Summertime Events for Active Kids in Northern California

Another summer is upon us, and we’ve compiled a list of athletic-oriented events in and around Northern California that active families and kids can enjoy, making this summer fly on by. 

June

Top Pick:

🌟 June 23 – Davis, CA Positive Energy Kids Triathlon. Open to all kids ages 3 to 15 years. Held in a swim-bike-run format; experience not needed. Entry includes a t-shirt, heavyweight finisher medal, post-race sno-cone and pancakes. Children can enter as individuals or in a parent/child team division. For older siblings and parents: there’s a 5K run or walk taking place before the triathlon, so parents can squeeze in some exercise of their own.
Why we like it: It’s affordable + kids will love the post-race sno cones and pancakes.
Cost: $30-$55, depending on division. 

More Info: Triathlon website | 5K website

 


Honorable Mentions:

⭐ June 22 – Elk Grove, CA — Run 4 Hunger. Hosted by the Elk Grove Food Bank, this event offers 5K, 10K and Kids Run options. 

Why we like it: The cause needs year-round support, not just at Thanksgiving
Cost
: $20-$37, depending on division. 
More Info: website

⭐ June 23 – Stanford, CA — Summer Scamper. Various kids fun run divisions for ages 3 to 10; benefits Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. 5K/10K divisions for older kids and adults.

Why we like it: The cause. Lucille Packard’s Children’s Hospital is at the forefront of pediatric care, and right here in Northern California.
Cost
: $20-$37, depending on division. 
More Info: website


More Choices:

June 16 – Fresno, CA Fresno Father’s Day Run. 10K, 2M, Kids Run. More info.

June 16 – Richmond, CA Marina Bay Running Festival. Half marathon, 10K, 5K, Kids Run. More info.


July

Top Pick:

🌟 July 13 – Davis, CA Davis Moonlight Run. Open to all kids ages 12 and Under; half -mile fun run. Includes a finisher ribbon. Race start is at 7:30 p.m. For older siblings and parents, there is a 5K, 10K and Half Marathon.
Why we like it: The fun run is free, plus there’s no early morning alarm.
Cost: Kids Fun Run is FREE; $29 to $60 for other divisions.

More Info:  website

 


Honorable Mentions:

⭐ July 4 – Concord, CA Stars and Stripes Run. Held in Todos Santos Park, this event offers a 5K and free kids run. Stomper the Elephant from the Oakland A’s will be on-site for high-fives, photo op’s and cheers. The event precedes the Concord 4th of July Parade. 

Why we like it: Stomper has a lot of enthusiasm; parades are fun; and it’s free.
Cost
: Kids Run is free for 10 and under   
More Info: website

⭐ July 14 – Herald, CA — Tri 4 Kids. TBF Racing has a long history of producing family-friendly triathlons that cater to all athletic abilities. If your kids are looking for a more competitive atmosphere, their events won’t disappoint. Adults can also participate in a triathlon, aquabike (swim-bike), aquathlon (swim-run), or swim only.

Why we like it: One of the only kids triathlons with a lake swim; post-race lunch is included. 
Cost
: $45  
More Info: website


More Choices:

July 4 – Fresno, CAFresno Freedom Run. 4M, 2M and Kids Run. Website.

July 4 – Moraga, CAMoraga 4th of July Fun Run. 5M, 2M and Kids Run. Website.

July 4 – Morgan Hill, CAMorgan Hill Freedom Run. 5K and Kids Run. Website.

July 4 – Santa Cruz, CASanta Cruz Firecracker. 10K, 5K and Kids 1K. Website.

July 14 – Menlo Park, CAMenlo Park Kids Triathlon. Ages 4-15. Website.

July 20 – Truckee, CADonner Lake Kids Triathlon. Ages 4-12. Website.

July 21 – Fresno, CAiCANtri Kids Triathlon. Ages 6-15. Website.

July 27 – Sacramento, CA Fab 40’s 5K/Kids Fun Runs. 1/2 and 1/4 Mile. Website

July 28 – Santa Rosa, CA IRONKIDS Fun Run. Various divisions for ages 0 to 13. Website

July 28 – Courtland, CA Pear Fair Run. 10 Mile, 5 Mile and Free kids 1/2  run. Website


August

Top Pick:

🌟 August 17 – Orinda, CA — NorCal Kids Triathlon. Held at Miramonte High School, this kids event is nestled in the treesy hills of Orinda and offers boys and girls ages 4 to 15 the opportunity to participate in a triathlon. Awards for top three boys and girls per division.
Why we like it: It is one of the only kids events this summer in the East Bay
Cost: $40-$50 

More Info: website

Honorable Mentions:

August 10 – Sacramento, CA – Elizabeth Cady Stanton Free Kids Fun Run.  Held at Glen Hall Park near-ish to Sacramento State.

