Running in Bakersfield

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Equipment: Weights, medicine balls, kettle bells, suspension and resistance equipment

Students should bring: A positive attitude, water bottle, towel, and (optional) boxing gloves

Average class length: 30-60 minutes

Number of Staff: 1?5 people

Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes

Established: 2011

Registration required: Yes

Good for beginners: Yes

Guests allowed: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Pro Tip: Before your first class, arrive 10 minutes early for orientation and sign-in. Always arrive 5 minutes early to class.

4031 Alken Street
Bakersfield,
CA
US

Though some participants choose to run and others to walk, everybody who participates in the Color Dash experiences a transformation. As participants make their way through the 5K Color Dash and UVSplash courses they are subjected to bursts of color; additional events include Zombies by Color Dash, which adds the undead to the equation. Though the color will wash away, the memories will remain forever in the minds of all participants who aren't goldfish. Proceeds from Color Dash events benefit local children's charities and organizations.

1142 South P Street
Bakersfield,
CA
US

The 5K Fun Fest helps runners stay active, but it also channels running for a good cause, inviting racers to test their endurance while raising money and awareness for special-needs support groups and programs. Participants are invited to walk, run, or bunny hop the 5K at their own pace, which puts an emphasis on the importance of enjoying the journey, as opposed to finishing the fastest. A special-needs parade follows the 5K, and other event highlights include food, entertainment, and a community fair.

Yokuts Park Empire Drive
Bakersfield,
CA
US

Odd things are happening on the 3-mile stretch of woods outside of town. People venture off for a day of outdoorsy fun and never return. Thankfully, Escape The Nightmare is assembling able-bodied search parties, whose members scour the woods while avoiding the traps and obstacles that befell their predecessors. As they run through the paths, they must dodge grim creatures while also surmounting both man-made and natural obstacles.

As the heats of runners cross the starting line beginning in the early evening, they are equipped with headlamps to help them weave through the course and solve the the spooky backstory. Clues to the mysteries––including why people are "disappearing" and why is that man carrying around a stuffed rabbit––unfold as runners get closer to the finish line. But only by keeping your flags securely attached to your belt can you say you solved the mystery without becoming one of the lost.

31744 ridge route rd apt 2
Castaic,
CA
US

In the early 1990s, Santa Clarita's city officials set out to establish a one-of-a-kind celebration of the area's cowboy roots in art, music, film, and beyond. The Cowboy Festival was unveiled in 1994 and every year since has showcased the city's rugged Old West heritage. These days, the annual weekend-long event draws more than 10,000 visitors through the doors at Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio where Western fans young and old revel in the sights, sounds, and scenery of life decades ago, all without the risk of getting caught between two dueling horses.

Of course, for most of the year the City of Santa Clarita is as modern as any Los Angeles suburb. Civic leaders take advantage of the region's plentiful, free sunshine to stage a variety of outdoor gatherings for residents and visitors, including concerts and public art projects the whole community can get involved in.

23920 Valencia Blvd
Santa Clarita,
CA
US

In the unusual parlance of the Hunger Runs 5K, runners are “dedications,” teams are “organizations,” spectators are “assemblies,” and the race is known simply as “the hunt.” The race’s creators, the “huntmakers,” devise a series of obstacles specifically designed to encourage teamwork and camaraderie, and they set up “challenge centers” demanding expert bow-and-arrow skills, simian climbing abilities, and courage in the face of flaming objects. Organizations that finish fastest or with the most points in their designated wave earn bragging rights, awards, and cheek pinches from their proud grandmothers. Dedications are strongly encouraged to wear fun costumes and comfortable sneakers and to come bearing team spirit and the will to win.

Rush Canyon Rd. at Texas Canyon Rd.
Santa Clarita,
CA
US