Sacramento ranks 23rd in best places to run in U.S.

Runner’s World magazine has ranked Sacramento as the 23rd best place to run in the country.

The magazine started with 250 cities with populations of more than 160,000 with the highest number of households per capita of runners. Runner’s World then created categories special to runners, including parks, climate, food and safety to come up with “America’s 50 Best Running Cities.”

Sacramento got high marks for its two rivers that provide plenty of trails, especially the 32-mile Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail from Discovery Park to Folsom Dam.

Also noted was the ample opportunity to join more than a dozen running clubs, including Buffalo Chips, which calls itself Sacramento’s oldest club, catering to both competitive and casual runners.

Burgers and Brew restaurant, 1409 R St., received a mention as a good place for fueling up after a long run.

First on the list was San Francisco with its many hills for training sessions and beautiful views to make the miles fly by. Others that placed ahead of Sacramento were Oakland (21), Raleigh, N.C. (19), Rochester, N.Y. (16), Los Angeles (15), San Jose (14) and Chicago (11).

Sacramento was ahead of the pack that included Santa Rosa (29), Albuquerque, N.M. (34), Honolulu (44) and Miami (48).

The top 10, according to Runner’s World:

▪ San Francisco

▪ Seattle

▪ Boston

▪ San Diego

▪ Washington, D.C.

▪ Portland, Ore.

▪ Minneapolis

▪ New York

▪ Omaha

▪ Denver

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews