▪ Aug. 26, 2017—Loop the Lake 5K and 1 mile, Oak Grove Park, Stockton
Events benefit Tokay High School Cross County. These races have a mix of surfaces, including concrete and grass. For more information or to register online, visit LocalRaces.com.
▪ Aug. 26, 2017—Campus Life 5K, Woodward Park, Fresno
Event benefits Fresno/Madera Youth for Christ. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Aug. 26, 2017—Assyrian Festival 5K, Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, Turlock
For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
▪ Aug. 27, 2017—Giant Race 5K, 10K and Half-Marathon, AT&T Park, Francisco
All registered runners receive a Mad Bum bobblehead this year in addition to a nice tech shirt. Finishers’ medals to all finishers. The events start outside AT&T Park, and runners finish inside. You either have to pick up your bib and packet on Friday or Saturday at the Expo at AT&T Park or opt to have your bib mailed to you. (You can have a friend or family member pick your stuff up at the Expo as long as they have a copy of your ID.) There is NO race-day packet pick-up. (Runners who opted for bib mailing can pick up their shirts and bobbleheads afterward.) For more information, visit SF Giant Race.
▪ Aug. 27, 2017—Be Your Own Hero 5K walk/run #3, Hanford
Event benefits the King Rehabilitation Center. Dress as your favorite super hero. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Aug. 27, 2017—Mark & Tony’s Margarita Trail Run 8K, 8-mile and Half-Marathon, Wallace
This is a trail run on the south shore of Lake Comanche, so expect dirt, gravel, rocks and tree roots. But you’ll be rewarded with post-race margaritas and fajitas as well as age-group awards three deep. For more information or to register online, visit It’s Your Race.
▪ Sept. 2, 2017—11th Annual Soaring Over Ripon Festival (formerly Color the Skies Balloon Run) 3K, 5K & 10K walk/runs, Ripon
The Ripon Chamber of Commerce Foundation has taken over race management. Proceeds go to the Ripon community and to the Valley Children’s Hospital. For more information or to register online, visit Active.com.
▪ Sept. 2, 2017—Comforting Kids 8th Annual Bailey’s Legacy Run 1-mile and 5K walk/runs, Newman
Comforting Kids Foundation is devoted to helping provide comfort and normalcy in the hospital environment – event details
▪ Sept. 2, 2017—Trail Hog Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K trail runs, Grant Park, San Jose
If this is a Brazen Racing event, then there must be hills. And these events don’t disappoint. Custom finishers medals and great post-race goodies. You also can hike the events or run it virtually. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪ Sept. 2, 2017—Hannah’s Run for Hope 5K walk/run, Mi Wuk Village
This event benefits the community Ministry for Hope. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
▪ Sept. 9, 2017—Pincushion Hill Climb, Friant
This is a simple race – 1 mile straight up. There’s the regular division and the “mountain goat” division for those into real pain – event details
▪ Sept. 9, 2017—Denair Farm & Family Festival Farm Run 5K, Denair
This event generates funds for Denair High School scholarships. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
▪ Sept. 9, 2017—Journey 5K – A Run For Ryan, UC Merced Campus, Merced
This year’s Journey 5K is also “A Run for Ryan” to honor the late Ryan Nunez, head coach of the UC Merced men’s and women’s cross-country teams, and his passion for the sport he loved and the student athletes he mentored. Finishers medals to all finishers. Free registration for the first 150 UC Merced students with current IDs. For more information, visit UC Merced.
▪ Sept. 9, 2017—Inaugural Zombie Run, Los Banos
No distance is given other than “ZK.” Since this is the first year of the race, event directors may not yet have a course selected. Event is run in heats. For more information, contact city of Los Banos Parks & Rec at 209-827-7000. Register online at the city of Los Banos.
▪ Sept. 10, 2017—Delta Harvest Run 1-mile, 5K, 10K & Half Marathon, Brentwood
This event has returned to its historic time frame – in the fall. The event starts and finishes in front of City Hall. Race proceeds support local food banks/pantries, shelters and high school scholarships. For more information, visit Delta Harvest Run, or register online at It’s Your Race.
▪ Sept. 10, 2017—Great American Obstacle Run 5K & 10K, Eagal Lakes, Tracy
For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
▪ Sept. 16, 2017—Tour de Meow 5K & 10K, Bakersfield
Proceeds benefit SOXrescue.org to support its neonate kitten nursery, adoption program and other cat-related life-saving programs. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Sept. 16, 2017—Fresno Margarita Madness 5K walk/run, Woodward Park, Fresno
This is one of those nationally produced themed runs, and is supposedly designed for walkers and runners of all ages. The description for Fresno instead says San Antonio, so that may tell you something about the event’s organization or lack thereof. For more information or to register online, visit Active.com.
