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



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Golden Gate Trail Run Beginning at Rodeo Beach in Sausalito, this race offers views from the Marin Headlands of Tiburon, San Francisco, and that famous bridge. Five distances offered. Sat., July 12. 8 a.m., $40-$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 Bicycling magazine as one of "The Seven Greatest Rides on Earth." Three distances available: 60, 37, or 23 miles. Includes two rest stops and a barbecue lunch. Proceeds benefit the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. Sat., July 19. 6:30 a.m., $65-$85. Healdsburg.com/biketour

Hernia Hill at Twisted Oak Winery Visit the small town of Vallecito, located near historic Murphys along Highway 4, for this unique event featuring a half-marathon, 10K run, and 5K run/walk. Post-race lunch and wine tasting. Sat., July 5, at 4280 Red Hill Rd., Vallecito. 8 a.m., $35-$40. OnYourMarkEvents.com

Pacifica Trail Run Tackle distances of 10K, 21K, 30K, or 50K on scenic trails nestled between the Santa Cruz Mountains and the foothills of Pacifica. Sat., July 12, at San Pedro Valley Park, Pacifica. 8:30 a.m., $35-$80. PCTrailRuns.com

Pleasant Hill Firecracker 5K Fun Run 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. A 100-yard dash for kids will also be held. Proceeds benefit local schools. Fri., July 4, at 45 Crescent Dr. 8 a.m., $25-$40; free for children under seven. 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. Sun., July 13, at 20103 Lake Chabot Rd., Castro Valley. 8 a.m., $11-$30. EdenMedCenter.org

San Rafael Twilight Criterium Described as a "nightclub on wheels," this 1-kilometer criterium runs through downtown San Rafael. Sat., July 26, at 4th St., San Rafael. 1:30 p.m., $25-$30. SRT.ProjectSport.com

SPASM Lake Chabot Trail Run The popular trails encircling Lake Chabot host this new race sponsored by Southbay Pain and Sports Medicine. Distances from five miles to 50K. Sat., July 19, at the marina of Lake Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley. 8 a.m., $40-$65. CoastalTrailRuns.com

Tahoe Trail 100K MTB Race A 100K (62-mile) mountain bike race on top-quality Lake Tahoe Trails. Team and 50K options also available. Starts and finishes at Northstar at Tahoe. Sat., July 19. 7 a.m., $75-$120. TahoeTrailMTB.com

Tiburon Triathlon The 24th running of the Tiburon Triathlon, presented by the Tiburon Fire Department and benefiting 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. Team option available. Sun., July 27. 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. Half- and full-distance AquaBike (i.e., no run) races also offered. Sat., July 26, at Johnson's Beach, Guerneville. 6:30 a.m., $375-$475. 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 and already sold out for 2014. No relay option. Sun., July 14, at Johnson's Beach, Guerneville. 6:30 a.m., $295-325. Vineman.com

Woodside Half-Marathon and 5-Mile Run through redwood and oak forests above the town of Woodside. Sat., July 26, at Huddart Park, Woodside. 9 a.m., $40-$55. EnviroSports.com


Aloha Celebrity Races and Polynesian Festival Designed for novice paddlers, these races, now in their 22nd 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. 24, at the Santa Cruz Wharf. 11 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. 16, at the Tiburon Ferry Dock, 21 Main St., Tiburon. Ferry departs 8 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., $39-$70. BrazenRacing.com

California Kids Triathlon One of the United States' largest kids' triathlons, this event is intended for children ages three through eighteen, 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. 3, at Arroyo Park, 2000 Shasta Dr., Davis. 8 a.m., $30-$45. ChangeofPace.com

Cinderella Trail Run Head to Joaquin Miller Park, one of Oakland's most beautiful spots, for a 5-, 13.1-, 18.6-, 26.2-, or 31-mile run. Sat., Aug. 16, at Joaquin Miller Park. 8 a.m., $40-$65. CoastalTrailRuns.com

Crystal Springs Trail Run More redwoods, ferns, and gorgeous vistas from Coastal Trail Runs. Five race distances from five miles to 50K. Sat., Aug. 9, at Huddart Park, Woodside. 8:30 a.m., $40-$65. CoastalTrailRuns.com

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