Outside of running a race, the best way to test a person's endurance is to see how long they can listen to a radio play-by-play of a running race. Take on a real challenge with today's Groupon: for $19, you get one entry to The Naked Foot 5K on Saturday, October 15, at 9 a.m. at Centennial Park (a $35 value before the race; a $40 value on race day). Groupon holders must register for the race on the day and at the location of the event, between 7 a.m. and 8:20 a.m.
The Naked Foot 5K invites ambitious stems to scamper freely by Centennial Park’s green gardens, swan-speckled ponds, and the Parthenon during an adventurous race that requires zero footwear. Trotters can gear up for the dog and stroller-friendly event at Merrell’s Nashville location from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday night, where shoe-free author Jason Robillard will sign books, host a barefoot-running clinic, and show off his freshly manicured toenails.
Once runners have finished their weave through lush wildlife and throngs of befuddled animal trackers (the runners' exact course will remain a mystery until event day), fatigued feet can score prizes, chili cook-off tastings, heel massages, and foot-painting sessions. In addition to receiving a complimentary dry-fit race T-shirt, all partakers will automatically be entered in a raffle to win a snug pair of Merrell Barefoot shoes. Kids can also get in on the fun with a free 1K run at 8:30 a.m.
The Naked Foot 5K partners with Soles4Souls, a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes from footwear companies and independent donors and then distributes them to people in need. Participants can contribute to the noble cause by bringing new or gently juggled shoes to the event for donation.
It's a charity race with a back story like none other: bloodthirsty demons have been working in your community's offices, living in its homes, attending its schools. And now they're on the hunt and people are running for their lives. Citizens might be booking it across a field, seemingly far from the chaos, when shapes emerge on the horizon dressed head-to-toe in vampires' telltale black clothes. If you're a citizen, be prepared to run. If you're a vampire—lock in your target.
That's just part of what you might experience on the Vampire 5K, a twilight fun run where participants can register as "citizens" or "vampires" and take off from two separate starting lines. Both camps eventually converge in a chase that finds vamps trying to convert their mortal counterparts to the dark side. Citizens, dressed in white, sport two garlic flags; if the flags are taken before runners cross their finish line, they switch to a black tee and chase citizens. After the race, a moonlit party finds both camps sipping bloody marys during a dance party and award presentation. The race benefits the Mission to Hear Foundation, which provides hearing aids to underprivileged children, adults, and whatever they're calling the age group that comes in between these days.
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