Running in Sun City


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  • UV Color Splash
    Runners start the UV Splash Color Dash in white T-shirts, but by the end, they'll all be wearing the same colorful glow-in-the-dark uniform. As they traverse the 5K course, they'll be gently hit with splashes of UV-colored water. In the nighttime darkness?and under black lights that line the course?the colorful stains will glow, making the cavalcade of runners into a glowing, moving constellation. At the end of the race, each human painting can hang out and replenish in an post-dash celebration.
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    8866-A W
    Thunderbird, AZ US
  • Forever Young Running Series
    Forever Young Running Series' races and fun runs traverse the area's city streets, freeways, and nature trails, melding three racing styles into one event. From the starting line, the courses diverge and provide participants with different scenery. The 5K makes a loop on the nearby Skunk Creek Trail System, while the 10K incorporates a leg along the New River Trail System. The half marathon wends its way up 75th Avenue onto the asphalt of a blockaded, traffic-free stretch of Loop 101 and then back down the New River Trail System. Along the way, runners get a dose of encouragement at morale-boosting entertainment zones, including Hot Rod Alley?hundreds of vintage cars blaring upbeat tunes?and the Superhero Journey, where costumed characters dole out high-fives. Once they've crossed the finish line, the post-race party welcomes participants to recharge with hot-rod and motorcycle shows, live music, and grub from food trucks. And an awards ceremony honors top finishers, unless they've used teleportation.
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    9054 W Bajada Rd.
    Peoria, AZ US
  • City of Peoria Running
    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.
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    8866 W Thunderbird Rd.
    Peoria, AZ US
  • The Color Dash
    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 the Bubble Bash by Color Dash and 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.
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    16101 North 83rd Avenue
    Peoria, AZ US
  • City of Peoria Running
    On Friday, September 26, the unmistakable sound of scampering sneakers will herald the arrival of this unique run taking place at Pioneer Park. Participants will follow a path around a lake that cuts through softball and soccer fields. Pioneer Park will be in collaboration with Fiesta Peoria for this event, and after the race participants are invited to enjoy a family-friendly, post-race fiesta with live music and vendors. While awards will be distributed, all runners receive a race t-shirt and one ticket to the Saturday night Fiesta Peoria Concert.
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    8401 W Monroe St
    Peoria, AZ US
  • Intense Racing LLC
    Intense Racing LLC is a sort of charity for charities. First, they invite runners to participate in their whimsically themed 5K race. They host events such as the Super Hero 5K during which participants dress as their favorite characters. After the festivities, the group bundles a portion of the proceeds, and donates them to enrich local nonprofit organizations. They hope to get people of all fitness levels out and moving while providing a boon to the community's most diligent do-gooders, whether they're dressed as superheros or not.
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    16101 N 83rd Ave.
    Peoria, AZ US

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