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March   

March 7, 2015—Sloppy Moose Running Club Sac Beer Week 5K,Sacrameento Beer Week Sacramento
For those of you who don't know about the Sloppy Moose Running Club, it's a group of runners who like to drink beer—or is it a bunch of beer drinkers who like to run. Regardless, they're sponsoring a 5K run fun as part of Sacramento Beer Week. The event starts at noon, and pre-registered runners also receive a tech shirt. Post-event includes craft beer and craft beer caramels. Race starts and ends at New Helvetia Brewing, 1730 Broadway, Sacramento. To register, visit https://timeyourrace.com.

March 7, 2015—Walk Run for Cancer 2-mile, 5-mile & tot trot, Valley Center
Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Download the registration form by clicking here.

March 7, 2015—Lucky Run 7K, 7-miles and Lucky 13 half-marathon, Davis
These races are full of choices. For a few dollars more, runners can upgrade from cotton to a tech shirt and can receive a finisher's medal. For those who want to go the budget route, they still get a cotton shirt and a great race, all for a great price. But you must pre-register to choose these options. For more information, visit Change of Pace.

March 7, 2015—Sanger Blossom Trail 2-mile walk/run and 10K walk/run, Sanger
Flat fast course. For more information, visit Sanger Parks and Rec. Register online at RunSignUp.com. These events coincide with Sanger Chamber of Commerce's annual Blossom Days Festivals.

March 7, 2015—San Joaquin River Trail Half-Marathon and 10K, Auberry
There are hill on this course to the tune of 2,500 feet in elevation gain. Post-race food and beer (for adults). Event is limited to 200 runners. For more information, visit http://sanjoaquinrunning.com.

March 7, 2015—Thin Mint 5K and 1-mile Shortbread Shuffle, Fresno and Bakersfield
These events help support the Girl Scouts. The events are held at two locations on the same day so choose the one that's closest to you. For more information, visit www.thinmint5k.com. First 1,000 to enter receive a box of you guessed it, those famous Thin Mint cookies.

March 7, 2015—Starlight 5K, Riverwalk Park, Bakersfield
This is one of those themed events that's very similar to a neon run. The after-dark event involves walking or running through black lights or glow lights. For more information, visit www.starlight5k.com.

March 7, 2015—Color Me Rad 5K, Bakersfield
This is one of those national themed events that involves wearing a white shirt and running through color stations, where runners are doused with colored corn starch-based powder. This is a non-competitive event. For more information, visit Color Me Rad.

March 8, 2015—Mud Factor 5K obstacle run, Hart Memorial Park, Bakersfield
This is part of a national series of obstacle mud runs. Waves will go off every 15 minutes. For more information, visit http://mudfactor.com.

March 14, 2015—California Classic Half-Marathon, 2-person Half-Marathon Relay and Rock & Run 5K, Fresno
The 5K is new this year. Half course goes through the Chaffee Zoo. The 5K does not go through the zoo, but all finishers get a celebratory beer as part of their registration. All races start and finish at the Chuckchansi Stadium. For more information, visit Fresno Half Marathon.

March 14, 2015—Run and Play for Kendall Rae 5K run/walk, Woodward Park, Fresno
For more information, visit RunSignup.com.

March 14, 2015—St. Paddy's Shamrock Shuffle 5K run and 3K walk, Lions Park, Lemoore
For more information, visit UltraSignup.com.

March 14, 2015—Jamestown Run 2-mile & 10K, Jamestown
To register online, visit www.active.com or visit www.jamestown.k12.ca.us/run.

March 14, 2015—El Portal Panther 5K and 1-mile fun run, El Portal Middle School, Escalon
Events benefit the El Portal Middle School Parents Club, which uses the funds to assist the school in meeting the educational needs of the student body, according to the website. Register online at www.active.com or download a registration form.

