25 Races to Run in the Bay Area This Fall | Marathons, Half Marathons, 10ks and 5ks

|August 10, 2018

Home to some of the most iconic parks, views and trails in the country, the San Francisco Bay Area hosts races, runs and walks that are as fun and beautiful as they are challenging. From the costumed 5Ks to the nationally-famous marathons, there are options suitable for long distance professionals, kids and even dogs!

We rounded up a few of the best, the largest and the most popular race events scheduled in the Bay Area for fall 2018. Learn more about each one below, find registration links and start training today.

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September Races

San Francisco Giant Race California races fall 2018

Photo courtesy of Jordan Rosen via San Francisco Giant Race

Headlands Hundred | Sausalito  

September 8, 2018 | Rodeo Beach | Registration

Hosted by Pacific Coast Trail Runs, the Headlands Hundred features 100 miler, 75 miler, 50 miler, Marathon and Triple Marathon race options. While running the 25-mile loop through Marin Headlands, you’ll pass coastal views of San Francisco, Tiburon, the Golden Gate Bridge and the coastline.

San Francisco Giant Race | San Francisco

September 9, 2018 | AT&T Park | Registration

The 9th annual San Francisco Giant Race includes a half marathon, 10K, 5K, kids race and family relay. All races finish on the field at AT&T Park and all participants take home a Giants bobblehead!

Clo Cow Half Marathon | Petaluma

September 16, 2018 | Downtown Petaluma | Registration

The 8th Annual Clo Cow Half Marathon will fill the streets of downtown Petaluma with half marathon, 10K and 5K racers. The half marathon course takes runners through rural Sonoma farm country and over rolling hills dotted with sheep, horses and, of course, cows!

Alameda Running Festival | Alameda

September 16, 2018 | Alameda Point | Registration

This two-day festival takes racing to a whole new level. Alameda Running Festival includes a half marathon, half marathon relay, 10k run/walk, 5k run/walk and family fun run. But it also features live music, free local beer and prizes!

Coastal 50k/Marathon | Stinson Beach  

September 22, 2018 | Stinson Beach Park | Registration

Starting on Stinson Beach and finishing on Rodeo Beach, the Coastal 50k/Marathon is a coastal trail run that features views of the Pacific Ocean, Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge.

SF Aloha Run | San Francisco

September 23, 2018 | Crissy Field | Registration

Featuring a 10K, 5K, Keiki Run, Tot Trot and Dog Jog, the SF Aloha Run is a run and walk event for racers of all ages and all skill levels. The event festivities include Hawaiian music and entertainment, tasty Aloha treats and children’s activities during and after the races so bring everyone (even your dog!) down for a morning of fun.

Ladies Night 5K | Oakland

September 29, 2018 | Lake Merritt Amphitheatre | Registration

Unlike any other 5K, this Oakland run/walk will circle Lake Merritt and includes a wine stop halfway through! Wear your most lavish evening wear (that you can run or walk in) and get ready to race, sip and win prizes.

Rocky Ridge | San Ramon

September 29, 2018 | Las Trampas Regional Wilderness | Registration

Not flat, not fast and not great for beginners, Rocky Ridge is a half marathon, 10K and 5K race that allows runners to explore the wilds of Las Trampas. Though the 10K and 5K routes are less strenuous than the half marathon, the hills and trails of Las Trampas are not easy to run so register now and start training today!

Tiburon Half Marathon | Tiburon

September 30, 2018 | Tiburon Blvd and Beach Road | Registration

The Whole Foods Market Tiburon Half Marathon is a fun race event that includes a 10k and 5k option, on-course snacking, and views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline. The food-themed aid stations this year include Mate Paradise and Plant-Based Junction!

Napa Half Marathon | Napa

September 30, 2018 | Skyline Park | Registration

The Napa Half includes the classic half marathon and a quarter marathon option that measures about 6.55 miles. Both courses travel the rolling hills of east Napa from Skyline Park through vineyard neighborhoods. And all racers take home a medal and a bottle of Napa Valley wine!

October Races

510k race in Oakland California Fall 2018

Photo courtesy of Represent Running

Skyline to the Sea | Saratoga  

October 6 + 7, 2018 | Big Basin Redwoods State Park | Registration

On a course through Big Basin Redwoods State Park, the original Skyline to the Sea Trail Run begins at Saratoga Gap near Castle Rock State Park and descends from the Santa Cruz Mountains to the deep blue Pacific Ocean. The two-day event includes a 50K on Saturday then the marathon and half marathon on Sunday.

Mare Island Half Marathon, 10K and 5K | Vallejo

October 7, 2018 | Mare Island | Registration

Taking place on Historic Mare Island, this half marathon course takes runners along the historic naval yard, to the highest point of Mare Island, down along the Old Admiral housing, and out to the Mare Island portion of the San Pablo Bay Trail. The 10K and 5K routes offer similar views and challenges, too!  

