What is the Valentine Run all about?
The Valentine Run/Walk, Race for Justice brings together community members, athletes, law professionals, families, and individuals in a friendly, yet competitive event.
2020 marks the 17th annual Valentine Run, a new and improved event in the tradition of John McIntosh’s Ol’ Fun Runs begun in 1976 that started and finished at McIntosh’s Sports Cottage. Participants contributed between $.50 and $1.00 to support local charities. Valentine Run participants still race on part of the Ol’ Fun Run course and still help make a difference in the lives of the people that Legal Services of Northern California serves. Whether you are new to the Valentine Run or a long-time supporter, we thank you in advance for your participation!
Who benefits from the proceeds?
We all do! Through special programs and advocacy, Legal Services of Northern California supports over 500,000 under-represented citizens in 23 counties in Northern California, helping the poor achieve justice and stability by challenging the causes and effects of poverty in our communities.
How do I register for the Valentine Run?
There is a surcharge to register online. The surcharge is a “convenience fee” that is collected by the credit card/online registration company. If you wish to avoid the surcharge, we suggest registering with a check by U.S. mail. Mailed entries are not confirmed by mail or email.
Mail-in entry forms must be postmarked by midnight on February 2, 2020.
Register in Person:
at Fleet Feet, 2311 J Street, Sacramento on Friday, February 7, 2020 or at the Registration tent on race day.
Where is the Race?
We set up behind Country Club Plaza, 2310 Watt Avenue, Sacramento. The Valentine Run takes place in Sacramento’s beautiful Arden Park neighborhood. The Start/Finish line is located behind the Country Club Plaza Mall on Butano Drive just off El Camino Avenue. View the course map here.
When & where can I pick up my race packet?
Packet pick up is Friday, February 8, 2019 at Fleet Feet, 2311 J Street, Sacramento from 10am – 7pm. You can also pick up your packet on race day, starting at 7am.
Are the kids races timed?
No. All of our young participants will receive a commemorative finishers medal.
Can I run with my child?
Yes. Parents or guardians may run with their children in the 0-5 age bracket.
Are strollers allowed at the Valentine Run?
Yes, but please start towards the back and left of the other runners/walkers and be cautious and courteous when out on the course.
Please leave roller-blades, roller-skates, skateboards, scooters, and bikes at home for your safety and the safety of the other participants/spectators.
Is childcare available?
Yes. Childcare is available from 8am – 10:30am outdoors. Youth volunteers are supervised by adults. $5.00 per child, payable in cash only. A signed medical/liability release waiver will be required. Sorry, no crawlers or children in diapers.
Are Dogs Allowed?
Yes. Well behaved canine companions on short retractable leashes are welcome at the Valentine Run. Please clean up after your pet and bring plenty of water for your pooch.
Do you offer personal item storage?
No. The Valentine Run and Legal Services of Northern California are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please do not leave valuables in your vehicle.
Where should I park?
Please park in the front of the mall, if possible. Do NOT park near banks or the farmer’s market. Please be respectful of the businesses that are open, or will open during the run/walk.
What is the timing system?
Capital Road Race Management provides timing by Chrono-Track. Visit the timing van after the event or log onto this site to check your time.
What about awards?
Awards are given to each top boy and girl finisher in each of the kids races. Awards are also given in the following age divisions for the 4 mile timed event: 9 and under, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, and so on up to age 70+.
Awards are presented for the OVERALL and MASTERS category.
Prizes are awarded to the Best Dressed Individual, Best Dressed Team, and Best Dressed Canine.
Attorneys are encouraged to participate in the “Fastest Attorney” competition. See the registration form for details.
Is there anything else I should know about?
AMR ambulance service and CHP volunteers will be on site to ensure a fun, safe event for every one.
Free downloadable finish line photos and candid photos.
Vendors, entertainment, refreshments, childcare, and an Awards Ceremony are all part of the Valentine Run festivities!