March 14-15, 2015—Shamrock N Half-Marathon, 5K and kids' fun run, West Sacramento
The 5K and fun run will be March 14, the half March 15. Registration opened Nov. 3, and this event is sure to sell out. Visit Shamrock N Half to register online. As of Feb. 15, the half is 85% full.

March 15, 2015—Indian Gulch-Hornitos 2-, 5- and 10-mile runs, Hornitos
These runs have hills, but they're in the beautiful foothills outside of Snelling. Pancake breakfast afterwards. Walkers welcome in the 2- and 5-mile runs. Please, only runners in the 10 miler. Proceeds benefit the UC Merced Cross Country Team. For more information, including a downloadable entry form, visit the Merced Running Club.

March 15, 2015—Dublin Shamrock 5K run/walk, Dublin
Choose from a chip-timed or untimed option. For more information, visit www.active.com.

March 15, 2015—California Classic Half-Marathon, Half-Marathon Relay and Rock and Run 5K, Fresno
The course goes through the Chaffee Zoo. All events feature a beer garden for adult finishers. For more information, visit Fresno Half Marathon or register online at Chronotrack.com.

March 15, 2015—Mud Factor 5K obstacle run, Hobbs Grove, Sanger
This is part of a national series of obstacle mud runs. Waves will go off every 15 minutes. For more information, visit http://mudfactor.com.

March 15, 2015—Badger Cover Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K walk, hikes and runs, Del Valle Regional Park, Livermore
Panoramic views, but you pay for it with challenging courses. After all, these are Brazen Racing events. Choice of cotton or tech t-shirts, great post-race spread and finisher's medals for all. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

March 15, 2015—Rocky Hill Short- and Long-Course Triathlons, Exeter
The short course involves a 400-yard swim, 12.6-mile ride and 3.1-mile (5K) run. The long course is a 800-yard swim, 24.9-mile ride and 6.2-mile (10K) run. For more information, visit www.rockyhilltriathlon.com.

March 15, 2015—Inaugural Kern River Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Bodfish
Much of the course is a flat out and back, with slight uphill start and a slight downhill finish. Entries are limited due to permit constraints. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.

March 21, 2015—Pacheco Spring Triathlon, Los Banos
There's a short course and a long course. Event will be capped at 100 participants. For more information and to register, visit www.active.com.

March 21, 2015—Breaking the Silence Run for Children 5K, Madera/Fresno TBA (to be announced)
For more information, visit www.fresnobts.org.

March 21, 2015—Bunsen to Beaker 5K, Jackson
This event benefits Amador High cross country and Jackson Junior High science. For more information, visit Facebook (you don't have to be a Facebook member to view this) or register online at www.active.com.

March 21, 2015—Second Annual Run for Love-Water 5K & 10K, Yokuts Park, Bakersfield
For more information, visit www.love-water.org.

March 28, 2015—Field and Dale 6K & 12K trail runs, Panorama Vista Preserve, Bakersfield
Awards will be two deep in age groups. Events benefit the preserve. Registration limited to 300. Download a registration form at the Bakersfield Track Club.

March 22, 2015—Oakland Running Festival, Oakland
There's a marathon, the Kaiser Permanente Half-Marathon and the Bank of the West 5K. 5K awards to top three male and female finishers and top male and female finisher in each 5-year age group. This event strictly enforces USATF headphone rules, and any winner eligible for prize money who is wearing headphones will be declared ineligible for the award. For more information, visit OaklandMarathon.com.

March 28, 2015—Second Annual Library for London 5K walk/run and kids' 1K fun run, London
If you've been following new movie releases, Disney just launched McFarland 1987 about the McFarland High School cross-country team's journey to a state championship. Word has it that some of the most successful McFarland runners from that era have been invited and will be at this race. Read more about McFarland's amazing story in the Los Angeles Times. For more information on the Library for London Run, download the race flier or visit Library for London. Proceeds from the event will help build a library for London, a 2,134-population community southeast of Kingsburg.

