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Orienteering in Joaquin Miller Park & Dimond Park This backroads safari through the Oakland Hills takes you up twisty streets, secret pathways, and switchback staircases; more adventurous travelers can try the urban goat -- call for details. 510-681-6181.
San Francisco Marathon Presented by Runner's World, this course takes you from Justin Herman Plaza (111 Steuart St.) to the staging area downtown, past cable cars, bridges, raucous spectators, and gorgeous coasts. Participants convene at the plaza at 6 a.m. 415-284-9653.
Tiburon Triathlon 2005 Comprising a half-mile swim in the bay, nine-mile bike ride, and flat two-mile run, this race starts in Belvedere Community Center at 7:30 a.m. Registration costs $60 for individuals, $90 for relay teams. 415-435-7200.
2005 Vineman Half Ironman Triathlon Kicking off at Johnson's Beach in Guerneville, this formidable course includes a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, and 13.1-mile run. All entrants must be current USA Triathlon members, or purchase a one-day permit for the event. Registration costs $210, or $225 after July 15. 707-528-1630.
Monday, August 1
Camp Vineman-A Triathlon & Cycling Tour of Napa Valley A team of professional triathletes, coaches, bike mechanics, and a masseuse will regale you with workouts, excursions, and other fringe benefits as you enjoy big kids camp in the countrysides of Napa, Sonoma, and Marin counties, capped with a night in San Francisco. The fun lasts Monday through Saturday, beginning at the Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Camp Vineman costs $2,700 per person for double occupancy, or $3,200 for single. All athletes must be members of USA Triathlon. 408-406-4112.
Inaugural Cal Rec Sports Golf Tournament The shotgun blasts at noon for this round in Metropolitan Golf Links, which ends with a live auction and buffet dinner. Participation costs $125 per individual, or $400 for a foursome. Proceeds benefit the Cal Recreational Sports Development Fund and a charity of your choice. 510-643-8036.
Saturday, August 6
2005 Marin Century/Mt. Tam Double Anyone who is reasonably fit can conquer one of these four medium-hilly rides. Cyclists depart from Vallecito Elementary School (50 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael) at 5 a.m. Registration costs range from $37 for the 100-mile to $67 for the 200-mile Double Century. 415-454-6155.
YWC2 Ride Hosted by the YWCA of Sonoma County, this ride provides three routes through the wine country, along with a free helmet, goody bag, barbecue lunch, and kids' activities. Departures from Windsor Town Green (9030 Windsor Rd.) happen at 8 a.m. for the 100K, 9 a.m. for the 50K, and 10 a.m. for the 20K. Races cost are $20, $30, and $40 respectively. 707-546-7115.
Saturday, August 13
2005 Full Vineman, Half Vineman & Barb's Race-Relay Starting at Johnson's Beach in Guerneville, this uber-tough race is open to current USA Triathlon members only. Participation costs range from $200 for the Barb's Relay (if you register before July 15), to $295 for the Full Vineman Relay. 707-528-1630.
2005 Vineman AquaBike You must either be a USA Triathlon member or purchase a one-day permit to participate in this high-octane swim and cycling challenge, which kicks off at Johnson's Beach in Guerneville. Registration costs range from $175 for the Half Vineman (register before July 15) to $265 for the Full Vineman. 707-528-1630.
Sunday, August 14
AlcaTRI XXV: Escape for the Rock Triathlon Experience the 25th ultimate escape --which includes a swim from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park, a 13-mile hilly bike course, and a 7.5-mile run that takes you up the sand ladder at Baker Beach. Arrive at 7 a.m. to catch the ferry at Pier 41. Costs range from $200 for individuals to $360 for relay teams. 415-868-1829.
Le Tour de Max This loopy, scenic charity ride through the Santa Cruz Mountains ends with a fabulous party and auction, plus a screening of The Tour Baby at Hotel Sofitel in San Francisco. Admission prices vary -- it costs $60 to experience the whole shebang. Arrive at Canada College (4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City) at 6 a.m. sharp. 650-888-9709.
Saturday, August 20
Eighteenth Annual On Your Mark Triathlon Series: Tri for Fun #3 Test your mettle with this 400-yard swim, 11-mile bike ride, and 3.1-mile run through Shadow Cliffs Regional Park (2500 Stanley Blvd., Pleasanton). Arrive at the park promptly at 7 a.m. Registration costs $45 for individuals, or $125 for relay teams. 209-795-7832.
Sunday, August 21
Tour d'Organics Cruise through Sonoma County on one of three cycling routes, which range from 35 to 100 miles. Riders convene at 8 a.m. at 390 Morris St. in Sebastopol. Registration costs $30 for 35-mile cyclers, and $40 for everyone else. 707-360-8511.
TriOne Triathlon Help defeat Lou Gehrig's disease and burn calories at the same time. The race starts at 9 a.m. in Alameda's Harbor Bay Business Park, with registration costs ranging from $85 to $177. For information, check out TriOne.org
Twenty-Ninth Annual Tour of Napa Valley Once you've clocked 30, 65, or 100 miles cycling through the wine country, enjoy a swim and a BBQ lunch at the Yountville Veterans Home, where you'll start and finish the race. Registration fees are $35 for the 100-mile tour, which starts at 8:00 a.m.; $35 for the 65-mile tour, which starts at 9; and $25 for the 30-mile tour, which departs at 10:30 a.m. 707-226-7066, EagleCyclingClub.org
Saturday, August 27
Run for Life 3K, 5K, & 10K Join the Run for Life Foundation in this charity run around the UC Berkeley campus (2500 Bancroft Way), from 8 to 10 a.m. Registration costs $20 before July 15, $25 after. 800-310-6563, RunforLife.net
RWT's Eagle Lake Triathlons Teeming with bald eagles, white fir, ponderosa pine, and rainbow trout, Eagle Lake provides a gorgeous, Escape to Witch Mountain-style setting for brave triathletes. Registration costs are $55 for the sprint distance competition, $95 for the long course, and $75 for the Olympic distance event. Arrive at Eagle Lake in Lassen National Forest with ample time for the 9 a.m. kick-off; participants may also camp overnight by the lake. 650-364-8256.
10K on the Bay Help raise money for Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center (4901 Breakwater Drive, Hayward) by taking a leisurely run along the shoreline. Both the 5K and 10K courses consist of smooth gravel and packed dirt. Admission costs $25; be ready to leave your mark at 8:30 a.m. 510-723-1992, 10KontheBay.com
Vibha Run/Walk 2005 Walk, run, or rollerblade 5K or 10K along Shoreline Park trail, and then hit up the carnival for face painting, mehndi (Indian henna art), music, food, and games. Registration costs range from $9 to $20; runners convene at Shoreline (3070 North Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View) in time to leave their marks at 8:30 a.m. sharp. 650-450-2744.
Sunday, August 28
Ana Cable Car Chase Chase a cable car through Fisherman's Wharf, along the Embarcadero, and up into Russian Hill, clocking a total of 5.67 miles. Participants gather at Aquatic Park (Jefferson and Hyde sts.) at 8 a.m.; admission costs $27.50, with a chance to win a prize package valued at more than $35,000. 415-595-6934.
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