Now that summer is upon us, you may be wondering how to get that beach body in shape for the summer heat. Fear not! Crazy 5k races are springing up all over the country and they’re sure to kick your workout routine into high gear. It doesn’t matter what sort of runner you are, these runs are purely for pleasure! Check out all the wacky courses and themes:
The Color Run: Have you ever seen the Ke$ha music video for her song “Take it Off?” You know, the one with the colored powder flying everywhere? Whether or not you’re a fan of the song, you have to admit…it looks like fun. Now add in that craziness to a 5k and you’re left with the basic concept of the Color Run! Held in major cities all over the country this summer, the only rule of this race is that you must wear white! Volunteers throw a powdery (non-toxic) color mix at you the entire 3.1 miles. The finish line consists of a giant color fight! No one leaves this race without looking like a tie-dye shirt.
The Warrior Dash: This run, as its name suggests, is not for the faint of heart. The “battleground” consists of 3.1 miles of obstacles like jumping over fire, swimming across a river, and crossing a finish line while crawling through mud…under a barbed wire fence. The Warrior Dash is held all across the country (and even in the UK and Australia for those studying abroad!), and obstacles vary by location. If you can make it to the finish line, you’ll be greeted by a giant turkey leg, Viking garb and a giant party. One thing for certain, you’re going to get really dirty.
Run For Your Lives: Similar to the Warrior Dash, this race consists of 3.1 miles filled with mud and obstacles. There’s just one small addition— there will be flesh eating zombies on your tail that want to eat your brains. All runners are given a belt with flags at the start of the race, and like an overly intimidating game of flag football, the zombies will try to steal your flags. Make it out of the course with at least one flag left, and you win, zombies lose. This race is great for those who may still be upset The Walking Dead season 2 is over (like me!).
Remember, no matter what shape you’re in, one of these races will probably be for you. Get colorful, muddy, and fight those zombies!
Written by Guest Blogger, Katie – Akron’s 5K Fanatic