Running for health and exercise is virtuous, but sometimes you just want to pin on a bib number and race against hundreds of others. Here’s our weekly best bet for races of various lengths and surfaces.
Golden Arches Run 1 Mile, 10K, 5K
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When: 7:50, 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 16
Where: Capitol Mall and Fourth Street, Sacramento
Reason to Run: This is an inaugural run, benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Northern California, so be prepared for a lot of McDonald’s branding. The finisher’s medal comes in a little red box, not unlike a Happy Meal.
Run on the Sly 50K, 20 Mile, Half-Marathon, 12K
When: 7:30-8:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 16
Where: Fresh Pond, off Highway 50 near Pollock Pines
Reason to Run: This is the final race of Fleet Feet Sacramento’s summer trail triad, and it arguably is the toughest. The 50K and 20-mile races make a lovely, though long, loop around Jenkinson Lake – with a great stream crossing, assuming there is water still – and the half-marathon and 12K involve a lot of climbing, as well.
Golden Valley Harriers Labor Day Races 10K, 5K
When: 8:45 a.m. Monday, Sept. 7
Where: Central Park, downtown Davis
Reason to Run: This is a good race to gain a personal record, considering Davis is the flattest city in America – or so it seems. A unique aspect is that runners from Davis’ sister city, Inuyama, Japan, come to compete, and bring taiko drummers with them. Proceeds benefit local cross country teams.