Running in College Station

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It's a 5K that's "more fun than run." In fact, contestants don't have to run at all. They can run, walk, skip, stroll, or even stroll while pushing a stroller. At the Color Up 5K in College Station, there are no timers and there's no pressure. The only thing a contestant needs is a partying spirit, sunglasses or goggles, and preferably a white shirt to serve as a cotton canvas for the trek's frequent explosions of technically edible cornstarch colors. With plumes of technicolor fumes that would inspire Francis Scott Key descendants to pen another tune, the Color Up 5K sends friends and families on a kaleidoscopic quest punctuated by giggles and gentle chromatic showers.

Besides the glee of fellowship between contestants, the post-race color party also benefits community-based charities. Color Up 5K donates $5 from every race fee to Keep Brazos Beautiful.

1015 Colgate Drive
College Station,
TX
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The creators of the The Colorful 5K use the term ?run? very loosely. Less of a race, and more a celebration of the human spirit, The Colorful 5K encourages participants to dash, dance, prance, skip, cartwheel, or walk the course as they douse each other in vibrant hues that span the full spectrum. Each run also donates a portion of proceeds to a local charity, which range from Special Olympics affiliates and scholarship funds to city cleanup and beautification projects.

1015 Colgate Drive
College Station,
TX
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Racing Humans events pit earthlings against 5 kilometers of treacherous terrain riddled with hills, hurdles, and enough mud to make a bathtub look into early retirement. During spectator-friendly adventures, racers are challenged with a strenuous course, but must conquer a series of obstacles as well, including crawling under barbed wire, swimming across lakes, and high stepping over stacks of logs. Course officials keep feet moving along the route, and afterward, an awards ceremony recognizes the day's fastest competitors and best costumes. Racing Humans also hosts 1-mile events for youngsters aged 7–14, during which kids surmount obstacles without help from their parents or answers from the back of the teacher’s book.

15100 Interstate 45
Conroe,
TX
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If you want to find catfish, alligator, and frog legs all in one place, your best bet is the swamp. But if you want to find all three animals plus carnival rides and live music, then you'd be better off heading to Conroe in October. For 25 years, the Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival has celebrated cooking traditions from the Lone Star State and its adjacent bayous, with gumbo and sausage to complement crispy fillets of its namesake fish.

Songs are almost as plentiful as snacks. On three stages and a performance space for kid-friendly shows, the fest showcases beloved bands playing sets that range from country to Beatles covers. Carnival rides, craft booths, and contests fill the rest of the fest with family-friendly activities, such as mechanical-bull rides and a non-mechanical petting zoo.

101 South Main Street
Conroe,
TX
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While the Dash of the Titans course is just 5 kilometers long, there are a lot of factors that a simple statement of distance doesn't take into account. It doesn’t reflect, for instance, the extra distance runners cover when scaling vertical walls, the jolt of adrenaline they experience before leaping over a flaming hurdle, or the upper-body strength necessary to crawl commando-style through a pit of mud with barbed wire hovering overhead. These and other military-style obstacles transform this 5K run into a grueling assault on runners’ willpower, endurance, and spotless white sneakers. The chip-timed race grants awards to the fastest runner in each age group, and entrants can also compete for best costume.

15215 Hillside Park Way
Cypress,
TX
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It all started with one Girl Scout. Demme Durrett was just a freshman when she founded the Human Rights Walk & Festival, a gathering that would eventually turn into her Gold Award project and draw more than 2,000 people. At the event's heart is an all-ages and handicapped-accessible walk that gives participants fresh air and an education in the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights via an outdoor exhibit of artwork, posters, and essays that illustrate the U.N.'s 30 Basic Human Rights. But the walk is only the beginning of this outing, which also features live music, guest speakers sharing inspiring stories, and festival activities for the entire family.

2099 Lake Robbins Dr.
The Woodlands,
TX
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