▪ Sept. 16, 2017—Drag-N-Fly Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K walk/hike/runs, Contra Loma Regional Park, Antioch
Course provides runners with panoramic views. But you know what that means—hills. Finishers medals and post-race spread second to none. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪ Sept. 16, 2017—Dusty Bottoms Beer Mile and Ultra Division, Modesto
This is the event that put Dusty Bottoms on the map. Chug a beer, run 400 meters, chug another, run, chug, run, chug, then run, all without barfing. Events benefit the Center for Health Services. Even if you don’t run, come out to cheer on the runners and have a good laugh – event details
▪ Sept. 16, 2017—Madtown 5K Run and 2-Mile Walk AAUW Scholarship Challenge, Madera
This event is hosted by the Madera chapter of the American Association of University Women and is designed to raise funds for scholarships. For more information, visit http://madera-ca.aauw.net/5k-run.
▪ Sept. 16, 2017—Presentation Fall Festival 5K walk/run, Presentation Parish School, Stockton
All proceeds benefit Presentation Parish School. For more information, visit http://presentationfallfest.weebly.com.
▪ Sept. 17, 2017—PCOS Strides National 5K Walk, Ceres
The event is designed to raise awareness of polycystic ovarian syndrome. This is a non-competitive walk. For more information or to register online, visit Active.com.
▪ Sept. 23, 2017—Smokey Bear Run 10K run and 2-mile walk/run, Bass Lake
Smokey Bear 30th year collector’s pin for the first 400 runners. Event is held at 3,300 feet elevation. Mornings tends to be chilly. For more information, visit Smokey Bear Run or register online at RunSignUp.com.
▪ Sept. 23, 2017—TriTulare 2017 sprint triathlon, sprint triathlon relay, duathlon and kids’ fun run, Tulare
The course is a 400-yard pool swim, a flat 8.5-mile bike and a flat 2.9-mile run. The finish will take place on the Tulare Western track. For more information or to register online, visit Race Mine.
▪ Sept. 23, 2017—Inaugural Waterford River Trail Run or 5K, Waterford
The description is a bit confusing: two events—river run or 5K. The river run starts at River Park, goes along North Appling Road, and finishes at River Park Trail Head, South Reinway Avenue. No distance is given for the river run. The 5K description is the same, so go figure. Download a registration form by clicking here. For more information, call the city of Waterford at 209-874-2328.
▪ Sept. 23, 2017—Hero Behind the Badge 5K Walk/Run, Calturas, Lodi
This event benefits Lodi Citizens in Action,which raises public awareness for local law enforcement officers – event details
▪ Sept. 23, 2017—Wascally Wabbit Half-Mawothon and 5K walk/run, Fresno
Events benefit Kids Kasa Foster Care’s Educational Fund. For more information, visit thewascally.com.
▪ Sept. 23, 2017—Rivalry 5K walk/run, Tulare
The event benefits the Tulare Joint Union High School Foundation to raise money for arts, agriculture, academics and athletics. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
▪ Sept. 24, 2017—Micke Grove Zoo Zoom 5K walk/run & kids’ fun run, Lodi
Course goes through paved surfaces in Micke Grove Park. For more information or to register online, visit It’s Your Race.
▪ Sept. 24, 2017—Seventh Annual Family Fun Run for Literacy 5K walk/run, Lodi
Each year the Elementary School at Lodi Academy holds a Family Fun Run to bring together our community and support fundraising efforts for a local non-profit organization. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
▪ Sept. 30, 2017—Moo Mile and 5K walk/run, Tulare
These are being hosted by the city of Tulare Parks and Recreation Department. For more information or to register online, visit city of Tulare.
▪ Sept. 30, 2017—Shaver Lake Mile High Sprint Triathlon, Sprint Relay, Olympic Triathlon, Olympic Relay and Aquabike events, Shaver Lake
For more information or to register online, visit Sierra-Cascade Multisport Productions.
