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Runs and races around Sacramento

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.

ROAD

Golden Valley Harriers 10K/5K Labor Day Races

When: 8:45 a.m. Monday, Sept. 7

Where: Central Park, downtown Davis

Cost: $28

Reason to Run: This is a good race to gain a personal record, considering Davis is the flattest city in America – or so it seems. A unique aspect is that runners from Davis’ sister city, Inuyama, Japan, come to compete, and bring taiko drummers with them. Proceeds benefit local cross country teams.

Info: www.goldenvalleyharriers.org/labor-day-race

TRAIL

Zoom Point Pinole 13.1 miles/10K/5K

When: 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5

Where: Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, 5551 Giant Highway, Richmond

Cost: $45 (13.1 miles); $40 (10K); $35 (5K)

Reason to Run: Two things about running the Point Pinole Regional Shoreline: (1) The trails are dirt but there’s not much elevation gain and it’s always windy. OK, a third: It affords great views of San Pablo Bay. Expect fast times, as in a road race, on this course.

Info: www.coastaltrailruns.com/pp_point_pinole.html

UPCOMING

California International Marathon

When: 7 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6

Where: Folsom Dam to the state Capitol

Cost: $150

Reason to Run: As of the end of August, the race was 83 percent full. So if you’re still on the fence about entering, it’s time to make a decision. Then again, if you aren’t already putting in the heavy mileage, it might be best to wait for a spring marathon. Just sayin’.

Info: http://runcim.org/marathon-information

Sam McManis

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