused with corn-starch-based
powdered dye. For more information, visit www.runordye.com.
27, 2014—Big Sur
International Maration, 21-mile relay,
10.6- and 9-mile runs, and 5K, Big Sur-Carmel
The marathon and 21-miler are SOLD OUT. The
relay, 10.6 and 9-milers, and 5K and 3K remain
open. For more
information, visit www.bsim.org.
3, 2014—Western Pacific Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K,
Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area, Fremont
Surprise! Even though this is a Brazen
Racing event, the course is mostly flat. Enjoy it. Medals to all
finishers. Great post-race goodies and choice of cotton or tech
t-shirts. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
10, 2014—11th annual
2-mile walk/run, 10K run and kids' fun run, Woodward Park, Fresno
The 10k run is part of the Pro Race
Group Runner of the Year
series and is worth up to 30 points. Mothers will be recognized with
special bibs and a gift at the completion of the their walk/run. There
will be a "mommy and me" team run and awards for the top three times in
each age group, Proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Research
Foundation and many programs that serve the children of Madera County.
For more information, visit Greater Kiwanis of Madera or
register online at www.active.com.
10, 2014—Rina's Run half-marathon & 5K, Ripon High School,
If this event is like last year, it starts and finishes on the school's
dirt track. For the half, the first two blocks or so are on dirt. For
the 5K, you start on the dirt track, then run on uneven gravel dotted
with storm drains. Let's hope race organizers learned from last year
and have improved the course as well as the lack
course monitors. The event benefits efforts to raise money to install
an all-weather track at the high school's Stouffer Field. For more
information, visit the Rina's Run Facebook page (you
don't need a Facebook account to view the page).
17, 2014—22nd annual Chocolate Festival 5K & 1-mile walk/runs,
Come for the run, stay for the Chocolate Festival (just down the road). Download a registration form by
24, 2014—Modesto Memorial Classic 1-mile & 5K walk/runs and free half-mile kids' fun run, Tuolumne River Park, Modesto
Check back later for more information.
24, 2014—Wildcat Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K run/hike, El
This course has lots of hills, but
you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the bay, Golden Gate
Bridge and other sites from the top. The East Bay Waldorf
School has provided access to trails that most people never get to run
on. Finishers medals to all. Great post-race spread. For more
information, visit Brazen
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