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.
Run to Remember 5K
When: 9:11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13
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Where: Fourth Street and Capitol Mall, Sacramento
Reason to run: This is the fast, flat course that is used by many of Sacramento 5Ks, but because it is expected to draw 2,000 runners, it might get a little congested. Organizers also are seeking provisions for soldiers as part of Heroes Connections, which serves active military and veterans, as well as their families. See website for details.
Lagoon Valley Trail Run 30K/Half-Marathon/10K/5K
When: 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12
Where: Lagoon Valley Regional Park, 4600 Peña Adobe Road, Vacaville
Cost: $70 (30K), $55 (half), $40 (10K), $35 (5K)
Reason to run: You’ve seen Lagoon Valley looming in the distance off Interstate 80 in Vacaville. Now it’s time to run the hills. There’s climbing, but not too bad: 2,400 feet for the 30K.
Urban Cow Half-Marathon/5K
When: 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 4
Where: Land Park, Sacramento
Cost: $72 (half) and $40 (5K) through Sept. 27
Reason to compete: This race is arguably Sacramento’s premier half-marathon, drawing the best runners from the area and occasionally elites in the region. Local Kevin Pool boasts the course records for both distances (14:49 for the 5K in 2012 and 1:06:18 for the half in 2013).