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Many 5K races try to drum up enthusiasm with costume contests, obstacles, and other bells and whistles. But not the After Dark Dash. As its official website states, the race promises, ?No fads. No gimmicks. Just you, the pavement, and the city lights.? Yes, this race is all business?at least, until the race ends, when runners are treated to beverages, fresh eats, and music at a local hangout.

The race series takes over four US cities?San Diego, Sacramento, Boise, and Denver?and uses the simplicity of the city lights as a backdrop for each meditative jaunt. Courses zigzag through some of the hippest neighborhoods and historic districts in town, presenting runners with the chance to simultaneously explore new areas and the limits of their tender Achilles tendons.

100 Park Blvd
San Diego,
CA
US

In addition to the sense of perseverance and accomplishment that comes with finishing a 5K, the organizers of the Bacon Chase have added another incentive: bacon. During their two races?the 5K Piggy Pilgrimage, which is a traditional 5K, and the 0.05K Blitz to Bacon, which is a 164-foot sprint?runners can munch on unlimited bacon bits before feasting on unlimited amounts of bacon at the finish line. Runners 21 and older can wash down the savory strips of bacon with a bloody mary, and all runners get a Bacon Chase T-shirt and a signature bacon-scented bib. The festival opens at 8 a.m. and features many bacon-themed activities, plus music.

The festive day serves a greater purpose, too. Attendees will be able to register to become a St. Jude Hero, raise money for St. Jude Children?s Research Hospital, or both.

100 Park Boulevard
San Diego,
CA
US

The CrossFit workout was designed to challenge exercise newbies and bodybuilders alike. At CrossFit San Diego, the trainers accomplish this feat not by creating new exercises for each client, but by tailoring the intensity of the exercises. That means adding more weights to barbells, or having clients flip either giant or Micro Machines tires. The functional-fitness classes also make use of gymnastics rings, rowing machines, and plyometric boxes. Clients work out in a large, warehouse-like space with bright graffiti murals on the walls, and sometimes trainers even take the workouts outside for some open-air exercise.

867, 14th St.
San Diego,
CA
US

The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds 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. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.

311 Washington Street
San Diego,
CA
US

Doug Piller, the trainer at CrossFit Go Time, believes every person can become fitter, stronger, and healthier. A Marine Corps captain, he offers personal training, group classes, and diet and nutrition coaching at CrossFit Go Time, scaling workouts to fit each individual and providing support, encouragement, and that much-needed kick in the behind during challenging workouts.

9979 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego,
CA
US

She Runs coordinates ladies-only races across the country, and provides weekend getaways that strike a healthy balance between fitness and relaxation. The organization's events send participants galloping across scenic courses, helping women from all walks of life unite whether or not they sing the bunny song when lacing up their running shoes. More than just a one-time endurance test, She Runs folds relaxing vacations inside retreats that are combined with group fitness classes, lectures from experts, and personalized coaching leading up to race day. A portion of each event's proceeds get poured into She Runs' mission of snuffing out diabetes.

Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa,1775 East Mission Bay Drive,1775 East Mission Bay Drive
San Diego,
CA
US