Is “Run More” on your goals list for 2020? As part of our Shape Your Life Outside series, we’ve collected 2020 running events from all over California. Whether you’re gearing up for your first race or your 40th, check out our list below and sign up for a race today! Find one near you or take a road trip and make a weekend of it. Having something to train for makes you even more likely to reach your goals.

 

Bakersfield

 

Are You Faster Than A 5th Grader Run (2-mile & 4-mile runs)

Race Date: 2/29

Location: Pyles Boys Camp, Lake Ming Road, Bakersfield

Difficulty: All fitness levels

Enjoy a scenic run around Lake Ming just outside of Bakersfield, California. Participants will race against young athletes who love to run and compete. Come for the raffle prizes, stay for the exclusive race T-shirt!

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Bakersfield Donut Run (5k run, 2k walk)

Race Date: 3/8

Location: The Park at Riverwalk, 11200 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield

Difficulty: All fitness levels

Looking for a little race motivation? At this event, EVERYONE gets donuts – and we’re talking the delicious, mouth-watering kind. (They’re sponsored by Krispy Kreme this year.) Participants receive a donut-themed shirt, custom finishers medal, coffee, and…you guessed it…DONUTS.

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9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Run (5k run)

Race Date: 3/14

Location: The Park at Riverwalk, 11298 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield

Difficulty: All fitness levels

5k meets 4-leaf clovers at this fun St. Patrick’s Day run along the trails at The Park at River Walk. Don’t forget to wear green!

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 5th Annual McFarland USA Half Marathon & 5K (5k & half marathon runs)

Race Date: 4/4

Location: Jim White "Blanco" Park, E. Sherwood Ave, McFarland

Difficulty: Intermediate

The 5th Annual McFarland USA Half Marathon & 5K will wind its way through city outskirts, grape fields, almond fields, flat surfaces and short uphills.

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San Luis Obispo Ultra, Beast & Super Hosted by Visit Slo Cal (10k & half marathon runs)

Race Date: 3/14-3/15

Location: Santa Margarita Ranch, 5995 W Pozo Rd, Santa Margarita

Difficulty: Intermediate - Expert

If you’re looking to unleash your inner athlete, challenge yourself to the Ultra, Beast or Super obstacle race at the SLO CAL Spartan. Dash past vineyards and epic open landscapes while surrounded by the towering San Pedro National Forest. Kids races available.

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Mission Possible 2020 (5k run or walk)

Race Date: 4/11

Location: CALM - California Living Museum, 10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy, Bakersfield

Difficulty: All fitness levels

This year’s 5K will be held on the beautiful trails surrounding the California Living Museum. This event boasts great raffle items, a pancake breakfast, and an amazing turnout! Last year more than 400 people attended. Each participant receives a “Mission Possible” t-shirt. All proceeds benefit The Mission at Kern County.

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Bakersfield Mother’s Day Run (5k run & 2k walk)

Race Date: 5/10

Location: Park at River Walk, Bakersfield

Difficulty: All fitness levels

Celebrate the mothers in your life at the 2nd annual Bakersfield Mother’s Day Run. All finishing mothers receive a special necklace. All finishers receive a custom medallion and strawberry shortcake!

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Stockton/Sacramento

 

2020 Sacramento Undy RunWalk (5k run or walk, 1-mile fun run)

Race Date: 2/22

Location: William Land Park, 4215 Freeport Boulevard, Sacramento

Difficulty: All fitness levels

Hit the streets in your boxers or briefs! Participating in this fun 5k helps the Colorectal Cancer Alliance and their local partners fight colorectal cancer. Registration includes a pair of 2020 Boxer shorts!

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The Davis Stampede (5k, 10k & half marathon run or walk)

Race Date: 2/23

Location: Playfields Park, 2500 Research Park Dr, Davis

Difficulty: Beginner - Intermediate

The Davis Stampede takes place each year in February, and includes 5K, 10K and Half Marathon routes. Courses are mostly flat and take runners and walkers through east and south Davis’s greenbelts and neighborhood streets. Race amenities include finisher’s medals, half marathon pace groups, tech t-shirts, a post-race expo, and half marathon course aid stations.

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Chanoko 50K, 31K & 5 Mile Trail Runs (5-mile, 50k & 31k run)

Race Date: 3/7

Location: 855 Pacific Avenue Auburn

Difficulty: Intermediate - Expert

Time to hit the trails! This event will feature a custom Chanoko Trail Run finisher medal, hot food, plus awards for each division and raffle prizes for all races.

