Running for health and exercise is virtuous, but sometimes you just want to pin on a bib number and race against hundreds of others. Here’s our weekly best bet for races of various lengths and surfaces.
Run to Feed the Hungry 10K, 5K
When: 8:15 a.m. (10K); 9 a.m. (5K) Thursday, Nov. 26
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Where: J Street, just west of the entrance to the Sacramento State campus
Cost: $35 (until Nov. 21); $20 (youth, 17-under)
Reason to Run: It’s a Sacramento Thanksgiving tradition. Sure, it’s crowded and parking is a pain, but the race itself is loads of fun, as is the camaraderie and the fact that proceeds go the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.
Woodland Running of the Turkeys
When: 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 26
Where: Downtown Woodland, 600 Main St.
Reason to Run: If you want to do a Thanksgiving morning race that benefits a food bank but don’t want to fight the crowds in East Sacramento, Woodland is a mellower affair. Proceeds go to the Yolo County Food Bank.
Woodside Ramble Trail Runs 50K, 35K, Half Marathon, 10K
When: 8 a.m. Dec. 13
Where: Huddart County Park, 1100 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside
Cost: $80 (50K); $75 (35K); $60 (Half); $50 (10K)
Reason to Run: It’s one of the prettiest trail races in the Bay Area, rambling through coastal redwoods and lush forests. You also can catch glimpses of the mansions of Bay Area tech titans.