Almond Bowl Run

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Almond Bowl Run

Join us on November 7th, 2021 for the 47th Annual Almond Bowl

in the beautiful Lower Bidwell Park!

Keeping with the Chico tradition we will be hosting a 5k and 10k race starting on South Park Drive and finishing near the Sycamore Field. The price of this race includes your race shirt from Upper Park Clothing, a race bib for you to wear during your run and a post race snack bag of goodies for after your run!

This race, along with the Bidwell classic, are fundraisers for our local high schools cross country teams! Additional donations can be accepted in the registration page! Let’s make this a big year for our youth sports, we would love to see you dressed up in your school colors during the run and show some school pride!!

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Virtual Options Available!

Live out of town and still want to participate! We have you covered! You can do the race from your home town on the same weekend. All Participants who live outside of the grater Chico area will have their packets mailed to them. If you live in Chico, Durham, Paradise, Oroville you cam pick up your packet during the regular packet pick up times.

Shipping requests can be made by emailing

Virtual Options will have the full weekend to run your race and submit your time! Results will be posted on Tuesday November 9th. For your virtual race to count please submit your times by 11:50pm on Sunday November 7th.


Come out to the race in your more spirted, school pride attire and be entered to win a HOKA swag bag filled with great running goodies and Gift Card to Fleet Feet Chico! (Total Value $100.00)


  • 5k: 8:00am
  • 10k: 8:10am


Registration for this years Almond Bowl will be available online.

Race Cost

August 1st – October 1st –        5k  $30

(online)                                      10k  $40

October 2nd – November 5th –   5k $35

(online)                                         10k $45

In person Registration –               5k $40

(at packet pickup)                        10k $50

In person registration will be available at Fleet Feet Chico during packet pickup ONLY. (November 5th and 6th)

Registration Information

Online registration closes November 5th at 8:00 p.m. Registration will be available in person on November 5th and 6th at Fleet Feet Chico from 10am-5pm. You need to Register by Monday October 25th @ 9:00am to guarantee yourself race shirt. If you register between October 25th (after 9am) – November 6th your shirt will NOT be guaranteed. All left over shirts will be available for pickup or for sale (non registered runners) AFTER the race on November 7th. Shirts will be first come first serve starting at 9:30am.


To the course:
Enter Chico via Highway 99 either from the north or from the south. If you are coming from the north on 99, take the Highway 32 offramp and turn right at the first intersection. If you are coming from the south on 99, take the Highway 32 offramp and turn left at the second intersection. Now you’re heading west on 32 (East 8th St). From here. If coming from north 99 take the highway 32 exit and turn right onto 8th st.

Take 8th St just under a half-mile, then turn right on Sycamore St.
Sycamore St runs a few blocks into Woodland Ave, which runs parallel to the park. The park itself will be closed to vehicle traffic on race day, so find a parking spot on or near Woodland Ave. Please be courteous and park legally. Do not park in a way that blocks local residents’ entry to or exit from their homes.
There are several entrances to the One Mile Recreation Area from Woodland Ave. For race-day packet pickup, look for the sign marked Pre-Registered. For any other assistance, make your way to the Information booth.


In efforts to comply with social distancing we are offering a 2 day packet pick up for all local runners.  Packet pickup will be held at Fleet Feet Chico on the following days and times:

Friday – Saturday November 5th and 6th


Fleet Feet – Chico
241 Main Street
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 345-1000



No pets will be allowed on course during the race.

All strollers must start at the back pack.

Thank you for understanding


Guaranteed Tee-shirt cutoff is October 25th @ 9:00am

Cotton Poly blend shirts from Upper Park Clothing Co. will be provided to all participants who register for this event before the tee shirt cutoff. (10/25/21 @ 9:00am) Any participant who registers before October 25th will guaranteed a race tee. Any participant who registers after October 25 @ 9am will be able to receive a race bib before the race and race shirt AFTER the race on a first come first serve basis. All shirts not picked up at packet pick up will be available on a first come first serve basis to all paid runners for pick up, and available for sale to any unregistered spectators starting at 9:30am at the information booth.

