Running in Palm Valley

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Throngs of excited runners crouch along the starting line, all dressed in pristine white T-shirts. As the Color in Motion 5K begins, the sea of bodies sets off along the course, where handfuls of purple-, blue-, and yellow-colored powder start flying in from the sidelines. The safe concoction of cornstarch and dye sprinkles onto faces, shirts, shorts, and skin, dressing runners in a technicolor haze. Teams or individuals make their way through the 5K course, and finish the race wearing a pallet of washable and biodegradable paint. Each race partners and benefits local charities, with racers running individually, in teams, or sponsored by their favorite Crayola color.

110 Marketside Ave
Ponte Vedra,
FL
US

There's a secret to reaching the finish line of The Flavor Run: follow the smell and taste of fruit. That may be easier said than done, though, because fruity aromas will be everywhere. The 5K course is lined with stations where volunteers and flamethrower Randy Johnson launch handfuls of colorful fruit-flavored corn-starch powder at passing runners. The purpose of the flavoring? The run's FAQ page notes that "it doesn't make your mouth feel like you just ate a handful of sand." As for the purpose of the run, proceeds from the day's festivities, which include a post-race party, go toward helping local charities.

110 Marketside Avenue
Ponte Vedra Beach,
FL
US

Crowds of people wearing white T-shirts, tutus, and old wedding dresses race through the streets during the Funk N Run 5k. They wear white because a rainbow of colors will pelt their clothing during the event. It's not totally necessary to wear white, though; the colored-cornstarch dye will show up on garments of all hues, including black yoga pants. This untimed, noncompetitive race is known for its celebratory party atmosphere, but that's not the only reason to attend; the charitable event also works to give soldiers and their families memorable homecoming experiences.

245 Nocatee Center Way
Ponte Vedra,
FL
US

The Splash Dash Margarita Race rewards runners who complete its 3.2-mile course with?what else?an icy margarita. Non-alcoholic versions also make their way into the party so that anyone age 21 and younger can also raise a glass. Besides its signature beverages, the event will also feature an array of food from local vendors. Best of all, the race benefits Hubbard House, an organization that shelters victims of domestic violence.

100 Marketside Avenue
Ponte Vedra Beach,
FL
US

Personal trainer Lori Paris doesn't just praise her clients to motivate them. She's convinced the ocean to cheer them on with roaring waves and refreshing spritzes of saltwater. Paris takes workouts into the great outdoors, leading boot camps and yoga classes on local beaches. Here, sand cushions your shoes during running drills and holds hands in place during downward dogs. Paris draws upon several NASM certifications to impart strength-training fundamentals, which take the shape of push-ups, planks, and dumbbell exercises. During one-on-one training, Paris targets the client's goals with custom-built workouts that incorporate stretching, toning, and cardio. In addition to hosting outdoor exercise sessions, Paris coaches personal-training clients in their homes, online, and during tug-of-war matches between rival kennel clubs.

10th Ave. S
Jacksonville Beach,
FL
US

The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Fun sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment ideal for both beginners and hard-core core hardeners alike. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning caloric evidence with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Since the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimen by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.

4040 Woodcock Drive
Jacksonville,
FL
US