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.
Folsom International Triathlon
When: 7 a.m. Aug. 2
Where: Nimbus Flat, Folsom State Recreation Area
Reason to Run: This is a fast, relatively flat Olympic Distance Triathlon (1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run) – assuming there’s still enough water in the lake that it won’t be a 1.5K “wade.” The bike segment gains only 391 feet, so expect some sprinting.
Santa Cruz Trail Run 30K, Half-
When: 8:30 a.m. Aug. 2
Where: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, 101 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton
Reason to Run: You want to run amid the giant redwoods? No need to go way north. Head south to Santa Cruz and run amid the big trees, then chill out at the beach afterward.
Run of the Sly
When: 7:30-8:30 a.m. Aug. 16
Where: Fresh Pond, off Highway 50 near Pollock Pines
Reason to Run: This is the final race of Fleet Feet Sacramento’s summer trail triad, and it arguably is the toughest. The 50K and 20-mile races make a lovely, though long loop around Jenkinson Lake – with a great stream crossing – and the half-marathon and 12K involve a lot of climbing.