Health & Fitness

Sacramento-area races and runs: Early June

Women of all ages will be at the Fitness Festival.
Women of all ages will be at the Fitness Festival. Sacramento Bee file

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.


Kaiser Permanente Women’s Fitness Festival 5K

When: June 7, 7:30 a.m.

Where: West Lawn, state Capitol (10th Street, between L and N)

Cost: $37

Reason to Run: Show support for this all-female race that unfortunately had to scrap its half marathon in a dispute with the Union Pacific Railroad over track access. Still, it’s a speedy 5K – Caroline Kirui holds the course record at 16:25 – with absolutely the best-designed T-shirt of any race in Sacramento. Another incentive: a “Post-race Champagne Garden.”



Chico Rim to Rim Ultramarathon

When: June 6, 6 a.m. (50 mile), 7 a.m. (marathon), 8 a.m. (half marathon)

Where: 5-Mile Recreation Area, Bidwell Park, 326 Centennial Ave., Chico

Cost: $120 (50-mile), $110 (marathon), $75 (half)

Reason to Run: This is Chico’s first ultrarunning event, and it figures to be a doozy. Anyone who has run on the steep and rocky singletrack at Upper Bidwell Park can attest to its difficulty. It’s not, like, Western States hard, but still a nice test of fitness.



Folsom Prison Trail Race Series 5K

When: June 4, 6:30 p.m. (and each Thursday through July 9; no race July 2)

Where: Folsom City Lions Park, 403 Stafford St., Folsom

Cost: $25 adults, $20 for 17 and under (on-site, race day)

Reason to run: For those seeking a more casual but still competitive race, this jaunt through the grounds of Folsom Prison is a great way to spend a Thursday night. This will be the fifth in a series, so if you want to go for the overall points title, you’re a little late. But why not start now?


Sam McManis