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2016

September   

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. 24, 2016—Monarche Choir Kaleidoscope Fun Run, Porterville
This event benefits Monarche High School Choir. For more information or to register, visit https://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
This event benefits child abuse prevention in San Joaquin County. Download a registration form by clicking here or register online at www.active.com.

Oct. 1, 2016—Harvest Run 5K run, 3K walk & 1/2-mile kids' run, Visalia
An effort of the Visalia Runners and Kaweah Delta Health Care District, this event raises funds to buy Christmas presents for families seeking cancer treatment. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.

Oct. 1, 2016—Go for Life 5K run and 2-mile walk, Hanford
This event benefits the Pregnancy Center's ongoing ministry. For more information, visit www.active.com.

Oct. 1, 2016—Rocky Ridge Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Las Trampas Wilderness, San Ramon
This is the finale of Brazen Racing's Ultra Half Series. Even if you're not participating in the series, you can still enter. Trails, trails and lots of trails. Finishers' medals to all, and great post-race spread. For more information, visit Braden Racing.

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.

Run for the Cheese

Oct. 8, 2016—Cheeese & Wine 5K walk/run & 10K run, Galaxy Theatres, Riverbank
Course go through shady residential area. The topography has a bit of a roll, and the 10K has a bonus hill. Sweatshirts for all pre-registered runners. Events benefit Riverbank High School athletic programs. For more information, visit www.runforthecheese.com or register online at www.active.com. Download an entry form by clicking here.

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. 8, 2016—Twain Harte Rotary Sugar Pine Trail Run 10K & 5K runs and 1-mile fun run, Twain Harte
Since these are run on trails, it's probably not a wise idea to try to push a baby strollers. There's also a costume contest with a theme, "woodland wonderland." For more information, visit Twain Harte Rotary.

Oct. 8, 2016—Run for Hope 10K run and 2-mile walk/run, Cutler Park, Visalia
The event is hosted by the Visalia Rescue Mission. For more information or to register online, visit https://RunSignUp.com.

Oct. 8, 2016—Yosemite Half Marathon, Bass Lake
Course is new this year, with first 5 miles on a rough fire road. Remainder of the course is similar to last year and is designed to be easier on the knees. For more information, visit http://yosemitehalfmarathon.com.

Oct. 8, 2016—Second Annual Cancer Run 5K, Yokurts Park, Bakersfield
This event was formerly called the Bakersfield Cancer Run. Proceeds benefit local cancer groups, screenings, transportation and financial assistance. For more information, visit Kern County Cancer Run.

Oct. 8, 2016—Freedom Festival and 5K Fun Run, Turlock Free Methodist Church, corner of Johnson and Tuolumne, Turlock
These events are hosted by the Turlock Free Methodist Church and are designed to highlight modern slavery. T-shirt to all pre-registered runners, and age-group awards in 10-year spans. Proceeds benefit the www.setfreemovement.org. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.

Honey Badger logoOct. 9, 2016—Honey Badger Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, China Camp State Park, San Rafael
These are trail runs with a bit of an attitude. But don't let that scare you away. Events are designed for all abilities. All pre-reg runners receive a tech shirt. Half marathon finishers receive a medal that doubles as a bottle opener and screwdriver, while 10K & 5K finishers receive a woodallion. Craft beer post-race for adults. For more information, visit https://raceroster.com.

Oct. 15, 2016—Red Wave 5K Run & kids' fun run, Fresno
This event benefits the Fresno State Bulldogs Track & Field Program. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.

Oct. 15, 2016—Tarantula Run Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Los Vaqueros Reservoir, Brentwood
This is a Brazen Racing event, so naturally there's a challenging hill. If you're lucky, you may see male tarantulas out cruising for foxes (a.k.a. female tarantulas). Don't worry, tarantulas are harmless although they look scary. Tech t-shirt option, finishers' medals for all and great post-race spread. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Oct. 15, 2016—Tiger Dash 5K Run & 1/2-mile cub fun run, UOP, Stockton
This event is hosted by the Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2017. For more information, visit www.active.com.

Oct. 15, 2016—36th Annual Springville Apple Run 5K river run, 10K trail run and 2-mile walk and kids' fun run, Springville
There also will be a mountain bike race. No registration on race day. For more information or to register online, visit http://runwalkjog.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. 16, 2016—Merco Credit Union Half-Marathon and 5K, UC Merced Campus, Merced
Wonder if the " awesome, unique age-group trophies" are the age-group award rocks (yes, they were BIG heavy rocks) they have given out in the past. For more information, visit www.runningmerced.com. Register online at www,active.com.

Oct. 22, 2016—Second Annual Honey's Air and Solar 5K
Timed Run/Walk/Stroll, Salida
This event benefits the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Food, music, beer garden (you've got me there), raffles, photo booths and crafts, to name a few of the activities. Registration includes an event t-shirt. For more information, download the flyer by clicking here or register online at Honey's Air.

Oct. 22, 2016—Great Pumpkin Run, Walk or Wheel 5K, East LaLoma Park, Modesto
This event benefits Disability Resource Agency for Independent Living. T-shirts to all registered runners; prizes for both you and adult winners. Download the registration form by clicking here.

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.

Oct. 29, 2016—Halloween Fun Run 5K or 10K, East LaLoma Park, Modesto
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.

Oct. 30, 2016—Seventh 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 often—no processing fee for online registration. That being said, you can register online at www.active.com.

November   

Nov. 5, 2016—Salmon Duathlon (5K run, 30K ride, 2.5K run) or 5,000 meters (5K) run, Knights Ferry
Events benefit preservation of salmon natural habitat in the Stanislaus River. For more information or to register online, visit www.itsyourrace.com.

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. 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. 12, 2016—Veteran's Day Run 5K walk/run, Lemoore
For more information or to register online, visit http://ultrasignup.com.

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—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, 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—Womble Run 5K walk/run & 10K run, Lodi Lake, Lodi
More information coming shortly.

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.

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

Nov. 24, 2016—Visalia Emergency Aid Council "Race Against Hunger" 2-mile walk and 5K run, Visalia
These event benefits the Emergency Aid Food Pantry. For more information or to register online, visit https://RunSignUp.com.

Nov. 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.

Nov. 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

December   

Dec. 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.

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. As of Aug. 13, the marathon was 91% full. For more information, visit http://runcim.org.

Dec. 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.

Dec. 10, 2016—Spirit of Giving 5K walk/run and free kids' fun run, 10th Street, Downtown, Modesto
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.

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

Dec. 11, 2016—Annual Jingle Bell Run Toys for Tots 2-mile walk/run, Main Street, Visalia
Christmas-themed sweatshirt for all registered runners. Bring an unwrapped, new toy and receive a Santa Claus hat. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com

2017

January   

Jan. 1, 2017—Resolution 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, Bakersfield
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 Park, Fresno
Dress as your favorite football team. Proceeds benefit Kastner PTC/Academics/Arts and Athletics. For more information, visit or register online at https://RunSignUp.com.

Jan. 28, 2017—Third annual Pirate's of the Cure-i-bbean 5K Booty Run, Woodward Park, Fresno
For more information or to register online, visit https://RunSignUp.com.

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.

Feb. 5, 2017—Second Annual Hanford Cow Run Half-Marathon and 5K, Hanford
These events benefit Valley Children's Hospital. For more information, visit Hanford Cow Run.

Feb. 11, 2017—Bay 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. 25, 2017—Support Blue Fresno 5K and 10K, Woodward Park, Fresno
For more information or to register online, visit https://RunSignUp.com.

March   

March 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.

April   

April 17, 2017—Color 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 mary@drail.org.


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