▪ Feb. 24-25, 2018—Riverbank One Day 6-, 12-, 24-hour solo ultraruns and 6-hour team ultra relay, Riverbank High School, Riverbank
See how many miles you can run on this all-weather track during, six, 12 or 24 hours. Chip timed for USATF and IAU record purposes. For more information or to register online, visit UltraSignUp.com.
▪ Feb. 24, 2018—Support Blue Fresno 2-mile and 10K walk/runs, Woodward Park, Fresno
Support Blue Fresno is a grassroots effort to broaden support for the men and women who protect Fresno. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Feb. 24, 2018—Almond Blossom 1-mile and 8K walk/runs, Ripon
Come for the run, stay for the Almond Blossom Festival. You must register by Feb. 5 to receive a race t-shirt. For more information or to register online, visit Active.com.
▪ Feb. 24, 2018—Victory Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, Richmond Marina, Richmond
Yay! A flat Brazen Racing event. The courses go along the San Francisco Bay trail. Gorgeous views of the bay. Charity partner for this event is the Yes Nature to Neighborhoods. Run any of these events plus any of the Bay Breeze events on Feb. 10, and earn an additional special medal. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪ Feb. 24, 2018—Reedley College to Parkway 5K & 10K Walk/Run, Reedley
Dri-fit shirt, baseball cap and goodie back to all registered runners. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Feb. 24, 2018—Turner’s Tuff Ten 10-miler, Jamestown
Surprise: Runners will get some bonus miles since the course is actually 11.25 miles. This is a trail run, so there might be dirt, mud, rocks and/or tree roots, or all of the above, so plan accordingly. We are asking for toiletry donations, which will go to the Center for Human Services, and/or a monetary donation of $10. Food afterward, so stay for the post-race party. This event is hosted by Dusty Bottoms Trail Runners. Need I say more about a festive atmosphere with this group in charge? For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Feb. 24, 2018—End of the Trail Half Marathon and 10K walk/runs, Downtown, Visalia
Be one of the first 100 to sign up and receive a pair of compression socks on top of the usual t-shirt. Sign up before Jan. 1 and receive a beanie on top of that. All finishers also receive a medal. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Feb. 24, 2018—Tour de Meow 5K & 10K walk/run and 1-mile cat walk, Bakersfield
Proceeds benefit SOXrescue.org in supporting its neonate kitten nursery, adoption programs other life-saving programs. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com or Tour de Meow.
▪ Feb. 24, 2018—Are You Faster Than a Fifth Grader 2- and 4-mile walk/runs, Pyle’s Boys Camp, Bakersfield
For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Feb. 25, 2018—Dragoon Gulch 5K, Sonora
Proceeds go toward expansion of the Dragoon Gulch Trail. For more information or to register online, visit Active.com.
▪ March 3, 2018—Sanger Blossom Trail 2-mile and 10K walk/runs, Sanger
There also are distances shorter than even the 2 miles for the little ones. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ March 3, 2018—San Joaquin River Trail Half Marathon & 10K, Auberry
This is a trail run that promises to “kick your butt” with about 2,500 feet of elevation gain. As a trail run, the course will have rocks, dirt, tree roots and other natural obstacles – RunSignUp.com
▪ March 3, 2018—Color Vibe 5K, Tracy
This is one of those national theme races where runners wear white shirts and go through color stations. The color is dyed corn starch. As with many of these national races, the website says the event benefits local charities, but it never states what charities. For more information, visit Color Vibe 5K Run.
▪ March 4, 2018—Livermore Half-Marathon and 5K, Livermore
This race expo is March 3, the day before the actual event. IDs will be required to pick up bibs. Bottle-stopper finishers’ medals along with tech shirt, wine glass and free admission to a post-race party. Looks like there are some inclines on the half course. Race directors will be clamping down on people who give away or sell their bibs. For more information, www.motivrunning.com.
