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    The San Francisco Marathon

    182 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USAView event
    1 review
    About the event

    Set an early alarm for this bucket list event around SF. Get an all-access pass to the SF sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf, and take up the challenge (expect hills - it's SF after all). Come for the finisher's medal and atmosphere of the on-course cheer stations.

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    • Did the Half Marathon in 2011

      Great to be able to run over the Golden Gate Bridge!! Good fun but early start.
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    $15 - $120
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    T9 Mermaid Run East Bay

    Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area, 2100 Isherwood Way, Fremont, CA 94536, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Kick off spring with an annual Mermaid classic that features a 5k, 10k, half marathon, the Sirena18 mile, or the Sirena 18 mile (Relay) run or walk. The course is virtually flat as it follows a mix of dirt and paved trails. Enjoy the fresh air and positive vibes.

    Runners 70 & over race free! (Discount will be applied during checkout)

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    $57 - $98
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    Western Pacific Marathon

    Fremont, CA, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    All races start and finish in the Quarry Lakes. The marathon, half marathon and 10K have large out-and-back sections on the Alameda Creek Trail. The course is mostly gravel/fire trail with a very small portion of pavement at the beginning and end. Hills are nearly non-existent, so bring on the speed!

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    Devil Mountain Run
    Sun 5th May
    Danville, CA, United States
    $20 - $44
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    Devil Mountain Run

    345 Railroad Ave, Danville, CA 94526, USAView event
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    From the organiser

    The Devil Mountain Run is a 5K/10K run held annually in Downtown Danville. With a range of events; flat, fast, family friendly 5K, 10K, Mile of Truth, Dog Run and a Kids Fun Run, there's a race for all the family, including the dog!

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    Healing Hearts 5k Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention
    Sat 4th May
    $30
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    Healing Hearts 5k Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention

    Edoff Memorial Band Stand, Oakland, CA 94610, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Join us at the Edoff Memorial Bandstand for Crisis Support Services of Alameda Countys Annual Healing Hearts: 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention. This all-ages event will help raise awareness to the tragedy of suicide, help reduce the stigma associated with depression and mental illness, educate the community about available services, support local suicide prevention programs, and provide a safe place to heal for those who have lost loved ones to suicide as a community.

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    Jog for Jill
    Sun 28th Apr
    Berkeley, CA, United States
    $10
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    Jog for Jill

    Berkeley, CA, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Walk, jog or run. Participate as an individual, join a team or create a team. Congratulate the winner of the Jill Costello scholarship. Stick around for the post-run BBQ and entertainment!

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    Bad Bass Half Marathon
    Sat 27th Jul
    Castro Valley, CA, United States
    $58 - $83
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    Bad Bass Half Marathon

    17600 Lake Chabot Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94546, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Rising up from the depths of Lake Chabot, the Bad Bass (a strangely kilt-wearing, bagpipe-playing Scottish bass with teeth) shows itself once again! Why is he Scottish? What is he doing in Castro Valley? How can he play bagpipes with his fin? We have no idea how to answer those questions. Why is he so bad-to-the-fishbone? Maybe he just knows how awesome the trails of Lake Chabot really are! Whatever the Bad Bass is doing here, we hope you'll join us at the beautiful Lake Chabot Marina in Castro Valley for the scenic Bad Bass 5K, 10K or Half Marathon!

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    $40
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    ACE Inspire 5k

    Guadalupe River Park, 438 Coleman Ave, San Jose, CA 95110, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    ACE Inspire Academy is a middle school in downtown San Jose that seeks to have all students recognize their extrordinary potential. We serve the under-served students in our community making them ready for high school and college. Your participation in the 5k shows our students that there are other people in the community that support them as well. Your registration fee is going right back into our schools to enhance our curriculum with new supplies and hands-on acitivities such as field trips and presenations.

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    Alameda 4th of July R.A.C.E.
    Thu 4th Jul
    Alameda, CA, United States
    $15 - $25
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    Alameda 4th of July R.A.C.E.

    Lauren's Closet, 1420 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Ralph Appezzato Charity Event (R.A.C.E.) is a 5K (3.1 Mile) run and walk benefiting the Midway Shelter for Women and Children in Alameda, California. It starts at 9 AM; an hour before the Mayor's 4th of July Parade in front of the Lauren's Closet, 1420 Park Street, between Santa Clara and Central Avenues.

