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Emma Garrard is a professional XTERRA triathlete from Truckee.
Emma Garrard is a professional XTERRA triathlete from Truckee.

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

Elk Grove

Run 4 Hungry

5K, 10K

When: 8:30 a.m. June 27

Where: Elk Grove Regional Park

Cost: $35 general, $20 ages 12 and younger

Reason to Run: Formerly called the Elk Grove Run for Independence, this race boasts that 94 percent of its donations go to the Elk Grove Food Bank Services. It’s as flat as can be, running through the park and city streets. The 10K is two loops.

Info: egrun4hunger.com

TRAIL

Crazy Eights Trail Run Series, 8K, 8 Miles

When: 8:30 a.m. June 28

Where: Lake Camanche, South Shore entrance, Ione

Cost: $40

Reason to Run: Here’s a trail race that is relatively short with no outrageously steep climbs. It’s part of a three-race series sponsored by Fleet Feet Stockton. The second and third races in the series are July 26 and Aug. 30. A “Nike Prize Package” goes to the overall winners, male and female.

Info: fleetfeetstockton.com

OFFROAD TRIATHLON

XTERRA Tahoe City

When: 8 a.m. June 27

Where: Tahoe City

Cost: $161 for full triathlon and duathlon; $136 for sprint triathlon

Reason to Compete: Most triathlons feature road cycling and running, but XTERRA opts for the trails. The main triathlon features two laps of 750 meters, a 22-mile mountain bike course and a 5-mile trail run. The sprint is one lap of the 750-meter swim, a 13-mile bike and 3-mile run. The duathlon (run-bike-run) is a 2-mile run, 22-mile bike and 5-mile run.

Info: adventuresportsweektahoe.com

Sam MManis

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