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.
Squaw Valley Half Marathon
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When: June 14, 8 a.m.
Where: Village At Squaw Valley, east end
Reason to run: Here’s the good news: You get to run in beautiful Squaw Valley without the difficult climbing on the Granite Chief Trail and others in the area. That’s because this is a road race. But it’ll still be challenging, given the high altitude. This will be a good test of fitness.
Rodeo Valley Trail Run, 50K, 30K, Half Marathon, 8K
When: June 13, 8:30 a.m. (50K, 30K), 8:45 (half); 9:15 (8K)
Where: Marin Headlands, Rodeo Beach, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Cost: 8K: $40; half marathon: $50; 30K: $60, 50K: $70
Reason to run: Beautiful views (once the fog burns off), challenging hills, start and finish at the beach: What’s not to like? Fortunately, you’ll be running down, not up, the steep Marincello Trail. Enjoy that, because other steep climbs await.
Sacramento International Triathlon
When: June 14, 8 a.m. Olympic distance (1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run); 7:30 am., Super Sprint (200-yard swim, 5.5-mile bike, 1-mile run)
Where: Discovery Park, Sacramento
Reason to compete: It is the only USA Triathlon-sanctioned event in Sacramento, which figures to draw some quality competition from throughout Northern California. The swim starts from the beach at Discovery Park (heading downstream); the bike is on closed park roads; and the run is on the American River Parkway.