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    Wildcat Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
    Sat 11th May
    El Sobrante, CA, United States
    $43 - $80
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    Wildcat Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

    3800 Elmwood Rd, El Sobrante, CA 94803, USAView event
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    From the organiser

    All courses include challenging (but view-rewarding) hills to go up and down. We recommend walking the up-hill sections and saving your energy for the flat and downs! Except for the start/finish on a grassy field and a couple of small paved sections (less than 10%), the courses run on fire trails (with a section of single track for the Half Marathon).

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    Mother’s Day Run
    Sat 11th May
    Richmond, CA, United States
    $40 - $50
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    Mother’s Day Run

    5070 Appian Way, Richmond, CA 94803, USAView event
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    From the organiser

    Please join us for our Annual Mother's Day Run. This will be a Half Marathon, 5 Mile, and 5K event at the El Sobrante entrance to the San Pablo Dam Reservoir. We will honor our Mothers and all they do for us and all they mean to us. Most especially we'd like our Moms to Run/Walk this event to emphasize to family and friends the importance of time in your life for Healthy pursuits. We LOVE YOU MOM!

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    RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley
    Sat 22nd Jun
    East Palo Alto, CA, United States
    $50 - $775
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    RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley

    The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, 2050 University Ave, East Palo Alto, CA 94303, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Forget what you know about Gran Fondos. For RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley, weve re-written the cycling experience to put you at the very heart from start to finish.

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    City Beer Runs 5K/10K
    Sun 23rd Jun
    San Mateo, CA, United States
    $47
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    City Beer Runs 5K/10K

    2 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401, USAView event
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    From the organiser

    The City Beer Runs 5K/10K BrewFest is a chip timed 5K/10K race complete with a post race BeerFest featuring some of the best Bay Area breweries. Come for the running, stay for the beer, music, lawn games and food trucks. With an 11AM race start, the City Beer Runs 5K/10K BrewFest promises to be a Sunday-Funday to remember!

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    12th Annual Benicia Education Foundation Run for Education
    Sun 5th May
    Benicia, CA, United States
    $20 - $30
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    12th Annual Benicia Education Foundation Run for Education

    Benicia, CA, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The BEF Run for Education is a fantastic, family-friendly event for first-time runners to expert athletes. Proceeds from this event benefit the Benicia Education Foundation, a volunteer-run, community-based non-profit organization that helps fund programs and services at all seven schools in the Benicia Unified School District.

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    Freedom High School 5K Color Fun Run
    Sat 27th Apr
    Oakley, CA, United States
    $20
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    Freedom High School 5K Color Fun Run

    Freedom High School, 1050 Neroly Rd, Oakley, CA 94561, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    This event is a fun 5k fun run in which participant will get splatted w/ color during the event.

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    Marin County Half Marathon
    Sun 28th Apr
    San Rafael, CA, United States
    $60 - $90
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    Marin County Half Marathon

    201 Cantera Way, San Rafael, CA 94901, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Half Marathon starts at the entrance to the park at Point San Pedro Road. The course begins to the left for an approximate three-mile loop along the waters edge. After passing the park, the road begins its series of rolling hill descents through the oaks and madrones within China Camp State Park.

    10k starts at the entrance to the park at Point San Pedro Road. The course begins to the left for an approximate three-mile loop along the waters edge. After passing the park, the road begins its series of rolling hill descents through the oaks and madrones within China Camp State Park.

    5k starts at the entrance to the park at Point San Pedro Road. This course, all road, turns to the left and follows the waters edge. The turnaround, just at the little park, brings you back to enter McNears Beach Park. Gradually climb the entrance to past the guard gate before the big downhill to the great lawn, the expo, and yes! the finish line.

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    Nitro Trail – Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
    Sat 18th May
    Richmond, CA, United States
    $43 - $80
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    Nitro Trail – Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

    5551 Giant Hwy, Richmond, CA 94806, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Home of gunpowder and dynamite manufacturers for almost 100 years, Point Pinole became part of the East Bay Regional Park District in the 1970s. With panoramic views of the bay, wildflowers, over 100 species of bird and eucalyptus woodlands (originally planted to buffer potential explosions!), Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park is truly the hidden gem of the East Bay. If you have never been there before, you are in for a surprise.

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    $35
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    10K on the Bay

    4901 Breakwater Ave, Hayward, CA 94545, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Run or walk along the Bay Trail and enjoy breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay-Estuary. Participate in a 5K or 10K. Proceeds from this event help to maintain and enhance the educational programs, exhibits, and facilities of the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center.

