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Run San Ramon Arrive at San Ramon Central Park at 8:15 a.m. for the 5K run and 3K fun walk, followed by the 10K run at 8:30 a.m. A mayor's cup will be awarded to the winning preregistered San Ramon resident, along with medals to the top three in each age division. Fees range from $17 to $25. 209-795-7832.
Friday, July 8
Fifty-Sixth Annual Monterey City Amateur Golf Tournament Held in conjunction with the Monterey Senior Amateur, this event features a maximum combined field of 168. Tee times begin at 7 a.m. and run to 2:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Meet at Del Monte Golf Course on Sylvan Rd. in Monterey. 831-655-9333.
Saturday, July 9
Bike for Breath Help raise funds to fight asthma, lung cancer, bronchitis, and emphysema by riding one of four scenic routes along the San Francisco Peninsula. Distances range from the ten-mile Mini Breath ride to the gargantuan Baaad Breath Ride, which clocks in at 62 miles. The event kicks off with Baaad Breath at 6:30 a.m.; fees range from $20 to $35, and increase by $5 after June 25. 650-994-5864.
Fifty-Sixth Annual Monterey City Amateur Golf Tournament See Fri.
MVV Coyote Creek Criterium This smooth 1.8-mile loop includes about 100 feet of climbing per lap. Coyote Creek Criterium is located at Hellyer Ave. and Piercy Rd. in San Jose; the event starts at 7:30 a.m. 408-569-1023.
Sunday, July 10
The Godfather's 100-Kilometer Challenge Kicking off on a closed four-mile asphalt section of Canada Road along San Mateo's Crystal Springs Reservoir, this is the fourth of five events that comprise the Dan Burger Points Race Series. Expect smooth terrain throughout, though more than half the race is uphill, with one steep grade. Runners leave their marks at 7:15 a.m. on the dot. 415-752-1967.
Orienteering in China Camp State Park Enjoy ample vistas as you trek o'er hill and dale, through a saltmarsh, up switchbacks, slopes, and through redwood groves, along the seven color-coded courses designed by Bay Area Orienteering Club. Start off at Miwok Meadows, a site equipped with barbecue pits, toilets, and picnic tables. China Camp State Park is in San Rafael. 415-479-4262.
Windmill Run Kicking off at 9 a.m. sharp, this 6.5-mile dash begins and ends at the Dutch Windmill on Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park in SF. Each runner pays $5; everyone gets a ribbon. 415-978-0837.
Saturday, July 16
Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim: Thirteenth Annual Swim Escape The Anglin brothers and Frank Lee Morris swam this course to flee Alcatraz in 1962; this event is open to seasoned open-water swimmers only. Swimmers leave their marks at 9 a.m.; registration costs $120. 415-868-1829.
Eighteenth Annual On Your Mark Triathlon Series: Tri For Fun #2 Tailored for novices, this 400-yard swim, 11-mile bike, and 3.1-mile run through Pleasanton's Shadow Cliffs Regional Park (2500 Stanley Blvd.) also provides a fun workout for pros. The race costs $45 for individuals, or $125 for relay entry, and kicks off at 7 a.m. 209-795-7832.
RWT's Angel Island MTB Triathlon After swimming half a mile through Ayala Cove, bike two loops around the island's perimeter and rev up for a 3.1-mile run. The $85 registration fee includes round-trip ferry, a T-shirt, a water bottle, awards, and tchotchkes. Swimmers leave the beaches of the cove at 6 a.m. sharp. 650-364-8256.
Sunday, July 17
Hammerhead Kids Triathlon Top finishers from this race will be invited to join the Hammerhead Triathlon Development and Racing Team, and all participants will receive a stylish commemorative medal, T-shirt, and goody bag. Costs range from $40 for individual USA Triathlon members to $90 for three-person relay team. Meet at Gavilan College (5055 Santa Teresa Boulevard, Gilroy) at 8 a.m. Bring a bike helmet and swim cap. 408-406-4112.
Orienteering in Joaquin Miller Park With occasional steep grades and clusters of redwoods, Joaquin Miller provides a variety of terrain. As always, Bay Area Orienteering Club provides seven color-coded courses. 510-525-1574, BAOC.org
Wine Country Half Marathon: Napa to Sonoma Open to athletes able to complete a 13.1-mile course in three hours or less, this race winds past the wineries and farm-checkered lands of Napa, and finishes in the town square of the Sonoma for the Wine & Music Festival. The race starts at 7 a.m.; registration costs $55, or $65 after July 7; teams of 8 save $5. 707-933-1769.
Saturday, July 23
The Bay in a Day Double Century Bike Ride Crossing eight counties, 35 cities, and two bridges between Novato and San Francisco, this race takes you past cow pastures, shipyards, wetlands, and the world's largest dirigible hangar at Moffett Field. Registration costs $90. 415-451-3277.
Sunday, July 24
Twin Peaks Orienteering Explore the nooks and crannies of San Francisco on courses ranging from 2 to 12 km. The event starts at 10 a.m. and participation costs $6-$12; check BAOC.org for location and details.
Saturday, July 30
Legends of the Redwoods Native American Commemorative Run and Walk Meet at Ukiah's Grace Hudson Museum (431 S. Main St.) at 8:30 a.m. 707-462-3329.
The Most Challenging Third Annual Carquinez Triathlon Great for novices and experts looking for a grudge match, this challenge includes a quarter-mile swim, 12-mile bike, and 3-mile run before lunch. Registration costs $65 per person, $20 of which goes to the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Meet at Crockett's Shore Line Park on Carquinez Scenic Dr.; the whistle blows at noon. 510-787-9811.
South End Rowing Club's Alcatraz Invitational Bring a swim cap and optional wetsuit for this journey from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park. Registration costs $100, and all proceeds benefit the club's building renovation fund. One hundred spectator tickets will also be available for $25 each, plus brunch-only tickets at $10. Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. at South End Rowing Club (500 Jefferson St., San Francisco), and the boat departs for Alcatraz at 8:45 a.m. 415 776-7372.
Stop, Drop and Roll Bike Ride With three races clocking at 15, 30, and 65 miles, this ride includes a BBQ, music, and raffle. Sixty-five-mile contenders start at 7 a.m.; everyone else leaves their marks at 9 a.m. It all goes down at Woodside High School (199 Churchill Ave., Woodside). 650-991-8149.
Sunday, July 31
Seven Days - December 9, 6:10 PM
Culture Spy - December 8, 6:10 PM
Seven Days - December 8, 2:33 PM
What the Fork - December 6, 3:51 PM
Seven Days - December 6, 9:52 AM