▪ March 4, 2018—Let’s Get Physical Therapy 1-mile walk and 5K walk/run, CSU Fresno, Fresno
Proceeds support the 2019 CSUF Doctor of Physical Therapy Class. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ March 10, 2018—SOS (Save Our Schools) Fun Run 5K & 1-mile walk/runs, Oakdale
These events since their inception in 2010 have benefited Oakdale schools. In 2017, the two events combined had more than 270 finishers. For more information or to register online, visit Active.com.
▪ March 10, 2018—Third Annual Team Isaac’s Miles for Miracles 5K, Bakersfield
Proceeds help Kern County families battling cancer. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ March 10, 2018—Lucky Leprechaun 5K, Turlock
This event benefits Walnut Elementary. It starts and finishes at the school, 4219 N. Walnut Road. T-shirt to all registered runners. “Completion” medals to all finishers. (I think they mean finishers’ medals.) Family pricing, too. To register online, visit SignUpGenius. (This may not work if you’re using the Chrome browser.)
▪ March 10-11, 2018—Shamrock’n Weekend (5K, 10K and half-marathon), West Sacramento
The 5K and new 10K will be held on Saturday, with the half-marathon on Sunday. All races start outside Raley Field and finish inside the baseball stadium. These are well-run events. Gender-specific shirts with a River Cats ticket for each registrant. One complimentary beer for each adult finisher. (Must present ID on race day.) Strictly enforced: NO dogs, NO baby strollers and NO hand cycles. For more information or to register online, visit Shamrock’n Half.
▪ March 11, 2018—Ninth Annual Modesto Marathon, Half-Marathon, Half Relay and 5K, Modesto
Half and full runners receive a hoodie. All finishers, regardless of race, receive finishers’ medals and free photos. Marathon Expo and packet pick-up, March 10, at Center Plaza is open to the public. For more information, visit Modesto Marathon, or register online at Race Partner.
▪ March 17, 2018—Second Annual St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock 4-mile walk/run and Green Leprechaun 2-miler, Woodward Park, Fresno
It’s the wearing O’ the green at this festive event. Green finisher’s medallions, green race shirts, green goodies and for those 21 and over, green beer (see a theme here?) Free green derbies to the first 400 registered. Events benefit the American Heart Association. For more information or to register online, visit www.RunSignUp.com.
▪ March 17, 2018—Kings County 4H Color Me Green 5K, Kingsburg
Proceeds benefit Kings County 4-H. As runners pass stations, they are doused with non-toxic green dye. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ March 17, 2018—Salvation Army Kettle Dash 5K, 10K & kids’ fun run, Turlock
For more information, including registration, visit Kettle Dash.
▪ March 17, 2018—St. Patrick’s Day 5K, Park at River Walk, Bakersfield
For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ March 24, 2018—Second Wind 5K and kids’ sprint, Madera Speedway and Fairgrounds, Madera
Proceeds benefit the Madera Rescue Mission. Runners start and finish on the speedway. For more information, visit Second Wind 5K or register online at RunSignUp.com.
▪ March 24, 2018—14th Annual Easter Run & Fun 5K & 10K, Lodi Lake, Lodi
Rumor has it that Mr. E. Bunny will make an appearance for photo ops. For more information, including registration, visit Easter Run.
▪ March 24, 2018—CASA of Tulare County Super Hero Run 1-mile or 5K, Visalia
Come dressed as your favorite super hero. Race t-shirt and finishers’ medals. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ March 25, 2018—Indian Gulch-Hornitos 2-, 5- and 10-mile runs, Hornitos
Events benefit the Buhach High School Cross-Country Team. There are hills on all of the courses, but you’re surrounded by gorgeous scenery. This event is hosted by the Merced Running Club. Pancake breakfast included as part of registration. Hornitos is about 33 miles east of Merced. You can get to it from Turlock by going through Snelling. For directions and registration information, visit the Merced Running Club.