▪ Sept. 30, 2017—Rocky Ridge Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K walk/hike/runs, Las Trampas Wilderness, San Ramon
Another great Brazen Racing trail run. Expect dirt, rocks, three roots and hills. As Brazen describes the course, “The half marathon cannot be described as ‘flat and fast’ or ‘good for beginners’ or with any other nice phrase.” But you’ll be rewarded with great views, finishers medals and super post-race goodies. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪ Sept. 30, 2017—Game On! 5K walk/run, CSUB, Bakersfield
This is the kick-off event for “RowdyCon” at CSU Bakersfield. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Oct. 1, 2017—Peace Officer Memorial Run Half-Marathon and 5K, Downtown, Modesto
This event honors those Stanislaus County officers who have fallen in the line of duty. Moving ceremony before the start of the half. Finish under a giant U.S. flag in front of the Gallo Center. Half starts at 7 a.m. For more information, visit http://peaceofficermemorialrun.com.
▪ Oct. 1, 2017—Komen Central Valley Race for the Cure 5K walk/run and kids’ fun run, Fresno
There is a timed and an untimed 5K option. For more information, visit Susan G. Komen Northern California.
▪ Oct. 7, 2017—L.O.V.E. (Leave Out Violence Everyday) 5K Walk/Run, Lincoln Park, Tracy
Event benefits Chest of Hope Inc., a 501 (c) 3 non-profit. For more information or to register online, visit It’s Your Race.
▪ Oct. 7, 2017—Superhero 5K walk/run and kids fun run, Lake Lodi, Lodi
These events benefit child abuse awareness in San Joaquin County. Register online at It’s Your Race or download an application by clicking here.
▪ Oct. 7, 2017—Harvest 5K run, 3K walk and kids’ fun run, Visalia
The Visalia Runners & Kaweah Delta Health Care District are teaming up to host the Harvest Run. Proceeds go to provide Christmas gifts to children of patients undergoing treatment at Sequoia Regional Cancer Center. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Oct. 7, 2017—Bay Bridge Endurance Runs 100K, 50 miles and marathon, Chabot Regional Park, Castro Valley
This race was formerly called the Dick Collins Firetrail 50. The 50-miler follows the historic course. New this year is the 100K. These are trail runs, so expect rocks, tree roots and other natural obstacles on the course. For more information or to sign up, visit UltraSignUp.com.
▪ Oct. 7, 2017—Cotton Festival Run 5K, Corcoran
This event is sponsored by the Corcoran Chamber of Commerce. There is limited information on the Chamber’s website, or call the Chamber directly at 559-992-4514.
▪ Oct. 7, 2017—Second Annual Freedom Fun Run 5K, Turlock
Event benefits the Set Free Movement, which fights modern-day slavery. For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
▪ Oct. 8, 2017—21st Annual Armenian Relief Show Me the Finish Line 2-mile walk/run and kids’ fun run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Oct. 14, 2017—Riverbank Run for the Cheese 1-mile and 5K walk/runs & 10K run
Events start and finish at the Galaxy Theatres. The Galaxy has graciously offered to open up early so runners can use the permanent bathrooms. NO port-a-potties! Both courses are on paved rolling streets through shady neighborhoods. The 10K has a bonus hill. Events benefit Riverbank High School athletic programs and local schools. For more information or to register online, visit Active.com.
▪ Oct. 14, 2017—Ninth Annual Rabobank Fiesta Run 2-mile walk/run & 5-mile run, Reedley
NEW this year is a team competition. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Oct. 14, 2017—Tarantula Run Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K walk/hike/runs, Los Vaqueros Reservoir, Brentwood
This course has hills. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see some of the tarantulas out roaming. In the fall, males go out cruising looking for females. Tarantulas are NOT poisonous or aggressive. Cool finishers medals. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪ Oct. 14, 2017—Striding Beyond Sight 5K and kids’ fun run, Fresno
Event benefits Valley Center for the Blind. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Oct. 15, 2017—Judgment Day Half Marathon, Bakersfield
Entry fee includes a tech shirt and a hoodie. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.
▪ Oct. 21, 2017—Sasquatch Scurry 5K run/walk and kids’ run, Kaweah Oaks Preserve, Exeter
Custom t-shirt and custom cap if you register before Oct. 1. After that date, just a custom t-shirt. Finishers’ medals for all. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Oct. 21, 2017—5K Tiger Dash and 1/2-mile Cub Run, UOP Campus, Stockton
Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2018 will host this as a fundraiser. For more information or to register online, visit Active.com.
