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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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.