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.
Golden Valley Harriers 10K/5K Labor Day Races
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When: 8:45 a.m. Monday, Sept. 7
Where: Central Park, downtown Davis
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.
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.
California International Marathon
When: 7 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6
Where: Folsom Dam to the state Capitol
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’.