Runners, joggers and walkers of all
ages are invited to the fifth annual
Hanukkah 8 Krazy Kilometers
This family-friendly community event also includes a 2K Latke Loop Fun 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, December 18, and ends at sundown on Monday, December 26.
The 8K and 2K runs will be held 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.
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 or 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.
Runners who participated in the 8K or 2K runs in 2018 and 2019 and register for this year's run by November 10 will receive a special legacy gift as a show of our appreciation!
Participants will be able to pick up their race packet from 5 to 7 PM on Thursday, December 8, at TEMPLE BETH EL (2906 Loma Linda Dr, Bakersfield) - OR - from 11 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, December 10, at ACTION SPORTS (9500 Brimhall Rd, Bakersfield).
Packets will also be available for pick up starting at 7 AM on race day, Sunday, December 11, at PANORAMA VISTA PRESERVE.
This fun holiday run will include music, vendors, and water and refreshments for all participants. Bring the whole family! Dogs on a leash are welcome too!
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 run.
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 AND legacy runners will be rewarded with a special gift.