Once the prime location for fortune seekers during the gold rush of the pioneer age, West Sacramento can still offer you that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow as the location of the Blue Diamond Almonds Shamrock’n Half Marathon. Runners can enjoy the mild weather and scenic views of the city’s Sacramento River as they pace themselves along the course. The race starts from Raley Field and will take runners across the iconic Tower Bridge, along the Capitol Mall, down 7th Street, through R Street and near Crocker Park before winding back around to Raley Field for the finish.
Participants will start in waves, so the course doesn’t get too congested. Wave groups will be set ahead of time and are assigned according to each runner’s pace. Wave 1 begins the race at 7:45 am, wave 2 begins at 8:00 am and wave 3 at 8:15 am. Kids can join in on the fun on Saturday, March 10th at 8:00 am for the Kids’ Leprechaun Dash ½ mile for those 12 and under only. There is also a 5K and 10K walk on Saturday at 8:15 am.
You can get into the Shamrock’n spirit for the race by dressing up in your best St. Patrick’s Day gear. Don’t forget to wear plenty of green so you can join in on the merriment and fun of this party-like atmosphere.
There will be plenty of action and entertainment while the race is going on. The event has a full lineup of live bands playing throughout the race to keep spectators and runners celebrating throughout the weekend. This year’s lineup includes artists such as The Polyorchids, the City of Trees Brass Band, The Pikeys, Hot City, Mondo Deco and many more.
The purpose of this race is to help provide support to cancer survivors and get them back into a new routine after their treatment. This event benefits the Triumph Cancer Foundation. The foundation helps cancer survivors by designing a 12-week fitness routine to help them rejuvenate their bodies after treatment. Cancer survivors pay nothing for the fitness services and program.
WHEN: March 11, 2018
WHERE: West Sacramento, CA
HOW: Register here: https://www.athlinks.com/event/158355
While you’re in the area, either before the big race or right after, you can check out some of the unique attractions in the region. One popular activity is to visit the California State Railroad Museum and take a look at the antique steam cars and trains from the height of the western expansion in California. You can even try panning for gold at their interactive exhibit.
Throughout the race, there will be sweat checks for runners to drop off layers of clothing. Aid stations and water will also be positioned in various parts of the course to help racers keep going. Participants also get a cool swag bag and extras such as a complimentary beer, a shirt and a ticket to a RiverCats game.