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December   

Dec. 27, 2014—Brazen Almost New Year's Eve Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Lake Chabot Marina, Castro Valley
Both the 10K and half-marathon have the infamous long hill. The 5K is relatively flat. Run this and the New Year's run and receive a super awesome mega-medal on top of the regular finisher's medal. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Dec. 31, 2014—Resolution Run 2-mile fun run/walk, (stroke of midnight), Stockton
Ring in the new year by running or walking this fun non-competitive event in your pajamas. This is an annual run hosted by Fleet Feet Stockton, which will provide hot chocolate, cookies and $2,000 in raffle prizes. There's also a best PJ contest. Hmmm, this could be interesting. So bring out your flannels, your pink fuzzy slippers and hair curlers, and plan to attend. Registration is only $20 and includes a long-sleeve t-shirt along with the hot cocoa and cookies. For more information, visit Fleet Feet Stockton.

2015

January   

Jan. 1, 2015—Bank of the Sierra's Resolution run 5K walk/run & kids' fun run, Visalia
These events benefit the Visalia Rescue Mission. For more information, visit www.valleyresolutionrun.com or register online at www.active.com.

Jan. 1, 2015—Brazen New Year's Day Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K walk, hike and runs, Lake Chabot Marina, Castro Valley
The half and 10K give runners a belated Christmas present in the form of a big hill. Upgrade from standard cotton t-shirt to a tech shirt for $6. Great post-race spread. Custom medal to all finishers. Run both this and the Almost New Year's event and also receive a mega-medal. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Jan. 1, 2015—New Years Polar 5K Run and Dunk, Eagal Lakes, Tracy
The additional dunk in the brrr cold water is optional. Bring a towel if you plan to take the plunge. The course is dirt and/or gravel, so plan accordingly. For more information, visit http://eagallakes.com.

Jan. 1, 2015—Fresno Resolution 4-mile run, 2-mile walk/run and kids' fun run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Prizes to top three overall finishers in both male and female categories, but no age-group awards. The course is 2-miles, so you run two laps for the 4-miler. For more information, visit Valley Race Productions or register online at Chronotrack.com.

Jan. 4, 2015—Fifth annual Andrew's Run/Walk 5K, Tuolumne River Park, Modesto
Event benefits George Mark Children's House, which provides hospice services for children. Download a registration form by clicking here or register online at https://raceroster.com. This is a great way to start your New Year's resolution.

Jan. 10, 2015—Fog Run 5K & 10K, Bakersfield
For more information or to download a registration from, visit the Bakersfield Track Club or register online at www.active.com.

Jan. 17, 2015—Rio Bravo Rumble 5K, 10K, half-marathon-ish & team and individual duathlons, Bakersfield
These are run on dirt, so it's a mountain bike duathlon. For more information, visit www.ggphysicaltherapy.com.

Jan. 24, 2015—Coyote Hills Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K walk, hike and run, Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont
The name says it all—coyote hills, although they're supposed to be "runnable." Gorgeous views. Upgrade from a cotton t-shirt to a tech shirt for $6 more. Great post-race spread. Finishers medals for all. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Jan. 24, 2015—St. Joseph's Wellness Run 5K, Stockton
Register online at www.active.com.

Jan. 24, 2015—Ed Friel Memorial Run 2-mile walk/run & 10K run, Copperopolis
This course has hills. Download a registration form by visiting Copperopolis Elementary School. Events benefit the Copperopolis Elementary School, the Copperopolis Volunteer Firemen Association and the Copperopolis Friends of the Library.

Jan. 24, 2015—Kastner 5K/10K Dream NFL Run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Proceeds benefit Kastner Intermediate Parent-Teacher Club. For more information, visit www.5kdreamrun.com or register online at RunSignUp.com.

Jan. 24, 2015—Tule Fog 5K and 10K, Cutler Park, Visalia
Maybe there actually will be fog this year. Register online at www.active.com. For more information, visit the Visalia Parks and Rec Department.

Jan. 31, 2015—Pirates of the Cure-i-bbean Booty Run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Register online at Chronotrack.

February   

Feb. 1, 2015—Run Super Sunday 5K & 10K runs, Sacramento
Kick off Super Bowl Sunday the healthful way, and you'll be back home with plenty of time to prepare for the BIG game. Register before Dec. 31, and you can choose your favorite NFL team's colors for the race t-shirt. After the deadline, you receive a color chosen by the Sacramento Running Association. For more information, visit Run Super Sunday.

Feb. 1, 2015—Third annual Super Bowl Sprint 5K run and 2-mile walk, Visalia
Events will be finished long before the BIG game. Run and walk benefit The Creative Center Foundation, which helps support the non-profit Creative Center. More details, including downloadable registration form, to come.

Feb. 7, 2015—Library Run 5K and 1-mile walk/runs, Oakdale
After a few years hiatus, this event has been resurrected. It is being put on by the Oakdale Lions Club to benefit the Oakdale Library. Download the registration form by clicking here.

Feb. 7, 2015—30th Orient Express 1- and 4-mile walk/runs, Chinese Camp
Word has it that there are a few hills on the course. Events benefit Special Olympics. For more information, visit Sonora Sunrise Rotary.

Feb. 7, 2015—The Tiny Half-Marathon and 5K run, Galt
Register online at www.active.com.

