▪ 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 Dash 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 disabilities. Dress as your favorite wild animal. Word has it there will be some awesome custom-made finishers’ medals. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Oct. 21, 2017—Third Annual Honey’s Air & Solar 5K Run/Walk/Stroll, John Thurman Field, Modesto
Proceeds benefit National Breast Cancer Foundation. Attendees will have an opportunity to fund raise, according to the event website. Last year, the event was timed but no age-group awards were given. For more information or to register online, visit Honey’s Air & Solar.
▪ Oct. 21, 2017—Step up for Down Syndrome 5K, Fresno
This is hosted by the Down Syndrome Association of Central California. For more information or to register online, visit http://www.dsacc.org
▪ Oct. 21, 2017—Stomp it Out PDA 5K Walk/Run, kids’ fun run and family carnival, Clovis Community College, Fresno
This event is designed to bring community awareness of prescription drug abuse. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Oct. 21, 2017—37th Annual Springville Apple Run 5K, 10K and 2-mile trail runs, Springville
This event ties into the Springville Apple Fest. Proceeds benefit Springville Community Club. For more information, visit Springville Apple Run, or register online at RunSignUp.com.
▪ Oct. 21, 2017—Only the Brave Run 5K, Galaxy 9 Theatres, Porterville
This is in conjunction with the Galaxy Theatres showing the movie, “Only the Brave,” about the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot Fire crew who lost their lives in the 2013 Arizona Yarnell Hill Fire. All proceeds go to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. For more information or to register online, visit Active.com.
▪ Oct. 22, 2017—Inaugural CASA Super Hero 5K Walk/Run, East LaLoma Park, Modesto
Medals for first three overall male finishers and first three overall female finishers. For more information or to register online, visit Active.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 California Classic Events in the spring. Glow-in-the-dark event shirts plus glow-in-the-dark monster medallions for finishers. The Monster Mash Dash also 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. 28, 2017—Halloween Fun Run 5K and 10K walk/run, East LaLoma Park, Modesto
This is a fundraiser for Teens Run Modesto. No pre-registration needed. Just show up on race day to sign up. Donations of $10 per person suggested. Registration runs from 7:30-8:20 a.m. Runs start at 8:30 a.m. Halloween costumers encouraged but not required. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes. This is NOT a timed event, but there will be a clock at the finish so you can time yourself. There will be no overall or age-group awards. For more information, visit Facebook. (You don’t need to be a member of Facebook to view this event.)
▪ Oct. 28, 2017—Valley Oak SPCA Howl-O-Ween Furry 5K Walk/Run, Visalia
Dress up your pets and bring them as there also will be a costume contest for them. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Oct. 28, 2017—Halloween Hustle 5K walk/run, The Park at River Walk, Bakersfield
This is a national themed races produced by Superfly Running Inc. of Livonia, Michigan, (which filed as a Foreign Profit Corporation in the state of Florida.) Registrants receive a custom bib, a custom cape and a custom finisher’s medal. For more information, visit Halloween Hustle.
▪ Oct. 28, 2017—West High School Cross-Country Halloween 5K run/walk and doggie fun run, Tracy
The event benefits West High Wolf Pack Cross Country Team and is its major fundraiser, providing funds so the team can travel to invitationals. Course is a 1.5 mile loop run twice. For more information or to register online, visit LocalRaces.com.
▪ Oct. 28, 2017—Run to Remember 5K & 10K, Seven Oaks Business Park, Bakersfield
The events benefit Hoffman Hospice Home. For more information or to register online, visit Active.com.
▪ Oct. 28, 2017—High Country Goliath 5K obstacle mud run, Sonora
This is the first 5K obstacle mud course at the Old Oak Ranch Conference Center. For more information or to register online, visit Active.com.
▪ 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 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. 4, 2017—Autism on the Run 5K run and 2k walk, CSU Bakersfield, Bakersfield
For more information or to register online, visit Active.com.
▪ Nov. 4, 2017—Fresno State ROTC Veterans 5K Run/Walk, Fresno State North Gym, CSU Fresno
Fresno State Army ROTC has partnered with the Student Veterans Organization to host the third annual Veterans 5k. Money raised benefits student veterans. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Nov. 4, 2017—Diablo Summit Stomp 30K, Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, Castle Rock Park, Walnut Creek
This is a Brazen Racing event. Need we say more. This course has some hills but is still runner friendly. Great post-race spread. Custom finishers’ medals. For more information, visit Brazen Razing.