East Bay Front Runners & Walkers Pride Run & Walk | Oakland

October 13, 2018 | Lake Merritt | Registration

For the 14th year, East Bay Front Runners & Walkers is hosting a 10K run, 5K run and 5K walk around Lake Merritt. As the East Bay’s oldest pride race, this event will benefit Oakland LGBTQ Community Center and the Pacific Center for Human Growth.

East Bay 510k | Berkeley  

October 14, 2018 | Tom Bates Regional Sports Complex | Registration

Don’t worry, the East Bay 510k is not a 510-kilometer race. The final challenge in the 2018 Run the Bay Challenge Series, this 5K and 10K event invites racers to run from Berkeley to Bay Street Emeryville to benefit local organization Running for a Better Oakland.

Healdsburg Half Marathon, 10K & 5K | Healdsburg

October 14, 2018 | Downtown Healdsburg | Registration

Taking off just an hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Healdsburg Half Marathon kicks off in the historic downtown, through the residential area of town, and over rolling hills with breathtaking views of both Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley. Additional routes include a 10K and 5K.

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Run | Half Moon Bay

October 14, 2018 | Hatch Elementary School | Registration

Just one small event in the huge Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, the Pumpkin Run includes a 5K, 10K, the Pumpkin Power 5K Obstacle Challenge and a quarter-mile Kids Fun Run. Participants in every race will enjoy a light breakfast and take home a t-shirt and a pumpkin!

Stinson Beach Half Marathon & 7 Mile | Stinson Beach

October 20, 2018 | Stinson Beach Park | Registration

Taking off at sea level on Stinson Beach, this route will take racers straight up into the thick, wooded trails of Muir Woods. Though you’ll be surrounded by some of the most beautiful sights in California, the route isn’t easy, so get ready for a challenge!

November Races

Berkeley Half Marathon California races fall 2018

Photo courtesy of Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon

Golden Gate Half Marathon & 5K | San Francisco

November 4, 2018 | 890 Beach St | Registration

The Golden Gate Half is one of the few races that will take racers on a route across the famous Golden Gate Bridge. That means participants will also get to enjoy breathtaking views from both sides of the bridge! And don’t miss the 2018 Finish Line Wine Festival following the run.

The North Face Endurance Challenge | San Francisco

November 17 + 18, 2018 | Crissy Field | Registration

Over two days, The North Face Endurance Challenge features challenges and races through Marin Headlands which include a 50 miler, a 50K, a marathon, a marathon relay, a half marathon, a 10K, a 5K and two kids fun runs. Get all the race details here.

Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon | Berkeley

November 18, 2018 | Berkeley | Registration

Featuring a half marathon route as well as a 10K and 5K, this Berkeley event takes runners on a tour of one of our favorite cities. The half marathon route starts along Telegraph Avenue and Shattuck Avenue, winds through the residential streets of North Berkeley, and cruises along the waterfront near the Berkeley Marina.

Marin Turkey Trot | Novato

November 22, 2018 | 1800 Ignacio Blvd | Registration

This huge Thanksgiving event invites Bay Area families and runners to embark on a tour of Novato before the big meal. Routes include a kids one mile, a 5K and a 10K. Don’t forget to bring a food item on race day to make a donation to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank!

Oakland Turkey Trot | Oakland

November 22, 2018 | Lake Merritt Pergola | Registration

Oakland’s first Thanksgiving Day community fitness event, the Oakland Turkey Trot is a family-friendly 5K for runners and walkers of all skill levels. Local beneficiaries include Alameda County Community Food Bank and Running for a Better Oakland.

San Francisco Turkey Trot | San Francisco

November 22, 2018 | Golden Gate Park | Registration

Taking off bright and early on Thanksgiving morning, the San Francisco Turkey Trot is celebrating its 16th year in 2018. Races include the five-mile Turkey Trail Trot, the three-mile Pilgrim Promenade and the 100-meter Kids Gobbler Chase.

Napa Valley Turkey Chase 5k/10k  | Napa

November 22, 2018 | Napa Valley College | Registration

Since 2013, the Napa Valley Turkey Chase has been a beloved wine country tradition. Taking place on Thanksgiving morning, racers are invited to run, walk or jog through Napa Valley College and along the Napa River Trail. Join the fun for a 5K, a 10K or the free kids 100-meter dash!

Quarry Turkey | Fremont

November 24, 2018 | Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area | Registration

Quarry Turkey keeps the holiday fun going past Thanksgiving. On the following Saturday, use your turkey fuel to embark on a half marathon, 10K or 5K race! The event also includes the Little Turkeys Race which is free to all children who are accompanied by race participants. This Brazen Racing event benefits Alameda County Community Food Bank.

Happy trails  

Whichever races you decide to run or walk this year, be safe and drink plenty of water!

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