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Recreation Calendar 2012

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

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JailBreak Run So named because it begins with a lap around the Santa Rita County Jail in Dublin, this 5K/10K footrace hosts around 500 runners and walkers each year. The event is coordinated by the Alameda County Sherriff's Office and benefits Special Olympics Northern California. Sun., July 22, at 6289 Broder Blvd., Dublin. 8 a.m., $10-$35. OnYourMarkEvents.com

Pacifica Trail Run Head south of San Francisco on Highway 1 and find yourself in the cozy town of Pacifica, where Pacific Trail Runs hosts 9K, 21K, 30K, and 50K races through coastal hills, past a waterfall, and up North Peak, which overlooks the Pacific. Sat., July 7, at Walnut Grove Picnic Area in San Pedro Valley Park. 8:30 a.m., $35-$75. PCTrailRuns.com

Pleasant Hill Firecracker 5K Run/Walk Looking for something different to do on Independence Day? This 5K run/walk leads through downtown Pleasant Hill along the same course as the Fourth of July parade, which begins immediately after the race. Runners make three laps around the course. Mon., July 4, at 45 Crescent Dr. 8 a.m., $20-$35; free for children under 7. PHJuly4.com

Run to the Lake This benefit for Eden Medical Center's Trauma Center features a 5K run/walk, a 10K run, and a 50-yard kids' dash. The course heads from Eden Medical Center to Lake Chabot Regional Park and back. Also features a free health expo from 7:30-10 a.m. Sun., July 8, at 20103 Lake Chabot Rd., Castro Valley. 8 a.m., $11-$30. EdenMedCenter.org

San Bruno Mountain 5K/12K Organized by the Dolphin South End Runners, San Francisco's oldest running club. Run a series of trails on San Bruno Mountain, starting and finishing at the picnic area inside San Bruno Mountain Park. Sun., July 22. 9 a.m., $3-$5; free for children under 10. DSERunners.com

San Francisco Marathon The only race to run the roadbed of the Golden Gate Bridge (instead of the sidewalks), the San Francisco Marathon features a full marathon, two half-marathons (runners can choose which half), and a 5K. The full course starts and finishes on the Embarcadero near the Ferry Building and encircles the northern half of the city. And don't forget the Munchkin Kids Run. Sun., July 29. 5:30 a.m., $25-$145. TheSFMarathon.com

Stinson Beach Trail Run Four hilly, scenic courses (12K, 25K, 37K, and 50K) travel up from the ocean at Stinson Beach via the famous Dipsea Trail, affording excellent views. Sat., July 15, Stinson Beach Park in Marin. 8:30 a.m., $40-$75. PCTrailRuns.com

Tiburon Triathlon The 22nd running of the Tiburon Triathlon, presented by the Tiburon fire department and benefitting the Tiburon Volunteer Firefighters Association, takes place around Belvedere Community Park and features a half-mile swim, a nine-mile bike ride, and a two-mile run. Relay option available. Sun., July 29. 7:30 a.m., $75. TiburonFire.org

Vineman Full Triathlon Established in 1990, Vineman is the oldest independent Ironman-distance triathlon in the continental United States. It's also no joke, with a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run. Sat., July 28, at Johnson's Beach, Guerneville. 6:30 a.m., $425-$450. Vineman.com

Vineman Ironman 70.3 Triathlon Consider this the Half-Vineman; it includes a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile ride, and 13.1-mile run through Sonoma County wine country. Limited to 2,300 entrants. No relay option. Sun., July 15, at Johnson's Beach, Guerneville. 6:30 a.m., $305. Vineman.com

August

Alcatraz "Escape from the Rock" Triathlon This 32-year-old San Francisco tradition begins with a 1.5-mile swim through sixty-degree water from Alcatraz Island to the shore, transitions via a four-mile "warm-up" run to a thirteen-mile ride, and concludes with a 5K run. Limited to 400 participants. Relay option and swim-only registration also available. Sat., Aug. 25. 7:40 a.m., $125-$220. EnviroSports.com

Aloha Celebrity Races and Polynesian Festival Designed for novice paddlers, these races, now in their 20th year, offer a chance to discover the excitement of outrigger canoe racing. After the races, visit the Polynesian Festival for a taste of the tropics. Sun., Aug. 26, at the Santa Cruz Wharf. 9 a.m., free. CityofSantaCruz.com

Angel Island 12K and 25K Circumnavigate Angel Island once — or twice, for the longer run — and enjoy panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, Marin County, and the East Bay. Sat., Aug. 18, at the Tiburon Ferry Dock, 21 Main St., Tiburon. 8:30 a.m., $55-$60 (includes ferry fee). EnviroSports.com

Bear Creek Half-Marathon/10K/5K A scenic, hilly race on fire roads and single-track trails throughout Briones Regional Park. All three courses are loops. Organized by East Bay running club Brazen Racing. Sat., Aug. 18, at Bear Creek Staging Area, Bear Creek and Briones rds., Martinez. 8 a.m., $29-$60. BrazenRacing.com

California Kids Triathlon One of the United States' largest kids' triathlons, this event is intended for children ages four through seventeen, regardless of athletic ability or prior triathlon experience. The six different courses and distances are designed to be achievable for all athletes and are presented in a non-competitive format. Sun., Aug. 5, at Arroyo Park, 2000 Shasta Dr., Davis. 8 a.m., $40-$50. ChangeofPace.com

Dammit Run 2010 This annual race, now in its 39th year, starts on the Los Gatos High School track and along a creek, progresses over a series of wooded hills, and finishes with a downhill descent and another flat. Proceeds benefit Los Gatos High School. Sat., Aug. 11, at 20 High School Ct., Los Gatos. 8:30 a.m., $15-$40. LosGatosDammitRun.com

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