Are you a runner? Or are you a fun runner? Everyone has a different reason for running, but if yours involves having the maximum amount of fun while racking up miles, then this is the sport for you! Everyone says that running is an isolating, individual sport… but that’s only true if you don’t socialize your run shoes. You’ll get a lot of that and so much more at these fun, bizarre, crazy, and ridiculous 5Ks up to marathons.
From running for FroYo to scarfing down cupcakes at each aid stations, these races have a little more to offer than your typical start-to-finish-get-a-medal-go-home run. Bring a friend, your sense of humor, and zero inhibitions and prepare to cross the finish in a blaze of glorious hilarity.
If you’ve read The Oatmeal, an irreverent comic that tells life how it is, then you’re familiar with his character The Blerch. In September and November 2015 there are three races in Washington, New Jersey, and California where you can do a 10K, half or full marathon. You can also beat the Blerch, “a fat little cherub that follows me when I run,” says creator Matthew Inman. Folks in Blerch fat suits chasing everyone through the course, large quantities of cupcakes and Nutella at each aid station, free race photos, and so many more goodies.
Will you run for FroYo? You’ll get your chance at 13 races across 7 states March through July. Billed as a summer party for the family, this race is a seriously good time. There are costume contests, fastest stroller contests, a gummy bear toss, a contest who can eat their customized up of FroYo the fastest, and FroZones — chilly, misty tunnels to cool off throughout the course.
Don your facial hair proudly at this 20-city race that also offers virtual participation. The race supports men’s health issues and Movember, but is an equal opportunity, “slightly irreverent” 5K. Mustache contests, costume contests, and face-painting for those who don’t naturally wear a mustache are all available.
No one parties like they do down in New Orleans, and this race comes with all the rated R shenanigans you’d rightly expect from this Cajun town! They are fast to point out this is an adults-only, 21-and-up party, which kicks off on Friday with a red lingerie run. Team names are generally NSFW, which may be all too predictable for a “drinking club with a running problem.” Thus, the copious amount of beer that come with the registration. These renegades have donated more than a million dollars to local charities in the last several years.
Running geeks meet superhero geeks at this runDisney event, held in November at Disneyland. This isn’t just a race, as Disney has a weekend’s worth of events planned to complete immerse you in the Avengers experience. Dress in costume, attend a night time pasta party, run alongside your favorite characters, be greeted by many more surprised and thrills. Plus, the Avengers finisher medal is a pretty slick souvenir.
Plan Ahead for 2016
Here are a couple of races that were too good to not go ahead and put on your calendar now. May the force… and the hops… be with you!
It’s Chicago’s play on Alaska’s epic dog race — only it’s done in the streets with humans as doggies and a grocery cart as a sled. Boston, Brooklyn, and other cities around the country host their own versions of these urban shopping cart races. Costumes for the runners and grocery carts decorated more like parade floats (and filled with 65 pounds worth of food to donate!) set the scene as teams of five race down the city streets for prizes and notoriety. It’s whimsy at its best.
Disney bought the rights to a galaxy far, far away so that you can stay close, close by for an epic run. While the entry fee is $200, and sells out faster than you can say Wookie, it’s fast becoming one of the most coveted racing bibs in the country. The race weekend is an unbeatable party that includes a kids race, 5K, 10K and an obstacle course Rebel Challenge. Costumes are not only welcome but strongly encouraged. Make your resolution now and prepare your running ships.
Spend spring in the hilly part of the plains as you bolt from Boulevard Brewery in Kansas City to Free State Brewery in Lawrence, Kansas. It’s a 44.4 mile relay that begins and ends with fresh microbrew with a whole lot of beautiful scenery and friendly camaraderie in the middle. Your team of two to ten runners will assemble in a single vehicle to carry the non-runners who will shout encouragement all the way.