North America

Sacramento, CA

Sacramento is the capital of the U.S. state of California. It is at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River in the northern portion of California’s expansive Central Valley. Known as the cultural and economic core of the Sacramento Metropolitan area, it is the fourth largest metropolitan area in California. This is our guide to the best places to run in Sacramento, California.

The district of Old Sacramento harkens back to the city’s Gold Rush era, with wooden sidewalks and wagon rides. One of several museums in Old Sacramento, the California State Railroad Museum depicts the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, one of the country’s earliest technological feats.

Due to the city’s high vulnerability to floods, much of the land to the west of the city is permanently reserved for a vast flood control basin. As a result of this, the greater metropolitan area sprawls only four miles west of downtown, but 30 miles northeast and east, into the sierra Nevada foothills, and 10 miles to the south into valley farmland.

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Folsom – Lake Natoma Loop

Sacramento, CA

Folsom is a beautiful suburb about 25 miles northeast of Sacramento. Lake Natoma is one of the iconic places to run in Folsom. This 11.8 mile loop is moderately trafficked, and features beautiful wild flowers.
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Sacramento is known for its Mediterranean climate, which is characterized by damp to wet, yet mild winters, and hot, dry summers. Temperatures range from 46.4 degrees F in December, to 75.5 degrees F in July. October through April is generally known as the “wet season.”

Known as the “delta breeze,” the summer heat is often moderated by a sea breeze which comes through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta from the San Francisco Bay.

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Sacramento has a fairly compact downtown, with numerous places to stay. The nice thing about staying downtown, is that nearly all of the routes are accessible on foot. While you may want to call a quick cab, depending on what part of the downtown area you’re staying in, the only significant public transportation you’ll be taking is back from the Sacramento Northern Bike Trail route.

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Running Stores and Group Runs

Downtown

Fleet Feet Sports: Group runs Tuesdays at 6:00PM. Runs leave from the Sacramento store location. 3 to 5 miles routes available.

Outside Downtown

REI – Periodically host group trail runs. For specific dates see REI Trail Run Club.

The Running Zone – For information on group runs, see The Running Zone Running Club.

Blue Diamond Almonds Shamrock’n Half Marathon – Sacramento  Happens around March

Fleet Feet FREE Holiday Classic 5K – Sacramento. December

The Color Run – Sacramento.  Summer

The Color Run is the world’s first COLOR 5k event. Founded in March 201, this event promotes healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to participate in the “Happiest 5k on the Planet.”

Birthday Run – Sacramento.  This super fun “birthday” run is a 5k trek with lights, lasers, party hats and lots of wonderful surprises! A great running event to attend with family or friends.

Fro Yo Run – Sacramento. Summer

This event offers both 5k & 10k routes along the river. It is a flat, fast course designed with PRs and scenic river views in mind.