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Recreation Calendar 2012

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



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Tahoe Rim Trail 165-Mile Segment Hiking Program Complete the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail in manageable segments over nine Saturdays between June 23 and August 18. You'll be joined by like-minded outdoor enthusiasts and knowledgeable volunteers from the Tahoe Rim Trail Association. $350. TahoeRimTrail.org

Trail Quake 2012 So named because it travels the San Andreas Trail, Trail Quake offers trail 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 16, at Sanborn County Park, 16055 Sanborn Rd., Saratoga. 8 a.m., $34-$68. BrazenRacing.com

Tri for Fun Part one 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 for experienced triathletes. Relay option available. Sat., June 16. 7 a.m., $65. (Other dates: Sat., July 21, and Sat., August 18.) OnYourMarkEvents.com

Wild Boar 10K and Half-Marathon Organizers say "it doesn't get much better than this coastal ridge trail run." Put their claim to the test while running along rolling single-track trails high up on Mt. Tamalpais. Sun., June 24, at Mt. Tamalpais State Park, 801 Panoramic Hwy., Mill Valley. 8 a.m., $40-$55. EnviroSports.com

ZombieRunner San Francisco From Crissy Field to the Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point, and beyond, this half-marathon and 10K hit a lot of San Francisco highlights. Sat., June 16, at 1199 East Beach, Presidio of San Francisco. 8 a.m., $40-$50. CoastalTrailRuns.com


Alcatraz Challenge Aquathalon and Swim Yet another opportunity to make like a convict and escape from Alcatraz, plus a rare opportunity to race across the Golden Gate Bridge. Swim distance totals 1.5 miles, plus 7 miles on foot. Sun., July 22, at the East Beach of Crissy Field in the Presidio. Relay option and swim-only registration also available. Youth and adult divisions. 8 a.m., $55-$170. TriCalifornia.com

Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim Put this one on your calendar for 2013; once again, it sold out months ahead of race day. A challenging race for experienced open-water swimmers, the event is limited to 800 entrants. Or, swim the exact same 1.5-mile course via swim-only registration at the Escape from the Rock triathlon one month later. Sat., July 28. 8:50 a.m., $105-$150. SharkfestSwim.com

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 28, at the Lake Chabot Marina. 8 a.m., $29-$60. BrazenRacing.com

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 28-29, at Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina. 10 a.m., free. HighlineKites.com

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, 3.1-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 7. 7 a.m., $33-$95. BrazenRacing.com

Donner Lake Triathlon Offered in both sprint and Olympic distances, this triathlon 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. A kids' triathlon is also offered. Sun., July 15, at West End Beach, Donner Lake, Truckee. 7 a.m., $30-$150. BigBlueAdventure.com

Eppie's Great Race This "no-swim" triathlon, now in its 39th 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 21, at Rod Beaudry Dr. and Folsom Blvd., Sacramento. 8 a.m., $15-$175. TheGreatRace.org

Fall River Century Ride through spectacular Northeastern California scenery in a valley situated between Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta. Four course options: 200K, 100 miles, 100K, and 25 miles. Preceded by a pancake breakfast and followed by a three-course meal. Sat., July 21, in Fall River Mills. 7 a.m., $25-$45. FallRiverCentury.com

Golden Gate Trail Run Beginning at Rodeo Beach, this race offers views from the Marin Headlands of Tiburon, San Francisco, and that famous bridge. Sat., July 14. 8 a.m., $30-$65. CoastalTrailRuns.com

Healdsburg Harvest Century Bicycle Tour An annual tour — not a race! — through the heart of Sonoma County wine country, a region named by magazine as one of "The Seven Greatest Rides on Earth." Three distances available: 60, 37, or 23 miles. Includes two rest stops and a gourmet barbecue lunch. Proceeds benefit the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. Sat., July 21, at Simi Winery. 6:15 a.m., $70-$90. Healdsburg.com

Hernia Hill at Twisted Oak Visit the small town of Vallecito, located near historic Murphys along Highway 4, for this event featuring a half-marathon, 10K run, and 5K run/walk. Post-race barbecue. Sun., July 1, at 4280 Red Hill Rd., Vallecito. 8 a.m., $35-$45. OnYourMarkEvents.com

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