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The Fresno-Area Runner's Guide for the Holidays

Nov 23, 2016 05:13PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Got Miles 5k Birthday Race

It can be easy to be indulgent this holiday season, so it's important to continue staying active. Luckily, there are so many local-area running events that are not only fun, but help keep you in shape during the colder season. 

Whether you are a seasoned runner or simply looking for something fun and athletic to do, we've got a few ideas for you. From 5Ks to Marathons, here is a list of some upcoming runs to consider trying. 

Fresno Turkey Trot

Location: Woodward Park, 7775 N Friant Rd, Fresno, CA US 93720

Time: Thursday, November 24, 2016 , 7:30am

Race Type: 5K run/Walk

What a great way to start your Thanksgiving!  Run or walk the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning and then eat your Thanksgiving feast guilt free.  Socks featuring the new SCE logo for 1st 2000 entries. The 5K is chip-timed with plaques to overall male and female winners and unique medals for those who place in age groups. The walk is untimed.

This family tradition is presented by Sierra Challenge Express Running Club. Be sure to join us for costume and largest family contests at 7:30. Marie Callendar prizes for the winners.

For more information, visit their website

Fresno Jingle Bell Run for Toys for Tots

Location: Palm & Shaw - Christmas Tree Lane, 4946 N. Van Ness Blvd, Fresno, CA US 93704

Time: Saturday, December 10, 2016, 9am

Race Type: 5K run/Walk 

Run down Christmas Tree Lane at Fresno Jingle Bell Run for Toys for Tots on December 10th and raise toys for not so fortunate children at Christmas time. Jingle Bells, Sweatshirt, decorated course, free download pictures, goodies served by Santa's Helpers. Bring a toy or donate and you will receive a Santa Hat!

Visit to register and learn more. 

Resolution Run

Location: Woodward Park, 7775 N Friant, Fresno, CA US 93720

Time: Sunday, January 1, 2017, 9am

Race Type: 4M, 2M run | kids run

Kick off the new year the right way! We all make resolutions - and they often involve our physical well-being. Whether you want to lose weight, run faster, or just try new things, we invite you to start the new year off surrounded by friends and family. So grab your running shoes and your friends, and join us at the New Year's Day Fresno Resolution Run on January 1, 2016.

Visit this website to learn more about the race and where to register.

3rd Annual Kastner 5K/10K NFL Dream Run

Location: Woodward Park, 7775 N Friant, Fresno, CA US 93720

Time: Saturday, January 21, 2017, 8am

Race Type: 10K, 5K run/Walk

Dress in your favorite football fanatic attire or as your favorite player and run through the park catching footballs at the last 50 yards of the race.  The first 20 to cross will receive medals.  All proceeds go towards Kastner PTC/ Academics/Arts and Athletics. 

Visit this website to learn more.

Got Miles 5k Birthday Race

Location: Railroad Park, Alluvial/Peach, Clovis, CA US 93611

Time: Saturday, January 21, 2017, 8am

Race Type: 5K run/Walk

The BNB Runners would like to invite you to come celebrate Miles Alexander's birthday with fitness for charity!

 Online registration includes:

  • Race Bib and custom timing by Sole 2 Soul Sports
  • Long sleeve Technical race shirt custom designed by the B-boy himself! and Amber Irwin Photography (must sign up by January 5th)
  • Birthday Racing Balloon
  • Gear Check area for safe keeping of your belongings
  • Custom made Finisher's Medallion from Chickies Tasty Treats (Have you ever had an edible medal?!!!!)
  • Post-Race snacks and refreshments at the Finish Line
  • Online Facebook results and photos after race
  • Race day registration will be an additional $5 per entrant

Family Reunion Village and Parking Area for all birthday guests and participants are located at the Railroad Park on Peach and Alluvial.
- Playground area for the kids!
- Public Restrooms are available.

All proceeds will go to the Poverello House. Many people in our community will need a helping hand even AFTER the holidays.

About the birthday boy:
Miles Alexander started running cross country at Maple Creek Elementary in the 4th grade. He continued through his 8th grade year at Granite Ridge Intermediate where he competed at the Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational. Miles is now a part of the Bad News Bears Running team and occasionally participates or volunteers at local races. This year, he completed his first half marathon.

Miles has one younger brother, a mom and dad, and 2 dogs. His other passions include drawing, singing, performing magic, and skateboarding. He is a native of Fresno and likes giving back to his community. Since he absolutely enjoys running and working with kids he came up with the idea to hold his first birthday race back in 2012 with the help of his running team. Miles has collected about $5,000 in donations for the Poverello House.

To learn more about this race, visit their website.

MH Jingle All the Way 5K

Location: Mountain House Central Park, 25 E Main, Mountain House, California 95391

Time: Saturday, December 3, 2016, 8am

Race Type: 5K run/Walk

Join us for a 5K around the MH Creek. It's a fast flat course with Chip Timing by Brazen Racing.
All entrants receive a Long Sleeve Tech Shirt.
Food & Drinks at the finish line area.

Visit this website to learn more.

Do you know of a fun run that we missed? Let us know by contacting us and we'll add it!