March 28, 2015—Livermore Half Marathon, Livermore
This is part of the Golden States Half Series, which also includes The Town's Half in Oakland in August and the U.S. Half Marathon in San Francisco in November. Registration includes gender-specific tech shirt and commemorative wine glass as well as finishers' medal. For more information, visit RunLivermore.com.

March 28, 2015—Brazen Goonies Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K walk, hike and runs, Lagoon Valley Park, Vacaville
All runners will get to experience some single track, while half-marathoners will get a hill. Great post-race spread, choice of cotton or tech t-shirt, and finisher's medals for all. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Modesto Marathon logo March 29, 2015—Modesto Marathon, Half-Marathon, Half-Marathon Relay and 5K Run/Walk, Modesto
The first 3,500 runners to register for the full or half marathons or half marathon relay (age 21 or older) will receive a  commemorative custom bottle of wine made exclusively for the Modesto Marathon. The swag doesn't stop there. Participants will also receive a tech shirt featuring the new logo, a pair of custom Modesto Marathon arm sleeves, a custom recovery jacket, finisher's medal and goody bag. Also new this year: All 5k participants will receive a tech shirt and a finisher's medal. Early bird registration is good through August. Special pricing: 5K $30; 5K (12 & under) $20; half marathon $65; marathon $85; half-marathon relay, $65 per runner for teams of 2; wheelchair half marathon, $65; wheelchair marathon, $85, assisted team half marathon, $65 per runner in teams of two; and assisted team marathon, $85 per runner in teams of two. There's also a Commit to Get Fit challenge where teams from schools, non-profits and corporate/companies compete against each other for the largest turn-out in the events. For more information, visit Modesto Marathon or register online at RaceMine.com.

March 29, 2015—Fresno Urban Run 5K, Fresno
This is an obstacle course but with urban obstacles, such as running the Grizzlies' stadium stairs. For more information, visit Fresno Urban Run.

March 29, 2015—Auburn Endurance Capital 5K and 10K Series, Auburn
This is the second in a three-race series held on the streets of Auburn. There is a slight roll to the course. Age-group awards in each race as well as awards for overall series winners. For more information, visit Northlander Events.

March 29, 2015—Fourth annual Running of the Elk Half-Marathon, Half Relay and 5K, Elk Grove
Micro-fiber shirts for all pre-registered runners. Flat, fast course. For more information, visit www.runningoftheelkhalf.com.

April   

April 4, 2015—Run for the Reef 2-mile walk or 5K, River Park, Fresno
This is a non-competitive event. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

April 4, 2015—Got Color? 5K Run/Walk, Jacob Meyers Park, Riverbank
This is one of those themed races where you wear a white shirt and go through color stations that dust you with corn-starch-based colored powder. When you finish, you have a rainbow of color on the shirt. A white shirt is part of the registration. Race-day registration or packet pickup, 7 a.m. Race starts at 8 a.m. For more information, call 209-863-7150.

April 4, 2015—Visalia Triathlon, Visalia
This involves a 400-yard swim, 11-mile ride and 3-mile run. For more information, visit http://vi-tri.com.

April 4, 2015—Color Vibe 5K, Visalia
This is one in a series of national themed races. Runners go through stations where they're dowsed with a corn starch-based dye. Race directors recommend that if you have respiratory problems to wear a mask or scarf over your face. Events also are planned or Fresno and Stockton later this year, although the website doesn't give a specific date. For more information, visit www.thecolorvibe.com.

April 4, 2015—Sutter Creek Bypass Run 5K & 10K, Sutter Creek
Sounds like there are some hills on the courses. For more information, visit www.active.com.

April 4, 2015—FARA Rabbit Run 5K & 10K and kids' bunny run, Yokuts Park, Bakersfield
For more information and a downloadable registration form, visit Kern County FARA (Friederich's Ataxia Research Alliance. Register online at UltraSignUp.com.

April 4, 2015—Easter Run and Fun 5K and 10K, Lodi Lake, Lodi
In the past, the Easter Bunny has paid this event a visit. There's a good chance that he will do so once again. Family or team of 4 receive a registration discount. Events benefit the benefit Lodi Salvation Army's Hope Harbor Family Service Center. Download the informational flier at Bear Creek Church or register online at www.active.com.

April 5, 2015—Color Fun Fest 5K, San Joaquin Fairgrounds, Stockton
This event had originally been scheduled for Feb. 7 but has been changed to April 5. It is one of a series of national events put on by a Richardson, Texas, company. There are day waves, beginning at 5 p.m., and night waves, beginning at 9 p.m. Runners go through stations and are dowsed with corn-starch-based colored powders. At night, the powder glows under black lights. The event website is soliciting for charities, and it doesn't say what percentage of race proceeds will go toward whatever charities are chosen. For more information, visit http://colorfunfest5k.com.

April 11, 2015—28th Annual Run for Health 1-mile, 5K and 10K walk/runs, East LaLoma Park, Modesto
This is a fun, low-key local event and is great for all members of the family. Download a registration form by clicking here, or register online at www.active.com.

April 11, 2015—Run for the Children 5K walk/run, Fresno
The event is designed to raise awareness about child abuse. For more information or to register, visit RunSignUp.com.

April 11, 2015—Millerton Lake (Crows Nest) Triathlon, Millerton Lake
There is a sprint and an Olympic distance for individuals and teams. For more information, visit www.scmultisport.com or www.racemine.com.

April 11, 2015—“That They May Live” 5K Run & 2-Mile Fun Walk, Woodward Park, Fresno
Early bird pre-registration discount through March 14. Events benefit Right to Life Central California. Register online beginning Jan. 15 at www.RightToLifeCA.org. The 5K will be professionally chip timed by Soul2Sole and Go For It Events.

April 11, 2015—CAP Run Across the Spectrum 8K and 1-mile walk/run, Veva Blunt Elementary, Visalia
For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

April 11, 2015—CASA Super Hero 5K & 10K runs and 2K walk, Bakersfield
For more information, including online registration, visit www.active.com.

April 11, 2015—20th Annual LifeWALK and 5K Run, Park Plaza, Visalia
This year’s event will be larger with the addition of a 5K run along with two bands and a bounce house. Events benefit the Tulare-Kings Right to Life. For more information, visit www.tkrl.org.

April 12, 2015—Cali 10 5K and 10K walk/runs, StocktonCali 10 logo
The Asparagus Run is no longer. In its place is this event, inspired by surfers and hang ten. All registered runners receive a beach towel. The first 350 to pick up packets also receive a tech shirtI'm there dude. After the event, receive $5 in food truck credits and check out the inaugural Food Truck Face-Off and Expo. Packet pick-up is noon-6 p.m., Saturday, at Fleet Feet Stockton. Register online at It's Your Race or download a registration form at Fleet Feet Stockton.

April 12, 2015—Santa Cruz Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, Santa Cruz
Course goes along the ocean bluffs for great scenery. There are some parts that aren't paved, and races finish on the beach. For more information, http://firstwave-events.racemine.com.

April 12, 2015—Cross the River Run 2-mile walk/run and 10K run, Madera
For more information or to register online, visit https://runsignup.com.

April 12, 2015—Dionysus Dash 5K, Concannon Vineyards, Livermore
This is part of a series of pricey runs through vineyards. Awards for top three male and female finishers. Wine tasting afterwards. The event website said it benefits a community charity but doesn't state what that charity is. For more information, visit www.dionysusdash.com.

April 12, 2015—Dragoon Gulch 5K, Sonora
This event is partially on dirt trails and has some hills. No baby strollers or dogs. For more information, visit www.active.com.

April 18, 2015—Diablo Trails Challenge, 50K, half-marathon, 10K & 5K, Castle Rock Recreation Area, Walnut Creek
These events benefit Save Mount Diablo. You can be sure there are hills since this is a Brazen Racing event. Finisher's medals to all, choice of cotton or tech shirts. Great post-race spread. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

April 18, 2015—Paws for a Cause 2-mile walk/run and 5-mile run, Applegate Park, Merced
You don't need to bring your dog to participate. Events benefit the Center of Vision Enhancement, or COVE. Download the registration form by visiting www.mymerced.com.

April 18, 2015—Mokelumne River Trail Runs 50-miles, 50K and 13.1 miles, Valley Springs
For more information, visit Elemental Running.

April 18, 2015—Sixth Annual SOS 1-mile and 5K Run, Oakdale
Event benefits the Oakdale Educational Foundation. For more information, visit www.sosfunrun.com. Download a registration form on http://media.wix.com or register online at www.active.com.

April 18, 2015—Second Annual Revolutionary 5K Walk/Run, Modesto
Event benefits Beyer High School Athletics programs and athletic scholarships. For more information, visit Beyer High School or register online at www.active.com.

April 19, 2015—Cat Trails 5K, UC Merced
Registration includes t-shirt. Prizes three deep in 10-year age groups. For more information, visit UC Merced.

April 25, 2015—Color Me Rad 5K, Fresno
This is one of those national theme events that involves wearing a white shirt and running through color stations, where runners are doused with colored corn starch-based powder. This is a non-competitive event. For more information, visit Color Me Rad.

Dusty Bottoms Trail RunnersApril 25, 2015—Second Annual Red Hills Ramble 10K, 15K and 30K trail runs, Red Hills
The courses combine wide fire trails with technical single-track trails. This is a great opportunity if you've always wanted to try a trail run. Definitely a low-key, fun event brought to you by Dusty Bottoms Trail Runners. Barbecue included in price of registration. Unique awards for overall winners. What will Red create this year? Come and find out. Red Hills is about 35 minutes east of Oakdale (past Knights Ferry). Race benefits in part Center for Human Services. Car pool as parking is limited. To register online, visit RunSignUp.com. Google Red Hills Recreation Management Area for map and more info.

April 25, 2015—Sutter Creek Duck Dash 5K, Sutter Creek
This event benefits the Amador High Cross Country Team. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

April 25, 2015—Foothill Farm 5K run/walk, relay and kids' fun run, Exeter
Events benefit Exeter FFA. A carnival and agricultural showcase will be part of the event. For more information, visit www.exeterffa.weebly.com or register online, visit www.active.com.

April 26, 2015—SOLD OUT—Big Sur International Marathon, 21-miler, 10.6 miler,  9 miler and 5K, Carmel
Forget about trying to get into these events. All of them are SOLD OUT. For more information, visit www.bsim.org.

April 26, 2015—Auburn Endurance Capital 5K and 10K Series, Auburn
This is the third in a three-race series held on the streets of Auburn. There is a slight roll to the course. Age-group awards in each race as well as awards for overall series winners. For more information, visit Northlander Events.

May   

May 2, 2015—Third annual 5K Stroke Awareness Run/Walk, Merced
There's also a family festival and health fair, which are open to the community. For more information, visit Support Mercy Merced.

May 2, 2015—Choose Life 5K Walk/Run & 10K Run, Modesto
These events benefit the Modesto Pregnancy Center. For more information, visit www.modestopc.org.

May 3, 2015—Dionysus Dash 5K, Clos La Chance Winery, San Martin
This is part of a series of pricey runs through vineyards. Awards for top three male and female finishers. Wine tasting afterwards. The event website said it benefits a community charity but doesn't state what that charity is. For more information, visit www.dionysusdash.com.

