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.
Apple Hill Harvest Run 8.5-mile, 3.5-mile
When: 8:55 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1
Where: ParaVi Winery (near corner of Larsen and Carson), Camino
Reason to Run: This is a late fall tradition for many Northern California runners, who won’t get a PR traversing the undulating paved roads around Camino’s apple orchards, but they’ll certainly be challenged. Good luck trying to beat Charlie Brenneman’s time of 44:38 in the 8.5-mile race in 2014.
Caring for Kids Run & Walk
When: 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Where: 10000 East Taron Drive, Elk Grove
Cost: Race day: $35 (5K, includes shirt); $40 (10K, includes shirt); $15 (fun run, with shirt); $8 (fun run, no shirt)
Reason to Run: Here’s an Elk Grove race that’s not held in Elk Grove Regional Park. This is a road race that actually features some dirt paths, and it benefits at-risk kids.
Run to Feed the Hungry 10K, 5K
When: 8:15 a.m. (10K); 9 a.m. (5K) Nov. 26
Where: J Street, just west of the entrance to the Sacramento State campus
Cost: $35 (until Nov. 21); $20 (ages 17 and younger)
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, as is the camaraderie and the fact that proceeds go to the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.