San Francisco Runs You Might Like - January

San Francisco Runs You Might Like - January

Here are some upcoming runs you might like to try in San Francisco this January. They include a full compliment of road and trail runs, from small, intimate affairs to big events with thousands of participants.


Road Runs

Hot Chocolate 15K and 5K

Hot Chocolate 15K and 5K

Date: January 7, 2018
Distance: 5k, 15k

Start and finish in Golden Gate Park alongside San Francisco’s biggest group of chocolate aficionados. Celebrate your run with fellow chocolatiers at the post-race party which includes decadent chocolate fondue for all participants.

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The Dam Run 5K and 10K

The Dam Run 5k and 10k

Date: January 13, 2018
Distance: 5k, 10k

The races start at the San Pablo Dam boat launch ramp at the Orinda, CA entrance to the resevoir. The course is mostly paved roads, closed to traffic.

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LMJS Fourth Sunday Runs

LMJS Fourth Sunday Runs

Date: January 28, 2018
Distance: 5k, 10k, 15k

Bay area runners can count on Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders Fourth Sunday Runs, happening on the flat, fast 5k loop around Oakland's pretty Lake Merritt year round except February, March and June. These convivial, low key runs are perfect for a fitness check or a serious PR attempt over 5, 10 or 15k.

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Trail Runs

Brazen New Years Day Half Marathon

Brazen New Years Day Half Marathon

Date: January 1, 2018
Distances: 5k, 10k, half marathon

Bold souls can start the new year with a bang, running this half marathon on the rolling hills and trails of Lake Chabot in the East Bay.

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Eldrith Gosney's Pure Ultra

Eldrith Gosney's Pure Ultra

Date: January 6, 2018
Distance: 11k, half marathon, 36k, 50

This trail race takes us back to the beginning of ultra-running: a purposely small and intimate event, capped at 200 runners. The idea: Start at Muir Beach and climb. Local trail running legend Eldrith Gosney quips: “This course is not for weenies.”

> Learn more about Eldrith Gosney's Pure Ultra...


Pacifica Foothills Trail Run

Pacifica Foothills Trail Run

Date: January 13, 2018
Distance: 10k, half marathon, 30k

These challenging trail runs happen in Pacifica's San Pedro Valley Park in Pacifica, just a few miles south of San Francisco on the coast. Bring family and friends! They can party down with BBQ pits and plenty of space for a game of Frisbee or volleyball.

> Learn more about the Pacific Foothills Trail Run...


China Camp Challenge 5K/10K/Half Marathon

China Camp Challenge 5k/10k/Half marathon

Date: January 27, 2018
Distance: 5k, 10k, half marathon

China Camp State Park is tucked behind San Rafael along the San Francisco Bay. Enjoy these runs on single track trails, largely protected by a canopy of trees. Expect to tackle some hills at this one!

> Learn more about China Camp Challenge 5k/10k/half marathon...


Looking For More Races?

Already familiar with these? You can always head to to get a full list of upcoming San Francisco road runs, trail runs, and OCRs.

Published on Nov 30, 2017

Steve Lafler writes for RunGuides and maintains an intense focus on good coffee, cheap red wine and the half marathon.