Bike Rides & Hikes

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.


Credit Union Sactown 10-Mile/5K Run

When: 8 a.m. Sunday, April 3

Where: Capitol Mall, Sacramento

Cost: $60 (10-mile); $40 (5K)

Reason to run: Well, there’s $12,000 in total prize money at stake, since this serves as the USATF Pacific Association 10-Mile Championship. For the rest of us, it’s a fast, flat course running through midtown Sacramento. Last year’s 10-mile champion was Jordan Chipangama at 48:24 – that’s a 4:50 per-mile pace.



Grizzly Peak 5K/Marathon/ 30K/Half Marathon/10K

When: 8 a.m. Saturday,

April 2

Where: Lake Anza, Tilden Park, Berkeley

Cost: $75 (50K), $70 (marathon), $60 (30K), $55 (half), $50 (10K)

Reason to run: Vast Tilden Park in the Berkeley hills has scores of vertically challenging climbs. If you choose the 50K distance, you’ll gain 6,750 feet in elevation. Even the 10K has a 1,060-foot gain. Be prepared to climb.



Pony Express Marathon/Half/5K/Relay

When: 7 a.m. May 1

Where: Capitol Mall, Sacramento

Cost: $150 (marathon), $70 (half), $235 (relay), $40 (5K)

Reason to run: Ever since the late, lamented Cowtown Marathon shrunk to a half, we’ve been waiting for a second road marathon to grace Sacramento. It is here. This race, mostly along the Sacramento River near Raley Field and Land Park, seems even flatter than the California International Marathon. Yes, it’s USATF-certified, for those trying for a Boston Qualifier.


Sam McManis