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Runners, joggers and walkers of all
ages are invited to the 7th annual 

Hanukkah 8 Krazy Kilometers

This family-friendly community event also includes the 2K Latke Loop Fun Run/Walk

The Holiday

Hanukkah, also called the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday celebrating religious freedom.  Meaning “dedication” in Hebrew, Hanukkah commemorates the victory of a small group of Jewish rebels, known as the Maccabees, over Syrian armies in 165 BCE and the subsequent “rededication” of the Temple in Jerusalem, the holiest place for Jews at that time.  


Hanukkah 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.  This year, Hanukkah begins at sundown on Wednesday, December 25, and ends at sundown on Thursday, January 2, 2025. 

Event Details

The in-person 8K and 2K races will be held at the beautiful PANORAMA VISTA PRESERVE (901 E Roberts Ln, Bakersfield, California) on Sunday, December 8.  Part of the Kern River Parkway, this 937-acre nature preserve is home to many native plants and animals and includes hiking, biking and equestrian trails (click HERE to learn more about the PRESERVE).

ALL registrants will receive a custom finisher medal, Hanukkah swag, water and refreshments, and entry into our fabulous race raffle (see the "Partners" page for the list of raffle prizes).  PLUS those who register by November 6 will be guaranteed a race T-shirt!

The start time for the 8K is 830 AM.  The 2K will begin shortly after the 8K start. 


A registration discount will be applied to ALL teams of 3 or more.  Team registrants will receive a $3 discount for the 8K event and a $2 discount for the 2K event.  The discount will be applied to all team members after the third member registers. 


Team up and WIN!  Prizes will be given to members of the largest team. 


Registrants will be able to pick up their race items (race bib, event shirt, Hanukkah swag, and additional race information) at either of two pre-race packet pickup locations.


TEMPLE BETH EL (2906 Loma Linda Dr, Bakersfield)

Thursday, December 5

5 PM to 7 PM

ACTION SPORTS (9500 Brimhall Rd, Bakersfield)

Saturday, December 7

11 AM to 2 PM

Packets will also be available for pick up at PANORAMA VISTA PRESERVE between 7 AM and 830 AM on race day.  Registrants are encouraged to to avoid long lines and delays on race day by picking up their race items at one of the pre-race packet pickup locations .


PLEASE NOTE . . . Registrants will not be able to pick up race items on behalf of others.  In addition, packets will not be available for pick up after 830 AM on race day and will not be mailed.


This fun holiday run will include music, giveaways, and a holiday costume contest.  Bring the whole family!  Dogs on a leash are welcome too!


Run or walk ANYWHERE and ANYTIME on race day. 

Participants will be able to download a custom race bib, run or walk an 8K or 2K distance at a location of their choosing (e.g., neighborhood, running trail, treadmill, etc.), post their results on the RunSignup "RESULTS" page, and download a finisher's certificate.  PLUS teams with 3 or more virtual members will receive a registration discount of $2. 


And new this year is our RACE RAFFLE for virtual event registrants (see the "Partners" page for the list of raffle prizes).  The drawing will take place on Facebook Live (check back for date and time).

Registrants will receive an event shirt, finisher medal and Hanukkah swag.  Race items will be mailed the week of December 9, 2024.  A small shipping fee will be applied during registration.  (Unfortunately, a pickup option isn't available for the virtual event.)


Race proceeds will benefit TEMPLE BETH EL of Bakersfield, a Reform Jewish synagogue and tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (click HERE to learn more about TBE), and the KERN RIVER PARKWAY FOUNDATION, a local non-profit 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).

Course Map

The 8K and 2K courses will take participants through scenic natural preserve land situated along the Kern River directly below the Panorama Bluffs. 

Awards and Prizes

Awards will be given to the top finishers of the 8K race


All registrants will be entered into our race-day raffle.  Check out the list of great raffle prizes on the "Partners" page!

Prizes will be awarded to the winners of our costume contest!  Run in a Hanukkah or holiday costume or sweater . . . the more festive the better!  There will be ONE Hanukkah costume winner, ONE holiday costume winner and ONE team costume contest winner!

Members of the largest team will receive a prize!



PLEASE NOTE . . . The 8K top finisher awards, costume contest and largest team competition are part of the in-person events at PANORAMA VISTA PRESERVE.  


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