All shirts come in adult male (unisex) sizes, so you may wish to choose a smaller size than normal for female and child runners. No youth sizes will be available

Optional Add on Sweatshirt!

This year we are offering a limited, oh so cozy Almond Bowl crew sweatshirt for purchase! Sweatshirts must be purchased during registration. No additional sweatshirts will be available for purchase. All orders for sweatshirts must be in by October 25th, NO EXCEPTIONS!

Coloring Contest:

We invite all kids 17 and younger to color our logo. In October we will pick the top 10 of our favorites entries. The top 10 will be entered into a voting poll open to the public to choose the final winner. Winner will be announced on October 15th.
Winner of the coloring contest will have their image printed on this years race shirt along with their picture on our social media announcing them as our winner and a free ice cream from Shuberts Ice Cream!
1. All entries must be 17 years of age or younger
2. Each child may only enter one entry into the contest
3. A max of three colors can be used on the image
4. All entries must be submitted to Fleet Feet Chico by close of day on September 30th, 2021

Come into Fleet Feet Chico to pick up your coloring page or print your own by clicking the link below

Almond Bowl Coloring Contest Color Page

For more information please email or

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Maya Miramontes

Volunteer and Site Coordinator

Maya participated in her first A Change of Pace event at the age of 3 months. From there she followed her siblings in participating in a multitude of events from runs to kids’ triathlons. While growing up with parents who ran a sports marketing firm, she had no choice but to attend most events her entire youth life. Now as an adult, she has returned (by her own choice) and now serves as the volunteer and site coordinator. In addition, she has also been instrumental in the 2024 design and transitioning of our new website. We are fortunate to have her tackle one of the more critical areas that are considered the backbone of any event, volunteers. Maya resides in Davis and In her spare time she spends time as a dog trainer while simultaneously assisting other local nonprofit organizations such as the Yolo County SPCA and Cancer Champions.

Alec Miramontes

Event Oversight and Volunteer Management

Alec, a graduate of the University of Oregon, oversees course and volunteer management on event day. He also helps coordinate infrastructure set up and tear down, equipment management and assists with race timing.

Dave Miramontes

Executive Director

Dave brings an impressive 36 years of event production, marketing, advertising, and graphic design experience to the team. Dave has not only been a decorated athlete, but he also understands how good teamwork can lead to a successful outcome. Having 4 active kids has allowed him to stay involved in youth sports as well as being active within the community. As the Executive Director of A Change of Pace, he still enjoys his role as the logistics coordinator for all Foundation and outside client events. In addition, he oversees course design & safety, city & police relations, graphic design, advertising, marketing, and creative concepts. Dave resides in Davis with his wife Jen and has 4 very cool kids, all of which has worked at A Change of Pace at one point or another.

Jeannine Henderson

Treasurer, Assistant Race Director & Head Timer

Jeannine not only oversees the day-to-day operations; she handles one of the most critical elements within the organization; the registration and timing department. Aside from overseeing the computerized timing department and client/participant relations, she handles our social media and website changes and medal/award design. Her guidance and organizational skills have become a huge value to the organization as she provides much of the input on special projects such as the Tour De Fit.

Jennifer Miramontes

Board Member

Jennifer has over twenty years of experience in the marketing field, including positions as the Marketing Director for Chevys Fresh Mex restaurants and Real Mex restaurants. Jennifer also has extensive experience developing community programs geared towards children, having served on the Board of Directors for the Davis Schools Foundation as well as the Patwin PTA. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Pepperdine University, and is also a certified personal trainer. A runner herself, Jennifer has completed numerous triathlons and over 50 marathons, including top age-group finishes in high profile events such as the Boston Marathon and the Rock N Roll Marathon. Jennifer owns FIT House in Davis and enjoys inspiring her clients to reach their fitness goals.