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August 22, 2012
Get ready to run or walk at Saturday's Race for the Arts

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You can walk, you can run or you can cheer from the sidelines and urge on the crowd of serious (and not-so-serious) walkers and runners.

You choose your own speed at Saturday's 14th annual Race for the Arts, beginning with a 5K run-walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday (timed by D Tag), followed by Kids Fun Runs at 9:30 a.m. Registration opens at 7 a.m. at shady William Land Park, 15th Avenue and Land Park Drive. Or stop by Fleet Feet for an entry form (2311 J St., 916-442-3338). Cost is $15 to $30.

After the walking-running is over, stay for the arts festival featuring music, continuous entertainment, assorted munchies, and 40 interactive booths centered around drama, live music, dance and art. Look for a special performance by the band AZUAR. Check out the Instrumental Discovery Zone, make a hat, get your face painted and learn some new dance steps. Also on site: Drewski's Hot Rod Kitchen food truck, and the Sacramento Public Library's bookmobile.

Race for the Arts is a fund-raiser to benefit California's non-profit visual, performing and cultural arts organizations, and school music, drama and art programs. Choose which organization you wish to benefit from your pledges. Pledges are not required to participate in the race.

This year, the Sacramento Philharmonic will dedicate its Musical Petting Zoo to the memory of musician and volunteer Marlene Grass.

For more information: (916) 933-4056,

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