▪ March 25, 2018—Fresno Donut Run (or Walk) 5K, Woodward Park, Fresno
This is a locally produced event, and all finishers receive a custom “donut” finisher’s medal. And you guessed it, post-race donuts for all runners too. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ March 25, 2018—The Giving Trail 5K and 10K Memorial Run/Walk, Raymond
These are cross-country runs through the Sierra foothills and the historic town of Raymond. The course has about a 1,000-foot elevation gain along with some gentle slopes and a well-defined trail. Proceeds go to Doc’s Dogs For Vets for the training of service dogs for veterans and future kennel facilities. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ March 25, 2018—Barn Burner 6-, 12- and 24-hour Endurance Runs, Sanger
See how far you can run on the roughly 1-mile loop along the Kings River during your chosen time period. Camping is permitted; pets are NOT. Special awards to those who finish 50 miles in less than 12 hours. Earn a buckle if you finish 100 miles or more in less than 24 hours. For more information, visit San Joaquin Running.
▪ April 7, 2018—Run for Water 2-mile walk & 5K run, River Park Shopping Center, Fresno
Proceeds help fun the Aquarius Aquarium Institute, designed to foster respect for our natural resources. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ April 7-8, 2018—California Classic Weekend (35-, 60- and 100-mile bike rides Saturday; Half-marathon, half relay and 5K walk/runs, Sunday), Fresno
The Saturday bike event features 2,000 riders who will be the only ones to ride on a closed freeway. That’s right — no cars on Highway 168! Helmets required and no stragglers. You must start on time. Then on Sunday, 3,000 runners will pound the pavement. The half course goes through the Chaffee Zoo and finishes inside the Chukchansi Stadium. The Rock and Run 5k doesn’t go through the Zoo, but it has all of the other benefits of the half. Participate in both the bike and run, and you will receive a newly designed runner/biker hat and your finisher medals interlock. Shirts for registered runners, jerseys for registered cyclists. For more information or to register online, visit California Classic Weekend.
▪ April 8, 2018—Run with the Heroes Timed 5K and Untimed Awareness Walk, Madera
Proceeds go to George’s Pass, a program that helps create a better, more individualized hospital experience for children with autism spectrum disorder. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ April 8, 2018—Run for the Children 5K, Kearney Park, Fresno
Proceeds go to Break the Silence, which raises public awareness of child abuse. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ April 15, 2018—Third Annual McFarland Half-Marathon and 5K, McFarland
Run the town featured in the Disney movie, McFarland USA. Legendary Coach White, played by Kevin Costner in the movie, will be on hand. For more information or to register online, visit Active.com.
▪ April 15, 2018—Mop-Op Fun Run 5K, Coursegold Rodeo Grounds, Coursegold
The Mop-Up Fun Run is a first-year event as a part of the Wildland Firefighter Hootenanny weekend. All event proceeds will benefit the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ April 15, 2018—Cross the River Run 2-mile and 10K, Woodward Park, Fresno
This race is presented by the Kiwanis Club of the Madera Ranchos. Proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ April 21, 2018—McKenzie Preserve Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and kids’ fun run, Auberry Road between Friant and Prather
Events benefit the Sierra Foothill Conservancy, a 501(c)3 non-profit land trust. For more information, visit San Joaquin Running.
▪ April 21, 2018—Cali 209 5K & 10K walk/run, Stockton
Post-race festivities include beer from Channel Brewing Co. (for those 21 and over). Custom finisher’s medals as well as race t-shirts for all participants. For more information or to register online, visit It’s Your Race.
▪ April 21, 2018—Ninth Annual Turlock Chaplaincy 1-mile, 5K & 10K, Turlock
Courses go around CSU Stanislaus. These events benefit the Turlock Chaplaincy, a private non-profit organization which provides chaplain care through local first responders and in the Turlock Unified School District. For more information, visit Turlock Chaplaincy. To sign up, visit Active.com.
▪ April 21, 2018—UC Merced Bobcat Gymnastics Team 1-mile, 5K and 10K fun runs, Merced
Proceeds benefit the UC Merced Bobcat Gymnastics Team. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ April 28, 2018—Dr. Amanda Crews Memorial 31st Annual Run for Health 1-mile, 5K & 10K, East La Loma Park, Modesto
These events benefit the Reach Out and Read Program and support the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency and Valley Family Medicine Residency Program. This is a great family event and is perfect for someone who has never participated in a race. For more information or to register online, visit Active.com.
