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.

Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's resilience in the face of a terror attack.

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.

A group of 225 bicycle riders and crew raised $330,000 for 11 AIDS research and related groups during a four-day trip in Northern California.

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.

If you haven't thought of it by now, it's too late to run in the California International Marathon on Sunday. The event is full, and besides, there's all that training you didn't do.

It's Sacramento's largest group exercise event, a chance for thousands to take to the streets for a charitable cause before piling on the calories.

They reigned supreme that Thanksgiving Day in 1994. No one in the field of 1,157 runners on the streets of east Sacramento could touch Paul Thomas or Theresa McCourt, male and female winners of the inaugural Run to Feed the Hungry.

Every Thanksgiving Day, in an act as ritualized as mixing the mashed potatoes or snapping the wishbone, Robert Cook puts on his sweats and flip-flops, props up his folding chair and spends hours cheering on the participants in the Run to Feed the Hungry.

With thousands of runners and walkers expected for the annual Run to Feed the Hungry in east Sacramento on Thursday, race officials have announced two changes to help with traffic flow before and after the event.

By age 18, Donald Edd-Harrison had been in and out of the juvenile hall system, and had become a high school dropout with a drug problem.

For 19 years, Run to Feed the Hungry has generated money for programs of the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.

Erisan Torres' parents say she was a shy and timid fifth-grader when she first started attending the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services' youth education program.

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