As the weather starts to cool and runners of all ages begin moving their training outside, it’s easy to get bored with the regular running events and 5k fundraisers in every hometown. Be sure to mark these fresh races on your calendar to keep motivated and moving! Here are some of our favorite 5k running events and races around the country.
The Color Run
The Happiest 5k on the planet is becoming an American staple for families, colleges, and running clubs around the country. The Color Run is more of a party than a race, and at every kilometer, runners are greeted with a safe and edible color blasted onto the course! By the end, racers look like walking tye-dye! So wear your whitest whites and form a team today!
For those on the adventurous side, feast your eyes on the Warrior Dash! Dress up as a Trojan, a Viking, or even as Mulan in this running event and face the obstacles ahead! Choose between three types of warriors (virgin, casual and ultimate) and start training today. The obstacles in the Warrior Dash work all the muscles in your body. Once you are done feeling like a Greek God(dess), you can rest well knowing you helped donate to St. Jude’s Hospital in the process.
Run with Goofy, Mickey and all your favorite princesses in these 5k races. Sign up for the family Fun Run next January and motivate your whole family to live a healthy lifestyle. Run around the world at Epcot and spend the weekend in the Happiest Place on Earth. It’s hard not to find motivation on this course when you are greeted with Disney entertainment around every corner!
As winter inevitably creeps closer, sign up with family and friends for Turkey Trots around the nation. Last year, Houston, TX hosted the largest thanksgiving runbenefiting Sheltering Arms Senior Services. This is one of the best running events to kick off the holiday festivities with the whole family and to help others on this special day.
The Naked Foot 5k
Get your kids moving! Run barefoot and donate your extra shoes to Soles4Souls. Soles4Souls delivers shoes to people in need all over the world! For beginners, this is also a great place to enhance your form. The whole point of this race is to get active, get healthy and have fun! For runs where you don’t need to run barefoot, try getting Plantar Fasciitis Insoles for a more comfortable run.
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