Health & Fitness

Races and runs in the Sacramento region

The French Trail runs through Redwood Regional Park in Oakland.
The French Trail runs through Redwood Regional Park in Oakland. 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.


Sacramento Fab 40s 5K Run

When: 8:30 a.m. Saturday

Where: East Lawn Memorial Park, 4300 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento

Cost: $35

Reason to Run: As road 5Ks go, this is a bucolic course, heading past those gorgeous houses in East Sacramento and finishing with a loop around East Lawn Memorial Park. It also has a few “hills” – well, Sacramento’s puny version of same. Expect ridiculously fast runners to show up. Last year’s races were won by ex-University of Texas distance runner Olivia Mickle and Folsom’s Camron Shahmirzadi.



Pear Fair 5-Mile, 10-Mile

When: Sunday, 7:30 a.m. (10-mile); 8 a.m. (5-mile)

Where: Bates Elementary School, Courtland

Cost: $35

Reason to Run: Best thing about this race is the age-group award trophies in the shape of anthropomorphized pears wearing headbands. This is a completely flat “trail” race through the orchards and vineyards with boasts that it’s “99.2 percent pavement free.” Stay afterward and enjoy the annual Pear Fair.



Redwood Anvil 10-Mile/20-Mile

When: 8 a.m. Sunday

Where: Redwood Regional Park, Oakland

Cost: $63 (10-mile); $75 (20-mile)

Reason to Compete: The area’s premier trail event on this day, Blood, Sweat and Beers, in Auburn has been sold out for a while, so why not try this inaugural trail race in the Oakland hills (mostly Redwood Regional Park)? It features the French Trail, perhaps the most beautiful trail – winding, tree-canopied, lush – in the state. You’ll gain 3,600 feet in elevation.


Sam McManis