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

Run to Remember 5K

When: 9:11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13

Where: Fourth Street and Capitol Mall, Sacramento

Cost: $35

Reason to run: This is the fast, flat course that is used by many of Sacramento 5Ks, but because it is expected to draw 2,000 runners, it might get a little congested. Organizers also are seeking provisions for soldiers as part of Heroes Connections, which serves active military and veterans, as well as their families. See website for details.

Information:

www.sac911run.com

TRAIL

Lagoon Valley Trail Run 30K/Half-Marathon/10K/5K

When: 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12

Where: Lagoon Valley Regional Park, 4600 Peña Adobe Road, Vacaville

Cost: $70 (30K), $55 (half), $40 (10K), $35 (5K)

Reason to run: You’ve seen Lagoon Valley looming in the distance off Interstate 80 in Vacaville. Now it’s time to run the hills. There’s climbing, but not too bad: 2,400 feet for the 30K.

Info: www.lagoonvalleytrailrun.com

UPCOMING

Urban Cow Half-Marathon/5K

When: 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 4

Where: Land Park, Sacramento

Cost: $72 (half) and $40 (5K) through Sept. 27

Reason to compete: This race is arguably Sacramento’s premier half-marathon, drawing the best runners from the area and occasionally elites in the region. Local Kevin Pool boasts the course records for both distances (14:49 for the 5K in 2012 and 1:06:18 for the half in 2013).

Information:

urbancowhalf.com

Sam McManis

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