When it comes to cyclic groups, they don’t continuously circle the Loop like the Running Man in Neo Tokyo. Many times they venture out. Just as us Runner’s didn’t just stick to our loop. As Kei Miura once said in an interview: “On weekend nights the touge, expressways, piers and downtown streets were like racing circuits.” Indeed they were.
Around this time of year I always end up watching throwback races on Guia Circuit. Rewatching them made me reminisce of a time when I was still living in Sacramento, and PVT Matt’s distributor blew while exiting Q street. I drove out to him while he waited for his tow. As we stood there I thought to myself how dope it would be if there was a road course like Guia Circuit out here.
Later that week I plotted the course out in my head. Here is the layout of the track.
Start/Finish line will be on Q street and 3rd.
The following photos will be of the turns (Follow the circuit on Google Maps if you like. IF you live in Sac, go drive it!):
Left onto 5th Street, and you’ll fly by Matt’s old apartments.
Left onto Capital Mall and over the tower bridge.
First left onto Riverfront.
Sharp right onto Mill.
Sharp left onto 5th/South River Road
Right onto Business Loop 80
Then back onto I5 North to exit Q Street to the finish line.
I cruised this route before in the past. Without all the stops, it would be a dope course. It doesn’t have as many turns as Guia, but River City Run is all along the Sacramento River, just as Guia is along the coast. When driving this course, you will pass some monuments and great views. Give is a drive if you’re a local, you won’t be disappointed.
Oh and by the way, it’s also beside something else…
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I am far from being local to Sac, but man I’d like to take a weekend trip and drive this route, take in the visuals, and see what my ED hatch can do around this course. Thank you for sharing your hometown run.