When participants at The Retro Run 5K take their marks, they're more likely to be taken for Cyndi Lauper than a marathon runner. That's because the 3-mile run eschews the put-ons of most modern races: there are no times collected, and those with the best '60s, '70s, or '80s costumes are the ones destined to win the big prize—in the post-race costume competition, anyway. Neon spandex, fanny packs, and fingerless gloves are a hot choice among racers, but even if you're just there in a T-shirt and shorts, the staff will hook you up with a free pair of sunglasses to help you look the part. After the race, runners, walkers, and even pets celebrate with an '80s-themed festival complete with top party music, a costume contest, and pyramid teams reenacting the fall of the Berlin Wall.
At Runners Roost, the staff members don’t just outfit athletes with shoes in the right sizes—they make sure the footwear matches each wearer’s individual needs with a thorough gait-and-arch analysis. As discussed during an interview with Colorado and Company, the staff records video of clients’ feet as they jog on a treadmill, then examines still frames to assess whether the shoes are offering proper support. With this method, customers can find the ideal footwear from brands such as New Balance, Saucony, and Nike for both women and men.
Channeling wisdom collected over the company’s 35 years in business, the pros at Runners Roost’s numerous Colorado locations also outfit athletes with accessories and sweat-wicking apparel perfect for triathlons over hot coals. In addition to supporting feet, Runners Roost has supported the local community throughout the years by sponsoring high-school cross-country and track meets, marathons, and other events.
In a battle against both other runners and hunger itself, contestants in the Food Fight 5K don goggles and running shoes to sprint through a 5K course while dodging volleys of food?all to benefit local charity. At four food-themed stations along the way, volunteers deluge runners with different foods, including spaghetti, mashed potatoes, chocolate, and flour. To avoid waste, the "food" at each station is actually a mix of corn starch, water, and non-toxic coloring?aside from the spaghetti station, which uses expired pasta that is nevertheless safe and non-toxic. After the race, runners head through a human car wash to clean up before attending an after-party with drinks, live music, foam cannons, confetti, and food (for eating this time). Many events also include the ooblek challenge, in which challengers attempt to walk across a non-Newtonian substance that's at once a solid and a liquid, unlike Isaac Newton's body?an all-gaseous omniscient cloud.
Though most people spend Halloween running from ghosts and monsters, this year a select group of folks will be running with the specters and ghouls—right up until they get to the finish line. At the Scream Scram 5K Run/Walk, participants of all ages get together to raise money for essential after-school programs for thousands of kids who rely on Boys & Girls Clubs, all while showing off their quirky costumes. The macabre trot takes place at Washington Park, where people can run competitively or just stroll for a good cause. The race itself will be bookended by a handful of festive events. Before the starting gun, people can walk the orange carpet to display their ensemble for the costume contest. After the race, everyone gathers at Trick or Treat Street to enjoy refreshments and watch as awards are given to both the top three male and female race finishers and the best costumes in a variety of categories.
The best part of any comic book is when the heroes and villains face off. At Denver Urban Avengers, participants get to experience those thrills firsthand. Donning the costumes of their favorite heroes, villains, or characters of their own creation, contenders race through a scavenger-hunt style course through a city in peril. Then, at a series of checkpoints, they must perform a superpower-themed feat in the battle between good and evil. Afterward, the first three teams to finish receive their due honors and awards are handed out to best costumes on both an individual and team scale. The whole thing caps off with an X-Ray Vision Dance Party, lead underwear optional. The race also gives you another reason to feel like a superhero: a quarter of each registration fee goes toward fighting cystic fibrosis.