May 3, 2015—Devil Mountain 10K, 5K and free kids' fun run, Danville
The 5K is billed as family friendly, the 10K flat and fast. Race shirts only for the first 1,000 to enter. No shirts for free kids' fun run. For more information, visit http://devilmtnrun.com/ or http://www.svetiming.com.
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May 5, 2015—Olé 5-Qué 5K and 5 Miles, Woodward Park, Fresno
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this evening event. Adult participants receive 2 tacos, 1 Mexican beer or aqua fresco, 1 churro, 1 shirt, and a unique finisher's medal (right). Kids receive 1 taco, 1 aqua fresco, 1 churro, 1 shirt, 1 finisher's sombrero. DJ and Mariachi band, too. Costumes encouraged. For more information, visit www.cincodemayorace.com.

May 9, 2015—Rina's Run Half-Marathon and 5K, Ripon
Events start and finish on the new all-weather track at Ripon High School. proceeds will help bring ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible  bathrooms and bleachers to the Ripon stadium. Prize money to overall and masters male and female winners. Download a paper registration form by clicking here. Register online at www.active.com.

May 9, 2015—CPOA Run to Remember 5K & 10K, Pleasanton
Check back later for more information or visit the California Peace Officer Association's Facebook page. You don't have to have a Facebook account to view the page.

May 10, 2015—Tiger Fun Run 5K & 10K, Los Banos
For more information, visit www.active.com.

May 16, 2015—Chocolate Festival 1-mile and 5K walk/runs, Oakdale
Race registration includes free admission to the festival afterwards. These are both flat courses through Oakdale. Download a registration form by clicking here or register online at www.active.com.

May 16, 2015—Dala Horse Trot 2-mile walk/run and 10K run, Kingsburg
Races start in front of the fire department, 1460 Marion St. Enjoy Swedish pancakes and the town's Swedish Festival after the run. For more information, visit www.dalahorsetrot.com.

May 16-17, 2015—Li'l Mud Runner, Eagal Lakes, Tracy
This is a little kids' version of the mud runs that adults like to do. Registration includes a customized bib, t-shirt and swag bag. Free parking for mom and dad, and no online registration processing fee. Just like the big mud runs, this 1-mile event will feature waves of runners, so there's not a crush and stampede at the start. Mud, mud and lots of mud as well as obstacles to crawl under, over or through. Event also includes an all-day carnival. For more information or to register, visit Li'l Mudder.

May 17, 2015—Avenue of the Vines Half-Marathon and 5K, Lodi
Events start and finish at Woodbridge by Mondavi Winery. Flat courses through vineyards. Post-race picnic on the grassy grokunds of the winery. Plan to arrive early because parking can be at a premium shortly before the race. For more information, visit Fleet Feet Stockton. Register online at Chronotrack.com. This is the first of three races in the Valley 13.1 Half Marathon Series sponsored by Fleet Feet Stockton. The other two are the Tiny Half (held in late January) and St. Joseph's Half in early November.

May 23, 2015—Modesto Memorial Classic 1-mile & 5K walk/runs and kids' free fun run, Tuolumne River Park, Modesto
The 1-mile is an out-and-back course; the 5K, a flat, fast certified course. Both are on paved shady paths. Awards 3 deep in 10-year age spans in the 1-mile. Awards 3 deep in 5-year age groups in the 5K. Prize money for top three 5K male and female finishers as well as top master (over 40). Additional prize money for breaking the 5K course record. Pancake breakfast included with each paid registration. There's also a free kids' run. Medal to all finishers in the kids' run. (Kids' run does not include a t-shirt or breakfast. Additional breakfasts are available for $5 each). Register online at www.active.com or download a registration form by clicking here.

May 23, 2015—Clovis Memorial 2-mile & 5K walk/runs, Senior Activity Center, Clovis
For more information, visit www.clovismemorialrun.com.

