Running in Middletown

40% Off Tap 'N' Run Beer Race

Tap 'N' Run

Cincinnati

$75 $45

Runners don wacky costumes during 4K race, sipping beers along the way at chugging stations and downing two brews at the finish line

Up to 50% Off The Colorful 5K – Graffiti Run

The Graffiti Run

Kentucky Speedway

$50 $25

Runners dash along a 5K course while splattering one another with nontoxic color powder

Up to 42% Off at the 5K Foam Fest

5K Foam Fest

Kentucky Speedway

$85 $49

Racers tackle 15–30 obstacles, such as mud pits and foam-covered Slip 'n Slides, then move on to other muddy games at an after-party

Up to 51% Off Training Program at RevolutionX

RevolutionX

Fairlane Center

$50 $25

Whether you want to run a 5K or a marathon, this 3-month program sets you on the right track with custom training plans and group runs

40% Off Entry to 5K Glo Run

Glo Run - Indianapolis

Downtown Indianapolis

$65 $39

Lights and high-energy music enhance the nighttime fun run's route; entry comes with a fluorescent T-shirt and accessories

Up to Half Off Color in Motion 5K Entry

Color in Motion 5K

Indiana State Fairgrounds

$50 $25

Runners in white are playfully pelted with safe, biodegradable color powder that turns their clothes purple, blue, and yellow

Up to 52% Off Entry to ColorFoam5k

ColorFoam5k

Celebration Plaza - White River State Park

$46 $23

As runners make it through the course, they encounter colorful sprays of water and foam, making for a fun time in the name of charity

Select Local Merchants

Tac Force Challenge tests the strength of racers by putting them through the rigors of an adventure 5K obstacle course designed by power lifters, martial-arts experts, and special-operations professionals. The muddy, muscle-straining course houses 31 obstacles, such as rope walls, river dashes, unbalanced beams, log trips, and tunnels that force runners to use all their strength and jet-pack fuel to reach the finish line. Participants begin their first race ranked as a Private and advance closer to General as they complete each run. This progress is saved in the Tac Force database, which catalogs completion dates so that the government knows whom to call in the event of a sweaty-bicep shortage.

3677 Anthony Lane
Franklin,
OH
US

Zoom Multisport Racing encourages triathlon and duathlon racing in the Midwest with events that welcome athletes ranging from average to elite. Its signature race series is the Zoom Triathlon & Duathlon Championship Series, which hosts three races spread across the summertime. During each event, competitors swim through 1,000 yards of open water in Caesar Creek Lake (or run 2 miles for the duathlon), bike through 18 miles of Warren County, and run across 4 miles of dirt and concrete pathways in Caesar Creek State Park. Since each race is identical, athletes can track their progress by the change in time it takes to complete each race and number of hot dogs they can consume afterward without going cross-eyed. Zoom Multisport also teams up with Trimble Triathlon Multisport Coaching Services to offer the Couch to Competition training plan, designed to help chisel beginning muscles into Grecian works of art.

8570 Route 73
Waynesville,
OH
US

RiverScape MetroPark is one of 25 outstanding facilities operated by your Five Rivers MetroParks system. Founded in 1963 to serve the greater Dayton area, MetroParks protects over 15,000 acres of open space and provides year-round recreation, education and conservation opportunities. Today, Five Rivers oversees biking and hiking trails, campgrounds, and scenic locales for things like ice skating and cross-country skiing.

600 E 2nd St
Dayton,
OH
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.

1601 S Edwin C Moses Blvd.
Dayton,
OH
US

Students should bring: Mat, dumbbells, bottle of water, and towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Established: 2007
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot

Q&A with Brian Calkins, President/Owner

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We believe that fitness should be fun and inspiring. We believe that every woman should be healthy and fit, full of energy and enthusiasm for life, and look and feel fantastic! We believe that in order to get fit and healthy, all you have to do is ask your body to do just a little bit more than what it’s accustomed to doing, regardless of your current shape, size, age or ability. Adventure Boot Camp provides workouts that foster fun, support, community, accountability, inspiration, and teaches women how to look, feel, and perform their best in life.

Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain”? Why or why not?
I do not. In fact, I think in the context of today’s “box” gyms, pushing intensity beyond capability, is completely stupid and entirely unnecessary. Does that mean exercise is easy? Of course not. Exercise must be smart in that it meets the participant at her level, and it progresses at her pace, based on her unique characteristics. Because the opposite is true too. The same ole routine, day in and day out, leads to stagnation, boredom, and no results. There’s a fine balance between exercise that is too hard, and workouts that are too easy in that they are a waste of time. Adventure Boot Camp has perfected that balance, we call the sweet spot in fitness.

Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility?
Clients come to our facility for workouts that are fun. They come to our facility for leading edge education on fitness, health, and nutrition. And they build lifetime relationships within our community.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
My approach to fitness has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, and I have been honored as one of the nation’s top 50 personal trainers by the American Association of Personal Trainers. I have been a local media consultant in the area of health and fitness for the past 8 years.

4700 Smith Road
Cincinnati,
OH
US

Donning their whitest T-shirts, The Cincinnati Color Palooza participants gather for a 3-mile fun run through downtown Cincinnati, during which they’ll be doused in a rainbow of nontoxic powdered hues cast into the air by enthusiastic volunteers. At the end of the run, competitors are granted their own colored powders to lob at friends, race organizers, and black-and-white television sets sitting in their attics. Runners are encouraged to keep the celebration going at the nearby Cincinnati Pride festival in Sawyer Point Park, where there will be beer, live music, and family activities. Those looking to run for a good cause can create a fundraising page for Color Palooza’s charity partner, Susan G. Komen Greater Cincinnati Association for the Cure, which helps in the fight against breast cancer. The The Cincinnati Color Palooza is free for children 7 and younger.

807 Broadway St
Cincinnati,
OH
US