Health & Fitness

Sacramento-area races and runs

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

Buzz Oates

No Excuses 5K

and Superhero Kids’ Run

When: Sunday, May 31, 8:35 a.m. (5K); 8 - 8:15 a.m. (kids run)

Where: William Land Park Village Green (corner of Freeport Boulevard and Sutterville Road, Sacramento)

Cost: $35, $20 for age 15 and under for 5K; kids run, free

Reason to Run: This is the best 5K in the area. Why? Because older runners get a real chance to beat the young and lithe. It’s an age- and gender-graded race (see website for details). Plus, the 50th-place runner wins a leather recliner. Oh, and the T-shirts feature great “excuses” for not running fast. Example: “The race leader used up the best oxygen.”

Info: http://noexcuses5k.org

TRAIL

Dirt Diva Trail Run Half Marathon, 10K, 5K

When: Saturday, May 30, 8 a.m.

Where: Granite Beach parking lot, Folsom State Recreation Area

Cost: $60

Reason to Run: This is a new race from a new race crew, so here’s your chance, ladies, to set a record time in the women-only trail race that follows the undulations of the Pioneer Express Trail.

Info: www.one10trailseries.com

TRIATHLON

Tri for Fun, Tri for Real, Tri for Kids

When: Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31, 8 and 8:30 a.m., each day

Where: Rancho Seco Recreation Area, 14440 Twin Cities Road, Herald

Cost: $95 (Tri for Real, Sunday); $80 (Tri for Fun, Saturday); $45 (Tri for Kids, Saturday)

Reason to Swim, Bike, Run: Total Body Fitness has long staged triathlons (and duathlons) of varying distances for elites and novices. Tri for Fun is a .5-mile swim, 16-mile bike and 3-mile run; Tri for Real is .93-mile swim, 24.8-mile bike and 6.2-mile run. Tri for kids: 50-meter swim, 4-mile bike, 1-mile run.

Info: totalbodyfitness.com

– Sam McManis

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