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Recreation Calendar 2012

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



Alcatraz Challenge Swim Swimmers flock from around the world to escape Alcatraz by fighting strong currents on open water. Swim distance totals 1.5 miles. Youth and adult divisions. Mon., May 28, at the East Beach of Crissy Field in the Presidio. 8 a.m., $60-$150. TriCalifornia.com

Cinderella Trail Run Head to Joaquin Miller Park, one of Oakland's most beautiful spots, for a 10K, half-marathon, marathon, or 50K run. Sat., May 12 (repeats Sat., Aug. 18). 8 a.m., $30-$65. CoastalTrailRuns.com

Davis Double Century A 200-mile, one-day cycling event through scenic Northern California hills and valleys. Limited to 1,000 riders. Organized by the Davis Bike Club. Sat., May 19, at 203 W. 14th St., Davis. 5:45 a.m., $90. DavisBikeClub.org

Folsom's Run with Nature Now in its 29th year, this scenic, family-friendly event features 10K and 5K chip-timed races, a non-competitive 5K walk, and a free half-mile youth run through the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary. Perhaps the biggest attraction of all is a two-mile obstacle course on multiple surfaces, over fences and under barricades, up flights of stairs and down hills, and across logs spanning a mud obstacle. Sat., May 12, at 401 Stafford St., Folsom. 8 a.m., $12-$43. FolsomRunwithNature.com

Golden Gate Headlands Running through the Marin Headlands and Mt. Tamalpais State Park, with views of the bay, the Pacific, and the Golden Gate Headlands, it'll be hard to keep your eyes on the road. Marathon, half-marathon, and seven-mile courses available. Sat., May 19, at Rodeo Beach. 9 a.m., $45-$80.

Horseshoe Lake Trail Run Organized by Coastal Trail Runs, this race features five-mile, half-marathon, marathon, and 50K distances along the Bay Area Ridge Trail — though all but the longest are already sold out. Sat., May 19, at Skyline Ridge Open Space Reserve, Palo Alto. 8 a.m., $30-$65. CoastalTrailRuns.com

Morgan Hill Sprint Triathlon Offering all the variety, excitement, and exertion of a full-length triathlon in a reduced distance sprint format, this event features a quarter-mile swim, a sixteen-mile ride, and a five-mile run. Nine registration categories. Relays okay. Limited to 700 entrants. Sun., May 20, at Uvas Reservoir in Morgan Hill. 7 a.m., $100-$170. USAProductions.org

Ohlone 50K Wilderness Run One of the East Bay's few ultramarathons, the Ohlone 50K is a 31-mile, point-to-point race on trails and fire roads. It traverses the entire Ohlone Wilderness Trail from Fremont to Livermore and passes through Mission Peak, Sunol, Ohlone, and Del Valle regional parks. And this year, it celebrates its 25th anniversary. Followed by a post-race barbecue. Sun., May 20, at Mission Peak Regional Preserve, Fremont. Bus to start at 6:30 a.m., race time 8 a.m., sold out. Ohlone50K.com

Prairie City Race Series California's largest weekly mountain bike and cyclocross race event, Prairie City is a twelve-race series with around 450 riders each week. Races occur on Wednesday evenings from March through June; remaining dates include May 23 and 30 and June 6, 13, 20, and 27. At Prairie City State Vehicle Recreation Area outside Folsom. 6:05 p.m., $10-$30. RaceMTB.com

Tilden Tough Ten A challenging alternative to Bay to Breakers for runners who prefer trails, views, and smaller crowds. This is also the first race in the popular East Bay Trail Championships Triple Crown series. Limited to 300 runners. Organized by Lake Merritt Joggers and Striders. Sun., May 20, at Inspiration Point in Tilden Regional Park. 8 a.m., $35. LMJS.org

Wildcat Half-Marathon, 10K, and 5K Sitting on 2,400 acres north of Tilden Regional Park, Wildcat Canyon Regional Park offers 360-degree views of the Bay Area. For the first time, Brazen Racing is hosting a trail run at the park, with short, medium, and long distances available. Sat., May 19, at 3800 Clark Rd., El Sobrante. 8 a.m., $29-$60. BrazenRacing.com

Zazzle Bay to Breakers The 101st running of the San Francisco spectacle that requires no introduction. Its 12K course (just under 7.5 miles) runs from the Embarcadero to the western edge of Golden Gate Park, so make sure your costume is comfortable. Note that race organizers have clamped down on booze, floats, and unregistered runners. Sun., May 20. 7 a.m. ZazzleBaytoBreakers.com


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 Rd., Happy Valley, Wildcat Canyon, South Park, Grizzly Peak, and more. Course options allow participants to the make the ride as challenging as they wish, from moderate to extremely challenging. Sat., June 16, at Orinda Community Park. 6 a.m., $70-$80. CherryCityCyclists.org

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, hour-long kids' race. Sun., June 24. 7 a.m., $33-$38. BurlingameCriterium.com

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. Sun., June 3, at 7867 Redwood Rd., Oakland. 8 a.m., $30-$65. CoastalTrailRuns.com

CitySolve Urban Race San Francisco Teams of two to four solve clues and face challenges while racing around San Francisco. Cash prizes to the top two teams. Sat., June 16; location TBA. Repeats on Sat., July 28. Noon, $40-$65 per person. CitySolveUrbanRace.com

Diablo Marathon & 60K Easy is a four-letter word at this grueling event in the East Bay's own Mount Diablo State Park. Marathon and 60K courses begin at the Mitchell Canyon Trailhead in Clayton and traverse the slopes and ridgelines of this rugged mountain; both routes are considered highly technical. Sat., June 2. 7 a.m. or 8:30 a.m., $70-$120. PCTrailRuns.com