Why we like it: It’s free + we like the nod to famous historical women
Cost
: Kids Run is FREE; 5K is $20-35
More info: website

⭐ August 24 – Sacramento, CA – Race for the Arts – Kids Fun Run. Benefits arts programs throughout Sacramento. Over 40 hands-on booths. 5K run/walk held for all ages.

Why we like it: Benefits a wide variety of local programs + lots of things to do post-race.
Cost: $15 for kids
More info: website


More Choices:

August 10-11 – San Mateo, CA Kids Obstacle Challenge. Think mud run, but for kids. Ages 6-15, one or two parents can accompany kids for free. Website

August 11 – Herald, CA Tri for Kids. Ages 5-14. Held at Rancho Seco Park. Website.

August 11 – Oakland, CA Stomper’s Stomp. Ages 2-8. Held in conjunction with the Oaktown Half. Website.

August 18 – San Jose, CA Silvercreek Youth Triathlon. Held at ClubSport San Jose, for ages 4-15. Website.

       

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Everything’s coming together for next weekend’s Folsom Firecracker! Race day is Monday, July 4th.
Everything’s coming together for next weekend’s Folsom Firecracker! Race day is Monday, July 4th.
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It's a 4th of July tradition! Hope to see you there. 🇺🇸
⚪️What: #FolsomFirecrackerRun
🔵Distances: 2 Mile, 5K, 10K
🔴 When: Monday, July 4th
⚪️ Where: #LakeNatoma Bike Trails in #Folsom
🔵 Start Times: 7:45 am (10K), 8:00 am (5K), 8:10 am (2 Mile)
🔴 Beneficiary: #Shriners Children's of Northern California
⚪️ More info: changeofpace.com
🔵 Sign Up: runsignup.com/FolsomFirecracker 
🔴Note: Prices increase tomorrow! Sign up today - $35 adult entry includes t-shirt and finisher medal

#folsomfirecracker #folsomfirecrackerrace #infolsom #folsomca #july4th #runsacramento #fleetfeetfolsom #runfolsom #4thofjuly #lakenatomabiketrailn
It's a 4th of July tradition! Hope to see you there. 🇺🇸 ⚪️What: #FolsomFirecrackerRun 🔵Distances: 2 Mile, 5K, 10K 🔴 When: Monday, July 4th ⚪️ Where: #LakeNatoma Bike Trails in #Folsom 🔵 Start Times: 7:45 am (10K), 8:00 am (5K), 8:10 am (2 Mile) 🔴 Beneficiary: #Shriners Children's of Northern California ⚪️ More info: changeofpace.com 🔵 Sign Up: runsignup.com/FolsomFirecracker 🔴Note: Prices increase tomorrow! Sign up today - $35 adult entry includes t-shirt and finisher medal #folsomfirecracker #folsomfirecrackerrace #infolsom #folsomca #july4th #runsacramento #fleetfeetfolsom #runfolsom #4thofjuly #lakenatomabiketrailn
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Introducing the 2022 Davis Moonlight Run finisher medal! This medal will be awarded to all 2K, 5K, 10K, and Ten Mile finishers. 

An email went out to registered participants this morning with tips for race night, including hydration, lighting, and acclimating to summer temps.  Plus, a reminder that entry fees (for those not yet registered), increase tonight at 11:59 pm. 

View a copy of the email on our website here changeofpace.com -> from the home page, navigate to the Moonlight Run (click logo or use menu) -> click the tab for 'Archive of Correspondence to Reg. Participants --> click link to open PDF. 

#davismoonlightrace #Davismoonlightrun #rundavis #moonlightrun #davisca #runsacramento #norcaltourdefit #moonlightrace
Introducing the 2022 Davis Moonlight Run finisher medal! This medal will be awarded to all 2K, 5K, 10K, and Ten Mile finishers. An email went out to registered participants this morning with tips for race night, including hydration, lighting, and acclimating to summer temps. Plus, a reminder that entry fees (for those not yet registered), increase tonight at 11:59 pm. View a copy of the email on our website here changeofpace.com -> from the home page, navigate to the Moonlight Run (click logo or use menu) -> click the tab for 'Archive of Correspondence to Reg. Participants --> click link to open PDF. #davismoonlightrace #Davismoonlightrun #rundavis #moonlightrun #davisca #runsacramento #norcaltourdefit #moonlightrace
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Race night will be here soon - 26 days to be exact! Above is a throwback collage from the 2012 race. 

