Running in Auburn

Select Local Merchants

Typically, when people have friends or family in town, they show off their city by cramming in as many attractions and sights as possible. The four brothers behind the Sasquatch Relay take that approach to its logical extreme, orchestrating 75- and 190-mile relay races that spotlight their native region of Puget Sound. The trek leads teams of 6 or 12 in a one- or two-day journey through the shadows of Mount Rainier and the Northwest's sea of evergreens. At a party at the finish line, runners celebrate and share their surprise over how much shorter Sasquatch looks in person.

PO Box 581
Kent,
WA
US

Presented in part by Dan Clark, also known as Nitro, of American Gladiator fame, the Gladiator Rock'n Run is a unique and challenging event, pairing an obstacle-heavy running course and an attempt at breaking the record for the world?s longest mud pit with post-race entertainment, including beer, music, and food. Those prepared to race must dance through tires, army-crawl through mud, and clamber up rope ladders to avoid barrels thrown by giant apes. The roar of spectators rings throughout the course as bystanders cheer on runners to inspire strong finishes.

31001 144TH AVE SE
KENT,
Washington
US

Cosmic Run provides a multisensory experience that pushes the limits of participants' imaginations with a mind-bending journey through a setting flush with dance music and fluorescent pops of color. As you run, witness futuristic, animated lighting effects before dancing the night away as world-famous DJs spin. During the festivities, you become a part of the cosmic canvas as glowing lights fill the space and the crowd takes on their otherworldly bright hues.

110 9th Avenue Southwest
Puyallup,
WA
US

Each year, Mud Factor plows into towns across the country towing along a fun, yet challenging 5K course full of obstacles and mud to trudge through. Costumes are encouraged for runners who like to rock their own style.

16805 64th Street East
Sumner,
WA
US

Established: 2010

Reservations/Appointments: Recommended

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours

Brands Used: Nike - Gatorade - Garmin - GoPro

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: 5K Color Runs and Fitness Coaching

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Though some participants choose to run and others to walk, everybody who participates in the Color Dash experiences a transformation. As participants make their way through the 5K Color Dash and UVSplash courses they are subjected to bursts of color; additional events include Zombies by Color Dash, which adds the undead to the equation. Though the color will wash away, the memories will remain forever in the minds of all participants who aren't goldfish. Proceeds from Color Dash events benefit local children's charities and organizations.

Fort Lewis
Tacoma,
WA
US

There's more than one way to glow, and Luminate 5K has a bunch of them: glowing necklaces, glowing eyeglasses, and other pieces of bright apparel that runners can wear. But the nighttime race's most spectacular light show happens at the finish line. There, runners and spectators celebrate at an after party that resembles a Chinese lantern festival, where decorative lanterns illuminate the crowd of revelers. It's at this point that the participants can take out their LED balloons?one of several souvenirs that comes with entry?to write a wish on its surface and launch it into the sky.

As you might gather from the spirit of its after party, the race itself focuses more on fun than rankings. People can run, walk, or even amble with a stroller, and they can deck out themselves and their baby carriages in neon or LED items. Those who would like to know their time can purchase timing chips for $5 or pay a friend to jog alongside them and count off the seconds.

8714 87th Ave. SW
Lakewood,
WA
US