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February 2, 2012 8:06 AM
Does anyone know of some fun, unique, and interesting 5ks? I'm just getting in to running, and anything that is off-the-wall will help motivate me to participate!

I already know about the Warrior Dash (http://warriordash.com/) and the Color Run (http://thecolorrun.com/), but does anyone know of any others?

Feel free to post them no matter where they are. I personally am looking for ones in Illinois or the surrounding states, but this forum can be used as a ground for anyone to get ideas for fun races!
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February 2, 2012 8:10 AM
Calgary, Alberta, Canada- Energizer Night Race is fun- 5 km or 10 km runs at night along the water. You get a head lamp in your running kit and there is music and lit up performers along the way.
February 2, 2012 8:10 AM
http://www.keepaustinweird5k.com/
http://www.hotchocolate15k.com/dallas/
http://www.heelsandhills.com/
http://espnwwos.disney.go.com/events/rundisney/tinker-bell-half-marathon (this one passed but there is always next year).
others at: http://www.active.com/running/
  6812573
February 2, 2012 8:23 AM
All those runs look so awesome! If only they weren't so far away :(.

I did find a few interesting sounding ones in the STL area as well:
2012 Run for the Chocolate (http://bigshark.com/about/2012-run-for-the-chocolate-pg822.htm)
The Sandmind Challenge (http://www.sandminechallenge.com/)
Ruckus (http://www.runruckus.com/)
  13581142
February 2, 2012 8:26 AM
Zombie race (similar to the spartan races):

www.runforyourlives.com
  2642304
February 2, 2012 8:56 AM
Edmonton, Alberta - There is a fundraising 5K where you have to wear a gorilla suit for the 5k

http://edmontongorillarun.com/
February 2, 2012 9:41 AM
Found another neat one:
http://www.fireflyrun.com/
  13581142
February 2, 2012 9:47 AM
The beach Dash is the same company that does the Warrior Dash

http://beachdash.com/register2012_galveston.php
February 2, 2012 10:22 AM
I'm planning on doing the Tough Mudder in Ohio in April. It looks INSANE!

http://toughmudder.com/
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February 2, 2012 10:27 AM
Run for Chocolate 5K
http://bigshark.com/about/2012-run-for-the-chocolate-pg822.htm
Racers will be categorized by age and relationship status.Please identify if you are one of the following:

Bachelor
Bachelorette
Off the Market Men
Off the Market Women
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Chocolate Finishers Medals and Hot Chocolate at the end!
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February 2, 2012 10:32 AM
http://zombiebuffet5k.com/
Not sure where the locations are yet, but they will be released this month.

http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=97 (St. Paddy's 5k)
http://www.bunnyrock5k.com/
http://www.downanddirtymudrun.com/
http://www.hotchocolate15k.com/chicago/
http://www.bastilledayrunchicago.com/
http://www.facebook.com/Oktoberfest5KRun
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February 2, 2012 10:41 AM
I haven't done this one. But it's on my bucket list:

http://www.ozendurance.net/resolution_run.html
February 2, 2012 1:07 PM
QUOTE:

I'm planning on doing the Tough Mudder in Ohio in April. It looks INSANE!

http://toughmudder.com/


Holy sh!t that looks intense.
  13581142
February 2, 2012 1:09 PM
Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! I'm discovering more and more races I want to participate in, which is excellent!

Feel free to post more as you come across them!
  13581142
February 6, 2012 11:43 AM
I just want to say thanks for bringing my attention to the Warrior Dash! I signed up this weekend, and I am looking forward to it!
  6812573
February 6, 2012 11:52 AM
Disneyland and Disneyworld both hold multiple races each year. I'm doing the Disneyland 1/2 in September and the Color Run in April. The Runforyourlife just made me bust up laughing.
You can also try calling local running clubs and shops-they probably have calendars with your local runs.
February 6, 2012 12:08 PM
This weekend a friend and I will be doing a valentines 5K fun run. I found it two weeks ago by searching on Google for 5K/10Ks. I was suprised how many different ones there were in the Puget Sound area. Many of them were also fundraisers for non profits which makes it even better.
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February 6, 2012 12:12 PM
QUOTE:

http://espnwwos.disney.go.com/events/rundisney/tinker-bell-half-marathon (this one passed but there is always next year).

I did this one last month (see my profile pic). It was awesome to run in the parks after closing and get to see all of the back lot areas.

I'd suggest watching Active.com for local races or do a Google search for local running sites in your area. There are lots of fun 5Ks out there involving zombies, obstacle courses, pets, holidays and other themes. Most of them are also for charity which is a bonus.
  5282428
February 6, 2012 12:26 PM
5k or 10 k at the airport runway at night (runway lights are on)
February 6, 2012 12:27 PM
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February 6, 2012 12:29 PM
I live in Wi, so not too far from you. I am doing the fit elite freak 5k in Sept........google it, its in Eau Claire and there is a tough mudder in MN this summer and a few other ones that incorporate mud and obstacle courses.....so much dang fun!
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February 6, 2012 12:32 PM
The Color Run: http://thecolorrun.com/

depends where you live..

I am doing the Disney 1/2 Marathons and there are 5K and 10k versions of those at Disneyworld and Disneyland
  1067310
February 6, 2012 12:32 PM
I wish they had this in Boston!

QUOTE:

Run for Chocolate 5K
http://bigshark.com/about/2012-run-for-the-chocolate-pg822.htm
Racers will be categorized by age and relationship status.Please identify if you are one of the following:

Bachelor
Bachelorette
Off the Market Men
Off the Market Women
Cougar Woman 40+
Serial Dater Men 40+ (Manther)

Chocolate Finishers Medals and Hot Chocolate at the end!
February 6, 2012 12:33 PM
http://cupidsundierun.com/
http://www.krispykremechallenge.com/

I'm running Warrior Dash in April. Can't wait for it. Going to be a blast.
Edited by myak623 On February 6, 2012 12:37 PM
February 6, 2012 12:35 PM
I'm hoping to do my first 5k in October...the Disney World one..and yeah, Rundisney.com has all their half marathons & 5ks on there. REALLY want to do the color run in chicago in june but not sure if I can find anyone to make the trip with me!
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