Here’s our weekly best bets for races of various lengths and surfaces.
Susan B. Anthony 5K
When: 8:30 a.m. Saturday Aug.8
Where: Glen Hall Park, Sacramento
Reason to Run: One of Sacramento’s oldest road races (from 1976), this women-only event has drawn Olympians as well as novices to a fast, flat course through the River Park neighborhood. Olympian Magda Boulet holds the course record at 16:36, set in 2007.
Cool Moon 100 Mile, 100K, 50 Mile, 25 Mile and 14 Mile
When: 8 a.m. Aug. 8 (100, 100K, 50 mile); 8 a.m. Aug. 9 (25 mile, 14 mile)
Where: Cool Horse Staging Area, Auburn State Recreation Area
Cost: $175 (100 mile); $125 (100K); $100 (50 mile); $75 (25 mile); $55 (14 mile)
Reason to Run: There’s a distance for every type of trail runner in this race, presented by Elemental Running. The 100-milers will gain a ridiculous 16,000 feet in elevation before they are done. Even the relatively “easy” 14-miler gains 2,800 feet. Sacramento’s Ray Sanchez owns the course record in the 100-mile at 22 hours, 58 minutes.
Buffalo Stampede 10 Mile
When: 7:30 a.m. Aug. 30
Where: Rio Americano High School, 4540 American River Drive, Sacramento
Reason to Compete: Put on your racing flats – yes, for a 10-miler. This is fast and flat, starting and finishing at Rio Americano High School. This is the 40th running of the Stampede, organized by the local club, the Buffalo Chips. Charlie Brenneman won last yearat 52 minutes, 38 seconds – a 5:16 pace.