May 23, 2015—Rugged Maniac 5K obstacle race, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
This event is part of a national series  The race includes 25 obstacles, including a 50-foot water slide. The start will go off in waves of runners beginning at 10 a.m. and running through 3 p.m. Registration, which seems a bit pricey for a 5K, includes a cotton t-shirt, finishers' medal, free photos and one free beer. It does not include $8 for parking. The price starts at $59 through Jan. 23 and runs up to $100 on race day. You can choose a chip-timing option, but it doesn't appear they give out age-group awards—just recognition for the top three overall male and female finishers. Last year, the NorCal event attracted about 140 participants. For more information, visit www.ruggedmaniac.com.

May 24, 2015—Christopher Braley Wounded Warrior 5K run/walk, Manteca
This is part of the Not Forgotten Memorial Day Weekend celebration. For more information or to download a registration form, visit http://thememorialweekend.org..

May 30, 2015—Mud on the Farm 5K obstacle course, Dell'Osso Farm, Lathrop
This is one of the few local mud runs. Dell'Osso Farms is a family run operation just off of I-5 in Lathrop. This event is sure to have lots of obstacles, mud and fun. Register online at www.mudonthefarm.com.

May 30, 2015—Bass Lake Run for the Kids 5K, Bass Lake
For more information, visit www.basslaketri.com.

June   

June 7, 2015—Hook and Ladder 5K & 10K walk/runs & kids' fun run, Wente Vineyards, Livermore
These events sell out every year. 5K course is 50% dirt, 50% pavement and mostly flat. 10K is 90% dirt and has one hill. Strollers NOT allowed in the 10K. Events benefit the non-profit Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Foundation, a 501(c)3 foundation. For more information, visit Fleet Feet Pleasanton.

June 7, 2015—Kaiser Permanente Women's Fitness Festival Half-Marathon and 5K, Sacramento
As the name implies, this is a women-only event. Registration opens Feb. 2. Events start in waves and finish near the state Capitol. If it's like years past, the shirts run small, so consider going up one size. They won't allow shirt exchanges until AFTER the event. For more information, visit www.womensfitnessfestival.com.

June 7, 2015—KaiserLodi Cyclefest 5K, downtown Lodi
The running course follows the same one the cyclists take afterward, That means runners complete four laps and can even earn lap prizes, known as prems, on three of the four laps. Afterward, stay for the cyclists as they whiz around the streets of downtown Lodi. All runners have access to the Michael David Winery (they make Seven Deadly Zins, among other wines) VIP tent, where you can sip on wine or craft beers as well as sot drinks. For more information, visit www.fleetfeetstockton.com.

June 7, 2015—Second annual Merco Credit Half-Marathon and 5K, UC Merced, Merced
The 5K is new this year. This is a half-marathon in June in the Central Valley, so be prepared for heat and hydrate accordingly. The half starts at 6:30 a.m., and the 5K follows at 6:40 a.m. to try to avoid some of that heat. For more information, visit Merced Athletic Corp. Register online at www.active.com.

June 7, 2015—Dionysus Dash 5K, Mettler Vineyards, Lodi
This is part of a series of pricey runs through vineyards. Awards for top three male and female finishers. Wine tasting afterwards. The event website said it benefits a community charity but doesn't state what that charity is. For more information, visit www.dionysusdash.com.

June 20, 2015—Tri for Fun #1, Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, Pleasanton
400-yard swim, 11-mile bike, 3.1-mile run. Check back later for more information.

June 21, 2015—Pleasanton Rotary Father's Day Spirit 10K run, 5K walk/run and kids' fun run, Pleasanton
For more information, visit Fleet Feet Pleasanton or register online at www.active.com.

June 28, 2015—Crazy Eights #1 8K and 8-mile trail runs, Lake Camanche
Check back later for more information.

June 28, 2015—California Sprint Triathlon and California International Triathlon, Shadow Cliffs Recreation Area, Pleasanton
Click here for information on the sprint and here for the international triathlon. The sprint is a 1/2-mile swim, 11-mile bike and 3.1-mile run. The international is a 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run.

July   

July 4, 2015—Run for Independence 2- and 5-miles, Atwater
The 2-mile is for both walkers and runners. Please, only runners in the 5-miler. This is a flat course in and around Atwater. This is what a local running event is all about. A portion of the proceeds go toward the Atwater Fourth fireworks display. Check back later for more information.

