"We had a phenomenal Golden Arches Run last year where we had over 1,000 runners from throughout Northern California join us for a spectacular event. We are super excited this year to bring it back with a couple of new additions to make it more fun and exciting, and raise some funds for both Shriners Hospitals and Ronald McDonald House Charities," said Harris Liu, a McDonald's restaurant owner in Sacramento. "McDonald's wants to put on a fun, healthy event for families where they can participate in a beautiful run through Sacramento and then enjoy some of our food items once their run is finished."
As runners cross the finish line, they will have the opportunity to try some McDonald's food items that will be available. Participants will be able to try McDonald's cheeseburgers, apple slices, chocolate milk, and Go-Gurts. McDonald's will also have a smoothie truck available where Mango Pineapple and Strawberry Banana Smoothie samples will be distributed.
The Golden Arches Run will include a variety of fun surprises for participants that follow the McDonald's theme. There will be water stations throughout the Run called "Run-Thru's" that will mimic a standard McDonald's Drive-Thru. The Hamburglar will start the Race and each runner who outruns the Hamburglar will receive a prize from the local McDonald's restaurants. Each runner will also receive a medal that will come in an iconic red Happy Meal box.
The Golden Arches Run will also provide a Race Expo at the finish line that will feature booths from a variety of different sponsors who are supporting the event. Runners can come and enjoy free food and visit all of the sponsors who will be on hand with giveaways and information for participants and their families.
Most importantly, proceeds from the Golden Arches Run will go to two very worthy causes in the Sacramento area – Shriners Hospitals for Children - Northern California and Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California. Shriners Hospital is a world-renowned children's hospital that provides highly specialized care and rehabilitation to children with congenital conditions and complex medical needs regardless of the ability of the patient or family to pay. The Ronald McDonald House Charities is a "home away from home" for the families of sick children who are in need of a place to stay while their child is receiving treatment at any of the local hospitals in the Sacramento region. Ronald McDonald House Charities provides housing for the families of children who are admitted at Shriners Hospital showcasing how the two charities work collaboratively to provide a great need for sick children and their families.
"We are excited the Run is coming back this year here in Sacramento, and we hope it will continue to grow in the future," stated Liu.
About McDonald's in Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto
There are over 170 McDonald's Restaurants in the Greater Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto Area, owned and operated by more than 54 franchisees. McDonald's is the world's leading global foodservice retailer with over 36,000 locations in over 100 countries. More than 80% of McDonald's restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter (@McD_NorCal) and Facebook (Facebook.com/McDonalds).
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