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Boasting muddy obstacles and live gladiators who attempt to slow down competitors with impromptu jousts, the Tough Dash isn’t your average weekend 5K race. As participants trek through mud pits and strength-testing obstacles, microchips track their time, adding a fun competitive edge to the event. The runners aren't the only ones who get to join in the fun, however; spectators are encouraged to soak runners and unfortunate pedestrians who accidentally took a wrong turn with water balloons and water guns. A post-race celebration regales runners with food, beverages, and prizes for the top male and female times and the best costume. Proceeds from this event benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital.
Before Zombie Buffet 5K, the zombie apocalypse was simply a tall tale played out in movies and among survival enthusiasts. Now, the deliciously horrific fantasy has been realized in the form of a fun and challenging 5K. First, runners must choose a side—either traverse the course as a runner, or move about the infected habitat as a sprinting or roaming zombie.
Each runner gets two health flags, which zombies try their undead best to steal. When runners lose both flags, they become zombies and must then hunt down their fellows in search of other flags. The zombie with the most flags in each starting wave wins and goes home with the happy knowledge that they are the fittest of the unfit. The top three runners in each wave who finish with at least one health flag still intact will win the running division.
Regardless of their alignment, all participants get swag such as a Zombie Buffet 5K T-shirt, a silicone bracelet, and dog tags, but the running winners and zombie winners are bestowed additional secret grand prizes.
Whether you know it or not, you've probably already spent some time preparing for Roundhouse Racing's 5K Foam Fest. Perhaps you've zoomed down a playground slide? Or dived onto a backyard Slip 'N Slide? Grownup versions of these childhood challenges make up many of the 15–30 obstacles in this 5K race, challenging contestants to slide down a 40-foot "Death Drop" and skid across an impressive 50-foot Slip 'N Slide.
Running through them all are pits and pools of foam and mud, as far as the eye can see. Thankfully, the challenges bring ample rewards at the finish line—namely a medal, a beer, unlimited temporary tattoos, and still more messy activities. Away from the race, participants can leap into foam pits while kids bound inside bounce houses, gleefully imagining what kind of rug would really tie the place together.
Inspired by the La Tomatina festival in Spain, Tomato Dodge is a combination 5K run and food-fight extravaganza. During the fun 5K, runners skirt tomato pits and ambush zones. Once across the finish line they strap on goggles and arm their hands with juicy produce. The large-scale tomato-hurling exhibition exclusively makes use of tomatoes that are over-ripe and too old to sell, giving them a final hurrah rather having them wind up directly in the trash. Every participant will receive a T-shirt, sweatband, and decal upon check-in. See Tomato Dodge's FAQ page for additional information.
There's just one rule at The Color Fight, a 5K run that benefits local charities and nonprofit organizations: participants must wear white. That's because white fabric is ideal for showcasing the colorful powders—made from biodegradable food-grade starch—that runners jog through at each kilometer of the event. The powders fill the air like brilliant clouds, covering joggers head-to-toe in a rainbow of hues. At the end of the 3.1-mile event, which has no official winners or finish time, participants can toss handfuls of powder through the air in a playful color-fight.