Feb. 7, 2015—Jed Smith Ultra 50-mile, 50K and 30K ultraruns, Sacramento
This event, held along the American River bike trail near Watt Avenue, is hosted by the Buffalo Chips. This is a relatively flat and fast course. For more information, visit the Buffalo Chips.

Feb. 7, 2015—Color Fun Fest 5K, San Joaquin Fairgrounds, Stockton
This 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.

Feb. 8, 2015—Davis Stampede Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, Davis
Note: This is the Sunday after the Super Bowl, unlike previous years. These are flat courses in and around Davis. Upgrade from cotton to a tech shirt for a few dollars more. Finishers medals for half-marathon. Few a few dollars more, 10K and 5K finishers can earn a participant's medal too. For more information, visit Change of Pace.

Feb. 14, 2015—Bay Breeze Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, San Leandro Marina Park
This is one of the few flat races that Brazen Racing produces. But it's still a nice event as you go along the bay. Same post-race goodies, choice of tech or cotton t-shirt, finisher's medal and overall Brazen good time. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

Feb. 14, 2015—Justicia Run 2-mile walk/run and 5K run, Clovis
This was formerly known as Race Judicata. Starts and finishes near San Joaquin College of Law, downtown Clovis. For more information, visit www.racemine.com.

Feb. 21, 2015—Ripon Almond Blossom 1-mile and 8K runs, Mavis Stouffer Park, Ripon
These are on flat city and county streets and roads. To receive the long-sleeve shirt, you must have your registration form or digital entry into the Ripon Chamber of Commerce by Feb. 4, not just postmarked but in their hands. So register early by visiting the Chamber or online at www.active.com. The Chamber appears to have its own online registration, too.

Feb. 21, 2015—Rotary 10 Chocolate 2-mile walk/run, 5-mile run, 10-mile run and kids' fun run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Lots of chocolate edibles. Age-group awards three deep in 5-year spans. Register online at RunSignUp.com.

Feb. 28, 2015—Hellyer Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, San Jose
This course is described as "mildly rolling," which makes you wonder. Is it a Brazen Racing mild roll or a regular person's mild roll? Regardless, sounds like a nice event. Great post-race spread, choice of cotton or tech t-shirts, and finisher's medals to all. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.

March   

March 1, 2015—Graffiti Run 5K, Woodward Park, Fresno
This is one of those national theme runs. Runners go through graffiti zones, where they're dowsed with colored food-grade corn starch. Sounds similar to a color run. For more information, visit The Graffiti Run or register online at RunSignUp.com.

March 1, 2015—Heavenly Half Marathon, Auberry
Great views of the valley and pine trees. Downhill route, too. For more information, visit http://theheavenlyhalf.com. Last year the race sold out a month before the event, so don't delay. Event is capped at 1,250. Hot breakfast and hot chocolate after the race.

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
Big finishers' bling (medals) for all events. Registration opens Nov. 11. For more information, visit Change of Pace.

March 7, 2015—Sanger Blossom Trail 2-mile walk/run and 10K walk/un, 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 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.

March 8, 2015—35th annual Brian Sturgeon St. Patrick's Day 2-mile walk/run, 5-mile walk, 10K run and kids' fun run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Events benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Central California. For more information, visit http://store.ccucp.org or register online at Choronotrack.com. I think this is the correct date. There was another Website that had this event on Feb. 28, 2015. But it did not have a registration link.

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 14-15, 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 Dec. 6, the half is 30% full.

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, thee 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 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 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—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.

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—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 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—Crows Nest Tri Triathlon, Millerton Lake
There is a sprint and an Olympic distance for individuals and teams. For more information, visit www.scmultisport.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—Mokelumne River Trail Runs 50-miles, 50K and 13.1 miles, Valley Springs
For more information, visit Elemental Running.

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.

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

May   

May 5, 2015—Olé 5-Qué, 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. Kids receive 1 taco, 1 aqua fresco, 1 churro, 1 shirt, 1 finisher's sombrero. DJ and Mariachi band, too. 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. Register online at www.active.com.

May 9, 2015—CPOA Run to Remember 5K & 10K, Pleasanton
Check back later for more information.

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

May 17, 2015—Chocolate Festival 1-mile and 5K walk/runs, Oakdale
Check back later for more information.

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. For more information, visit Fleet Feet Stockton.

May 23, 2015—Modesto Memorial Classic 1-mile & 5K walk/runs and kids' free fun run, Tuolumne River Park, Modesto
Check back later for more information.

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

May 24, 2015—Wounded Warrior 5K run/walk, Manteca
Check back later for more information.

May 30, 2015—Mud on the Farm 5K obstacle course, Dell Osso Farm, Lathrop
Check back later for more information.

June   

June 7, 2015—Hook and Ladder 5K & 10K walk/runs & kids fun run, Wente Vineyards, Livermore
These events sell out every year. Check back later for more information.

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. 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. Check back later for more information.

July 12, 2015—Lodi 5000 (5K), Lodi
This event is held earlier in the morning before all of the bike races. Unique four-lap course covers the same course as the bike riders do. It's a fun race. Wine raffles for adults. 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.

August   

Aug. 1, 2015—Modesto Midnight 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. 16, 2015—Hell of a Half Marathon, Exeter
For more information, visit www.hellofahalf.com.



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