I have always believed in having fun while you are working out since working out should be enjoyable. With this is mind one of my favorite past times these days include finding unique and exciting 5ks to run. In my searches I have compiled a list of some really interesting races that are a ton of fun for anyone-even if you do not consider yourself to be an avid runner.
A very interesting race nationwide that involves obstacles, twists and turns, and of course running zombies! In this race you can choose to be a survivor or a zombie. While running zombies try to take your flags from your waist. Once your flags are gone you too become a zombie. This would be a great race for a group of friends to watch over each others shoulders and try their hardest to make it to the finish line with at least one flag left. You can register for this one at www.RunForYourLives.com.
This run is for fun lovers only. You run this 5k however you choose and as you reach different points in the race be ready to be covered in different colored powder. Expect to be a nice rainbow color once you finish. Feel free to walk, run, skip, and dance your way through color. This race is not timed since it is all for fun. You can expect to see many people running the course several times to get more color! You can sign up for this race at www.thegraffitirun.com.
Ah the warrior dash. This race is your classic dirty, gritty, obstacle course. Be prepared to crawl in mud, climb over walls, and even jump over fire. But don't let the name fool you. This race is filled with characters who will also take their time with this one and even dress up in costumes for the race. If you want an excuse to play in the mud, this race is the one for you. You can sign up for this one at www.WarriorDash.com.
The Foam Run
Another mud loving obstacle course, this race does one thing that the Warrior Dash does not; Clean you up after! After several obstacles of mud, low water and even barb wire, you can expect to get sudzy with foam and even a water slide. A ton of fun race and you can take your time if any of it gets too challenging. You can sign up for this race at www.5kfoamfest.com.
Neon Splash Dash
This list would not be complete without a night run. Similar to the Graffiti run, you come to the race in all white, but instead of colored powder, be prepared to be covered in a neon glow water while running which will make you glow in the dark..literally. They provide you with glowsticks and other cool glow gear as well to light up the night as you do this run. You can sign up for this race at www.NeonSplashDash.com.
I know the idea of running is not fun for everyone, but what I've learned is that running is 20% physical and 80% mental. If you believe you cannot do it, than you won't. But if you believe you can do, you will run like it's nobody's business. Of course if there are health reasons for why you should not be running that plays a factor as well, but I feel most people are running a fun 5k. I encourage you to check them out, you may just like it!