Recreation Calendar 

Our annual guide to Northern California's summer recreation season.


Canyon Meadow Trail Run This close-to-home race travels along the East Ridge and West Ridge trails in Oakland's Redwood Regional Park. Five distances to choose from: five-mile, half-marathon, 30K, marathon, and 50K. Sat., May 31, at 7867 Redwood Rd., Oakland. 8 a.m., $40-$65.

Mud on the Farm Get down and dirty at Dell'Osso Farm in Lathrop. This 5K mud run and obstacle course comes complete with trophies and prizes. Sat., May 31, at 501 Manthey Road. 8 a.m., $45-$75.

Nitro Trail A half-marathon, 10K, and 5K trio presented by the East Bay's Brazen Racing team. All take place in Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park, which offers views of the bay, wildflowers, more than 100 species of birds, and eucalyptus woodlands. Sat., May 31, at 5551 Giant Highway, Pinole. 8:30 a.m., $39-$70.

Prairie City Race Series California's largest weekly mountain bike and cyclocross race event, Prairie City is a ten-race series with hundreds of riders each week and multiple waves. Races occur on Wednesday evenings from April through June; remaining dates include May 21 and June 4 and 11. At Prairie City State Vehicle Recreation Area, Rancho Cordova. 5:45 p.m., $10-$35.

Wounded Warriors 5K Run/Walk This Memorial Day 5K run/walk honors all who have served in the US military. The event also includes a car show, helicopter landings, fly-overs, music, and more. Sun., May 25, at Woodward Park, Manteca. 8 a.m., $25.


Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim Put this one on your calendar for 2015; as always, it sold out months ahead of race day. A challenging race for experienced open-water swimmers, the event is limited to 800 entrants. Alternately, swim the exact same 1.5-mile course via swim-only registration at the Escape from the Rock duathlon in mid-July. Sat., June 7, at Aquatic Park. 8:20 a.m., $125-$175.

The Best of the Bay Century The Cherry City Cyclists of San Leandro string together some of the finest cycling roads throughout the East Bay in this epic ride. Sections include Bear Creek Road, Happy Valley, Wildcat Canyon, South Park, Grizzly Peak, and more. Course options allow participants to the make the ride as long and as challenging as they wish, from moderate to extremely challenging. Sat., June 21, at Orinda Community Park. 6 a.m., $70-$100.

Berry Creek Falls Trail Run Named for the 65-foot Berry Creek Falls, located along the course route, this run features a wide range of habitats including grand old redwoods, steep wooded canyons, and dry ridge-tops. Distances of 10K, 15K, and 25K. Sat., June 7, at Big Basin Redwood State Park, Boulder Creek. 8 a.m., $40-$50.

Big Basin Marathon/50K Follow the popular Skyline to the Sea Trail from the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains through Big Basin Redwoods State Park to the Pacific Ocean at Waddell Beach. Sun., June 8, at Saratoga Gap, Los Gatos. 9 a.m., $75-$80.

Burlingame Criterium A 0.7-mile bike circuit through downtown Burlingame for cyclists of all levels, with tight turns and a sprint finish. Multiple competitive categories with forty- to sixty-minute durations and cash prizes, plus a free ninety-minute kids' race. Sun., June 22, at Burlingame and Lorton aves. 7 a.m., $40-$45.

California Sprint Triathlon Stay in the East Bay for this one: a 1/2-mile swim, 13-mile bike ride, and 3.1-mile run at Pleasanton's Shadow Cliffs Regional Park. Sat., June 29. 8 a.m., $75-$120. Or, the following day, race the California International Triathlon at the same location, featuring a 1.5K swim, 40K ride, and 10K run. 7 a.m., $105-$150. Relay option available for both.

Catfish Open-Water Swim A swim-only event. Take your pick of a 2.4-mile (adults only), 1.2-mile (adults only), or 500-yard (adults and youth) swim — all in Fremont's Quarry Lakes. Sat., June 14. 8 a.m., $30-$95.

Dick Houston Memorial Woodminster Cross-Country Race The third and final race in the East Bay Trail Championships Triple Crown series. This scenic, nine-mile loop on trails in Oakland's forested Joaquin Miller Park, now in its 49th year, features plenty of hills and a killer climb known affectionately as "the Woodmonster." Sun., June 22, in the Pinewood Picnic Area at 3600 Joaquin Miller Rd. 9 a.m., $20-$25.

Dipsea Race Founded in 1905, the oldest trail race in America travels 7.4 gorgeous miles though Stinson Beach, Muir Woods, and Mt. Tamalpais State Park. The field of 1,500, managed with handicapped start times, is already full — so mark your calendar for next year. Sun., June 8, in downtown Mill Valley.

The Dream Mile An annual outing in ten cities across the country organized to benefit Vibha, a nonprofit that aids underprivileged children in the United States and India. Half-marathon, 10K, and 5K courses are offered, complemented by a carnival with games and activities. Sun., June 1, at Hellyer County Park in San Jose. 7:30 a.m., $25-$80; free for children under twelve.

Du-TOES If you've always wanted to do a triathlon, but don't like to swim, this event is for you: a run/bike/run duathlon or run/bike/kayak triathlon (your choice). Two kayak course lengths available: two miles or four miles. Relay option available. This is a USAT-sanctioned race. Sat., June 21, at San Pablo Reservoir in Orinda. 8 a.m., $70-$92.

Folsom Sprint, International, and Long-Course Triathlons Hosted by USA Productions in and around Folsom Lake outside Roseville, the sprint features a 1/2-mile swim, 19-mile bike ride, and 3.1-mile run; the international-length race features a 1.5K swim, 40K ride, and 10K run; and the long-course race features a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile ride, and 13.1-mile run. Aqua-Bike and relay options available. Sun., June 8, at Nimbus Flat State Park, Folsom. 7 a.m., $75-$210.


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