Our Third Annual Guide to Outdoor Recreation 

From leisurely walking tours to a brisk swim from Alcatraz, the highlights of the season's recreational sports calendar.

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Wednesday, June 30

Downtown Walking Tours of Oakland See June 23 listing.

Full Moon Paddle Kayaking under the full moon in the Lake Chabot Marina. In-depth instruction for paddling calm water; for beginner to intermediate levels. Kids welcome (five and up), $59 individual. 7-10 p.m.. Call to register: 510-636-1684.

Saturday, July 3

Cricket Festival For the past few years, this festival and competition featuring teams chosen by region has taken place during the first week of July. This year's schedule is TBA, so check out BayAreaCricket.org for the latest.

Downtown Walking Tours of Oakland See June 23 listing.

Graeagle 5K/10K Run, Walk, Stride Flat, scenic road and trail in beautiful Mohawk Valley. Medals and T-shirts to all. 9 a.m. at Graeagle Real Estate in Graeagle, 47 miles north of Truckee. $15, $20 on race day. Info: 510-223-5778.

Hernia Hill Half Marathon 10K, 5K Run/Walk, 1M Kids' Run. This sixteenth annual event includes a barbecue, awards, and prize money for breaking course records. Scenic out and back, paved and fire trail with some hernia hills. Races start 8:30 a.m. Meet at Historic Avery Hotel (Hwy 4 Moran Rd) in Avery. $20 preregister, $25 race day; all distances include BBQ & T-shirt. Register online at Active.com. Info: 209-795-7832 or OnYourMarkEvents.com

Sunday, July 4

DSE Lake Merced Run: 4.6M Race begins at 9:00 a.m. at Lake Merced in San Francisco. Kids race at 9:45 a.m. $2, $5 nonmembers; race-day entry permitted. DSERunners.com or 415-978-0837.

Kenwood Footrace 3K/10K The 31st annual Kenwood Footrace is the oldest and second-largest running event in Sonoma County. Run on scenic, wine country roads, USTAF-certified. Stay for the Fourth of July Parade and pancake breakfast. Free entry with race bib to World Championship Pillow Fights and related festivities (food, music, entertainment). Races start at 7:30 a.m. at Plaza Park in Kenwood. $20 entry fee before June 29, $25 after. Race-day registration permitted. 707-569-1494.

Morgan Hill Freedom 5000 Meter Race: Run/Walk A family festival that includes breakfast, goody bag, and Fourth of July Parade after race. Two loops; paved, flat, fast course. Start at PA Walsh School, 353 W. Main. Race begins at 8 a.m. $23 before June 28 or $25 day of race (register 6:15-7:30 a.m.) MHIDI.com, e-mail charles@wmarchitects.com, or call Charles at 408-779-6686.

Run San Ramon Independence Day Classic 5K/10K A paved loop course at San Ramon Central Park. The 5K run/walk and 3K fun walk begin at 8:30 a.m.; the 10K run at 8:45 a.m. $20 postmarked by June 21 and $25 on race day. Preregistration family rate for three or more is $17 per person. Race-day registration tables open 7-8:00 a.m. Mayor's Cup to winning preregistered San Ramon resident, male and female (both races). Trophies to winning male and female (both races). Medal to top three in each age division. Free T-shirts for all preregistrants. Register at Active.com or call 925-973-3200.

San Francisco Ocean Beach 5K and 6 Mile Benefits Project Open Hand. Run is on the hard-packed sand. Start at 7:30 a.m. on the beach at Great Highway and Sloat Blvd. Race-day registration opens at 6:45 a.m. $30 includes T-shirt. Winners receive a breakfast for two at Jo Ann's Cafe in SF, with other prizes for top pledge collectors and placing. 650-291-8531, PeopleEvents.org

Tuesday, July 6

Tuesday Teatime Trekkers See June 29 listing.

Friday, July 9

Critical Mass Berkeley Shut down the streets of the city on your bicycle: Don't dodge the traffic, become the traffic. In Berkeley, meet at the downtown BART station at 5:30 p.m., second Friday of every month.

Saturday, July 10

Downtown Walking Tours of Oakland See June 23 listing.

Family Sundown Safari at the Oakland Zoo See June 26 listing.

The Sierra Xtreme Adventure Racing Series The first race in this series is eight to twelve hours long, challenging the racer with bouldering, creeking, orienteering, mountain biking, and trail running at Grant Ranch in San Jose. The races are designed for beginners to intermediate racers. You can run solo ($150) or with a team of up to four members ($525). VirtuActive.com

Sunday, July 11 Monterey Bay Challenge Olympic: 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run; Sprint: 0.75K swim, 20K bike, 5K run. Divisions by age group and sex, and also a Clydesdale (men over 200 lbs.) and Athena (women over 160 lbs.) division. The swim is in the Monterey Bay, parallel to the shore; the bike loop starts and ends at the Seascape Resort in Aptos; and the scenic run is on packed dirt and street (but miles four to six are on the beach on packed sand). Check-in is on Saturday, July 10. The first wave begins at 8 a.m. on Sunday. Entry fees: Olympic $90 adult, $45 under 18; sprint $70 adult, $35 under 18; relays (men, women, or coed) $120. info@bythebeachproductions.com, 831-465-6517.

Second Sunday Stroll in Crockett From 2-7 p.m., amble around downtown Crockett and enjoy galleries, antique shops, wine tastings, a barbecue, poetry readings, and live jazz. 510-459-0677.

Tuesday, July 13

Tuesday Teatime Trekkers See June 29 listing.

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