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Fall Family Fun Runs in Marin and the Bay Area

Work up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner at the Marin Turkey Trot on November 22.

Running is a fantastic way for the whole family to get outside, get fit together, and enjoy the beauty of the Bay Area. Families have plenty of opportunities to race together in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area this fall, from family fun runs and walks to cross-country half-marathons! There's something for every fitness and experience level.


9th Annual San Francisco Giant Race

AT&T Park, Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco
Saturday, September 8

Join us for the 9th annual San Francisco Giant Race Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, Kids Race & Family Relay on September 9, 2018. The Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K courses tour the scenic San Francisco waterfront and participants receive a shirt, finisher medal and exclusive runner bobblehead featuring a Giants team member. Kids Race & Family Relay participants receive a medal and bobblehead. All races finish on the field at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. Details and registration here.

Richmond District Jog in the Fod

Sunday, September 9
San Francisco

This 5K fun run/walk is ideal for the whole family. Enjoy a great course through San Francisco's Richmond District with beautiful parks and amazing scenery. Details and registration here.

Clo-Cow Half Marathon

Sunday, September 16
Downtown Petaluma

The 8th running of the Clo-Cow Half Marathon & 5K takes place in Historic Downtown Petaluma. This beautiful half-marathon course takes you through rural Sonoma County farm country, over rolling hills where you'll be cheered on by sheep, horses, and of course cows! The trip out there is a challenging one, but the inclines just make the views even more rewarding! Find event details and registration here.

Marin Moonlight Run 5K and 10K

Friday, September 21
Hamilton Landing, Novato

Bring the entire family for a beautiful Indian summer evening race under the full moon along the trails of the San Francisco Bay in Marin County. A significant portion of the proceeds will benefit the Novato Parks, Recreation and Community Services Youth Financial Assistance Programs. You bring the flashlights or headlamps and we will provide the glow sticks and post-race goodies. We encourage families of all ages to join us for this community run that is a unique Friday night adventure weaving through the sights and sounds of two wonderful marshes. Details and registraiton here.

San Francisco Aloha Run

Sunday, September 23
Crissy Field, San Francisco

With a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge, runners and walkers of all abilities will enjoy Hawaiian style music, entertainment, and food as well as children’s activities. 10K and 5K courses as well as a Keiki Run for youth ages 7–13 and Tot Trot for kids 2–6. Details and registration here.

Stafford Lake 5K Trail Run

Sunday, September 30
Stafford Lake, Novato

This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Our inaugural trail running event will feature 5k (3.1 miles) of beautiful trails at Stafford Lake Park. Whether you chose to hike the course or race for a podium finish you’ll enjoy lakeside views, a variety of trails and terrain, and a community that celebrates participation and a love for running in Marin County's spectacular parks and open space preserves. Parking is $10 per vehicle. Event details.

Run as One

Sunday, September 30
Miller Creek Middle School, San Rafael

We are excited to host another  Fun Run/Walk and 5K race for the Dixie School District children, families, teachers, staff and the entire San Rafael community and beyond. All finishers receive a t-shirt and post race refreshments.  All proceeds from the race go to the Can Do! Education Foundation to fund vital programs for the Dixie School District that may not otherwise be available. Can Do! bridges the gap between what our schools need and what they receive to provide our children with an extraordinary well rounded education.We invite you to sign up for the race and support our schools. Details and registration here.

Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival

Sunday, September 30

The Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival features 5K and 12K races, as well as a Tiny Tots race for kids 8 and under. Details and registration here.

Whole Foods Market Tiburon Half Marathon

Sunday, September 30

Enjoy a run with amazing Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco views and awesome course snacks. Half-marathon, 10K, and 5K courses and kids' races are available. Details and registration here.


Candlestick Point 5K

Sunday, October 14
Candlestick Point Recreation Area, San Francisco

Race day registration also available, beginning at 8:00 am.  Children ages 10 & under can run the race for free, so please sign them up on race day morning.  Due to insurance/safety concerns we ask you to please not run with headphones or baby joggers, and pets are not allowed within the park.  Race is held rain or shine and we regret no refunds. Details and registration here.

2018 St. Helena Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 20
Downtown St. Helena
Come experience the wine country through the eyes of a local runner or walker. You will run through “the heart” of Napa Valley and meander around the in-town vineyards of St. HelenaThere will be a 1 mile fun run for kids of all ages.  The 5k is a flat and fast course with vineyard views along the way.  The 10K course will be two laps of the 5K. A professional timing system is included in the 5K and the 10K! Details and registration here.

2018 SCCA Runoff 5K and Checkered Flag Dash

Sunday, October 20
Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma

The 2018 SCCA Runoffs 5k and Checkered Flag Dash will be held on Saturday October 20th at Sonoma Raceway. The 1 mile Dash will start at 6:00 PM with the 5k going off at 6:30.In support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, 100% of the proceeds will benefit a local pediatric cancer charity. Additional donations may be made during online registration or at packet pickup on race day. Details and registration here.

The Honey Badger Half & 5K/10K

Sunday, October 28
China Camp State Park, San Rafael

This run starts at Miwok Meadows in China Camp State Park and features a half-marathon and 5K/10K routes. Win prizes from sponsors on the Trail Treasure Hunt! Event details and registration here.


Mount Tam Trail Run

Saturday, November 10
Stinson Beach and Mt. Tamalpais State Park

Challenge yourself on the trails of Mt. Tam with 10K, half-marathon, 35K, and 50K courses. Then enjoy a day with family and friends at the beach. Details and registration here.

The Mermaid Run 5K and 10K

Sunday, November 11
San Francisco

This all-female run takes you past beautiful Crissy Field in San Francisco's Presidio and across the Golden Gate Bridge. There is a 1.5-mile mini mermaid dash for girls ages 6 to 12. Find event details and registration here.

Marin Turkey Trot

Thursday, November 22
College of Marin Indian Valley Campus, Novato

The Youth 1 Mile and Turkey Trot 5K are run cross country style on the trails of Marin’s Open Space. The Pilgrim 10K is a road out and back through the beautiful IVC campus and along Ignacio Boulevard. Find event details and registration here.


Peacock Gap Trail Run

Saturday, December 1
China Camp State Park, San Rafael

This run at China Camp State Park and Henry Barbier Park in San Rafael features 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and 30K courses. Race begins at China Camp's Miwok Meadows picnic area. Event details and registration here.

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