▪ 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. 10, 2017—McKellar Family Farms Citrus Classic, Ivanhoe
There are 30- and 65-mile bike rides – individuals and tandem riders. Events support the Southern Sierra Cyclist Club. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Nov. 10, 2017—Raymond Knowles School 5K and 1-mile Color Run/Walk, Raymond
Participants will be splashed in red and blue in honor of Veterans Day. Proceeds benefit the Fisher House Foundation. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Nov. 11, 2017—Womble Run 5K & 10K, Lake Lodi, Lodi
Proceeds benefit the Lodi High track and field program and Lodi Track Club. Download a registration form by clicking here or register online at Active.com.
▪ 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. 11, 2017—Port City Half-Marathon and 5K walk/run, Stockton
These events were previously called the St Joes Half & 5K. Now with a new sponsor, Valley Pacific Petroleum Services, the events have a new name and will be held on Veteran’s Day weekend. The events will start and finish on the UOP campus as they have in the past. Proceeds benefit Team Red, White & Blue, or Team RWB – event details
▪ 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—Merced Turkey Trot 2-mile walk/run, 5-mile run and kids’ 1K fun run, Lake Yosemite, Rotary Cove 1W, next to UC Merced, Merced
NOTE: NEW LOCATION (due to ongoing construction at Applegate Park). This is what a local race is all about. Low-key event put on by the Merced Running Club. This event also will be chip timed this year, another new item. Bring gently used pairs of shoes to donated to the needy locally. For each pair, you’ll receive one raffle ticket. Very creative prizes in the raffle drawing. The Merced Running Club also raffles off turkeys in a separate drawing for all registered runners. A portion of the race proceeds go to the Merced Rescue Mission to help with its Thanksgiving meal for the homeless. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com. Download an entry form by clicking here.
▪ 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. 19, 2017—Helen Lipsett Memorial 1-mile and 5K walk/runs, Manteca
Events benefit McFarland Elementary School in Manteca. For more information, click here.
▪ 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. Register online at It’s Your Race or download a registration form.
▪ 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—Modesto Junior College Turkey Trot 5k Run and Gobbler Walk, plus kids’ 1/2-mile fun runs, Legion Park, Modesto
Bring the entire family for this holiday event. It’s held early enough in the morning that you can still cook the bird and watch lots of football. Proceeds benefit Modesty Junior College’s cross-country and track programs. 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—Nitro Turkey 10K and 5K walk/run and little turkey run, Pt. Pinole Regional Park, Pinole
Start a family tradition or continue one with this Brazen Racing event, which benefits Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. Thanksgiving-themed costumes encouraged. Runners are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to deposit in the bins at the registration tables. For more information or to register online, visit Brazen Racing.
▪ 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.
▪ Nov. 25, 2017—Quarry Turkey Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K and kids’ race, Quarry Lakes Regional Park, Fremont
Had a bit too much turkey or hung over from too much shopping on Black Friday. Relieve some of that stress with one of these Brazen Racing events. As an early Christmas present, the courses are fairly flat. But same great post-race spread. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪ 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 Superfly Running Inc. of Livonia, Michigan, a Foreign Profit Corporation owned by a Winter Park, Florida, individual. 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. Register online at www.active.com.
▪ Dec. 2, 2017—Tulare FFA Tinsel Toy Run 5K walk/run and 1-mile walk, Tulare Outlet Center, Tulare
Participants are encouraged to bring an unwrapped kids’ present to donate to the Salvation Army. Age-group medals will be presented. T-shirts for those who register before Nov. 10. For more information or to register online, visit Active.com.
▪ Dec. 2, 2017—Jingle All the Way 5K, Mountain House
Race benefits Service Organization of Mountain House. For more information or to register online, visit http://localraces.com.
▪ Dec. 2, 2017—Kaweah Country Run 5K walk/run & 10K run, Three Rivers
Events start and finish at Slick Rock Recreation Area. All finishers receive a medal. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult. For more information or to register online, visit kaweahcountryrun.com.
