MVRRC Shoe4Africa Half Marathon 10k & 5k

Saturday, September 16, 2023 in Perris, CA

MVRRC Shoe4Africa Half Marathon 10k & 5k - Perris CA

Get ready to lace up your running shoes and join us for the 6th Annual Shoe4Africa event, set to take place at Lake Perris Dam in Perris, California on September 16, 2023. This year’s race promises to be an exciting celebration of community, athleticism, and the spirit of giving.

Shoe4Africa is a charity organization with a dedicated focus on improving health and education outcomes in Eastern Africa. Over the years, the charity has successfully raised funds for various initiatives, including hospitals and other essential building projects. The heartwarming aspect of Shoe4Africa is its unique approach to fundraising, which involves runners from around the world participating in marathons and road races, raising funds as they run.

The event, hosted by the Moreno Valley Road Runners Club, is set to continue its tradition of excellence in Southern California. The 6th Annual Shoe4Africa fun run welcomes participants of all ages and fitness levels, ensuring that there’s something for everyone. For the youngest runners, there’s a 1-mile kids race designed for children aged 12 and under, and an adorable Trotters run for the littlest racers, aged 3 and under. The inclusive spirit of the event welcomes all to join in the fun.

The historic course along the Lake Perris Dam promises a picturesque backdrop for the race, with views of the stunning lake and the serene morning setting the scene for a memorable day. The course starts and finishes at the Dam, with the 21K Half Marathon runners completing the 5K course four times. Participants can look forward to a flat and scenic course free from traffic, providing an ideal setting for both seasoned runners and newcomers.

The race day schedule is packed with exciting activities. The Half Marathon kicks off at 7:00 am, followed by the little trotters run at 8:10 am, the kid’s 1-mile race at 8:15 am, and the 5K and 10K races at 8:30 am. Awards await the top performers, with the top 3 boys and girls receiving recognition in the 1-mile race, while the top 3 open males and females will be awarded in the 5K and 10K races. The Half Marathon will feature cash prizes for the top three male and female finishers, with the 1st place receiving $300 and a trophy, the 2nd place earning $200 and a trophy, and the 3rd place getting $100 and a trophy.

All participants will receive medals to commemorate their achievement, and the first 50 sign-ups will receive a race t-shirt. Registration fees are as follows: little trotters (ages 3 and under) are free, the kid’s 1-mile race costs $5.00, the 5K is $20.00, the 10K is $25.00, and the 21K is $50.00. 

The 6th Annual Shoe4Africa event at Lake Perris Dam offers an incredible opportunity to unite the community through running while making a significant impact on the lives of individuals in Eastern Africa. Whether you’re a competitive athlete or simply looking for a fun and meaningful way to spend your day, this event welcomes all with open arms. So, mark your calendar for September 16, 2023, and be part of a memorable day filled with running, celebration, and the joy of giving back to the community.

Race Weather & Climate

Perris, California, is a city situated in Riverside County, located approximately 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Nestled in the Inland Empire region, Perris offers residents a suburban lifestyle within a reasonable commute to the urban amenities of Los Angeles. Its location in Riverside County makes it an attractive choice for those seeking a quieter, more affordable alternative to urban living while maintaining access to a major city.

On September 16th in Perris, CA, you can anticipate an average high temperature of around 85-90°F and an average low temperature of approximately 60-65°F. This date falls in late summer, characterized by warm and pleasant weather. Rainfall during this time is generally minimal, providing ideal conditions for outdoor activities and enjoying the late summer season.

MVRRC Shoe4Africa Half Marathon Course Map

See the race route map for the MVRRC Shoe4Africa Half Marathon course map here.

Starting Time

The half marathon start time is 7:00 AM.


To reserve your spot in the 2023 MVRRC Shoe4Africa Half Marathon, you can use the registration link here.

Race Fees

  • There is a $20.00 fee for the 5k.
  • There is a $25.00 fee for the 10k.
  • There is a $50.00 fee for the 21k.
  • There is a $5.00 fee for the kid’s 1-mile.
  • The Little trotters (ages 3 and under) is FREE.

All fees are the same on race day. On race day we take cash, Venmo, Cash app, and Zelle. The entrance to the park will be $20.00.

MVRRC Shoe4Africa Half Marathon Race Website

MVRRC Shoe4Africa Half Marathon Website

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