Races to Put the Fun Back in Your Run
If running doesn’t seem fun or interesting enough, then we’ve got news for you. It’s not that you’re doing it wrong, you’re just not doing it at the right time or place. This summer there is a roster of running events that are breathing new life in to the sport and helping to grow the number of road racers. From glowing in the dark to climbing through mud, there’s a race out there for everyone.
Recently, in Kansas City, the Brew to Brew took relay teams on a 44.4 mile trek from Boulevard Brewing Company in KC to Freestate Brewery in Lawrence, Kansas (home to KU). This weekend kicks off an 11-city tour of the Run For Your Lives 5K, where participants will have to outrun zombies in an apocalyptic-themed race.
If zombies can’t make you run, we aren’t sure what will!
Here are some of the biggest “themed” races that you can join all summer and even in to the fall, depending on where you live. They’re no doubt challenging, no amount of DJs or powdered paint can take that away, but the spirit of these events is fun, playful, and encouraging. We hope you’ll find the race that’s right for you and run all the way to the finish line!
The Color Run is billed as the happiest 5K on the planet. If you’ve never done a 5K race, this is an easy one to start with, as it’s not timed and is meant to be a great time for everyone. Runners must dress in white at the starting line, and then at each 1K marker from start to finish they’ll be blasted with a safe colored paint-like dust. By the time you cross the finish line, you’ll look like a neon rainbow head to toe! More on The Color Run.
The Warrior Dash is certainly not for the faint of heart, nor the beginner. Surely its more than one million participants worldwide would attest to that. You’ll get muddy and may even get burned as you run through this extreme 5K obstacle course. There are 65 races planned around the globe for this year and each course’s 12 obstacles are a little different, but mainstays include fir for mud pits, barbed wire, and scrap yards of wreckage.
The Tough Mudder falls under the endurance race category, with a 10-12 mile run that is known as the “toughest event on the planet.” Obstacles designed by the British Special Forces earned that esteemed title. Camaraderie outweighs finish time as you scale climbing walls, mud pits, fire, and more. Don’t blindly walk in to any of these races, but certainly properly train for this one.
The Glow Run will light up summer nights in the plains this year as the inaugural event kicks off in August. The start time for this 5K is at 8:00 p.m. and runners are encouraged to deck themselves out in glow in the dark clothes, glow sticks, and glow paint to run a black light-lit course full of DJs and fun surprises. The only time you should worry about at this race is how good it is.