Regardless of where you live, you’re bound to be able to find multiple opportunities any given weekend to participate in some sort of run. Charity runs, theme runs, runs with a unique twist (did you know in Hawaii you can participate in a run wearing nothing but your underwear?!?)…there seems to be a run for everyone in this sport!
Runitfast.com listed their Top 15 Unusual Races. Here are our favorites from that list, plus one of our own – happening in Athens in just a couple weeks!
5. Warrior Dash/Tough Mudder
The Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder are both national events with multiple locations and are a new breed of race that’s less about your finishing time, and more about providing a challenging experience that you can brag about later. The Warrior Dash is a 3-4 mile event with milder obstacles (walls, mud, fire pit, etc.) while the Tough Mudder is a little more serious business. Tough Mudder courses vary in length from seven-twelve miles and feature 17-20 obstacles that encompass everything from running up a hill while being sprayed by high pressure fire hoses to running through live electrical wires. An estimated 20% of racers don’t finish a typical Tough Mudder event.
4. The Color Run
At the color run, participants start out in all-white, head-to-toe, and finish decked out in a spattering of bright, dazzling color. How it works: At each kilometer of the race, runners are blitzed by volunteers, sponsors, and staffers with a new color – 1K is yellow, 2K is blue, 3K is green…a “color extravaganza!”
3. Krispy Kreme Challenge
Let’s start with the stats – 2.5 miles out, one dozen doughnuts in, another 2.5 miles back. Oh, and do it in under 60 minutes. At 2400 calories consumed per competitor, the Krispy Kreme Challenge is a gloriously gluttonous affair. But don’t fret, it’s also a worthy charitable event (all proceeds go to the North Carolina Children’s Hospital).
2. Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
The Happiest Place on Earth just got a whole lot sportier — with a full range of Disney-themed races, including a marathon, half-marathon, and a very “Goofy” 5K family fun run. Tour the theme parks, collect high-fives from Disney characters, and pose for plenty of photo ops along the way.
1. Chick-fil-A Connect Half Marathon
Athens, GA will host the 1st Annual Chick-fil-A Connect Half Marathon on April 5, 2014. Runners from across the southeast will dress up like cows, stampede the streets of the Classic City, and compete against each other for $8,200 in cash prizes. The race benefits Athens’ own Habitat for Humanity by helping build the 80th Habitat home in the area.