Running in Portsmouth Heights

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It's not for the meek. And it's certainly not for neat-freaks. But for racing fanatics, adrenaline junkies, and those who crave the grueling training experiences of the Navy Seals, the Running Dirty race is the perfect challenge. In four-mile courses set in scenic locations such as Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey and the Ticonderoga Farms and historic Greenbriar Farms of Virginia, opponents face a series of over 23 inspired obstacles. Encumbrances include the "get some air," where opponents rush through lines of literal fire, "snake pits" of zig-zagging trenches, "the firing squad" of mud-filled balloons, and a "dead man's crawl" under low barbed wire. The final leg of the race concludes with the Navy Seal-inspired "Hell Mile," where competitors endure frigid water, rope swings, and mounds of obstructing logs before the cathartic crossing of the finish line. Every race ends with an after-party, where the fatigued catch their second or twentieth wind with rousing games of beer pong, a keg-throwing contest, and live music.

225 Sign Pine Road
Chesapeake,
VA
US

Cosmic Run provides a multisensory experience that pushes the limits of participants' imaginations with a mind-bending journey through a setting flush with dance music and fluorescent pops of color. As you run, witness futuristic, animated lighting effects before dancing the night away as world-famous DJs spin. During the festivities, you become a part of the cosmic canvas as glowing lights fill the space and the crowd takes on their otherworldly bright hues.

225 Sign Pine Rd
Chesapeake,
VA
US

Famed course architect Tom Doak may be the mastermind behind Riverfront Golf Club's 18-hole layout, but Mother Nature should be credited with an assist. Tom took full advantage of the existing topography when shaping each meticulously crafted fairway and green, sculpting a layout that utilizes natural features, including tidal marshes, knee-high native grasses, and ancient pines, oaks, and sycamores. The Nansemond and James Rivers come into play on 14 holes, forcing golfers to face the omnipresent threat of a lost ball and an extra stroke or a ship full of club-stealing pirates. Though the landscape showcases a daunting supply of treacherous hazards, the course offers relatively wide fairways, offering large landing zones for tee shots and aerial caddies flying in mid-round to help read putts on large, undulating greens.

5200 River Club Dr.
Suffolk,
VA
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Beginning in 2013, the Hospice Heroes: Hospice Awareness 5K sends participants pattering around a path in the name of the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, a nonprofit charity that helps patients and families coping with terminal illness and its aftermath. The event begins at Mount Trashmore and its results are recorded, meaning racers who want their times don't have to sport a stopwatch or tie an hourglass around their neck. Afterward, race participants and their families celebrate the day's success with a lineup of activities, including a bounce house, face painting, and an award ceremony that recognizes the top runners from male and female groupings.

310 Edwin Drive
Virginia Beach,
VA
US

The Bounce Run 'N' Roll 5k could be described as a mud run?there's certainly plenty of mud?but there's one problem with that descriptor. It wouldn't explain the foam. Or the course's myriad twists and turns, studded with obstacles. Really, it's more accurate to call it an adventure race that rewards participants' adventurous spirits with awards and a finish line party, rather than gift bags full of free mud. As an added bonus, the proceeds from the race go to More 2 Give, Inc., a non-profit that aids families struggling financially.

203 Red Horse Drive
Virginia Beach,
VA
US

There may not be spectators with cups of water lining the Barefoot Beach Run's route, but there is an ocean. Participants can run, walk, or crab-walk the 1-mile stretch of beach, which begins at 17th Street Park and heads north to a post-race party at Neptune's Park. To cap off the festive day, portions of the proceeds will be given to local charities.

17th Street Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach,
VA
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