▪ 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. 30, 2017—New Year Run 5K, Los Banos
Proceeds from the event go toward purchasing a timing system for Pacheco High School track & field team. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ Dec. 30, 2017—Fourth Annual Tioga High School 5K walk/run, Tioga High School, Groveland
Pre-registration starts at 7 a.m., race at 9 a.m. Download the registration form by clicking here.
▪ 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.
▪ Dec. 31, 2017—PJ 2-mile walk/run, Lincoln Center, Stockton
Start a new New Year’s tradition or continue one at the 13th annual PJ walk/run hosted by Fleet Feet StoMo. Event goes off at the strike of midnight for one to two laps through the neighborhoods surrounding the FF store. Pajamas and other costumes are encouraged. In fact, there’s a prize for best costume. Then return to the store for hot cocoa, coffee and cookies. And let’s not forget Tony’s humongous raffle—gift cards, shoes and loads of other really cool running stuff. Registration includes custom long-sleeve t-shirt and a raffle ticket. For more information or to register online, visit SignMeUp.com.
▪ 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. 1, 2018—Visalia PAL Resolution Run 5K & kids’ 1/4-mile fun run, Downtown, Visalia
Events benefit the Police Athletic League (PAL). Finishers’ medals for all. For more information, visit Active.com.
▪ Jan. 6, 2018—29th Annual Fog Run 5K & 10K, Ming Lake, Bakersfield
These events support At-Risk Youth and Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault. For more information, visit Bakersfield Track Club.
▪ Jan. 6, 2018—New Year’s Polar Bear 5K & 10K Run and Dunk Trail Run, and kids’ 1-mile splash, Eagal Lakes, Tracy
The dunk is optional. If you do decide to take the plunge, bring a dry towel and dry clothes to change into. Brrrr. For more information, visit Eagal Lakes Resort.
▪ 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—Glinn and Giordano Rio Bravo Rumble 5k/10k/Ultra Half and Duathlon, Rio Bravo Ranch, Bakersfield
New 10K course added this year. For more information, visit Bakersfield Track Club.
▪ 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. 27, 2018—A Riverbed Runs Through It Half-Marathon and 5K, Park at Riverwalk, Bakersfield
Lots of swag for the first 100 people to register. The riverbed runs through the course, depending on weather and water flow. Event is hosted by the Bakersfield Track Club. For more information or to register online, visit RunSignUp.com.
▪ 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. 3, 2018—33rd Annual Orient Express 1-mile and 4-mile runs, Chinese Camp
These courses have a bit of a roll. Long-sleeve tech shirts for all registered runners. Sponsored by Sonora Sunrise Rotary Club. Please, NO DOGS! For more information, visit It’s Your Race.
▪ 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. 10, 2018—’Tiny’ Smiles Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, Galt
Benefits the “Tiny”Smiles and Children’s Heart Foundation. The event is designed to create awareness for CHD’s (Congenital Heart Defect), and raise money for the care and support babies and their families need. Check back soon for more information.
▪ 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.
▪ 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.
▪ 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 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, 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 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 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 7-8, 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 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.
▪ July 8, 2018—SHE 365 5K walk/run, Woodbridge Winery, Woodbridge
This is a female-only event. 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.
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