▪ Oct. 27, 2018—ShadowChase Halloween 5K & 10K Fun Run Fundraiser, La Loma Park, Modesto
Come in costume, as there’s a contest for best dressed. This is a fun run and will not be timed, nor will there be t-shirts or finisher’s medals. But there will be a clock at the finish so you can self-time. This is a fun event just seeing all of the creative costumes, like one of my favorites, the “Runaway Bride.” Although costumes are encouraged, you do not need to dress up to participate. Proceeds benefit the Teens Run Modesto program. Download a registration form by clicking here.
▪ Oct. 28, 2018—Move Your Bones 5K, 10K & kids’ fun run, Turlock
In its ninth year, the Active Orthopedic Move Your Bones for Schools and Fitness has brought back the 10K to the 5K and kids races! The kids races start at 7:45 a.m., and the 5K and 10K start at 8:30 a.m. at CSU Stanislaus near the gym. Walkers welcome in the 5K. Runners only in the 10K. Shirts, DJ, music and raffles. New this year: chip timing. For more information or to register online, visit Active.com.
▪ Nov. 3, 2018—Salmon Duathlon (run, ride, run), Team Duathlon and 5,000 Meter Run, Knights Ferry
The duathlon consists of a 5K run, 30K bike and a 2.5K run. The team duathlon has one cyclist and one runner. The 5,000-meter run is the same as a 5K run. For more information or to register online, visit It’s Your Race.
▪ Nov. 3, 2018—Diablo Summit Stomp 30K (roughly 18 miles), Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K walk/hike/runs, Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area, Walnut Creek
This is one of those famous Brazen Races, so expect dirt. You could even get some mud or water, depending on the weather. But always a good time. Expect some ascents and descents, as Brazen called the uphills and downhills on its race elevation profiles. Parking is limited, so plan to carpool. There also will be a shuttle from overflow parking at North Gate High School. For more information or to register online, visit Brazen Racing.
▪ 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. The half-relay only covers the Fresno portion. Entry includes a tech t-shirt as well as a pull-over hoodie. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Nov. 10, 2018—Pinnacle Pup 2- and 5-mile Runs, Fresno
Chose from several dog size categories. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Nov. 10, 2018—Raymond Knowles School Veterans Day 1-mile & 5K walk/runs, Raymond
Events benefit the Fisher House Foundation. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Nov. 10, 2018—ZERO Prostate Cancer 2K Walk and 5K Run/Walk, Bakersfield
These events are part of a national effort to raise funds for prostate cancer research. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Nov. 10, 2018—Lemoore Veterans Day 5K Run & 3K Walk, Downtown, Porterville
All participants will receive a medal upon crossing the finish line. Awards will be given to the overall 5K male and female, team competition, best patriotic costume, and youngest and seasoned participants. For more information or to register online, visit UltraSignUp.com.
▪ Nov. 11, 2018—Clarksburg Country Run 20-miles, Half-Marathon, 10K, 5K & kids’ fun run, Delta High School, Clarksburg
The half is a Pacific Association of USA Track & Field championship. Finishers medals for all runners. Events benefit Clarksburg youth sports, Clarksburg Fire Department, Clarksburg schools, clubs and philanthropic programs. For more information, visit Clarksburg Country Run or register online at RunSignUp.com.
▪ Nov. 12, 2018—Porterville Veterans Day 5K Run/Walk & 10K Run, Downtown, Porterville
Yes, you read that date correctly: it is Monday, Nov. 12, Veterans Day. Come for the run, stay for the parade. For more information or to register online, visit the City of Porterville.
▪ 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.
▪ Nov. 17, 2018—Merced Turkey Trot 2-mile walk/run and 5K run, Lake Yosemite, Merced
Come out for this low-key and FUN community event. Bring pairs of gently used shoes to donate to local non-profits, who will give them to those in need. For each pair, you’ll receive a raffle ticket. Lots of “interesting” prizes. Among my favorites is the dinner and a movie – a $1.98 family-rated DVD from Walmart and a book of McDonald’s coupons. Seriously, they also have some good raffle prizes, like Starbucks gift cards. Proceeds go toward Merced Running Club scholarships for graduating high school seniors. For more information, visit the Merced Running Club or sign up online at RunSignUp.com.
▪ Nov. 17, 2018—Womble 5K, 10K and kids’ fun run, Lodi Lake, Lodi
Events benefit Lodi High School’s Don Womble track & field facility. For more information, visit On Your Mark, or to register online, visit Active.com.
▪ Nov. 22, 2018—The Michael David Foundation 2018 Run and Walk Against Hunger 5K and 10K, Stockton
These events benefit the Emergency Food Bank of Stockton/San Joaquin. 5K walkers have their own course separate from the 5K runners. Courses go along the Stockton Waterfront. For more information, visit Run Against Hunger. To register online, visit It’s Your Race.
