Health & Fitness

Runs and races around Sacramento

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

Buffalo Stampede 10 Mile

When: 7:30 a.m. Aug. 30

Where: Rio Americano High School, 4540 American River Drive, Sacramento

Cost: $45

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.

Info: www.buffalochips.com/stampede/

TRAIL

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.

Info: http://crazy8strailrun3.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=5753

UPCOMING

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.

Info: www.runyourgourdoff.com

Sam McManis

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