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    Loaves & Fishes Feed the Need 5K/10K
    Sun 19th May
    Campbell, CA, United States
    $40
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    Loaves & Fishes Feed the Need 5K/10K

    1875 S Bascom Ave, Campbell, CA 95008, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Feed the Need is the 4th annual 5K/10K Run/Walk fundraising event for Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen. Our goal is to host a family-friendly fundraising event while at the same time increase the communitys knowledge of our organization, and the services we offer.

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    Foam Glow – San Jose
    Fri 17th May
    $50
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    Foam Glow – San Jose

    344 Tully Rd, San Jose, CA 95111, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Foam Glow 5K is a fun filled experience exposing runners to Glowing Foam and a ton of Blacklights all over the course. Glowing runners come from all different ages, shapes, sizes, and speeds. Whether you are a long term runner or a walk around the park stroller, the 3 miles of the Foam Glow 5K course will have you shining bright and waiting for the next run.

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    Bubble Run – San Jose
    Sat 18th May
    $50
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    Bubble Run – San Jose

    344 Tully Rd, San Jose, CA 95111, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    If youve done a traditional 5K, you know they can be a bit lackluster. But the BUBBLE RUN is like running through Willy Wonkas factory. Clad in white t-shirts, adults, kids and strollers run, walk, dance and play across 3 miles of absolute fun! Waves start every 3-5 minutes. Then, at each kilometer, participants will run through the Foam Bogs where there is enough colored foam to cover you from head to toe!

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    $40
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    Calero Park Run

    195 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95112, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Beginning at Calero County Park, this trail run has everything! Experience awesome single track, great hills, and dirt paths. The 50K is a challenging, fantastic trainer for Western States that includes oak trees, exposure, good heat training, and panoramic vistas.

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    Leigh Longhorn Stampede
    Sun 2nd Jun
    $20 - $40
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    Leigh Longhorn Stampede

    195 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95112, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Join us for our 5th Annual Longhorn Stampede Run/Walk - a 5K, USATF Certified event through the Cambrian neighborhood. Whether you are a walker, casual jogger or a distance runner, come join your community!

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    Marina Bay Running Festival
    Sun 16th Jun
    Richmond, CA, United States
    $15 - $100
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    Marina Bay Running Festival

    Richmond, CA, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Starting and finishing at the majestic Craneway Pavilion, you will traverse the newly paved East Bay Trail system along idyllic Marina Bay, following historical markers, shipyards, quaint parks out to Point Isabel and back.

    You will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco skyline, spectacular Marina Bay shoreline, and surrounding environments. This flat, fast course ensures a PR.

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    Terrain Race – San Jose
    Sat 8th Jun
    $35 - $60
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    Terrain Race – San Jose

    Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Rd, San Jose, CA 95111, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Crawl over obstacles and through mud pits at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Conquer over 20 obstacles with friends for the race of your life!

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    Oaktown Half Marathon, 5K and Stomper's Stomp
    Sun 11th Aug
    $20 - $80
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    Oaktown Half Marathon, 5K and Stomper's Stomp

    Oscar Grant Plaza, 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612, USAView event
    1 review
    About the event

    Run around Lake Merritt and through the heart of Oakland in this popular race. This event is for runners looking for the community feel of a local race. Come for the bespoke finisher's medal, Oaktown running top and a festival with food, craft beer and wine.

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    • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

      I have a whole lotta love for Oakland and it was great to see a well organized event in The Town! From packet pickup parties during event week at Oaklandish and Sports Basement, to a cool shirt I actually wear outside of working out, to a route that explores scenic views of downtown, uptown, and Lake Merritt, this was a stellar event I look forward to coming back to. Did I mention the massive medal and mason jar I took home?! This race reflects the edgy, artistic, and progressive community it runs through.
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    Hercules Dynamite 5K Run/Walk
    Thu 4th Jul
    Hercules, CA, United States
    $15 - $25
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    Hercules Dynamite 5K Run/Walk

    1515 Refugio Valley Rd, Hercules, CA 94547, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Celebrate your 4th of July at the 5th annual Hercules Dynamite 5K Run/Walk located along the beautiful Eucalyptus trees of scenic Refugio Valley Park. The event offers chip timed, closed course 5K run/walk (3.1 Mile), 1 Mile walk and 1/4 Mile event designed for Kids ages 3-8. The distances are flat, fun and are perfect for all levels of runners or walkers. Stay afterwards and enjoy the post race Expo, refreshments, awards and the 4th of July Parade. Custom event shirt guaranteed if registered by June 20th.

