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Running of the Elk

October 17 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am


Now in its 10th year, the Running of the Elk is a community-oriented event taking place each year in early April (October for 2021). The event features 5K (3.1 mile) and 10K (6.2 mile)  courses, plus Kids’ 1/2 and 1/4 Mile Fun Runs. Both dogs and strollers are welcome on the three timed courses (we do ask that you start in the back). For the half marathon, pace group leaders will help guide you to your goal finish. After receiving your well-earned finisher medal at completion of your race, a huge vendor expo takes place, with activities ranges from kids jump houses, to samples, information from local businesses, live music, and a complimentary pancake breakfast.

Proceeds from the Running of the Elk benefit the Elk Grove Youth Sports Foundation, a non-profit created to ensure that all Elk Grove children have an equal opportunity to be involved in sports.  The event is run by an all-volunteer committee with a common goal of ensuring access to playing sports is available for all children in the city.  The event is sponsored by the City of Elk Grove, Kaiser Permanente, the Elk Grove Auto Mall, Save Mart, Pappas Investments, and many more local businesses.

Date: Sunday, October 17, 2021

Start and Finish Location

District56 at the Elk Grove Civic Center
8230 Civic Center Drive
Elk Grove, CA

Race Features

Technical shirts for every 5K/10K entrant, available in both Men’s and Women’s shirts, finisher medals, Thrive pavilion, and cool age-group awards; Timing courtesy of A Change of Pace; ideal spring weather; delicious post-race food, and entertainment.

✔️ Well behaved dogs are welcome
✔️ Strollers are permitted
✔️ Finisher medals for all divisions included
✔️ Short sleeve technical t-shirts available in men’s and women’s sizing
✔️ Reusable goody bag for each entrant
✔️ Virtual division available
✔️ Post-race  jump houses, Thrive pavilion, fruit, samples, vendors and live music
✔️ Age group awards presented three-deep in five year divisions

Note: The half marathon will be on hiatus in 2021 due to road construction on the course.

Divisions Offered for 2021

5K (3.1 miles), 10K (6.2 miles) and Kids Fun Runs for 12 and under (1/2 and 1/4 mile). This race will be held IN PERSON, however, for those wishing to participate virtually, we are offering a virtual 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon option. The deadline to register for the virtual division is October 14th. Virtual runners and walkers may choose to pick up their packet in-person on Saturday, 10/16/21 from 10am-6pm at Fleet Feet Elk Grove, or have the packet (bib, shirt, and medal) mailed for an additional $10.00. Packets will be mailed from 10/19 to 10/31/21 via US Mail.

Packet Pick Up

Pre-race packet pick up will be held at Fleet Feet Elk Grove
8238 Laguna Blvd #200, Elk Grove, CA 95758

  • October 16, 2021 – 10:00am to 6:00pm

Bibs and t-shirts may be picked up on race day, however, allow extra time for pick up. Arrive at least 60 minutes prior to your race start if picking up on event day. Race day pick up/late registration will open at 6:15 a.m. Races will not be held for late arrivals.

Anthony Cortes, 2019 Overall Winner in the 5K (16:23)

Start Times (2021)

  • 8:00 a.m. – 10K
  • 8:15 a.m. – 5K
  • 10:30 a.m. – Kids Fun Run

When to Arrive Race Day: Arrive 45 minutes prior to your race start; allow 60-75 minutes if you need to pick up your t-shirt and bib (or register) on race day.

Packet pickup is available on race morning starting at 6:30 am.

How To Register

  • Registration is handled online. Visit: https://runsignup.com/runningoftheelk to register.
  • Not sure if you’ve registered? Look up your entry here.
  • Discounts are available for youth entries.
  • Sorry, No Refunds or Transfers. Event happens Rain or Shine.

Entry Includes

Race bib, disposable chip timing and age group award eligibility for the in-person 5K and 10K (no awards for the virtual divisions), microfiber t-shirt (Kids Fun Run to receive a cotton t-shirt), and race-specific custom finisher medal. Post-race we invite you to enjoy our vendor expo.

Refund Policy

All entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable and may not be transferred to another person. The event will take place rain or shine and refunds are not provided for no-shows. Please make note that the event committee reserves the right to modify, postpone or cancel the event without providing refunds if there exists a significant health or safety hazard (e.g., pandemic, wildfire/smoke) that would make staging the event dangerous for the athletes, volunteers, sponsors, community, or staff, as decided by either the event committee or dictated by local government authorities.

Course (tentative; subject to change)

  • All courses start and finish at District56, 8230 Civic Center Dr, Elk Grove, CA 95757.
  • Water stations will be located approximately every two miles and serve water and electrolyte replacement.
  • The half marathon has a 4 hour cut-off time.
  • The kids fun runs (12 and under) are 1/4 and 1/2 mile routes, and parents may run alongside their children.
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  • Course maps:


Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of pre-race as well as race day tasks, from things such as distribution of t-shirts to athletes, directing athletes on the course, water stations, medal hand-out, and more. To sign up, e-mail the Running of the Elk Volunteer Coordinator.

Past Race Results


Need to change your division, or have a general race question? E-mail the Running of the Elk committee here.

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October 17
8:00 am - 11:30 am
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Elk Grove Civic Center
8230 Civic Center Drive
Elk Grove, CA 95757 United States
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DATE: Saturday, November 20, 2021

DISTANCES: 5K •  10K  •   2M  •  Kids Run

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Have a question not answered on our site?

  • Phone: 530-757-2012
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    PO Box 4458
    Davis, CA 95617


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