▪ Oct. 21, 2017—UCP (United Cerebral Palsy) Safari Dah 5K and 1/2-mile fun run, East LaLoma Park, Modesto
Celebrate World Cerebral Palsy Day with one of these events. The 1/2-mile fun run is for children or those with disability. Dress as your favorite wild animal. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Oct. 28, 2017—Third Annual Monster Mash Dash 5K, Fresno
There’s also a Little Monster’s Dash. This is a locally produced event by the same people who bring you the Two Cities Marathon. It also and is part of the Holiday Run Series. For more information or to register, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Oct. 28, 2017—Madera Guardians of the Flame 5k Fun Run/Walk, Home Grown Cellars, Madera
Funds raised will support Special Olympics Northern California athletes. Events will be chip timed – event details
▪ Oct. 29, 2017—Eighth Annual Move Your Bones 5K walk/run, 10K run and kids’ fun run, Donnelly Park, Turlock
For more information or to register online, visit www.active.com.
▪ Nov. 4, 2017—Salmon 5,000 (5K), Duathlon and Duathlon Relay, Knights Ferry
The 5,000 is your basic 5K or 5,000 meters. The duathlon is a 5K run, 30K bike and a 2.5K run. The relay involves one runner and one cyclist. There is no early packet pick-up; pick them on up race morning. For more information or to register online, visit It’s Your Race.
▪ Nov. 5, 2017—St. Joe’s Half-Marathon & 5K, UOP, Stockton
Events benefit the Emergency Food Bank. The 5K is more 5K-ish (it’s a tad long – it’s measured in Tony Vice miles, which give you a bit more for your money). Custom tech shirt, goody bags, free runner photos and breakfast burritos afterward – event details.
▪ Nov. 5, 2017—Two Cities Marathon, Half-Marathon, Half Relay and 5K, Clovis and Fresno
This is the event’s 10th anniversary, so all finishers of the full and half receive an anniversary sweatshirt on top of other swag. Sweatshirts are not available for 5K participants. Marathon course goes through Old Town Clovis and Woodward Park. The full is a Boston Qualifier. In the half, choose from a course in Fresno or one in Clovis. The half-relay is only on the Fresno course. For more information, visit Two Cities Marathon.
▪ Nov. 10-11, 2017—Feat to the Beach 200-mile Relay, Fresno-Pismo Beach
You can either run it as a 12-member team or a 6-member ultra team that
rotate through 36 transition areas along the way. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Nov. 11, 2017—Womble Run 5K & 10K, Lake Lodi, Lodi
Check back later for more information.
▪ Nov. 11, 2017—Veterans Day Run 5K walk/run & 10K run, Porterville
Events are held before the Veterans Day Parade. For more information visit the City of Porterville Parks & Leisure.
▪ Nov. 12, 2017—Second annual Bakersfield Marathon, Half-Marathon & 5K, CSUB, Bakersfield
This year the marathon announced an alliance with Buck Owens Productions. Music will highlight the “Bakersfield Sound.” Events start and finish on CSU Bakersfield campus. The marathon is USATF certified and is a Boston Qualifier. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Nov. 12, 2017—52nd Annual Clarksburg Country Run 5K, 10K, 20-Mile and Half Marathon-PA USATF Championship, Clarksburg
These are fast courses. Events start and finish in front of Delta High School, Clarksburg. The half-marathon will be scored using gun time because it is a championship event whereas the other races will be scored using chip (net) time. There will be no awards ceremony, but age-group awards can be picked up shortly after the races. For more information, visit Clarksburg Country Run.
▪ Nov. 18, 2017—San Joaquin River Trail 50K and 100K, Friant
No race-day entries so plan accordingly. For more information or to register online, visit San Joaquin Running.
▪ Nov. 23, 2017—Run Against Hunger 5K & 10K, Stockton
Continue a family tradition or start a new one by walking or running this event before the big Thanksgiving meal. Walkers have a separate course. Events benefit the Emergency Food Bank of Stockton. Check back later for more information.
▪ Nov. 23, 2017—Fresno Turkey Trot 2 mile or 5K, Fresno
This is the second race in the holiday race series. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Nov. 23, 2017—Visalia Emergency Aid Council “Race Against Hunger” 5K run, 2-mile run, children’s 2-mile walk and kids fun run, Visalia
Event benefits the Visalia Emergency Aid Food Pantry. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Nov. 23, 2017—Kings United Way Turkey Trot 5K walk/run, Hanford
First 20 males and first 20 females will be given a medallion. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Nov. 23, 2017—Bakersfield Turkey Day 5K Walk/Run, Bakersfield
Long-sleeve shirt and personal-sized pumpkin pie for each finisher. Event benefits CAPK Food Bank. For more information or to sign up online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Dec. 2, 2017—Super Run 5K, Woodward Park, Fresno
This is one of those nationally produced super hero-themed events. This one is produced by The Super Run. Dress as your favorite super hero. Register online at Active.com.
