Step into New Helvetia Brewing Co. on Thursday evenings and you’ll be greeted by a jovial and spirited group of sweaty athletes wearing colorful shoes and orange T-shirts sporting the motto “We Run Sactown.”

Carter Johnson was the first to cross the finish line, winning the open division Saturday for his team “Don’t Look Back” during the 41st annual Eppie’s Great Race at River Bend Park.

A new chapter for the running, biking and kayaking contest that bills itself as the world’s oldest triathlon.

The public is invited to join a flotilla of kayaks that will float down the American River on Sunday to honor Eppie Johnson, Sacramento restaurateur and originator of the annual Eppie’s Great Race.

It'll start with a spin, a heave and a landing thud, and then take off from there. The USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships start Wednesday at the steps of the California state Capitol.

Runners have until midnight Monday to enter the Billy Mills 10k to be held during the second day of the upcoming USA Track and Field Championships in Sacramento.

The family that runs together stays fit together. That’s the philosophy behind Keely Groves’ decision to have her two daughters, Savannah, 14, and Gabriella, 11, join her on the 5K run Sunday at the Kaiser Permanente Women’s Fitness Festival.

A free 5-mile run along the American River is scheduled for Wednesday evening to mark National Running Day.

The drought will not change the paddling leg of Eppie’s Great Race.

Work will begin Monday on a project to improve the Fallen Leaf Lake trail system in South Lake Tahoe.

A 3-mile run in honor of the upcoming first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings drew about 100 participants on Tuesday in downtown Sacramento.

The trail to the summit of Mount St. Helena is, in the words of Robert Louis Stevenson, an ascent to heaven.

Races abound in the Sacramento area, and here are 10 that runners shouldn’t miss.

Are you in need of seeing lakes that actually have water? Head to the Palomarin Trailhead near Bolinas.

Shh! Don’t tell anyone, but the Briones Reservoir Loop near Orinda is a great trail jaunt.

For California International Marathon finishers, pride outweighs cold conditions

Weldon Kirui used a burst of speed to separate from his lone remaining challenger, crossing the finish in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 34 seconds to win the 31st annual CIM.

Todd Kodet, a 61-year-old Salinas resident, describes his introduction to running five years ago like this: Having signed up for Sacramento’s Urban Cow event, he arrived at the course on race day intending to walk the 5K portion with his daughter while helping her push her baby stroller. Then he reached the starting line.

For Japhet Koech and Shadrack Chepyego, their lives as unheralded but promising distance runners in Kenya have changed dramatically in a matter of days, thanks to the dream of Conyers Davis, a running enthusiast who learned about the two when he read the popular book "Running with the Kenyans" by Adharanand Finn.

For the fifth time, the California International Marathon is doubling as the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes' Marathon National Championships, with 19 visually impaired runners registered for the full marathon and 14 for the relay competition.

Frigid temperatures courtesy of a bitter cold front that swept into Sacramento this week will greet runners in Sunday’s California International Marathon.

The Sunday running of the California International Marathon will mostly preclude any traffic on the course.

When thousands of runners take off from Folsom Dam in the California International Marathon next weekend, organizers hope few will notice any difference from past races through the Sacramento region. But, in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, some changes will be in place – even if they aren’t readily noticeable.

The news came at the end of a dramatic and often stressful week for Conyers Davis, who months ago embarked on an effort to raise money to bring two unheralded and impoverished Kenyan runners to compete in the California International Marathon on Dec. 8.

The nation’s largest Thanksgiving Day race just keeps getting bigger.

With 28,000 participants expected for this morning’s Run to Feed the Hungry, along with thousands of other spectators and well-wishers, various streets in east Sacramento will be closed or affected by the event from as early as 4:30 a.m. to as late as noon. Race routes and parking options are shown in the maps at right.

Former Western States 100 race director who lost both kidneys to cancer plans to run a half-marathon in February.

Fred Kaiser ran the first Run to Feed the Hungry, and he’s run every single one of them in the 20 years since.

A white-shirted army descended on the Sacramento Raceway for a chance to be showered in colored corn starch Saturday. But the hundreds who turned out for an event promoted as “The Color Fight” discovered only an empty track and their prepaid tickets worthless.

With a brisk finishing kick, the fundraising campaign to bring two impoverished but talented Kenyan runners to Sacramento to compete in the California International Marathon surpassed its monetary goal by noon Tuesday.

Getting serious about running has opened up all kinds of possibilities for Sacramentan Conyers Davis: He’s happier, he’s less stressed, he has dropped 20 pounds.

It was easy to pick out Jared Jeglie and Steven Lavenda from a crowd of runners near Capitol Mall on Sunday – they wore full firefighter gear, complete with oxygen tanks.

Long-time race organizers in Sacramento question how long so-called novelty races will remain popular, and others who have tried to copy the success of industry's No. 1 organized novelty race – the Color Run – have had mixed results.

It was a multicolored party in tennis shoes Saturday on Capitol Mall.

Loud cheers and applause filled the air as a fatigued John Easterbrook of Fair Oaks made his way across the finish line first for the second consecutive year Saturday at Eppie's Great Race.

Laura Lopez was taking pictures of the Vargas family dressed in full Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costumes in front of the state Capitol on Sunday morning.

Whatever your cause, there's probably a charity race out there for you.

Six days and 3,300 miles from the bombings in Boston, the London Marathon was held Sunday under azure skies, in what runners called perfect conditions, with no security scares and the minds of virtually all involved soaring westward to the victims of last Monday's attack.

With shock waves from Monday's explosions rippling across the country, three Sacramento residents who ran the Boston Marathon described the chaos that erupted at the finish line.

Tad Suwa, who is on medical leave from his job as a Sacramento firefighter, is getting some special attention from Team Donate Life.

The Lake Natoma Four Bridges run has been rebranded and rerouted. It will be called the Folsom Blues Breakout Half Marathon.

The Sacramento Running Association will induct eight into its inaugural Hall of Fame class tonight at a 6 o'clock dinner at the Sheraton Grand Hotel.

Seven legends are scheduled to be inducted into the Sacramento Running Association's first Hall of Fame class on Jan. 26 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, according to a news release.

The weekend storm complicated cleanup from Sunday morning's California International Marathon, as runners donned garbage bags for rain protection, then discarded the bags as they warmed up.

During the first half of Sunday's California International Marathon, while being pelted by rain and battling a head wind, Daniel Tapia turned to the runner beside him and made a remark that sounded promising, if not downright surprising.

Duane and Cheryl Hotaling have been in a marathon for more than a year.

As one of 12 people credited with running every California International Marathon, Auburn's Tim Twiet-meyer was asked where Sunday ranked among the worst weather the race has seen in its 30 years.

In years such as this, race director John Mansoor expects a smaller field of elite runners for the California International Marathon.

Organizers and participants in the California International Marathon, which has earned a reputation over the years for its pleasant weather on race day, are bracing for a turbulent experience when the event turns 30 on Sunday morning.

Nearly an inch of rain fell in Sacramento on Dec. 3, 1983, a Saturday, leaving Steve Haun to wonder if he should reconsider his plans for the next morning. Running the inaugural California International Marathon seemed a lot less appealing in stormy weather.

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