Recreation Calendar 

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

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Thunderbird Paddleboard Race An eight-mile stand-up and prone paddling race, plus youth races on a buoy course near shore and stand-up paddling demonstrations. Sat., June 14, at Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. 10 a.m., $16-$51.

Trail Quake 2014 So named because it travels the San Andreas Trail, Trail Quake offers racers three distances to choose from: 5K, 10K, and half-marathon. The longer runs ascend peaks offering spectacular views of the South Bay, the Peninsula, and beyond, while all three make use of narrow single-track trails. Sat., June 14, at Sanborn County Park, 16055 Sanborn Rd., Saratoga. 8 a.m., $40-$75.

Tri for Fun The first of three non-competitive, short-distance triathlons taking place at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park in Pleasanton throughout the summer. Each features a 400-yard swim, an 11-mile bike ride, and a 3.1-mile run. The series is designed for novices, but can also offer great training and time-trial opportunities to experience triathletes. Relay option available. Sun., June 8. 7 a.m., $65-$73. (Other dates: Sat., July 19, and Sat., Aug. 16.)

Walt Stack DSE Double Dipsea Run the Dipsea — twice. This highly challenging course, Walt Stack's favorite, has about 4,500 feet of elevation gain and is organized as a handicap race. For 2014, the Dolphin South End running club has partnered with Brazen Racing for the first time to continue the tradition. Sat., June 21, at Stinson Beach. 8 a.m., $60-$80.

XTERRA Tahoe City Triathlon An off-road tri featuring a swim in Lake Tahoe and a ride and run on trails in North Lake Tahoe. Sprint and duathlon options available. Sat., June 28, at Commons Beach, North Lake Tahoe. 8 a.m., $71-$136.

Vineman Monte Rio Now in its second year, this Olympic-distance tri in the town of Monte Rio features a 1.5K swim (in the Russian River), 40K bike (from Monte Rio to Jenner and back), and 10K road run (flat, fast, and shaded). Sun., June 8, at Russian River Rodeo Grounds. 7 a.m., $115-$195.


Alcatraz "Escape from the Rock" Duathlon This 34-year-old San Francisco tradition begins with a 1.5-mile swim through sixty-degree waters from Alcatraz Island to the shore and concludes with a 7-mile run to Fort Point and Aquatic Park. Limited to 400 participants. Relay option and swim-only registration also available. Sun., July 20, at Aquatic Park. 8:10 a.m., $150-$175.

Bad Bass Half-Marathon/10K/5K Brazen Racing encourages you to "run like a bad bass at Lake Chabot" at this annual event. The 5K is mostly on paved trails and includes small hills; the 10K and half-marathon spend half their time on dirt and include one major hill. Sat., July 26, at the Lake Chabot Marina. 8 a.m., $44-$75.

Barb's Race A women-only long-course triathlon featuring a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile ride, and 13.1-mile run. In fact, it's the only all-women's half-distance triathlon in the world! Field limited to 450 participants, who are required to fundraise a minimum of $250 by June 30. Saturday, July 26, at Johnson's Beach, Guerneville. 6:30 a.m., $150-$175.

The Berkeley Kite Festival Presented by Highline Kites of Berkeley, the annual Berkeley Kite Festival is a one-of-a-kind full-day event for kite aficionados and the curious alike. Includes free kite-making, kite-flying lessons, a Rokkaku battle, and more. Sat. and Sun., July 26-27, at Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina. 10 a.m., free.

Davis Moo-nlight Race Held on a Saturday evening in Cowtown, this half-marathon, 10K, and 5K race with a glow-in-the-dark theme reaches into the evening hours. A half-mile fun run is also offered for kids age twelve and under. Sat., July 12, in Davis (location TBA). 6:15 p.m., $10-$56.

Dirty Dozen and Half-Dozen Endurance Run Do you have what it takes to go for six or twelve hours straight? Test your mettle with this run at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline along a gentle, 3.4-mile loop consisting primarily of dirt fire trails. The race can be done solo or in teams of two or three runners. (Or, opt for the 5K or 10K course.) Sat., July 12. 7 a.m., $44-$100.

Donner Lake Triathlon This huge triathlon event allows participants to swim in the beautiful, clear water of Donner Lake, bike along Highway 40 for spectacular views of the alpine lake, and finally run another course around the lake. Various distances and age classes offered over two days, including a kids' triathlon. Relay option available. Sat. and Sun., July 26-27, at West End Beach, Donner Lake, Truckee. 7 a.m., $46-$261.

Eppie's Great Race This "no-swim" triathlon, now in its 41st year, combines running (5.82 miles), biking (12.5 miles), and paddling (6.35 miles) along the scenic American River Parkway. It's also the largest paddling event in the United States. Multiple age divisions and relay options. Sat., July 19, at Rod Beaudry Dr. and Folsom Blvd., Sacramento. 8 a.m., $30-$190.

Fall River Century Ride through spectacular Northeastern California scenery in a valley situated between Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta. Four course options: 200K, 100 mile, 100K, and 25 mile. Preceded by a pancake breakfast and followed by a three-course dinner. Sat., July 19, in Fall River Mills. 7 a.m., $30-$65.


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