Trade the flip-flops for sneakers at one of these summer races.
The waiver for the Burning River 100 Mile Endurance Run requires racers to sign off on potential risks such as exhaustion and heat stroke. But if you're up for it, the course is a beauty, winding from Squire's Castle to Cuyahoga Falls. Want something less extreme? We've got you covered.
Spirit & Swag
Ovarian cancer survivors will take part in a rally and tribute before the morning start of the Outrun Ovarian Cancer 5K. Pre-register and you could win an iPod Touch. Aug. 28, 7:50 a.m., Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland, hermescleveland.com
Ready, Set, Drink
Take part in the Oktoberfest 5K Bier Run and you'll gain free entry to the 2010 Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest. Prost! Sept. 6, 11 a.m., Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, 164 Eastland Road, Berea, clevelandoktoberfest.com
The Heat is On
The Summer Scurry offers both 10K and 5K races, but the coolest part of this dog-days-of-summer race is the optional Slip 'N Slide finish line. Aug. 14, 8:30 a.m., 6700 Brecksville Road, Independence, summerscurry.blogspot.com
The Devil's Playground
If running 100 miles isn't on your bucket list, come out anyway and support local diehards from the sidelines. July 31, 5 a.m., Squire's Castle, North Chagrin Reservation (accessible via Chagrin River Road), Willoughby Hills, burningriver100.org