About ShadowChase

ShadowChase Running Club (SRC) is a nonprofit organization that promotes running, walking and fitness-related activities in the greater Modesto area. Members take great pride in giving back to our community, both financially and through volunteerism and community involvement. One of our biggest expenditures benefiting the entire community has been the purchase of four water fountains in local parks, two along the Virginia Corridor and two in the East La Loma Park/Dry Creek area.

SRC’s main fund-raiser is the Modesto Marathon, held every March. Marathon proceeds benefit the Teens Run Modesto program, in which we challenge area students, especially those considered “at risk,” to experience the benefits of goal-setting, character development, dedication and healthy lifestyles through training for and completing the Modesto Marathon. In 2012, ShadowChase gave $45,000 to the TRM program. Approximately $10,500 was awarded in college scholarships to TRM students who completed the program.

Besides the teens’ program, SRC members sponsor an adult program, challenging community members to get up off the couch and become active through running or walking the Modesto Marathon’s 5K, half marathon or full marathon.

In 2012, ShadowChase gave an additional $65,000-plus back to the community through school running programs as well as other organizations that promote the health and well-being of our community. Some of our recipients include:

  • Stanislaus Community Foundation: $21,510
  • Schools: $9,237
  • The Vet Center: $4,305
  • Inter Faith Ministries: $3,406
  • Modesto Parks and Recreation Department: $3,000
  • The Heart Association: $2,000
  • Memorial Hospital Team Triumph: $1,000
  • George Mark Children’s House: $333
  • Christian Berets: $250
  • Relay For Life: $150
  • Community Hospice: $100

ShadowChase raises its funds through organizing and timing area running events. Besides the Modesto Marathon, we organize the Modesto Memorial Classic, Riverbank Cheese & Wine, and the Escalon Park Fete. In addition, the club is hired to time other area races, such as the Ripon Almond Blossom Run, Modesto’s Spirit of Giving, and the Oakdale Chocolate Festival Run. Members volunteer thousands of hours to help these events take place, and quite often the club donates part of its proceeds back to race sponsors.

SRC occasionally donates to one-time causes. In 2013, the club donated $2,000 to the Boston One Fund following the tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon. SRC has recently committed another $1,000 for travel expenses to be incurred by Modesto’s World 24 Hour ultra running champion Jon Olsen, who will be competing in the World 100K Championship in South Africa later this year.

The ShadowChase Running Club does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex or age in admission into membership, services, treatment, or participation in its programs, race events or activities.
No person shall be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of any service, or be subjected to discrimination because of race, color, nationality, religion, sex, age, or disability.

Our members represent a broad range of fitness-related interests and abilities. Some jog an occasional mile, a few are accomplished marathoners and ultra marathoners. We have walkers and those who push strollers. But most of us just like to get outside and run whatever distance and pace catches our fancy that day.


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ShadowChase Running Club also offers:

  • Lectures and clinics
  • Information about regional running activities
  • An opportunity to meet and share with other runners and joggers
  • Weekly club runs and training sessions.
  • Seasonal fun runs/walks
  • The ShadowChase Grand Prix race series
  • Monthly meetings and get-togethers
  • An annual club-supported pizza party in February
  • An annual club-supported barbecue in September
  • An annual awards banquet, dinner and dance in January
  • Marathon Training Groups
  • Walking Groups



ShadowChase Running Club was started in 1978 around December. Some of the early founders are Lew Mahew, John Lucas, Randy Siefkin, Al Stoll, Frank Bushakra and Mike Miller. They met regularly at the Modesto Junior College Science Building. The name ShadowChase came from a group of guys who were running and saw their shadows in front of them, thus coming up with the name.

Code of Conduct:

Members must adhere to the Code of Conduct established by the Board of Directors.  All members must follow the established Code of Conduct as outlined below which may be changed at the direction of the board:



ShadowChase Running Club       P.O. Box 3605        Modesto, CA 95352         membership@shadowchase.org