Nobody leaves the Splash Dash 5K dry. A series of splash stations equipped with massive showers, shallow pools, and careening water balloons litter the 3.1-mile course, waiting to soak every participant before they cross the finish line. Down one straightaway, runners may confront a gang of volunteers ready to blast them with water guns, only to turn a corner and face the deluge of a fire hose. After braving the watery gauntlet, runners of all ages celebrate their victories at the Splash Dash Bash after party, where prizes are awarded for the best costumes and finish times as runners dance to music and attempt to dry off by matching the speed of their washer's spin cycle.
Coreology Fitness Outdoor Training offers intense outdoor fitness sessions for those looking for a total-body workout. The classes incorporate beach sand drills, circuit training, high intensity interval training, and light weight lifting while focusing on creating core strength, cardio endurance, flexibility, and agility.
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.
Tacos, beer, and running. While not exactly a sacred triumvirate, these are all the ingredients necessary for a wildly festive Cinco de Mayo weekend, thanks to the aptly named Tacos & Beer 5k. Held in El Dorado East Regional Park in Long Beach, the annual event celebrates Mexico's holiday with a festival of food and fitness. It all starts with the 5K, though that's only the tip of the proverbial cactus. Runners completing the course are rewarded with two tacos and a beer?not to mention a day packed with themed activities. Aside from the live music and ever-present cheering squads, racers can participate in a costume contest, ride a mechanical bull, or bash open a pi?ata filled with replenishing protein powder.
Founded in 1884, the YMCA of Greater Long Beach has been around longer than there's been a city of Long Beach. The community center—one of the oldest and largest of its kind—is equipped to handle more than 30,000 people or 18,000 gorillas annually. Besides its six community branches, 25 after-school sites, and five early childcare programs, the YMCA maintains a 230-acre camp area in the Big Bear area. In town, toddlers can attend childcare programs; kids can take martial arts and basketball lessons; teens can develop their leadership skills; adults can sign up for sports classes of their own; and the whole family can enjoy the pool.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Nike - Gatorade - Garmin - GoPro
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: 5K Color Runs and Fitness Coaching
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Though some participants choose to run and others to walk, everybody who participates in the Color Dash experiences a transformation. As participants make their way through the 5K Color Dash and UVSplash courses they are subjected to bursts of color; additional events include Zombies by Color Dash, which adds the undead to the equation. Though the color will wash away, the memories will remain forever in the minds of all participants who aren't goldfish. Proceeds from Color Dash events benefit local children's charities and organizations.