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Tesco Donut Dash Dozen (4-mile run or walk)

Race Date: 3/7

Location: Land Park, Sacramento, CA

Difficulty: All fitness levels

Participants start in Land Park then run, jog, or walk 2 miles to Marie’s Donuts. At Marie’s, participants eat donuts before making their way back the 2 miles to the start/finish area. Proceeds from the Donut Dash are used to benefit hospitalized children via the Child Life Programs at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento & UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

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Modesto Memorial Classic (1-mile & 5k run or walk)

Race Date: 5/23

Location: Tuolumne River Regional Park, 1200 Tioga Dr.  Lot A, Modesto

Difficulty: All fitness levels

Start your Memorial Day weekend with an event that benefits the Modesto Vet Center. Both 5K and 1-mile courses are scenic, shady loops and walker friendly. Entry fee includes a pancake breakfast. Medals and shirts given to all participants!

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Dr. Amanda Crews Memorial 33rd Annual Run For Health (1-mile walk, 5k run)

Race Date: 4/25

Location: East La Loma Park - 2001 Edgebrook Drive, Modesto

Difficulty: All fitness levels

Your participation in this event helps fund Reach Out and Read books for the Health Services Agency Clinics and other work by the Stanislaus Health Foundation. Kids races available.

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2020 Race Schedule

 

Bay Area and Silicon Valley

 

Fog City Run (5k run)

Race Date: Every Wednesday

Location: 1979 Union St, San Francisco

Difficulty: All fitness levels

This weekly race features a hilly 5k route in the Marina and Presidio. A locked closet is available for any extra belongings. This event is cash only.

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2020 San Francisco 5K/10K & Polar Plunge for Special Olympics (5k & 10k run)

Race Date: 2/29

Location: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco

Difficulty: Beginner - Intermediate

Enjoy some of San Francisco's most beautiful neighborhoods during this run. Both events are officially timed with timing chips and every participant receives a finisher medal.

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City Beer Runs - Bare Bottle Brewing (5k & 10k run)

Race Date: 3/8

Location: 1525 Cortland Ave, San Francisco

Difficulty: All fitness levels

Forget about PRs and mile split times and enjoy a 5k or 10k fun run. The runs start at a local brew house and winds through city streets before ending at the host’s bar for a post run social and raffle.

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San Jose Shamrock Run (5k & 10k runs, Kids Run)

Race Date: 3/14

Location: San Pedro Square in downtown San Jose

Difficulty: All fitness levels

Don’t miss the Bay’s newest and most exciting St. Paddy’s Day running party! Funds benefit the San Jose-Dublin Sister City Scholarship Program.

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The Sasquatch Scramble (5K, 10K & half marathon runs)

Race Date: 4/5

Location: 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland

Difficulty: Intermediate - Expert

Enjoy a run through beautiful Redwood Regional Park. The Sasquatch Scramble promises epic views, awesome trails, adventures, a t-shirt, post-race beverages, post-race massage and more.

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Pleasanton Run for Education (5k, 10k, & 15k runs)

Race Date: 4/19

Location: 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton

Difficulty: All fitness levels

Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation (PPIE) will receive 100% of the proceeds raised from this event and donate all proceeds to benefit 15 public schools, 15,000 students and 9,400 school families.

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Los Angeles and Southern California

 

Spartan City – Hosted by Port of San Diego (Sprint Spartan run)

Race Date: 4/11

Location: 1380 Harbor Island Dr. San Diego

Difficulty: Beginner (with training) - Intermediate

The Sprint may be the Spartan’s shortest distance race, but it’s still a favorite amongst both new and returning racers. This race delivers 20 obstacles over 5K.

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Ocean Breeze (5k, 10k, 15k & half marathonruns)

Race Date: 3/7

Location: 17398 N Pacific Ave, Huntington Beach

Difficulty: All fitness levels

If you’re looking for an affordable, fun and friendly race, this is it.

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Rockin' Shamrock (5k, 10k, 15k & Half Marathon run or walk)

Race Date: 3/15

Location: 2000 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, near Crescent Bay Park

Difficulty: All fitness levels

This race focuses more on the satisfaction of racing than the prizes awarded at bigger events, which helps keep costs low. Participants receive a finisher’s medal and goodie bag.

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Foam Glow (5k run or walk)

Race Date: 4/11

Location: Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W Mckinley Ave., Pomona

Difficulty: All fitness levels

Runners experience glowing foam and a ton of blacklights throughout the course of this fun race.

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Nike LA 13.1 (Half marathon run)

Race Date: 4/5

Location: Los Angeles

Difficulty: Intermediate

Take on 13.1 as you weave through the heart of LA, following in the footsteps of Angelenos while blazing a new path toward the future.

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Cinco de Mayo 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon (5k, 10k, 15k, Half marathon run or walk)

Location: 5400 E. Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90803

Race Date: 5/2

Difficulty: All fitness levels

Enjoy a relaxed and fun race at the Cinco de Mayo 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon! Runners receive a medal and goodie bag.

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