Running for health and exercise is virtuous and all, 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. No more excuses:
Three fun runs (of various lengths and surfaces) for the Memorial Day weekend:
Wounded Veteran Run 3K, 5K, 10K
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When: 8 a.m. Monday, May 25
Where: Folsom Parkway Trail, behind the plaza at 25005 Blue Ravine Road in Folsom
Cost: $35 (3K); $45 (5K and 10K)
Reason for running: “To raise awareness and donations for veteran-supporting nonprofits,” says the website. Teenager Matt Coss holds the 5K record on the speedy course at 17:17; it’s ripe for the taking.
China Camp Trail Run Half Marathon, 10K, 5K
When: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 23
Where: China Camp State Park, 800 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael
Cost: $55 (half); $45 (10K); $35 (5K)
Reason for running: China Camp was one of the state parks saved from closure a few years back, and there are scores of trails with views of the bay. And the hills aren’t too steep. Pro runners (and husband and wife) David and Meghan Roche hold the half-marathon course records at 1:26:52 and 1:28:35, respectively. Good luck trying to beat that.
Urban Dare Adventure Race
When: Noon Saturday, May 23
Where: 1431 R St., Sacramento
Cost: $90 (two-person team); $120 (three-person team); $160 (four-person team)
Reason for running: Billed as a “one-day Amazing Race,” this “race” gives you clues to solve along Sacramento’s mean urban streets. “You may walk, run or use public transportation to get to checkpoints,” the website says. At checkpoints, participants complete a dare and/or take photos. Teams must stay together, even if they start fighting among themselves.