The next entry fee cut-off is this Wednesday, June 15. Sign up now to save some $$, and make plans to join us on July 9th! 

#davismoonlightrace #davismoonlightrun #moonlightrun
Race night will be here soon - 26 days to be exact! Above is a throwback collage from the 2012 race. The next entry fee cut-off is this Wednesday, June 15. Sign up now to save some $$, and make plans to join us on July 9th! #davismoonlightrace #davismoonlightrun #moonlightrun
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👟The Labor Day Race is a longstanding Davis tradition, dating back to 1997! We are thrilled to report that we will be bringing this event back after a 2 year hiatus. 🎉

Registration is now open for the race! Register for the 5K or 10K for $35 ($30 for 16 and Under) by July 2nd. Race Day is Monday, Sept. 5th. 

#davislaborday #davislabordayrace #davislabordayrun #rundavis #runsacramento #labordayrun #laborday #labordayrace #fleetfeetdavis #gvh #goldenvalleyharriers #daviscenteralpark
👟The Labor Day Race is a longstanding Davis tradition, dating back to 1997! We are thrilled to report that we will be bringing this event back after a 2 year hiatus. 🎉 Registration is now open for the race! Register for the 5K or 10K for $35 ($30 for 16 and Under) by July 2nd. Race Day is Monday, Sept. 5th. #davislaborday #davislabordayrace #davislabordayrun #rundavis #runsacramento #labordayrun #laborday #labordayrace #fleetfeetdavis #gvh #goldenvalleyharriers #daviscenteralpark
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Yesterday I had the pleasure of volunteering at the Kaiser Permanente Women's Fitness Festival in Sacramento. It’s always great to be around inspiring women and girls! I've always found it important both as a race director and a race participant to volunteer at other races every now and again to keep a broad perspective. It provides valuable insight and fresh ideas, and deepens my appreciation for the people who volunteer at our races. Thank you to @fleetfeetsac for having me. 

If you are looking to volunteer in the near future, we are seeking volunteers for the Folsom Firecracker (Monday, July 4th) race for both packet pick up (held at @ Fleet Feet Folsom on 7/3) and on race day; as well as for our Saturday, July 9th evening race, the Davis Moonlight Run. 

Besides giving back to the local running community, we offer a complimentary entry to a future ACoP event if you would like one. If you volunteer for packet pick up or event day registration, you can use your free entry for that same event. Those spots always fill up first, so be sure to sign up in advance!

For more information or to sign up to help, visit changeofpace.com - the volunteer sign up links are right on the home page.  I'm happy to answer any questions in comments or by DM! 

#volunteering #racevolunteer #folsomfirecracker #davismoonlightrun #davismoonlightrace thank you #fleetfeetsac  @fleetfeetfolsomroseville
Yesterday I had the pleasure of volunteering at the Kaiser Permanente Women's Fitness Festival in Sacramento. It’s always great to be around inspiring women and girls! I've always found it important both as a race director and a race participant to volunteer at other races every now and again to keep a broad perspective. It provides valuable insight and fresh ideas, and deepens my appreciation for the people who volunteer at our races. Thank you to @fleetfeetsac for having me. If you are looking to volunteer in the near future, we are seeking volunteers for the Folsom Firecracker (Monday, July 4th) race for both packet pick up (held at @ Fleet Feet Folsom on 7/3) and on race day; as well as for our Saturday, July 9th evening race, the Davis Moonlight Run. Besides giving back to the local running community, we offer a complimentary entry to a future ACoP event if you would like one. If you volunteer for packet pick up or event day registration, you can use your free entry for that same event. Those spots always fill up first, so be sure to sign up in advance! For more information or to sign up to help, visit changeofpace.com - the volunteer sign up links are right on the home page. I'm happy to answer any questions in comments or by DM! #volunteering #racevolunteer #folsomfirecracker #davismoonlightrun #davismoonlightrace thank you #fleetfeetsac @fleetfeetfolsomroseville
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Upcoming ACOP Events

 
  1. Folsom Firecracker

    July 4 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
  2. Davis Moonlight Race

    July 9 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
  3. Paddlesplash Water Festival

    July 22 @ 8:00 am - July 24 @ 4:00 pm
  4. Tahoe Na-lu

    August 6 @ 8:00 am - August 7 @ 3:00 pm
  5. Davis Labor Day Run

    September 5 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

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