Community | 6th Annual Citrus Heritage Run in Riverside

By: Ashley Solis Credit: James Spencer


One week into 2015, and it’s no surprise that starting a new healthy lifestyle seems to top many people’s list of resolutions. Whether it’s going paleo or gluten-free, attempting a juice cleanse, or joining the gym, there are numerous ways that you can make sure your 2015 is healthy from the inside-out. Another great way to get motivated towards getting healthy and in shape is by running in a race. There are so many awesome races all over Inland SoCal that benefit charitable foundations throughout the year. If you’re ready to get started by joining a local marathon this weekend, or if you’re looking for a future race to start training for, then we have some great suggestions for you.


This Sat, Jan. 10th, you get an opportunity to run among the historic citrus groves during the 6th Annual Citrus Heritage Run in Riverside. The Inland Empire has been home to citrus trees since the 1880s. By the ‘20s, San Bernardino County was home to over 50,000 acres of orange, lemon and grapefruit trees. Unfortunately, much of the land was sold to developers over the years, and only about 6,000 acres of these citrus trees remain. Lucky for you, the 6th Annual Citrus Heritage Run allows you to experience the agricultural history of the IE, while getting fit and supporting a good cause.

This race is organized by the Riverside Road Runners, a running and walking club that assists local students in becoming healthier. All funds from the Citrus Heritage Run will support Riverside students in running programs and provide scholarships for local high school seniors. You can participate in either the 5K or the half-marathon. If you have children, they can also have fun while they run their own one mile race. What better way to achieve your fitness goals than by also helping others achieve their own?


If you are brand-new to running, there are also numerous local races throughout the year that will leave you with plenty of time to train. See below for some of our favorite Inland Empire races in 2015:   

Sun, Jan. 18, 2015 - The Ontario Mills 5k/10k Run/Walk at Ontario Mills Mall at 7a.m. All ages are welcome. Registration is $45. This race benefits The Christian Okoye Foundation, which supports the children of the IE in staying active with sports events and athletic programs. Jumpstart the year of doing, and enjoy an outside activity bright and early with the kiddos.

Sat, March 7, 2015 - 2015 Little Heart Warriors 5K and 1K Family Fun Run at Central Park in Rancho Cucamonga. All ages are welcome, and registration starts at $20. Registration, the health fair and Life Stream Blood Drive all start at 7a.m. The 5K starts at 8a.m., and the 1K starts at 8:20a.m. All proceeds go to benefit The Little Heart Warriors, a non-profit that assist children with severe congenital heart defects. Be sure to stick around for the awards and raffle following the races.

Sat, June 6, 2015 - 59th Annual Fontana Days Run in Fontana. Check the website for the Race Day Schedule, rules and registration details. Various event categories for both one kilometer and five kilometer distances will give adults, children and groups all chances to show off their fitness! This run started in 1955 with only 200 participants, and now it has grown to attract up to 2000 people each year.

Thru Mon, May 25, 2015 - The Father’s Day Superdad 5K is a run to honor all of the Dads for Father’s Day. This one is a little different than traditional 5Ks, because you can complete your race any time between June 1st and June 30th. You must sign up before May 25, 2015. Runners can dedicate their run to their father or their father figure. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Soles 4 Soles, an organization that is focused on fighting poverty.

Sun, Nov. 8, 2015 - 38th Annual Mission Inn Run in Downtown Riverside at Main St. Pedestrian Mall. Registration starts at 5:45a.m. Race times kick off between 7a.m. and 10:45a.m. Check the website for a full list of times. Registration price ranges from $15 to $60. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Riverside’s downtown as you make your way through a course of neighborhoods and historic landmarks. There are many races to accommodate everyone in your pack: 1/2K Healthy Kid’s Fun Run, 1K Healthy Kid’s Fun Run, 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run/Walk and a Half Marathon.


We hope to see you soon at one of the upcoming races. Stay active everyone!