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Boasting muddy obstacles and live gladiators who attempt to slow down competitors with impromptu jousts, the Tough Dash isn’t your average weekend 5K race. As participants trek through mud pits and strength-testing obstacles, microchips track their time, adding a fun competitive edge to the event. The runners aren't the only ones who get to join in the fun, however; spectators are encouraged to soak runners and unfortunate pedestrians who accidentally took a wrong turn with water balloons and water guns. A post-race celebration regales runners with food, beverages, and prizes for the top male and female times and the best costume. Proceeds from this event benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital.

745 Caldwell Drive
Goodlettsville,
Tennessee
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•Consistently Persistent FitBody (Franklin) Up to 10 classes •GetFit Anytime (Nashville): Up to 10 classes •GetFit Anytime (Springfield): Up to 10 classes •Basics and Beyond – Fitness, Nutrition, & Rehabilitation (Nashville): Up to 10 classes •Circuit Athletics Fitness and Wellness Center (Clarksville): Up to 10 classes •WestSide Athletic Club (Nashville): Up to 10 classes •West Dragon Kung Fu (Nashville): Up to 10 classes •Tiger King Muay Thai (Nashville): 10 classes

5915 Morrow Road
Nashville,
TN
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Before Zombie Buffet 5K, the zombie apocalypse was simply a tall tale played out in movies and among survival enthusiasts. Now, the deliciously horrific fantasy has been realized in the form of a fun and challenging 5K. First, runners must choose a side—either traverse the course as a runner, or move about the infected habitat as a sprinting or roaming zombie.

Each runner gets two health flags, which zombies try their undead best to steal. When runners lose both flags, they become zombies and must then hunt down their fellows in search of other flags. The zombie with the most flags in each starting wave wins and goes home with the happy knowledge that they are the fittest of the unfit. The top three runners in each wave who finish with at least one health flag still intact will win the running division.

Regardless of their alignment, all participants get swag such as a Zombie Buffet 5K T-shirt, a silicone bracelet, and dog tags, but the running winners and zombie winners are bestowed additional secret grand prizes.

One Titans Way
Nashville,
Tennessee
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Here are the sounds you'll hear at a typical marathon: huff, puff, wheeze, snort, repeat. Here are the sounds you'll hear at the Hit and Run 5K: sploosh, boing, splat, whoopee, and other onomatopoeias that haven't yet been invented. Less like a race and more like running through a living cartoon, the Hit and Run 5K's obstacle course of inflatable onslaughts has been known to "make ninjas cry."

Dodging, ducking, leaping, and balancing across a wet-and-rubbery battlefield, contestants face formidable foes such as the giant spinning balls of the Duck or Dive, the unreliable puffy poles of the Wobble Walk, the flying wet menaces at the Whacking Wall, and the Bouncy Bridge, which is kind of like London's Tower Bridge if it were any fun. All contestants receive their own spiffy T-shirts and matching headbands?a fetching ensemble that instantly deflates roving dodge balls?along with a hearty packet of deals from the race's sponsors.

500 Wedgewood Ave.
Nashville,
TN
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Whether you know it or not, you've probably already spent some time preparing for Roundhouse Racing's 5K Foam Fest. Perhaps you've zoomed down a playground slide? Or dived onto a backyard Slip 'N Slide? Grownup versions of these childhood challenges make up many of the 15?30 obstacles in this 5K race, challenging contestants to slide down a 40-foot "Death Drop" and skid across an impressive 50-foot Slip 'N Slide.

Running through them all are pits and pools of foam and mud, as far as the eye can see. Thankfully, the challenges bring ample rewards at the finish line?namely a medal, a beer, unlimited temporary tattoos, and still more messy activities. Away from the race, participants can leap into foam pits while kids bound inside bounce houses, gleefully imagining what kind of rug would really tie the place together.

3669 Knight Dr
Whites Creek,
TN
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Many marathons end with a celebratory beer, but the organizers of the Tap 'N' Run 4K don't see why participants should have to wait that long. At their races, runners hit the starting line swigging 5 ounces of beer and pass multiple chugging stations before crossing the finish line, where another round awaits them. Though one runner will ultimately cross the finish line first, this race is more about how you get there. Runners are encouraged to don zany costumes, competing for prestigious titles such as Best 'Stache?with real and fake categories?Most Unique Team Concept, and Shortest Shorts. They also award one courageous runner with the greatest honor of all?Best Belcher for the loudest and longest burp, with previous record holders including Margaret Thatcher.

184 2nd Ave. N
Nashville,
TN
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