Sometimes, the best way to forget about the pain of the day-to-day grind is to put yourself through physical hell—but not without some snacks on the horizon. Conveniently, Escape Obstacle Run combines an untimed 5K mud run with music and munchies, making for a liberating experience that's as much about relaxation as it is conquering hurdles.
Spread across 1,100 acres in Chino Hills, the course challenges runners to climb, crawl, and scamper past 20 different obstacles, many of which take advantage of the natural terrain to make runners wish they'd rather be arm-wrestling a rhino. Once crossing the finish line, however, participants dance the rest of the day away to the beats of 10 different DJs and enjoy street food doled out by a whole cavalcade of food trucks. The event also encourages everyone to bring picnic blankets, coolers, and beach chairs to simply spend some time lazing in the park.
The expert trainers at The Right Fit Personal Training And Fitness Center have cultivated a program of various workout strategies in order to appeal to all sorts of exercisers. Their services include one-on-one personal training and group fitness classes. They also offer boot camps for both men and women, using intense workouts to help guests reach their fitness goals.
Run or Dye is making race running a little more colorful, one major city at a time. This 5K is divided up into four separate courses of varying lengths, each designated by a separate color—which also reflects the color of safe, eco-friendly powered dye the participants get splashed with. At the end of the race, they'll cross into the aptly named Dye Zone—a polychromatic free-for-all where fluorescent color is thrown freely from all sides, allowing runners to splash their fellow runners or get colorful revenge on their friends, family members, and any cranky art-history teachers that happen to be walking by.
Unlike some races that rank runners by time, Run or Dye only measures success in color and fun. While the safe-to-eat dyes should wash out of clothing, runners are encouraged to wear things they don't mind getting dirty, preferably in white, gray, or another neutral color to give the dyes maximum visibility.
Odd things are happening on the 3-mile stretch of woods outside of town. People venture off for a day of outdoorsy fun and never return. Thankfully, Escape The Nightmare is assembling able-bodied search parties, whose members scour the woods while avoiding the traps and obstacles that befell their predecessors. As they run through the paths, they must dodge grim creatures while also surmounting both man-made and natural obstacles.
As the heats of runners cross the starting line beginning in the early evening, they are equipped with headlamps to help them weave through the course and solve the the spooky backstory. Clues to the mysteries––including why people are "disappearing" and why is that man carrying around a stuffed rabbit––unfold as runners get closer to the finish line. But only by keeping your flags securely attached to your belt can you say you solved the mystery without becoming one of the lost.
The Color Vibe Los Angeles 5K Run starts out like any other race, but by the end, participants look more like pieces of abstract art than runners. As they race along the streets of Los Angeles, runners are streaked with nontoxic powdered paints that cover clothing and skin in a wash of bright yellows, pinks, and blues. All the while, professional photographers snap candid shots of the colorful, untimed race; the photographs are available for free to all participants so they may share them with whomever runs their household's printing press.
This year’s race will take place on Saturday, October 20, at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. The first wave of runners hits the road at 9 a.m., and subsequent groups leave the starting line every 10 minutes after that.
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.