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.
No Excuses 5K
and Superhero Kids’ Run
When: Sunday, May 31, 8:35 a.m. (5K); 8 - 8:15 a.m. (kids run)
Where: William Land Park Village Green (corner of Freeport Boulevard and Sutterville Road, Sacramento)
Cost: $35, $20 for age 15 and under for 5K; kids run, free
Reason to Run: This is the best 5K in the area. Why? Because older runners get a real chance to beat the young and lithe. It’s an age- and gender-graded race (see website for details). Plus, the 50th-place runner wins a leather recliner. Oh, and the T-shirts feature great “excuses” for not running fast. Example: “The race leader used up the best oxygen.”
Dirt Diva Trail Run Half Marathon, 10K, 5K
When: Saturday, May 30, 8 a.m.
Where: Granite Beach parking lot, Folsom State Recreation Area
Reason to Run: This is a new race from a new race crew, so here’s your chance, ladies, to set a record time in the women-only trail race that follows the undulations of the Pioneer Express Trail.
Tri for Fun, Tri for Real, Tri for Kids
When: Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31, 8 and 8:30 a.m., each day
Where: Rancho Seco Recreation Area, 14440 Twin Cities Road, Herald
Cost: $95 (Tri for Real, Sunday); $80 (Tri for Fun, Saturday); $45 (Tri for Kids, Saturday)
Reason to Swim, Bike, Run: Total Body Fitness has long staged triathlons (and duathlons) of varying distances for elites and novices. Tri for Fun is a .5-mile swim, 16-mile bike and 3-mile run; Tri for Real is .93-mile swim, 24.8-mile bike and 6.2-mile run. Tri for kids: 50-meter swim, 4-mile bike, 1-mile run.
– Sam McManis