Parkway Half Marathon


A great way to start a Saturday morning is with a run along our beautiful American River Parkway. The folks at Sacfit, a local running and walking group that offers training programs for all fitness levels, know this, so seven years ago they started the Parkway Half Marathon, which takes participants along . . . wait for it . . . the American River Parkway for 13.1 scenic miles. The seventh annual event takes place Saturday, May 4. (Yes, Saturday. A nice change as most marathons and half marathons take place on Sundays.) The event is open to runners and walkers, with separate courses and start times for each group. It’s a well-organized event with several aid stations, cheerleaders, bands and—at least in past years—fun motivational signs along both courses to keep you going. The best part, perhaps: It benefits the American River Parkway. And did I mention? The finisher’s medal is pretty nice.

Sign up for the race Thursday or Friday at Fleet Feet Sports, 2311 J St. in Sacramento or on Saturday morning at the race, which begins at William Pond Park, 5699 Arden Way in Sacramento. The fee is $75.

Now, you might be thinking, “That’s all well and good but I am not exactly trained to run or walk 13 miles and the event is Saturday.” Are you up for a 5K? That’s 3.1 miles. If so, register at the above locales on the above dates. The fee is $35. Or, go out and cheer the runners and walkers; I can assure you they’ll appreciate it. Log on here for more information and to see photos of the course.

What: Parkway Half Marathon
When: Saturday, May 4
Where: American River Parkway
Cost: $35 to $75