Celebrating Nonprofits and the Community at the CVNL Bay Area Human Race.

Community spirit was palpable as hundreds gathered to support local nonprofits and schools in the largest collaborative fundraiser and nonprofit celebration in Marin County: the Bay Area Human Race. Saturday, May 13, 2017, marked the 35th consecutive year that Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) has hosted the Race. Sunny, bright skies encouraged friends, neighbors, and community members to gather early in the morning at the Marin County Fairgrounds. 1,000+ people ran, walked, strolled and rolled the 5K winding course to raise funds for causes they cared about.




We appreciate our CVNL Bay Area Human Race sponsors!


Re-live the moments…

Browse photos from the 2017 event. Be sure to tag your organization on Facebook and use #bayareahumanrace on Twitter. Happy sharing!

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

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. 

Click here to view the 5K course map (downloadable PDF)