▪ Dec. 2, 2017—Merced Jingle Bell Run for Tots 3-mile walk/run & kids’ fun run, Bob Hart Square, Merced
The event is put on by Buhach Colony High School in conjunction with the 20-30 Club of Merced County. Part of the proceeds benefit scholarships for graduating seniors in the Merced Unified High School District. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Dec. 2, 2017—Mr. Toad’s Wild Run 20K & 5K, Bakersfield
This is a trail run that’s billed as “tough” and produced by the Bakersfield Track Club. So be prepared for rocks, roots, dirt and hills. For more information, visit Mr. Toad’s Wild Run.
▪ Dec. 3, 2017—CIM (California International Marathon) and 4-person marathon relay, Folsom-Sacramento
Regular marathon registrations have SOLD OUT but there are a limited number of charity slots available. Registration is still available for the marathon team relay. 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 snow 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. 9, 2017—Summit Rock Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Sanborn County Park, Saratoga
Any of the Brazen Races that have “summit” in the title are sure to have some hills. Some single track trails through the shady forest. Custom finishers’ medals. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪ Dec. 10, 2017—Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk, Mooney Park, Visalia
New course in Mooney Park this year. Participants will receive a holiday-themed sweatshirt, jingle bells and Christmas cookies. Bring an unwrapped kid’s toy for Toys for Tots and you’ll receive a Santa hat on top of the other swag. For more information or to register online, visit www.RunSignUp.com
▪ 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. Yes, Virginia, there are hills in the 10K and half. 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. 13, 2018—Inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 5K and 10K walk/runs, Martin Luther King Plaza, Stockton
Presented by NAACP Stockton Branch. Proceeds support health and wellness programs in the Stockton/San Joaquin County area. For more information or to register online, visit It’s Your Race.
▪ Jan. 13, 2018—Winchell Cove 10K and 10-mile trail runs, Friant
The trails go along the shore of Millerton Lake. Since this is a trial run, expect dirt, roots, rocks and other natural obstacles. The 10K is walker friendly. For more information, visit San Joaquin Running. To register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ 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
▪ Jan. 27, 2018—St. Josephs Fun Run 5K walk/run, University Park, Stockton
Event benefits the St. Joseph’s Cancer Institute. Download a registration form by clicking here or register online at St. Joseph’s.
▪ Jan. 28, 2018—Sycamore Island 5K and 10K walk/runs, Madera
Long-sleeve t-shirts, custom finishers’ medal and post-race goodies. Events benefit the San Joaquin River Parkway & Conversation Trust and Sycamore Island. For more information, visit San Joaquin Running.
▪ Feb. 4, 2018—Sixth Annual Super Bowl Sprint 2-mile & 5K walk/runs, Visalia
These events benefit the Creative Center Foundation. Events are early enough that you won’t miss the big game. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Feb. 4, 2018—Hensley Off-Road Races: 10K trail run, 10K run & ride (at least one 5-mile loop) and MTB races (single-track), Raymond
These events are billed as “not for the faint of heart.” In other words, these are challenging. Events are produced by San Joaquin Running. For more information or to register, visit RunSignUp.com
▪ Feb. 4, 2018—Super Sunday timed 5K & 10K runs, untimed 5K walk/run and 1K community walk, CSU Sacramento campus, Sacramento
Races finish inside Hornet Stadium. These events are earlier enough that you’ll be home in plenty of time for the big game. No pets, unregistered runners, walkers or pacers. Headphones and earbuds are highly discouraged for safety reasons. Be one of the first 1,500 to register and chose your favorite NFL team’s colors for your shirt. For more information or to register online, visit http://runsra.org.
▪ 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. Run any of these events plus any of the Victory events on Feb. 24, and earn an additional special medal. For more information, visit Brazen Racing.
▪ Feb. 11, 2018—Fresno Valentine 2-mile walk/run, 5K walk/run and couples runs, Woodward Park, Fresno
Event capped at 1,000 to ensure a quality experience and quality medals. There’s also a costume contest. Rosa Brothers chocolate milk (yum!) or mimosas (for adults) post-race along with chocolate. Balloon artist for kids. For more information or to register online, visit Sierra MultiSport Productions.
▪ Feb. 17, 2018—Sunrise Rotary Chocolate Run 5- and 10-mile runs, 2-mile walk/run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Post-race goodies include a selection of chocolate and hot chocolate. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ 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. Check back later for more information.
▪ 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—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.
▪ 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 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.
▪ 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 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 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—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 7-8, 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 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.
▪ May 5, 2018—Inaugural Ripon Run Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon & 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 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 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. This is a Memorial Day Weekend tradition, with events benefiting the Modesto Vet Center. More details to follow.
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