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.


Folsom Blues Breakout Half Marathon, 5K

When: 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 18

Where: Johnny Cash Bridge, Folsom

Cost: $75 (half); $90 (relay); $35 (5K)

Reason to Run: Aside from the great T-shirts of the Man in Black and, no doubt, the Johnny Cash music that will serenade you throughout, this is a net downhill race. Can anyone say PR (personal record)? Folsom’s Jesse Barragan won last year’s race at 1:15:23, holding off the women’s winner, Jane Kibii, of Colfax (by way of Kenya), who finished at 1:15:40.



That Dam Run Half Marathon, 10K

When: 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17

Where: Northside Elementary School, Cool

Cost: $65 (half); $55 (10K)

Reason to Run: You’ll be swearing under your breath when you get to the long, grueling switchbacks for more than a mile and a half. But both courses also feature lovely singletrack and fire roads on the Olmstead Loop. Garrett Seawell (1:21:54) and Jen Pfeifer (1:41:51) hold the half-marathon course records.



Run to Feed the Hungry 10K, 5K

When: 8:15 a.m. (10K); 9 a.m. (5K), Thursday, Nov. 26

Where: J Street just west of the entrance to the Sacramento State campus

Cost: $35 (until Nov. 21); $20 (youth, 17-under)

Reason to Run: It’s a Sacramento Thanksgiving tradition. Sure, it’s crowded and parking is a pain, but the race itself is loads of fun, and proceeds go to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.


Sam McManis

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