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

Hanukkah 8 Krazy Kilometers

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

The Holiday

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 the proceeds will be donated to 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.

This year, Hanukkah begins at sundown on Thursday, December 7, and ends at sundown on Friday, December 15.

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 10.  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 Partners page for list of raffle prizes).  PLUS those who register by November 26 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 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. 


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)

Wednesday, December 6

5 PM to 7 PM


ACTION SPORTS (9500 Brimhall Rd, Bakersfield)

Saturday, December 9

11 AM to 2 PM

Packets will also be available for pick up 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!


The Hanukkah virtual event is back!  Run or walk ANYWHERE and ANYTIME during the 8 days of Hanukkah (December 8 through December 15).

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.

Registrants will receive an event shirt, finisher medal and Hanukkah swag.  There will be two race item mailings for virtual participants . . . one the first week of December for those who register by December 1, and the second the week after registration closes on December 15.  A small shipping fee will be applied during registration.  (Unfortunately, a pickup option isn't available for the virtual event.)

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 run. 


All registrants will be entered into our race 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, race raffle, costume contest and largest team competition are part of the live, in-person events on December 10.  


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