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Jenkinson Lake is the site of Run on the Sly races Sunday.
Jenkinson Lake is the site of Run on the Sly races Sunday.

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.

ROAD

Golden Arches Run 1 Mile, 10K, 5K

When: 7:50, 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 16

Where: Capitol Mall and Fourth Street, Sacramento

Cost: $16.50-$32

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.

Info: http://changeofpace.com/events/golden-arches-run/

TRAIL

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

Cost: $40-65

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.

Info: www.runonthesly.com

UPCOMING

Golden Valley Harriers Labor Day Races 10K, 5K

When: 8:45 a.m. Monday, Sept. 7

Where: Central Park, downtown Davis

Cost: $28

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.

Info: http://www.goldenvalleyharriers.org/labor-day-race

Sam McManis

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