Community Activities

Labor Day Races

Count down to: Labor Day Races

The 19th annual Golden Valley Harriers (GVH) Labor Day Races will be held on Monday, September 1, 2014. Mark your calendars -- on-line registration begins on April 15th

Our Labor Day Races celebrates a true grass-roots community event organized entirely by volunteers. For the past Six (6) years, the event has raised over $10,000 per year for local schools, Team Davis and other community running programs.  Additionally, the races serve as a featured event for cultural exchange with visiting runners from Davis’ Sister City - Inuyama, Japan.  Each year, Taiko drummers start the races with a bang!

LocationNew for this year! Central Park in Downtown Davis, CA (map).  Home of the US Bicycling Hall of Fame.

Times: The 10K and 5K start at 8 am. The 1K (Kids' Fun Run) starts at 10:30 am.


Mail-in registration form now available (download)

On-line registration we are using Running Guru for our on-line registration (Click here to access site).

On-site registration and packet pickup is scheduled to be held at Davis Commons (map) on both Saturday August 30th and Sunday August 31st from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.  

Race day registration will be at Central Park starting at 6:30 am.  Kids' Fun Run registration will be held until 10:15 am on race day. 

Courses & Timing: We a new location and route this year to offer an improved start. The fast 5K and 10K courses feature a tour of Davis' parks and runs along our renown green belt paths.  Design by runners for runners - the courses has something for everyone!  Races will be chip timed and courses USATF certified (pending).

Kids' Fun Run: Also new for this year, the Kids' Fun Run (not officially timed) will be FREE* for kids 12 and under.  The course offers the opportunity to run either one or two laps with 2 laps = 1K. Participants will receive a complimentary cotton T-shirt.  Registration by mail in or on-site registration as well as the day of the event.

*(tax free donations are welcomed)

Course maps: 5K 10K 

Tech-Shirt: Participants in the 5K and 10K receive a beautiful tech t-shirt with our race logo, the Japanese character for RUN in calligraphy.

Post-Race Fun: Whole Foods Market Davis will once again provide a healthful, delicious breakfast.

Results: Race timing is provided by A Change of Pace (ACOP) and results will be posted online after the race. 

Awards: Awards will be given to the top three male and female overall and age group finishers for both the 5K and 10K. 

Beneficiaries: The Labor Day Races benefits local schools and community running programs: 

          • Davis High School Cross Country
          • Dixon High School Cross Country
          • Team Davis (athletes with special needs)
          • River City High School Cross Country
          • Woodland High School Cross Country

We will also be collecting used shoes for the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, which helps families in the Sacramento area. Shoes of all types and conditions gratefully accepted. Those that are not fit for use will be donated to the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program.

Thank you to our race sponsors and participants for making the Labor Day Races successful, and helping us support future generations of runners!