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 Sunday, November 28, and ends at sundown on Monday, December 6.
All participants will receive a custom race bib, finisher medal, event T-shirt, raffle entry and Hanukkah swag. Plus those who register by November 5 will be be able to pick up their medal, T-shirt and swag BEFORE the run start date! And, back again 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, park, etc.) and post their finish time 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 their finish time 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.
NEW this year is team registration for ALL event runs. A registration discount will be applied to teams of 3 or more. Team registrants will receive a $3 discount for either 8K event or a $2 discount for either 2K event. The discount will be applied to all team members after the third member registers.
RACE ITEM PICKUP
BEFORE the RUN . . . Participants who register by November 5 will be able to pick up their medal, T-shirt and swag on Saturday, November 27 (ACTION SPORTS, 9500 Brimhall Rd, Suite 400, Bakersfield, CA) or Sunday, November 28 (TEMPLE BETH EL, 2906 Loma Linda Dr, Bakersfield, CA). Pick up times for both dates/locations are 11 AM to 1 PM.
AFTER the RUN . . . All race items, including awards and prizes, will be available for pick up at TEMPLE BETH EL (2906 Loma Linda Dr, Bakersfield, CA) on Sunday, December 19, from 2 to 4 PM. Race items will be mailed the following week to participants who selected shipping during registration.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll post it for you). Please make sure your costume photo shows your bib number. There will be ONE Hanukkah costume winner, ONE holiday costume winner and ONE team costume contest 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 12.