Choose to run a VIRTUAL or SOLO
8K or 2K anytime during the eight days of Hanukkah
Timed results for 8K and 2K SOLO runs
Awards for top finishers of 8K SOLO run
Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an 8-day Jewish holiday celebrating religious freedom. It is traditionally observed by lighting a holiday candelabrum called a “menorah,” eating foods fried in oil like potato pancake “latkes,” playing the four-sided top or “dreidel” game, and exchanging gifts.
In the spirit of holiday giving, a portion of each participant’s registration fee will be donated to the KERN RIVER PARKWAY FOUNDATION, a local non-profit foundation that works to protect, preserve and restore the natural riparian and wildlife habitat of the Kern River. Click HERE to learn more about the FOUNDATION.
This year, Hanukkah begins at sundown on Thursday, December 10, and ends at sundown on Friday, December 18.
All participants will receive a custom race bib, finisher medal, Hanukkah swag and a raffle entry. Plus those who register by December 10 will be guaranteed an event T-shirt and gaiter face mask. And, new this year, participants will be able to take part in our holiday costume contest and a nightly Hanukkah cookie drawing!
Participants will be able to run an 8K or 2K distance at a location of their choosing
(e.g., neighborhood, running trail, treadmill, etc.) and post their results on the RunSignup "RESULTS" page.
Courses for the 8K and 2K solo runs will be set up at PANORAMA VISTA PRESERVE (901 E Roberts Ln, Bakersfield, California). Part of the Kern River Parkway, this 935-acre nature preserve is home to many native plants and animals and includes several hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Click HERE to learn more about the PRESERVE.
Both solo runs will require the use of RaceJoy, a mobile app that will display the course map on an iPhone or Android device, provide participants with holiday music and pacing information during their run, and automatically post finish times to RunSignup. Awards will be given to the top finishers of the 8K solo run! Timing services provided by CENTRAL VALLEY TIMING.
Run direction and turns will be marked on the 8K course (follow the white arrows). RaceJoy will provide audio cues for turns on the 2K course.
RACE ITEM PICKUP
Race items, including awards and prizes, will be available for drive-through pick up at TEMPLE BETH EL (2906 Loma Linda Dr, Bakersfield, California) or can be mailed for a small shipping fee.
PLEASE NOTE . . . Pickup dates scheduled for Tuesday, December 22, and Sunday, December 27, had to be postponed because of unexpected delays in receiving some swag items. Participants will receive an email when new pickup dates are rescheduled, probably mid-to-late January.
The 8K and 2K solo courses at PANORAMA VISTA PRESERVE will take participants through scenic natural preserve land situated along the Kern River directly below the Panorama Bluffs. The RaceJoy app will display the course map for your run on your Smartphone.
Awards and Prizes
Awards will be given to top finishers of the 8K solo run. In addition, all participants - virtual and solo - will be entered into our race raffle. Check out the list of great raffle prizes on our "Partners" page!
Plus, there will be a drawing each night of the run for a dozen Hanukkah cookies from ZITA & COMPANY. Winners will de drawn from participants who have provided their finish time. Complete the run early and increase your chances of winning!
And, new this year, prizes will be awarded to winners of our costume contest! Run in a Hanukkah or holiday costume or sweater - the more festive the better - and post a picture to our Hanukkah 8 Krazy Kilometers and 2K Latke Loop Facebook page (or email to and we'll post it for you). Please make sure your costume photo shows your bib number. There will be ONE Hanukkah costume winner and ONE holiday costume winner!
Top finisher awards, raffle prizes, and costume contest winners will be announced during a Facebook livestream event which will be held at 7 PM on Sunday, December 20.