▪ April 28, 2018—Kern River Trail Runs 5K, 10K and 10 miles, Hart Park, Section 2, Bakersfield
This is a TRAIL RUN. This will NOT BE RUN on a bike path and will include hills, dirt, uneven terrain, rocks and other natural debris that comes with running on a non-paved surface. Please plan to pack water and any special nutrition you may want on trail. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ May 5, 2018—Inaugural Ripon’s Run Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon (roughly 6.6 miles) & 5K, Ripon
This race was formerly called Rina’s Run. Let’s hope it’s more organized than its predecessor races have been. Events benefit Ripon High School healthy activities and projects and the Moves training teams. Register online at It’s Your Race
▪ May 5, 2018—Kerman Almond Festival Scholarship Run 5K & kids’ fun run, Kerman
For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ May 5, 2018—Paseo de Mariposa 5K, 12K and Caterpillar Crawl, Mariposa
The 5K is family friendly. The 12K is for running enthusiasts. Participants also are invited to walk in the Butterfly Parade, which follows the run. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ May 5, 2018—Mercy’s 5K Stroke Awareness Run, Mercy Medical Center, Merced
Proceeds benefit the Primary Care Stroke Program. For more information or to sign up on line, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ May 12, 2018—Yosemite Half Marathon, Bass Lake
Disclaimer: This race does NOT go through Yosemite National Park. It’s held in Bass Lake, which is about 10 miles away. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ May 12, 2018—Red Hills Ramble 10K, 15K & 50K Trail Run, Red Hills Area of Critical Environmental Concern, Tuolumne
Let’s get ready to ramble! If you’ve ever wanted to try a trail run, this Dusty Bottoms Trail Runners event is for you. Challenging course but gorgeous views along the way and at the top of El Guapo. Afterward, hamburgers and other fixings. (Vegetarian available.) Bring your lawn chairs to relax and socialize. Disclaimer: This is a trail run, so expect dirt, rocks, roots, hills and other natural obstacles. This is a pavement-free zone. This also is a cupless event, so bring your own bottles to fill at the aid stations. Aid stations will NOT have cups. Carpooling is recommended since parking is limited. For more information or to sign up on line, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ May 12, 2018—Mother’s Day 10K, 2-miles and kids’ fun run, Woodward Park, Fresno
For more information or to sign up online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ May 19, 2018—Oakdale Chocolate Festival Run 1-mile & 5K, Oakdale
Come for the run, save for the sweets. Check back later for more information.
▪ May 19, 2018—Mud on the Farm 5K Obstacle Course Race, Dell’Osso Farms, Lathrop
This is a locally produced obstacle race that has become a tradition among many. Doll’Osso Farms is a family-owned farm. For more information, visit Mud on the Farm or register online by clicking here.
▪ May 19, 2018—Kingsburg Dala Horse Trot 10K Run & 2-mile walk/run, Kingsburg
These events are held in conjunction with the Kingsburg Swedish Festival. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ May 19, 2018—Fifth Annual Luc’s Run 10K, 2-mile walk/run & kids’ fun run, Tuolumne
Events benefit the Major Lucas Gruenther Legacy Foundation. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ May 19, 2018—Merced Cowboy/Vaquero 5K and kids’ fun run, Bob Hart Square, Merced
Events hosted the Merced County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. For more information or to sign up online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ May 19, 2018—Vi Tri Race Individual Triathlon, Relay Triathlon and Duathlon, Visalia
The triathlon is a 400-yard swim, 11-mile bike ride and 3-mile run. The duathlon is a 1-mile run, 11-mile bike ride and 3-mile run. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ May 20, 2018—Avenue of the Vines Half Marathon & 5K, Acampo (just north of Lodi)
Start and finish outside of the Woodbridge Winery, which will host the post-race festivities. This is a flat course. Arrive early to secure parking. There is no parking on Woodbridge Road by order of the CHP. More information to come.