▪ Nov. 22, 2018—Visalia Emergency Aid Council “Race Against Hunger” 5K run, 2-mile walk and kids’ 1/2-mile fun run, Downtown Visalia
Proceeds benefit the Visalia Emergency Aid Food Pantry. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Nov. 22, 2018—Kings United Way Turkey Trot 5K, Downtown Hanford
Top 20 males and top 20 females will receive medallions. Event benefits local charities affiliated with the United Way. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Nov. 22, 2018—Bakersfield Turkey Day 5K Run (timed) and 2-mile Walk (untimed), Bakersfield
Events benefit Bakersfield’s CAPK Food Bank. All finishers receive a 4-inch personal pie — now that’s a sweet alternative to a finisher’s medal! Long-sleeve shirts for all registrants. Contests for largest family participating and best costume as well as age-group medals. So dust off those turkey hats. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Nov. 22, 2018—Turkey Trot Fresno 5K walk/run and 2-mile walk, Woodward Park, Fresno
New courses this year. The 5K is timed, the 2-mile is not. Prizes to overall male and female winners as well as unique awards to age-group winners. All participants will receive a long-sleeve shirt and personal 4-inch pie. This event benefits the Fresno Community Food Bank. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Nov. 22, 2018—Modest Junior College Turkey Trot and Gobbler Walk, Modesto
There are half-mile runs for both boys and girls under 13. The 5K Turkey Trot is for runners; no baby strollers or walkers. But baby strollers and walkers are welcome in the Gobbler Walk. Courses start and finish on grass and go on a mix of paved bike trails and a patch of gravel. Please NO dogs except service animals for the safety of runners and animals. Early packet pick-up from 1-6 p.m., Nov. 21, at the MJC Gym on Caldwell. Proceeds benefit MJC running programs. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Dec. 1, 2018—NEW: Capitol 5K (for all ages) and maraFUNrun 5K (an existing event for kids), Sacramento
The Capitol 5K is a new addition to the CIM weekend for those who want to run a shorter distance but still want to be part of the festivities. Or you can do both, the 5K on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday. The maraFUNrun is a repeat event for kids. Looks like the 5K finishes in the same chutes as the marathon the following day. Come for the 5K, then visit the Expo at the Sacramento Convention Center. For more information or to register online, visit Capitol 5K.
▪ Dec. 1, 2018—San Joaquin River Trail 50K & 100K, Friant
These are trail runs, so expect dirt, rocks, tree roots, hills and other natural obstacles. This event is produced by San Joaquin Running. Course goes around Millerton Lake and along the San Joaquin River. For more information or to register online, visit UltraSignUp.com.
▪ Dec. 1, 2018—Bah Humbug 5K walk/run, San Ramon
This has become a holiday tradition for many families. In addition to cool Grinch-themed Christmas ornaments for all finishers, there’s also a costume contest. Family rate for three or more runners, so round up the clan and bring them out for this festive affair. The post-race ice cream treats are the bomb. Surprisingly, they taste great, even if it’s cold outside. For more information or to register online, visit Active.com.
▪ Dec. 1, 2018—Kaweah Country 5K walk/run & 10K run, Three Rivers
Events benefit the Chris Dudley Foundation, helping kids live active lives with Type 1 Diabetes. Courses include a mix of paved walking paths and dirt trails. If you’re fast enough, you can do both the 5K and 10K. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Dec. 1, 2018—Tulare FFA Tinsel Toy 5K walk/run, Tulare Outlet Center, Tulare
Participants are asked to bring a new, unwrapped present to donate to the Salvation Army in Tulare County to support children in the surrounding community. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Dec. 2, 2018—California International Marathon (CIM) and Marathon Relay, Folsom to Sacramento
SOLD OUT The only way to enter now is through a charity spot. A point-to-point net downhill marathon. The relay, composed of four people, is still open for registration. For more information or to register online, visit Sacramento Running Association.
▪ Dec. 8, 2018—Jingle Bell Run For Toys For Tots 5K timed run and 2-mile untimed walk/run, Christmas Tree Lane, Fresno
Registered runners receive a Christmas-themed sweatshirt and jingle bells for your shoes. Post-race snacks include Christmas cookies and hot chocolate or cold chocolate milk. Bring an unwrapped toy and receive a Santa hat on top of everything else. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Dec. 8, 2018—Modesto Spirit of Giving 5K, Downtown Modesto
Pull out your Rudolf antlers or your Santa beard and head downtown for this annual festive event. Custom finishers’ medals and long-sleeve t-shirts for all participants. Bring a non-perishable food item or make a cash donation and be eligible for a raffle drawing. Donations go to the Gospel Mission. For more information, visit Spirit of Giving. Register online at Active.com.