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    Alameda Running Festival
    Sun 15th Sep
    Alameda, CA, United States
    $55 - $80
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    Alameda Running Festival

    Essencial Acabamentos, Av Cel Ernesto Bertaso, 464 Ed Alameda Jardins Sala 13 Subsolo 01, Centro Quilombo - SC, Alameda, CA 94501, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Alameda Running Festival incorporates a Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, and Family Fun Run. The event will start and finish in the Alameda Point and highlight several beautiful areas around the island. The event will benefit Alameda Meals on Wheels and the Alameda Education Foundation.

    Come get your 4" medal, cool ARF shirt, free beer, and great food!

    Discounts available - just click on the tickets!

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    We Run Richmond 5K
    Sun 11th Aug
    Richmond, CA, United States
    $20
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    We Run Richmond 5K

    400 Harbour Way S, Richmond, CA 94804, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The We Run Richmond 5K is presented by Moving Forward for Our Future, a group of community members, local businesses, and the Richmond SOL Soccer Club. This is a non competitive 5K Fun Run/Walk.

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    $68 - $125
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    The San Francisco Giant Race

    San Francisco, CA, USAView event
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    From the organiser

    Giant Racers will get experience the AT&T Park area, which will host several special event celebrations during this year's race! We are excited to pay homage to the racers, partners and spectators who have joined us throughout the historic years of the San Francisco Giant Race Presented By Alaska Airlines! We'll be adding more opportunities to celebrate throughout the year. In the meantime, register today for the Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, or Kids Race/Family Relay to secure your spot at the start line of the best races in the league.

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    Fall Showdown
    Sat 21st Sep
    El Sobrante, CA, United States
    $35 - $50
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    Fall Showdown

    7301 San Pablo Dam Rd, El Sobrante, CA 94803, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The 2018 Fall into Fitness Family 5K Fun Run/Walk hosted by NPHC Solano is a family-friendly event for first-time runners/walkers to expert athletes. This year marks our 2nd Annual event and we are excited to continue our mission toward furthing community outreach.

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    Your Next Step is the cure - San Francisco
    Sun 22nd Sep
    $15 - $35
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    Your Next Step is the cure - San Francisco

    Lake Merced, Lake Merced, San Francisco, CA 94132, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Please join us for the 11th Annual Your Next Step is the Cure San Francisco, Lake Merced Loop on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Lake Merced.

    Our Your Next Step is the Cure events raise much-needed funds for the patient services and clinical research projects of the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. Each event provides fun, family-friendly activities, including a young lung dash, music, walk.run event awards and more.

    Whether you want to walk, jog or run, whether you choose to participate as an individual or as part of a team, we believe that Your Next Step is the Cure!

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    Night Nation Run - Bay Area
    Sat 12th Oct
    Berkeley, CA, United States
    $29.99 - $49.99
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    Night Nation Run - Bay Area

    1100 Eastshore Hwy, Berkeley, CA 94710, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Night Nation Run is the Worlds 1st Running Music Festival an ultimate blend of a Music Festival and a Fun Run. Experience a music filled course with Live DJs, Light Shows, Bubble Zones, Neon and Black Lights. Cross the finish line into an Epic Main Stage After Party featuring Top Headliner DJs.

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    Diablo Summit Stomp 30K/half marathon/10K/5K
    Sat 2nd Nov
    Walnut Creek, CA, United States
    $48 - $90
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    Diablo Summit Stomp 30K/half marathon/10K/5K

    1700 Castle Rock Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    All courses are on trails. While there are some hills, this event, like all Brazen Racing runs, is very friendly to first-time trail runners and experienced runners alike. Depending on the weather, all distances may include mud and creek crossings!

    Walkers/hikers are welcome in all distances.

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    Mermaid Run San Francisco
    Sun 20th Oct
    $35 - $85
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    Mermaid Run San Francisco

    San Francisco, CA, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Mermaid Dash is a great way to introduce girls to the world of running. The fun run/walk allows girls to participate and experience the joy of crossing the finish line in a safe and supportive environment. Mermaid Dashers receive a medal, finisher necklace and post race food. Note: The dash entry fee does not come with a race shirt.

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