Be a part of the largest collaborative fundraising event — the CVNL Bay Area Human Race.

For decades this event has been a critical fundraising vehicle, advocacy tool and community-building event open to all nonprofits and schools. Last year the race attracted 1,500 runners and more 3,000 community supporters. Nearly 100 Marin nonprofits and businesses were featured. Over the past thirty three years, the Bay Area Human Race has raised over $7.7 million dollars for nearly 2,000 local nonprofits.

Sign up for the Human Race

Be sure to mark your calendar

Saturday, May 13, 2017
7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Directions to the Fairgrounds

Everything you need for a successful fundraising campaign.

Need more support or have a specific question? Click here for Q&A. These articles help guide nonprofits and individuals who are signing up for the CVNL Bay Area Human Race.

Have you thanked your donors and supporters?

NEW – nonprofits can opt-in to have automatic tax receipts sent directly to donors for online donations. There is no additional cost for this service! You can select this opt-in option when signing up your nonprofit.

Organizations should thank those who donate to them via the Bay Area Human Race. Attached is a template thank you letter you can use and customize for your own donor acknowledgements. We encourage you to use this thanking process to highlight your success stories and achievements.  

Tip: 70% of volunteers and supporters would like to be recognized and thanked IN PERSON, informally and on an ongoing basis. Take a-ways for the 2017  #bayareahumanrace

Organizations are welcome to use the 35th Annual Bay Area Human Race logo for your race marketing material. The race logo must be used as is and cannot be altered.

Bay Area Human Race logo – small 200×200

Bay Area Human Race logo – rectangular

If you are part of a team:

Please contact your team leader to first verify that they will pick up your bib & t-shirt for you. Team leaders, please identify a place or landmark to meet your group on race day. Molly is also accepting appointments Wed. 5/10 & Thurs. 5/11 at CVNL (65 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 101, San Rafael, CA 94903). Please click here to book your bib & t-shirt pick up time.

If you are not part of a team:

You can pickup your bib & t-shirt pre-race. Molly is accepting appointments Wed. 5/10 & Thurs. 5/11 at CVNL (65 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 101, San Rafael, CA 94903). Please click here to book your bib & t-shirt pick up time. Or, if you pre-registered for the Bay Area Human Race, bibs can be picked up the morning of the race at Will Call from 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.

Ready, set, go! Team Leader Training.

We will be hosting training to maximize your fundraising efforts. Even better, this year we’ll be offering a training every two weeks in March and April leading up to the Bay Area Human Race in May. This is a great opportunity to gather with other teams, share goals and ideas with your peers, and stay on top of the latest Bay Area Human Race news. 

Training will take place at CVNL, 65 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 101, San Rafael, CA 94903. Each session is from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and will include plenty of time to discuss technical issues with the online web portal. Register for sessions below. 

  1. March 1 – Build & refine your fundraising message
  2. March 29 – Motivate your board to energize your fundraising
  3. April 5 – Social media and marketing tips  
  4. April 27 – Volunteer management and donor recognition

Register for a Booth

Nonprofits can collect donations at their booth this year! And, if your agency has a re-sellers license, you can sell items at the event. Community Village booths are 10×10 spaces with a table, 2 chairs, and overnight security. Set up is the day before the race on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 2-5pm. Electricity is available for a slight additional fee.

Register for a booth



Community Village — fun for the whole family.

Nonprofits, schools and businesses host family-friendly activities at booths in the Community Village on race day. The Community Village is the perfect way to get your nonprofit, school, local business or cause in front of 3,000+ Bay Area Human Race attendees. 

Highlights this year include: 

• Kids Finish Line with jump houses provided by Jubilee Jumps and games
• CVNL Pancake Breakfast – brought to you by board members of CVNL
• Fresh coffee provided by Red Whale Coffee
• And dozens of free refreshments provided by local vendors 

Calling all volunteers…

It takes a village to make the Bay Area Human Race run smoothly. We are looking for over 100 volunteers to help us with many race related activities. We need volunteers on the two days prior to the event and on race day itself to complete the following:

• Distribute bibs and t-shirts
• Register runners
• Manage water and refreshment stations
• Lead the children’s races
• Set-up, break-down and more!

 Click here to sign up for a volunteer position

We appreciate our CVNL Bay Area Human Race sponsors!


5K Run • Walk • Dog Walk • Community Village • Music • Food • Kids Races

Since 1982, the Bay Area Human Race, produced by Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL), has been a critical fundraiser for many nonprofits. An established icon in the community, the race has raised over $7.7 million dollars for nearly 2,000 local nonprofits over the past 34 years. Race day features a fun and energizing 5K run/walk at the historic Marin County Civic Center lagoon park and fairgrounds, including music, Kids Races and activities, a dog walk, the Community Village Fair and a pancake breakfast. The event is open to everyone — and the entire community is invited to participate. Hundreds of volunteers, spectators and supporters donate to causes and contribute to the success.