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.
Kaiser Permanente Women’s Fitness Festival 5K
When: June 7, 7:30 a.m.
Where: West Lawn, state Capitol (10th Street, between L and N)
Reason to Run: Show support for this all-female race that unfortunately had to scrap its half marathon in a dispute with the Union Pacific Railroad over track access. Still, it’s a speedy 5K – Caroline Kirui holds the course record at 16:25 – with absolutely the best-designed T-shirt of any race in Sacramento. Another incentive: a “Post-race Champagne Garden.”
Chico Rim to Rim Ultramarathon
When: June 6, 6 a.m. (50 mile), 7 a.m. (marathon), 8 a.m. (half marathon)
Where: 5-Mile Recreation Area, Bidwell Park, 326 Centennial Ave., Chico
Cost: $120 (50-mile), $110 (marathon), $75 (half)
Reason to Run: This is Chico’s first ultrarunning event, and it figures to be a doozy. Anyone who has run on the steep and rocky singletrack at Upper Bidwell Park can attest to its difficulty. It’s not, like, Western States hard, but still a nice test of fitness.
Folsom Prison Trail Race Series 5K
When: June 4, 6:30 p.m. (and each Thursday through July 9; no race July 2)
Where: Folsom City Lions Park, 403 Stafford St., Folsom
Cost: $25 adults, $20 for 17 and under (on-site, race day)
Reason to run: For those seeking a more casual but still competitive race, this jaunt through the grounds of Folsom Prison is a great way to spend a Thursday night. This will be the fifth in a series, so if you want to go for the overall points title, you’re a little late. But why not start now?