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.
Buffalo Stampede 10 Mile
When: 7:30 a.m. Aug. 30
Where: Rio Americano High School, 4540 American River Drive, Sacramento
Reason to Run: Put on your racing flats – yes, for a 10-miler. This is fast and flat, starting and finishing at Rio Americano High School. It’s the 40th running of the Stampede, organized by the local club, the Buffalo Chips. Charlie Brenneman won last year’s race at 52 minutes, 38 seconds – a 5:16 pace.
Crazy 8s Trail Race
When: 8:30 a.m. Aug. 30
Where: Wallace (Camanche south shore)
Cost: $40 (8K, 8-mile); $60 (half marathon)
Reason to Run: This is the third, and final, event in a summer-long trail series in the foothills. This time, in addition to an 8K and 8-mile, organizers are throwing in a half marathon on the trails for those who want to see a little more of the reservoir.
Run Your Gourd Off 5K
When: 7:30 a.m. Sept. 27
Where: Bishops Pumpkin Farm, Wheatland
Cost: $25 (through Sept. 11)
Reason to Run: Too early to think about Halloween? Never. This race through the fields at Bishops Pumpkin Farm in Wheatland comes a full month before the holiday, but go do the run, then pick out a pumpkin. Technically, it’s a trail race since it’s on dirt roads, but it’s flat farm land. There’s a half-mile kids run, as well.