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Recreation Calendar 2012

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

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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 features plenty of hills and a killer climb known affectionately as "the Woodmonster." Sun., June 17, in the Pinewood Picnic Area at 3600 Joaquin Miller Rd. 9 a.m., $28. LMJS.org

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 10, in downtown Mill Valley. Dipsea.org

Double Dipsea Handicap Race Run the Dipsea — twice. This highly challenging course has about 4,500 feet of elevation gain. Sat., June 23. 8 a.m., $40-$60. DoubleDipsea.com

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 10, at Hellyer County Park in San Jose. 7:30 a.m., $20-$60; free for children under 12. TheDreamMile.org

Folsom Lake Open Water Swim Designed as a training swim for multisport competitors and novices alike, this open-water race has 0.6-, 1.2-, and 2.4-mile distances. Wetsuits are allowed, but not needed; Folsom Lake's water temperature should be in the mid- to upper-seventies. Sat., June 23, at Beals Point, Folsom Lake Recreation Area. 8 a.m., $35-$40. CapitolAdventureRacing.com

Forest of Nisene Marks Marathon/Half-Marathon/5K A coastal setting naturally cooled by fog leaves runners to focus on the important details: hilly and steep terrain on a mix of roads and single-track trails that course through a beautiful redwood forest. Limited to 400 participants in all three races. Sat., June 2, at Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, Aptos. 8 a.m., $25-$65. NiseneMarksMarathon.com

Full Moon Paddle This romantic, UC Berkeley-sponsored excursion leads participants beyond the Golden Gate in tandem sit-on-top kayaks to watch the sunset and the full moon rise above the East Bay hills. Previous paddling experience recommended; swimming ability required. Mon., June 4, at the UC Aquatic Center at the Berkeley Marina, 122 University Ave. 7 p.m., $35-$45. (Other dates Tue., July 3; Thu., Aug. 2; and Fri., Aug. 31.) RecSports.Berkeley.edu

Kaiser Permanente Women's Fitness Festival Billing itself as Sacramento's largest all-women's run/walk, this event features a 5K run and a 5K run/walk. Proceeds benefit WEAVE, which fights domestic violence and sexual assault. Preceded by a fitness festival and expo. Sun, June 3, at the State Capitol. 8 a.m., $36-$41. WomensFitnessFestival.com

Lake Chabot Trail Challenge Hosted by the Castro Valley Track Club, this is the second race in the East Bay Triple Crown Trail Championship. It's a hilly, 13.1-mile run around and above Lake Chabot, offering great scenery and East Bay views. A 5K race is also featured. Sun., June 3, at the Lake Chabot Marina. 8 a.m., $25-$45. CVTrackClub.com

Nitro Trail Another half-marathon, 10K, and 5K trio presented by the East Bay's Brazen Racing team. All three take place in Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park, which offers panoramic views of the bay, wildflowers, more than one hundred species of birds, and eucalyptus woodlands. Sat., June 2, at 5551 Giant Highway, Pinole. 8:30 a.m., $29-$60. BrazenRacing.com

See Jane Run Alameda Women's Half-Marathon and 5K A "celebration of women of all sizes, ages, and fitness levels," this flat race takes place along Alameda's Bay Trail and offers views of San Francisco and the Bay Bridge. Also includes a kids' run open to both boys and girls. Sun., June 3, at Crown Memorial State Beach, Alameda. 8 a.m., $15-$105. SeeJaneRun.com

Silicon Valley Triathlon Series Featuring a sprint triathlon (Sat., June 23), a long-course triathlon (Sat., June 23), and an international triathlon (Sun., June 24), this series offers a challenge for everyone. Swims take place in Almaden Lake. Relay option available. At Almaden Lake Park, San Jose. 7 a.m., $100-$250. USAProductions.org

Skyline to the Sea Marathon and 50K courses follow the Skyline to the Sea Trail, which runs from the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains through Big Basin Redwoods State Park to the Pacific Ocean at Waddell Beach. Sun., June 10, at Saratoga Gap on Skyline Blvd., Los Gatos. 9 a.m., $90-$120. PCTrailRuns.com

Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic Two days of hot-air ballooning, food, crafts, tethered balloon rides, and other fun — including plenty of kid-friendly entertainment. Organizers call it "a celebration of Wine Country's most beautiful sites" and "a day to be remembered," even if weather grounds balloons from flying any higher than 100 feet. Sat. and Sun., June 16-17, at Keiser Park, 700 Windsor Rd., Windsor. 6:30 a.m., $6-$10; free for children under 6. SCHABC.org

Statuto Race Now in its 92nd year, the Statuto Race offers a taste of Italy in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood. Hosted by the San Francisco Italian Club, the event features an 8K run and a two-mile walk. Sun., June 3, at 1630 Stockton St. 9 a.m., $25-$35. SFIAC.org

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