Event Details

6th Annual Running of the Elk Dates have been announced for  April 2nd, 2017

Start & Finish: 8260 Long Leaf Drive, Elk Grove, CA

Start Times: 

Running of the Elk Half Marathon, PLUS 10K:  7:30 am sharp!

THRIVE 5K 7:45 am sharp!

Kids Fun Run 10:30 am sharp!

Sorry, No Refunds or Transfers. Event happens Rain or Shine

Please allow enough time prior to the race start times of 7:30 am sharp for the half marathon, plus 10K and 7:45 am sharp for the 5K

(Packet pickup is available on race morning starting at 6:30 am)

Race Features

Micro-fiber shirts for every runner Men’s and Women’s shirts, including the Half Marathon, and 5K/10k; flat and fast course; custom  finisher awards* and cool age-group awards; Disposable Chip timing courtesy of A Change of Pace; ideal spring weather; delicious post-race food and entertainment.

* Half-Marathon finishers will receive a custom, Running of the Elk, finisher medal.

* Thrive 5k/10K finishers will receive a finisher medal.

Race Package Pick-Up

Friday, March 31st 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Running Zone
8470 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove, CA 95758

Saturday, April 1st 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Running Zone
8470 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove, CA 95758

Sunday, April 2nd 7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
On site pickup and registration.
8260 Long Leaf Drive, Elk Grove, CA


First, second and third place overall male and female in the Half Marathon receive special prizes.

Age-group winners earn unique elk-related awards. Second and third place age-group finishers also win unique elk-related awards.

Overall male and female winners in the 5k earn special prizes while top three age group finishers will be awarded custom awards.

Awards will be presented to the top three overall winners in the Half Marathon on stage. The overall male and female winners in the 5K/10K will also receive their awards on stage. The awards ceremony will take place at 10 am.

All other awards may be picked up at the Awards Tent. Awards will not be mailed so please visit the Awards Tent if you think you finished in the top three in your age group. If you fail to pick up your award on race day, you can pick up your award at The Running Zone, 8470 Elk Grove Boulevard, Elk Grove starting Wednesday, April 5th through Monday, April 24th.

Time Limits

Half Marathon runners have a 4 hour time limit – or until the elk are done running (whichever comes first) – to complete the events. 5K runners have 1 hour & 20 minutes, 10K runners have 2 hours & 20 minutes.

Aid Stations

Aid stations will be located approximately every 2 miles. Our aid stations are supported by local high school cross country team members. Water will be served on the first several tables and Gatorade on the following tables.


  • Half Marathon – 15 & Under, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, …, 65-69, 70+
  • 5K/10K –  9 and Under, 10-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
  • Kids Fun Runs – Ages 12 and Younger. Non Competitive (Untimed). Heats based on age and distance. Includes a Short Sleeve cotton t-shirt and (small) medal for all finishers



Race Timing

Race is professionally timed by A Change of Pace.


2016 race was professionally timed by A Change of Pace.

View results here: 2016 Kaiser Permanente Running of the Elk Race Results 


Proceeds from the Running of the Elk benefit the Elk Grove Youth Sports Foundation, a non-profit created to ensure that all Elk Grove children have an equal opportunity to be involved in sports. Fed. Tax ID#26-3779055