July 4, 2015—Run San Ramon 5K & 10K runs, San Ramon
Check back later for more information.

July 5, 2015—Hernia Hill 5K, 10K & Half-Marathon, Twisted Oak Winery, Vallecito
Check back later for more information.

July 11, 2015—SHE 365 5K run, Mondavi Winery, Lodi
This is a women's only event. Talk about swag! Finisher's shirt, champagne flute, mimosas, fresh fruit and chocolate, and custom headband. Hmmm. This sounds like it could be fun! Hope the shirts are as cute as the ones from the KP Women's Running Festival in Sacramento in June (hint, hint, Tony). For more information, visit Fleet Feet Stockton.

July 11, 2015—Escalon Park Fete 2-mile and 10K walk/runs, Escalon
These are flat courses. The 2-mile is an out-and-back, the 10K goes out in the country and then back. Both start and finish at El Portal Middle School. A portion of the proceeds go toward Escalon High School's cross-country program. Watch for the thundering purple herd from Escalon High out on the course volunteering as course monitors. Last year, the high school's cheerleaders turned out to run the 2-miler. Now that's school spirit! Downloadable and online registration form coming soon.

July 12, 2015—Lodi 5000 (5K), Lodi
This event is held earlier in the morning before all of the bike races. Unique four-lap event covers the same criterium course as the bike riders do. It's a fun race and different than just about any other one out there. Wine raffles for adults. Check back later for more information.

July 25, 2015—Dirt, Sweat and Beers Mountain Bike Sprint Triathlon, Eagal Lakes, Tracy
Check back later for more information.

July 26, 2015—43rd annual Wharf to Wharf 6-miler, Santa Cruz-Capitola
Registration typically opens in April, so check back then. This race sells out quickly, so when it opens, don't delay. For more information, visit Wharf to Wharf.

July 26, 2015—Crazy Eights #2 8K and 8-mile trail runs, Lake Camanche
Check back later for more information.

August   

Aug. 1, 2015—Modesto Twilight Run Half-Marathon & 5K, Modesto
Don't know much more than this. Wonder if it's like the 2-mile and half-marathon Midnight Marathon held several years ago in Modesto? Stay tuned.

Aug. 15, 2015—Crazy Eights #3 8K and 8-mile trail runs, Lake Camanche
Check back later for more information.

Aug. 16, 2015—Hell of a Half Marathon, Exeter
For more information, visit www.hellofahalf.com.

September   

Sept. 5, 2015—Color the Skies 5K & 10K walk/runs, Mistlin Sports Park, Ripon
Check back later for more information.

Sept. 6, 2015—Amigo de Oro 5- and 10-mile runs, Mariposa
Walkers welcome in the 5-miler. Please, only runners in the 10-miler. For more information, visit Merced Running Club.

Sept. 12, 2015—Kingsburg Viking 5K Run, Kingsburg
Events benefit the Kingsburg Track and Cross-Country Boosters. For more information, visit www.viking-run.com.

Sept. 19, 2015—Wascally Wabbit Half-Marathon and 2-mile walk/run, Fresno
Event benefits Kids Kasa Foster Care's Educational Foundation. For more information, visit http://thewascally.com.

October   

Oct. 4, 2015—Peace Officer Memorial Run Half-Marathon and 5K, Modesto
For more information, visit http://peaceofficermemorialrun.com. Register online at www.active.com. There is a moving ceremony before the start of the race honoring the peace officers who have given their lives in Stanislaus County over the years. There's also a free kids' fun run and safety fair. The 5K goes through the residential areas near Graceda Park. The half-marathon goes through some of those neighborhoods and then heads down to LaLoma Park. Sleep in an hour later with the new 8 a.m. start. Newly redesigned finishers' medal for the half-marathon, too.



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