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.
5K Chico Climate Challenge
When: 7 a.m. July 18
Where: Lower Bidwell Park, Chico
Reason to Run: We doubt you’ll get individual plastic water bottles handed to you after finishing this race. The run’s funds will go toward “reduc(ing) our region’s carbon footprint,” according to the race website. Another perk: You get your choice of either a T-shirt or tank top. Remember, tank tops take less material – hence a smaller footprint.
La Sportiva Table Rock 27K, 10K
When: 8:30 a.m. (27K); 9 a.m. (10K) July 18
Where: Stinson Beach
Cost: $75 (27K); $55 (10K)
Reason to Run: Don’t let the relatively short distances fool you: These are tough races on trails wending through Mount Tamalpais. It also draws some of the area’s best ultrarunners going down in distance for some sprint work. You’ll gain 3,450 feet of elevation in the 27K – 1,500 coming in the first 2 miles.
Eppie’s Great Race (Run, Bike, Kayak)
When: 8 a.m. July 18
Where: American River Parkway, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento
Cost: $190 (ironperson); $45 (junior ironperson, 18 and younger)
Reason to Compete: It’s a Sacramento tradition; that’s why. This unusual triathlon – believed to be the only one with a kayak leg – draws thousands each July, but it’s never too late to head out and register. Just watch those San Juan rapids, will ya?