Run for fun

Top run/walks not to miss

35th annual Fourth of July 5-Miler

A free 5-mile run/walk to celebrate Independence Day. Sign in is 7:15-7:45 a.m., the kids’ half-mile race begins at 7:45 a.m. and the 5-mile race begins at 8 a.m. Free. Su, 7/4, 7:45am. Glen Hall Park, 5415 Sandburg Drive, at the intersection of Sandburg and Carlson drives;

Eppie’s Great Race

The 37th annual no-swim triathlon for individuals and teams featuring a 5.82-mile run, 12.5-mile bike ride and 6.35-mile paddle along the American River Parkway in Rancho Cordova and Sacramento. There also is a kids’ duathlon. $25-$330, depending on entry date and category. Sa, 7/17, 8am. American River Parkway, Rod Beaudry Drive;

Alzheimer’s Aid Society Memorial 5K Run/Walk

The third annual 5K run/walk from East Lawn Memorial Park through the Fabulous 40s neighborhood and back. There also are quarter- and half-mile kids’ fun runs. $25 for adults before July 18; $30 for adults after July 18; $16 for kids. Sa, 7/24, 8:30am. East Lawn Memorial Park, 4300 Folsom Boulevard;

Pear Fair Run

A 5- and 10-mile cross-country race along back roads, pear orchards and vineyards in the Sacramento River Delta. There also is a free half-mile race for kids at 7:30 a.m. $25 for adults, $20 for those under 18 by July 20; $30 for adults, $25 for those under 18 on race day. Su, 7/25, 8am. Bates Elementary School, 180 Primasing Avenue in Courtland;

Blood, Sweat and Beers Trail Run

A run in the American River Canyon along dirt mountain trails and canal systems, and over hills, rocks and roots. There is a long course (10.4 miles, with an elevation gain of 2,914 feet) and a short course (5.7 miles, with an elevation gain of 1,773 feet). Those who survive can enjoy post-race beers. No race-day registration. $40. Su, 8/1, 8am. Railhead Park, 123 Recreation Drive in Auburn;

Susan B. Anthony Women’s 5K Run 2010

A scenic, flat 5K run/walk for women only. $25 until July 30; $35 after July 30; $10 for students 22 and under. Sa, 8/14, 8:30am. Glen Hall Park, 5415 Sandburg Drive, at the intersection of Sandburg and Carlson drives;

Race for the Arts

The 12th annual race benefits nonprofit performing, cultural and visual arts organizations and school-based art, music and drama programs. There will be a 5K run/walk at 8:30 a.m. and a variety of kids’ fun runs beginning at 9:30 a.m. $25 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and under by August 11; $30 for adults, $15 for kids after August 11. Pledged donations accepted. Sa, 8/28, 8:30am. William Land Park, 3800 S. Land Park Drive; (916) 441-1751;