▪ Dec. 9, 2018—Hanford’s Rockin’ Rudolph 5K walk/run and kids’ fun run, Hanford
There also is a costume contest. So dust off your reindeer antlers or Santa suit and come out for this event that benefits the Adventist Health Central Valley Network and Hospice Services. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Dec. 9, 2018—Visalia Jingle Bell Run for Toys for Tots 5K walk/run and 2-mile walk, Mooney Park, Visalia
The 5K is timed, the 2-mile is untimed. All participants receive an event sweatshirt, jingle bells and Christmas-themed cookies. Bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots and receive a Santa hat. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Dec. 29, 2018—End-of-the-Year Fun Fun 5K, Lemon Cove
This event benefits the Three Rivers Girl Scouts Troop 2653. This is a family friendly 5K run-walk along the Kaweah Lake bottom, drawings for prizes and a raffle. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Jan. 1, 2019—Resolution 2-mile Walk/Run, 4-mile Walk/Run & kids’ fun run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Long-sleeve shirts for all 2- and 4-mile participants. This is a great way to kick off the new year. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Jan. 1, 2019—Visalia PAL Resolution 5K walk/run & kids’ fun run, Visalia
Proceeds benefit PAL kids attending PAL Honor Camp in June. Police officers staff the week-long camp, allowing up to 50 students grades 4-12 to experience exciting outdoor activities in the Sequoia National Forest. The 5K race is a loop run or walk along Downtown Visalia. Finishers’ medals for all. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Jan. 12, 2019—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 5K, 10K and 1K walk/runs, Weber Point, Stockton
Presented by NAACP Stockton Branch. Proceeds support health and wellness programs in the Stockton/San Joaquin area. For more information or to register online, visit On Your Mark Events.
▪ Jan. 12, 2019—Winchell Cove 10K & 10-mile trail runs, Millerton Lake, Friant
If you’re new to trail running or just want to give it a try, these events are for you. Yet they’re still challenging enough for veterans. These are trail runs, so expect dirt, rocks, possibly some mud, sticks, branches and tree roots. There also are a few hills. Race entry includes a parking pass. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Jan. 26, 2019—Fifth Annual Pirates of the Cure-I-bbean Booty Run 5K, Woodward Park, Fresno
This event promotes awareness of blood-related cancers through Relay for Life team member’s fund-raising efforts. Finishers’ medal for all participants. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Jan. 26, 2019—St. Joseph’s 5K Fun Run/Walk for Wellness, University Park, Stockton
This is a double loop course. Following the run is a health expo. For more information or to register online, visit On Your Mark Events.
▪ Feb. 23, 2019—Support Blue Fresno 2-mile walk or 10K run, Woodward Park, Fresno
This event is a grassroots effort to broaden the support for the Fresno Police Department. This is the second event in the Winter Classic Medal Series. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Feb. 23, 2019—Tour de Meow 5K Run or 1-mile Cat Walk, Bakersfield
This event benefits MEOWco.org and its neonate kitten nursery, adoption programs and many other-life saving programs. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Feb. 23, 2019—End of the Trail Half-Marathon and 10K, Downtown Visalia
Flat, flat courses. Beast Mode Hat to the top 25 male/female finishers for the half and top 10 male/female in the 10K. Free End of the Trail Beanie Cap if you register before Jan. 1, 2019. This is in addition to the long-sleeve t-shirt that all registrants receive. Certified course and New York Marathon qualifier. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ March 24, 2019—Fresno Donut Run 5K, Woodward Park, Fresno
Cute donut-themed finishers’ medal for all participants. This event sold out about a month before, so don’t wait until the last minute because you may miss out. Event benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley. For more information or to sign up online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ March 31, 2019—Modesto Marathon, Half-Marathon, Half Relay and 5K, Modesto
Packet pick-up is during the March 30 Expo. The public also is welcome at the Expo. Courses are relatively flat. Both the half and full go over a Highway 99 overpass twice—the only inclines on the course. The 5K goes through residential areas around Graceda Park and finishes in the same place as the half and full. Events benefit Teens Run Modesto. Please NO DOGS except service animals for the safety of the runners and the animals. For more information or to register online, visit Modesto Marathon.
▪ April 6, 2019—AR 50 (American River 50) 50-mile ultra-run and 25-mile run, Folsom
The 50-miler starts at 6 a.m. and has a 14-hour cut-off time. If you make it under the cut-off, you receive a special jacket and a finisher’s medal as well as a tech shirt. Pacers allowed on the last half. The 25-miler starts an hour later — at 7 a.m. but has the same cutoff of 5:15 p.m. at Rattlesnake Bar. The 25-mile runners will receive a tech shirt and finisher’s medal. For more information, visit AR 50.
▪ April 6-7, 2019—California Classic Weekend, Fresno
Saturday, the race shuts down the freeway so bicycle riders can ride without worrying about cars. Choose from the century (100 miles), metric century (62 miles) or mini-metric century (35 miles). Or run the half-marathon, half relay or 5K on Sunday. The half and half relay go through African Adventure inside Fresno Chaffee Zoo, finishing along home plate inside Chukchansi Stadium. The Rock and Run 5K doesn’t go through the zoo but it has all the other benefits of the half. Cash prizes for all age-group winners in the half. If you do both a ride and a run, you receive a biker/runner hat and an interlocking medal. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
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