▪ July 2, 2017—Hernia Hill Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Twisted Oak Winery, Vallecito
This is an annual event, with lunch afterward as part of race registration. The 5K has one hill, the 10K two. The half-marathon offers a few more challenges but also runs through the winery. For more information or to register online, visit www.itsyourrace.com
▪ July 4, 2017—Run for Independence 2-mile walk/run and 5-mile run, Atwater
Walkers welcome in the 2-mile event. Please no walkers in the 5-mile run. Courses are flat and go through Atwater. Races start near Ralston Park at 7:30 a.m. sharp. Registration closes 10 minutes before race start. So plan accordingly and don’t be late. Hosted by the Merced Running Club. For more information, visit Merced Running Club or register online at RunSignUp.com.
▪ July 4, 2017—Freedom Run 2-mile walk/run, 4-mile run & kids’ fun run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Proceeds benefit the Honor Flight. ice cream, watermelon, flags and wet towels for finishers. More than 1,000 flags will line the course. Besides age-group awards, awards for largest group, most patriotic group and most patriotic individuals. For more information, visit Fresno Freedom Run, or register online at RunSignUp.com.
▪ July 4, 2017—Team RWB Firecracker 4-Miler, Grupe Park, Stockton
Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch…or a free race. This event is from your friends at Fleet Feet StoMo and Team RWB. No pre-registration necessary. Just bring yourself and get ready to walk or run at 8 a.m. There’s also a kids’ fun run, where each finisher receives a medal – event details.
▪ July 8, 2017—North Fresno Rotary Run for Humanity 5K run and 2-mile walk/run, Fig Garden Shopping Center, Fresno
Post-race pancake breakfast included with registration. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ July 8, 2017—Du4Fun 15K, Stockton
This is a duathlon – 2.5k run, 10k bike and a 2.5k run. This event benefits the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. For more information, visit Du4Fun or register online at RunSignUp
▪ July 9, 2017—Fifth Annual Gary Long’s SHE 365 5K, Woodbridge Winery, Lodi
This is an all-women event. All participants receive a shirt, finishers’ medal, jewelry and post-race chocolate, mini Bundt cake and mimosa (if you’re over 21). For more information or to register online, visit It’s Your Race.
▪ July 11, 2017—Third annual Brews & Shoes Showdown, Fleet Feet, Lincoln Center, Stockton
Come out and test drive some new shoes from more than a half dozen vendors during a 3-mile group run/walk. Enjoy two beer samples and a pint from Highwater Brewery afterward. You keep the glass. Raffles, too. Cost is only $10, which goes to Emergency Food Bank. This event is capped and typically sells out, so don’t delay registering – event details.
▪ July 15, 2017—Escalon Park Fete 2-miles and 10K walk/run, Escalon
The races start and finish at El Portal Middle School, 801 First St. in Escalon. Construction on First Street has finished, so the events move back to their historic location. Courses, which are both out and back, are flat and fast. The 10K takes runners out in the country. NEW THIS YEAR: custom finishers’ medals for all finishers. After the run, head over to the Park Fete Parade, an Escalon tradition. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ July 15, 2017—Second Annual Corcoran High School Cross Country Alumni & Friends Race 2-miler, Corcoran
This race is open to any Corcoran High School Cross Country Alumni and friends. It was created to introduce our alumni to our current CHS Cross Country team. All funds will assist the team’s High Altitude Training Camp in Big Bear, Calif. For more information or to register, visit RunSignUp.
▪ July 22, 2017—Battle of the Badges First Responders Run/Walk 5K & 10K, Woodward Park, Fresno
A portion of the proceeds go to the Fallen Officers Resource fund and the Fresno Police Activities League Boxing program. Registration fee does not include $5 park admission. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ July 23, 2017—Dirt, Sweat and Beers Mountain Bike Sprint Triathlon, Eagal Lakes, Tracy
Event comprises 400-meter swim, 11-mile mountain bike rice and 3.1-mile run. This year’s event is chip timed. For more information or to register online, visit Active.com.
▪ July 25, 2017—Saucony Run Your World Tour, Downtown Modesto
Begins at 6 p.m., in front of Fuzio, 1020 10th St. Group run led by Fleet Feet Sports, coach-led circuit workout led by Get Fit Modesto, and after-party at Fuzio that includes one free drink per person. Raffles and prize drawings, too. All this for only $10, all of which goes to the Saucony Run for Good Foundation. Event is capped at 100. For more information or to register, visit Eventbrite.
▪ July 29, 2017—Miguel Reyes Memorial 5K walk/run, Woodward Park, Fresno
Finishers’ medals to the first 300 who finish. Free breakfast included as part of paid registration. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Aug. 12, 2017—Hell of a Half Marathon, Exeter
The name says it all. Race sells out every year. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Aug. 12, 2017—Pinnacle Pup Run 2-mile and 5-mile runs, Fresno
These events benefit local no-kill animal shelters. There also are categories for dogs, based on their size. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.
▪ Aug. 13, 2017—SAR (Search And Rescue) Wild Run Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K, Shaver Lake
Bigfoot medal to all finishers. Events benefit Fresno County Search and Rescue. These are trail runs so there will be dirt, rocks, tree roots and other naturally occurring obstacles. And there are hills. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Aug. 13, 2017—The Lodi Mile, Lodi
Participants run two laps around Hutchins Street Square in Lodi. Separate races for high schoolers, kids and family, open runners and elites. Age-group awards will be given. For more information, visit The Lodi Mile.
▪ 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. 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.
▪ Sept. 2, 2017—Soaring Over Ripon Festival (formerly Color the Skies Balloon Run) 5K & 10K walk/runs, Ripon
Check back later for more information.
▪ 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. 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. 24, 2017—Micke Grove Zoo Zoom 5K walk/run & kids’ fun run, Lodi
Smokey Bear commemorative 30th year pin for the first 400 registrants. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.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.
▪ 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. 7, 2017—L.O.V.E. (Leave Out Violence Everyday) 5K Walk/Run, Lincoln Park, Tracy
Check back later for more information.
▪ 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. 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. Races benefit Riverbank High School athletic programs and local schools. For more information or to register online, visit Active.com.
▪ Oct. 14, 2017—Rabobank Fiesta Run, 2 miles & 5 miles, Reedley
Check back later for more information.
▪ 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. 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.
▪ 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. 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.
▪ 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. 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
▪ 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.
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