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2016

July   

July 2, 2016—Fourth Annual Officer Kevin Tonn Memorial 5K Fun Run/Walk, Galt
This event is produced by the Galt Parks & Rec Department. Read more about Officer Tonn who was killed in the line of duty Jan. 15, 2013. To download a registration form, click here.

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. For more information or to register online at www.itsyourrace.com

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. For more information, visit the Merced Running Club or register online at RunSignUp.com.

July 4, 2016—FREE Firecracker 4 Miler, Grupe Park, Stockton
Yes, you read this right. It's free. Just show up shortly before the 8 a.m. start time to receive your #1 bib. And yes, every runner will be #1. FREE kids' fun run follows, with medals for all finishers. Post-race water and snacks. These events are brought to you by Fleet Feet StoMo (Stockton and Modesto).

July 4, 2016—Annual Freedom Run 4-mile run and 2-mile walk/run, Woodward Park, Fresno
This annual event put on by Sierra Challenge Express benefits local scholarships. Flag-lined course. Most patriotic group wins a box of safe and sane legal fireworks. Donations made during registration go toward Central Valley Honor Flight. For more information, visit www.FresnoFredomRun.com or register online at RunSignUp.com.

July 4, 2016—Firecracker 5K Run and 3K Walk, Lemoore
In conjunction with the run, the city will be hosting an Inflatable Family Fun Day at City Park. For more information or to register, visit Ultrasignup.com

July 4, 2016—Run San Ramon 5K & 10K, San Ramon
Nice course through a quiet business park. Peet's Coffee and Whole Foods nearby. Register online at www.actve.com.

July 5, 2016—Sole 2 Soul 5K Series, Woodward Park, Fresno
This is a six-race series held every other Tuesday in Woodward Park. Each race also has a theme, so dress in costume if you want. Each chip-timed race begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit Sole 2 Soul Sports.

July 9, 2016—North Fresno Rotary Run for Humanity 2-mile walk/run & 5K run, Fig Garden Shopping Center, Fresno
Pancake breakfast comes with each registration. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.

July 9, 2016—Seventh Annual Davis Moo-nlight 5K, 10K and Half-Marathon, Davis
This is an evening race in and around Davis. For more information, visit A Change of Pace

July 10, 2016—Gary Long Jeweler'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. First 300 receive a special Gary Long running pendant. Flat course starts and finishes at Woodbridge Winery. For more information or to register online, visit www.itsyourrace.com or download the application by clicking here.

July 16, 2016—Escalon Park Fete 2-mile walk/run & 10K run, Escalon
Courses are on city streets and paved country roads. Races start at highway 120 and Irwin. Download a registration form by clicking here or register online at RunSignUp.com.

July 16, 2016—Miguel Reyes Memorial 5K Walk/Run,
Woodward Park, Fresno
The race honors Fresno runner Miguel Reyes, who passed away after an auto accident in 2015. The course is on the same one used for the CIF cross-country championships. More than $5,000 in prize money. (Middle and high school students are not eligible for prize money, nor are junior college and college students.) For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.

July 19, 2016—Sole 2 Soul 5K Series, Woodward Park, Fresno
This is a six-race series held every other Tuesday in Woodward Park. Each race also has a theme, so dress in costume if you want. Each chip-timed race begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit Sole 2 Soul Sports.

July 31, 2016—Crazy Eights #2 8K and 8-mile trail run, Lake Camanche
Sign up for all three events at the same time and receive a discount. For more information or to register online, visit www.itsyourrace.com.

July 31, 2016—Courtland Pear Fair 5-mile and 10-mile runs, Courtland
These races are mostly to entirely off pavement. This is a dog-free event except for registered service animals. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.

August   

Aug. 2, 2016—Sole 2 Soul 5K Series, Woodward Park, Fresno
This is a six-race series held every other Tuesday in Woodward Park. Each race also has a theme, so dress in costume if you want. Each chip-timed race begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit Sole 2 Soul Sports.

Aug. 13, 2016—Hell of a Half Marathon, Exeter
The name says it all — there will be no shortage of valley heat. There is no shortage of crazies, and this race sells out. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.

Aug. 14, 2016—40th annual Pinecrest 5-mile run and 1-mile fun run, Pinecrest Lake
This is a fundraiser for a 501(c)3 group trying to reopen an elementary school in the area. If it's like previous years, this course has some hills. For more information or to sign up, visit UltraSignUp.com

Aug. 14, 2016—SAR Wild Run Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Shaver Lake
This is a Fresno County Search And Rescue FUNdraiser. Participants receive a tech shirt, unique medallion, chip timing and BBQ prepared by the Fresno County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team. For more information, visit www.sarwildrun.com or RunSignUp.com.

