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At the Zombie Rampage 5K Run, the horror and excitement of the mythicized zombie apocalypse comes to life at Stephens Lake Park. Runners choose whether they want to be zombies or humans. Humans get a head start and attempt to outrun zombies looking to "infect" (tag) them and take their human cards. In turn, zombies must safeguard their health flags, which can be stolen by humans or other zombies. At the end of the race, the fastest human wins, and the zombie who infected the most humans while maintaining at least one health flag wins. Throughout the course, runners can avail themselves of first-aid stations or hydration stations as the need arises. All proceeds from the Zombie Rampage 5K Run benefit the University of Missouri Rowing Club.

2001 E Broadway
Columbia,
Missouri
US

The second annual Samantha Folkemer Memorial 5K Run/Walk/Dog Walk challenges participants to run or walk in honor of Samantha Folkemer, an assistant attorney general and mother who succumbed to colon cancer in 2012. Sponsored by the Mid-Missouri Young Lawyers Association, the walk will take place at Stephens Lake Park, and proceeds will go to the Washington University School of Medicine Oncology Division to support genetic-cancer research.

Stephens Lake Park
Columbia,
MO
US

It’s only 5 kilometers long, but the Zombie Survival Dash, as the name might suggest, is a bit more than the average run. As runners tagged with timing chips for tracking, placement, and action shots make their way toward the finish line, they're also equipped with three flags representing their health. Meanwhile, the course's stretch is littered with both traditional obstacles and costumed zombies who block, stumble, and chase runners and attempt to steal their health flags.

All the while, spectators look on, as every half hour a wave of 300 survivors is unleashed upon the course. Then, spectators, survivors, and zombies retire hand-in-hand to an all-day after party with live music and entertainment, just like at the end of a real zombie movie. Vendors dispense food and drink as partiers participate in zombie-themed fair activities such as faux-grenade tosses and body-bag drags.

Rabbit Ln.
Robertsville,
MO
US

In September of 2009, Get U Moving Fitness's founder, Yokasta, got herself moving after gradually gaining weight for a handful of years. She started running and taking Turbo Kick classes, which combine kickboxing and dance moves. Yokasta became so hooked on her new lifestyle, she decided to share that experience with others and opened Get U Moving Fitness. Along with teaching her favorite class, Turbo Kick, Yokasta and her husband also help runners plot training plans for 5Ks, marathons, and sprints to beat their spouse to the remote control.

5055 Highway N
Cottleville,
MO
US

The Glo Run’s 5K fun run event always takes place at night, but it doesn’t seem like it. The course is lined with black lights and lasers, and runners sport glow-in-the-dark gear from t-shirts to sunglasses. On-course DJs add to the festivities, blasting tunes as the untimed participants run, walk, or dance to the finish line. Even more DJs await them there at the glow-in-the-dark after party, which lights up the night better than a raccoon that's swallowed a flashlight.

14047 Manchester Road
Ballwin,
MO
US

CrossFit Valley Park's instructors combine lifting, gymnastics, and resistance training to achieve full-body fitness. They implement a variety of tools, such as rowing machines, kettlebells, and medicine balls, and mix up routines daily. Changing exercises keeps boredom away, and the array of motions used preps participants for all physical endeavors. It's a system that can easily be scaled to each member's fitness level, as well. Before starting courses, instructors conduct comprehensive introduction processes that include a beginners' class and an evaluation of clients' current condition and movement limitations. They also keep classes small to ensure everyone receives detailed instructions and personal attention.

814 Saint Louis Ave
Valley Park,
MO
US