History of the Race


The Human Race is a nationwide community fundraising event for nonprofit organizations and is the largest collaborative fundraising event in Sonoma County as well as the largest Human Race in the nation!

The Sonoma County Race features a 3K and 10K run and walk through Howarth and Spring Lake Parks, rain or shine.

Organizations and businesses recruit walkers/runners/pledge-gatherers to raise funds. Funds can be raised for any nonprofit organization, school or church. The run and walk is open to all.

The Human Race is a proven fundraiser that has been successful for Sonoma County nonprofits for 34 years and continues to grow. The Volunteer Center provides marketing, publicity, materials, and experienced assistance. Nonprofits and businesses provide the people power.

In 2015 there were over 8,000 participants, and over $450,000 was raised for 190 nonprofits who benefited from the event.  Over the years the Sonoma County Human Race has raised over $16 million. The race has come a long way since the first Human Race in 1981 raised $1,800.

This event is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors. Click here to view a list of sponsors.