Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fun to Run Races

After starting my half marathon training last week, it got me thinking how much better I train and eat when I'm working towards something.  Here are a few of the races I think are fantastic.  Many of them are run [no pun intended] across the country - so check out some of these links:

Borrowed Heaven

Run Disney
Location: Orlando, FL or Anaheim, CA
Type of race: kids' races, 5ks, 10ks, half marathons, and marathons
Why? Come on! Disney music, stops for character photos, and running through castles? Yes, please!
Races completed: Walt Disney World Half Marathon, Tinker Bell Half Marathon, Neverland 5k, Wine and Dine Half Marathon [signed up for November 2013], Jingle Jungle 5k [signed up for November 2013]

Color Me Rad

Location: Over 100 across the country
Type of race: 5k
Why? Run with your friends and get pelted with corn starch color ever kilometer
Races completed: Hartford 2012, Hartford 2013, Providence 2013 [signed up for September 2013]

Electric Run

Location: 40 locations across the country
Type of race: 5k
Why? Run at night through lighting with synchronized music, and of course rock out to a dance party afterwards.
Races completed: Hartford 2013

Warrior Dash

Location: Over 40 across North America, Europe, Asia, and Austalia
Type of race: 5k
Why? Run through the mud through 17 obstacles.  If you can't find one in your area, Rugged Maniac races are similar! 
Races completed: none yet!

Tough Mudder

Location: Over 50 across North America, Europe, Asia, and Austalia
Type of race: 10-12 miles
Why? The warrior dash, but on steroids - 28 obstacles here!
Races completed: none yet!

Diva Dash

Location: 10 cities across the U.S.
Type of race: 5k
Why? Imagine a warrior dash, but just for us ladies! There are 10-12 obstacles that focus on strength, speed, ropes, maze, and balance.  
Races completed: I am so sad this is the same day as a work event! 2014 FOR SURE. 

Krispy Kreme Challenge

Location: Raleigh, NC
Type of race: 5 miles
Why? After running 2.5 miles, you eat a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts, and then run back the 2.5 miles!
Races completed: Get me to NC!

Run For Your Lives

Location: 20 locations across the country
Type of race: 5k
Why? Get chased by zombies over, under, and around obstacles.  Bonus, if you don't want to run, you can sign up to be a zombie!  And either way you get a free beer afterwards!
Races completed: CT's version in a month!

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k

Location: 14 locations across the country
Type of race: 15k or 5k
Why? When you finish this winter run, you get tons of hot cocoa and a big cup of melted chocolate with plenty of goodies to dip in it!
Races completed: You come anywhere in New England and I'm there!

Run For A Charity
Location: All over
Type of race: 5ks and up
Why? Running is awesome, but when you can give back, that's even awesome-r!  There are tons of races all over the place for charity.  I signed up for emails from Active and hear about tons of great races each week!
Races completed: BlumShapiro 5k [$10 of my registration went to my amazing kiddos - how cool is that?]

Virtual Race
Location: Anywhere!
Type of race: 5ks and up
Why? Not like racing with others?  This would be perfect for you!  There are tons of virtual runs online [usually for a charity]: some with specific dates, some with a month span to complete the mileage, some that track your progress, and some that go on the honor system, but all fun!  Tons of these can also be found on Active.
Races completed: Jedi Challenge Virtual Run for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society


Jen said...

I think all of these are awesome!!!! :) I am so ready for my first half marathon in a month. :)

Holly said...

The Krispy Kreme Challenge and the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k sound awesome! Maybe I'm just hungry or something...
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Rachel said...

I like the idea of the races with obstacles. I'm not a very strong runner, but it would be fun to at least try to conquer different obstacles!

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Unknown said...

It is great that you are a runner! I show a lot of interest in sports. I am from Jamaica. I am now following your blog in several ways. I found your blog on the Comment Promise Blog Hop. All the very best in your races.

Much Ado About Somethin said...

I love your list! I JUST started getting into running and want to do a 5k this fall. Thanks for sharing!

Rachel said...

Great list! We did the Warrior Dash a few years ago and it was fun but really hard!! Another virtual race to check out- Rebecca's Run! Fellow blogger Rebecca's sister started this to help her raise money for her cancer treatments- http://www.rebeccasrun.blogspot.com/

P.J. said...

Some of those races are pretty wild. I've always wanted to see the Warriors Dash or Tough Mudder, if not just for taking photos. Might even be fun to do one and somehow where a video camera.

As for that Krispy Kreme one ... oh my. That might be dangerous!

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing! I am starting up with 5k this fall and will be doing a color me rad in November. Have heard of a few of these but definitely checking out the others! Thanks :)

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