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.
Super Sunday Run 10K/5K
When: 9 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 7
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Where: College Town Drive, near Sacramento State; finish at Hornet Stadium
Reason to Run: It’s kind of cool to finish a race inside a stadium. Here’s your chance – on Super Bowl Sunday, no less. People often dress in football jerseys for this race. Not aerodynamic but who cares?
Jed Smith Ultra Classic 50-Mile, 50K, 30K, Half Marathon
When: 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6
Where: American River Parkway, Watt Avenue access
Cost: $70 (50-mile); $60 (50K); $45 (30K); $40 (half-marathon)
Reason to Run: It will be the 38th running of this ultra, sponsored by the Buffalo Chips Running Club. It’s not a trail ultra nor a road ultra. It’s A parkway ultra, run on crushed granite and asphalt and a few dirt paths. To compete against the really speedy, try the 50-mile.
Shamrock’n Half Marathon/5K
When: 7:45 a.m., Sunday, March 13
Where: Raley Field, West Sacramento
Cost: $70 through Feb. 12
Reason to Run: Shamrock’n is another area race that’s turning into a tradition. Expect some speedy pro runners up front (last year’s winners: Malcolm Richards at 1:06:34; Jane Kibii at 1:14:56) but there are several waves for slower runners. Half marathon too long? Try the 5K the day before.