▪ May 26, 2018—Modesto Memorial Classic 5K and 1-mile walk/runs and free kids’ fun run, Tuolumne River Park, Modesto
These events move back to their historical location in Tuolumne River Regional Park since last year’s flood waters have receded. The 5K is a certified course and is flat and fast. The 1-mile is walker friendly. NEW this year: Finishers’ medals for all 5K and 1-mile finishers. This is a Memorial Day Weekend tradition, with events benefiting the Vet Center. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ May 26, 2018—Clovis Memorial 2-mile walk/run and 5K Run, Clovis
The event includes a timed 5K (3.1 miles) run or walk, a non-timed 2-mile run/walk, a non-timed 1/2 mile kid’s run and a non-timed 1/2 mile senior walk and roll. For more information or to sign up online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ June 2, 2018—Run with Heroes 2018 5K walk/run & 10K run, Federal Prison, Atwater
Registration includes t-shirt, finisher’s medal and BBQ lunch. These events are designed to raise the awareness of first responders. For more information or to sign up online, visit RunSignUp.com
▪ June 2, 2018—Wag and Walk 1-mile and 5K, Eagal Lakes Resort, Tracy
Participants and their furry friends must run or walk the entire course. There will be water stations along the way. Ten dollars of each registration will be donated to Animal Rescue of Tracy, Animal Protection League, Lost & Found Pets 209 or Delta Humane & SPCA. Runners and their dogs must run safely to prevent entangling other runners and their dogs. No longer than a 6-foot leash for the event. All dogs must be friendly and properly socialized. All runners, walkers and their dogs will receive a finishers medal or dog tag at the finish line. For more information or to register online, visit Active.com.
▪ June 6, 2018—The BIG Run 5K Fun Run, Fleet Feet Stockton, Stockton
Fleet Feets throughout the nation will be hosting this event. For more information or to sign up online, visit RunSignUp.com. Huge party afterward with food and beer. “The bar is open!”
▪ July 1, 2018—Hernia Hills Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Twisted Oak Winery, Vallecito
Challenge yourself with one of these hilly courses. Barbecue afterward on the winery grounds. For more information or to register online, visit It’s Your Race.
July 8, 2018—SHE 365 5K walk/run, Woodbridge Winery, Woodbridge
This is a female-only event. Champagne flute, mimosa, fresh fruit, chocolate, Bundtini’s catered lunch, jewelry, custom women’s finisher shirt and medal. For more information or to sign up online, visit It’s Your Race.
July 14, 2018—Escalon Park Fete 2-mile and 10K walk/run, Portal Middle School, Escalon
Check back later for more information.
▪ August 11, 2018—Fourth Annual Brain Health to Beat Stroke 5K, McLeod Lake Park, Webers Point, Stockton
This is a fund-raising event to raise awareness for strokes. Free brain freeze dessert as well as other post-race goodies for all finishers. For more information, visit It’s Your Race.
▪ Sept. 9, 2018—Delta Harvest Run 1-mile, 5K, 10K & Half-Marathon, Brentwood
Check back later for more information.
▪ Oct. 7, 2018—Peace Officer Memorial Run Half-Marathon, Half Relay & 5K, Modesto
Mark your calendar for this annual event that honors Stanislaus County peace officers who have fallen in the line of duty. Both runs start and finish in front of the Gallo Center in downtown Modesto. Expo and Safety Faire coincide with the runs. For more information, visit Peace Officer Memorial Run. To register online, visit Active.com.
▪ Nov. 4, 2018—Two Cities Marathon, Half Marathon and Half Relay, Clovis and Fresno
Chose from the Clovis Half or the Fresno Half. The relay covers the Fresno Half course. Entry includes a tech t-shirt as well as a pull-over hoodie. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Nov. 11, 2018—Port City Half Marathon and 5K, Stockton
Check back later for more information.
▪ Nov. 17, 2018—Third Annual Bakersfield Marathon, Half Marathon, Half Relay and 5K, Bakersfield
Entry includes a short-sleeve gender-specific tech t-shirt as well as “secret swag.” For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
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