▪ Dec. 2, 2017—Bah Humbug 5K, San Ramon
Continue a holiday tradition or start a new one with this Grinch-themed race. Long-sleeve t-shirts feature the cartoon Grinch. Post-race ice cream always hits the spot. Yes, you read that right – ice cream. It really does hit the spot after the run. More details to come.
▪ Dec. 3, 2017—CIM (California International Marathon) and 4-person marathon relay, Folsom-Sacramento
The marathon historically sells out in August, so don’t delay registering. For more information, visit CIM.
▪ Dec. 3, 2017—Hanford Rockin’ Rudoph 5K Run/Walk and kids’ fun run, Hanford
Sweatshirts to all participants. If you register before Nov. 28, you also get a pair of reindeer antlers. Finishers’ medals to all. Dress up for the holidays and enter the costume contest. Word has it that the jolly fat guy will be there for photo-ops. Events benefit Adventist Health Central Valley Network and Hospice Services. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Dec. 9, 2017—Fresno Jingle Bell Run for Toys for Tots 2 mile and 5K walk/runs, Christmas Tree Lane, Fresno
This is the third and last race in the holiday race series. Bring an unwrapped toy and receive a Santa hat. The forecast even calls for snow at the start and finish lines. For more information or to sign up online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Dec. 9, 2017—Spirit of Giving 5K walk/run and kids’ fun run, Modesto
Ring in the Christmas holidays the healthful way with this event. Wonder if show will be forecast for race morning. It’s snowed the past two years on race day. Kids get to chase the Grinch out of town in the kids’ fun run. Event benefits the Modesto Gospel Mission and the city’s Parks & Recreation Department’s Leisure Bucks program. Finishers’ medals for all. For more information, visit Modesto Spirit of Giving.
▪ Dec. 10, 2017—Tulare FFA Tinsel Toy Run for Tots 5K walk/run and 1-mile walk, Tulare
Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Salvation Army. Race starts and ends at the Nike store in the Tulare outlet mall. Register online at Active.com.
▪ Dec. 24, 2017—Christmas Eve Fun Run 5.3 miles, Merced
Escape the stress of Christmas with this low-key fun run. No registration, no t-shirts, no medals – just a relaxing run with friends. Bring a small, inexpensive wrapped gift for the gift exchange that follows. Run, which is hosted by the Merced Running Club, starts at 10 a.m. Just show up with your running shoes on – event details
▪ Dec. 31, 2017—New Year’s Eve Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K walk/hike/runs, Quarry Lakes, Fremont
Courses are flat but will follow different routes than other Quarry Lakes events. Run one of these events plus one of the Jan. 1 events for a mega medal. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪ Jan. 1, 2018—Resolution Run 2- and 4-mile walk/runs and kids’ fun run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Start the year off the healthful way with one of these events – event details
▪ Jan. 1, 2018—New Year’s Day Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K walk/hike/runs, Chabot Regional Park, Castro Valley
Celebrate the new year with a trail run at Chabot. Finishers medals and great post-race spread. Run one of the Dec. 31 events and one of these events for an additional mega medal. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪ Jan. 20, 2018—Coyote Hills Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K walk/hike/runs, Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont
Although this is a Brazen Race, it only has rolling hills and views along the bay. Sorry to disappoint. Beauty won’t be disappointed with the custom finishers medals and post-race spread. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪ Jan. 27, 2018—Pirates of the Cure-I-Bean Booty 5K Walk/Run Woodward Park, Fresno
Event helps promote awareness of blood-related cancers through Relay for Life team members’ fund raising efforts. – event details
▪ Feb. 10, 2018—Bay Breeze Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, San Leandro Marina Park, San Leandro
This is one of the few flat (yes, you read that right, flat) Brazen Racing events. But the same fantastic post-race goodies. Finishers medals for all finishers. Parking is limited, so cycling, walking, running, ride sharing or carpooling is recommended. Courses are on paved bike paths along the bay. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪ Feb. 27, 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 – event details
▪ 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 – event details
▪ 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, March 10, at Center Plaza is open to the public. For more information, visit Modesto Marathon, or register online at Race Partner.
▪ May 5, 2018—Inaugural Ripon Run Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon & 5K, Ripon
This race was formerly called Rina’s Run. Events benefit Ripon High School healthy activities and projects and the Moves training teams – event details
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