I have participated in A LOT of 5Ks, a smattering of longer distances races, and one half marathon. I really don’t like running, but I love the fun runs! I think it goes back to my love of the theme party. Besides, running is good for you! I like it best though, when there is a reason to dress up, and a reward at the end! When I did run the half marathon, the way I trained for it was by signing up for every race I could along the way. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I’m going to focus today on The Color Run. There is a reason they call it the “Happiest 5K on the Planet”! I have run in similar runs (The Color Dash being one of them), but I found this to be an absolute blast!
The music is great, everyone is cheerful, and you get to collect colors as you go through each station. I think that aspect of it really breaks apart the course. At the end, there is a big party at the finish line (and again with more good music), where the crowd simultaneously throws up more color in the air together in waves. Did I also mention there was a unicorn there that danced to techno? Two of my favorite things. Running was totally secondary!
The The Electric Run was a lot like the Color Run, but at night with glow sticks instead of colored powder. The course was amazing and the finish line dance party was the best I’ve ever seen at a 5K ;). It could easily be my favorite race.
Here are a few other that I really like
-Bloomsday. In Spokane, WA this is a famous 12K where people come from all over to take part in. The whole community comes out to help cheer you on along they way. Best part? Running to the finish line with the theme song from Rocky blaring through the speakers.
-St. Paddy’s Day Dash. Just what you think it is, a whole lot of Luck o’ the Irish.
-Jingle Bell Dash. So festive! Have to watch out for loose jingle bells rolling under your feet though!
-Spartan Race/Dash. Was such a fun day, but not one I want to do on the regular. I guess I don’t like to get dirty as much as I thought I would.
-Rock n Roll Marathon Series. For those that actually enjoy long distances, I think this is as good as it gets. The hardware is brag worthy and (Almost) makes me want to do more to collect more!
Some people like to run for the pure joy of it. I need a little extra motivation, and love the 5-12K races. Whatever it takes to be active right? What motivates you to run?
Glow Sticks and Sneakers~
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