Aug. 16, 2016—Sole 2 Soul 5K Series, Woodward Park, Fresno
This is a six-race series held every other Tuesday in Woodward Park. Each race also has a theme, so dress in costume if you want. Each chip-timed race begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit Sole 2 Soul Sports.

Aug. 20, 2016—Campus Life 5K, Woodward Park, Fresno
This event benefits Fresno/Madera Youth for Christ. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.

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.

Aug. 28, 2016—Crazy Eights #2 8K, 8-mile and half-marathon trail run, Lake Camanche
Sign up for all three events at the same time and receive a discount. For more information or to register online, visit www.itsyourrace.com.

September   

Sept. 3, 2016—Soaring Over Ripon (previously the 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 background on the overall event. Check check back later for race information.

Sept. 4, 2016—Amigo Del Oro 5- and 10-mile runs, Mariposa Fairgrounds, Mariposa
The 5-miler is an out and back; the 10-miler is a loop, all on pavement. For more information, visit the Merced Running Club.

Sept. 17, 2016—Dusty Bottoms Trail Runners' Beer Mile, Modesto
Dusty Bottoms
It's B-A-C-K. Runners bring four cans or bottles of their favorite beer. They start by downing a beer. Then each 1/4 mile, they have to down another one. (Brian, the winner of the inaugural Beer Mile, has left the state. So you won't be competing against him.) Don Pardo, tell them what they win—The fastest runners (without throwing up) receive grand prizes selected especially for them. But there's more. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the hilarity. Post-race burgers with all of the fixings will be served. Please bring a designated driver if you plan to participate. Proceeds in part go to the Center for Human Services. More details coming soon.

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. 17, 2016—Komen Race for the Cure, Chuckchansi Park, Fresno
This event benefits the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Chip timed, For more information, visit www.komencentralvalley.org.

Sept. 24, 2016—Smokey Bear Run 2-mile walk/run & 10K run, Bass Lake
The course is on pavement, but it does have hills. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com

Sept. 25, 2016—Peace Officer Half-Marathon and 5K walk/runs, Gallo Center, Modesto
Peace Officer RunThis is a great event to honor the peace officers in Stanislaus County who have given their lives over the years. Moving opening ceremony, great traffic control, Gruff the Crime Dog, police dog demonstrations and more. Half course goes through historic parts of Modesto and La Loma Park; 5K goes through Graceda Park. For more information, visit http://peaceofficermemorialrun.com or register online at www.active.com.

October   

Oct. 1, 2016—Superhero 5K Run/Walk, Lake Lodi, Lodi
Check back later for more information.

Oct. 1-2, 2016—135 To The House ultra-marathon and relay, Bakersfield to Madera
Run this 135-mile event as an individual runner or part of a 4- to 8-person relay team. Event benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley. In addition to the registration fee, each team or ultra-runner must make a $150 or more fund-raising commitment. For more information, visit http://135tothehouse.com.

Oct. 8, 2016—Cheeese & Wine 5K walk/run & 10K run, Galaxy Theatres, Riverbank
Check back later for more information.

Oct. 8, 2016—Rabobank Fiesta Run 2-mile walk/run & 5-mile run, Reedley
New this year: team competitions. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.

Oct. 16, 2016—Judgment Day Half-Marathon, Bakersfield
Whoa! Look at the swag: Quarter-zip sweater, tech shirt, visor for early registration, custom socks and hot breakfast. And did we mention, personalized race bib if you register before Sept. 15. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.

Oct. 29, 2016—Second annual Monster Mash Dash 5K and kids' fun run, Woodward Park, Fresno
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.

November   

Nov. 6, 2016—Clarksburg County Run 20-miles, half-marathon, 10K and 5K, Clarksburg
Finishers' medals for 5K & 10K; wine stopper finishers' medals for half-marathon and 20 miles. For more information, visit www.clarksburgcountryrun.com.

Nov. 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. For more information, visit www.twocitiesmarathon.com.

Nov. 11, 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. 10, the day before. For more information, visit www.bigsurhalfmarathon.org.

Feat to BeachNov. 11-12, 2016—Feat 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—Bakersfield Marathon, Half-Marathon, Half-Marathon Relay and 5K, CSUB, Bakersfield
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. 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.

Nov. 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.

December   

Dec. 4, 2016—California International Marathon (CIM) and marathon relay, Folsom-Sacramento
Regular registration is open. The marathon sold out in September in 2015, so don't delay. For more information, visit http://runcim.org.

Dec. 10, 2016—Spirit of Giving 5K walk/run and free kids' fun run, Gallo Center, Modesto
Check back later for more information. Visit Spirit of Giving for previous years' events.

Dec. 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

2017

February   

Feb. 4, 2017—Jed 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.


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