The Fitathlon Challenge blends the format and philosophy of decathlons and triathlons with the accessibility of a 5K. Great for all fitness levels, the event divides participants into four categories—Newbie, Beginner, Challenger, and Competitor. Separated into waves, runners move through a course fraught with obstacles designed to test strength, endurance, athleticism, and mental toughness. These obstacles include tire flips, wall climbs, and hill sprints that leave bodies sweaty and fatigued and minds feelings as confused as a fish in a geology class. Those competing in the Competitor division are eligible for cash and prizes awarded to the top three finishers in the male and female groups. A portion of all proceeds goes to benefit a local charity.
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In memory of MPO Peter J. Lavery and Officer Ciara McDermott, The Race to End Domestic Violence honors the sacrifice of uniformed police officers and those escaping domestic violence. On December 30, Master Police Officer Peter J. Lavery, the youngest of three police officer brothers, was fatally shot while responding to a domestic disturbance call. His memory serves as the inspiration for the 5K of his namesake that takes runners and walkers through off-road dirt trails and grass to raise funds for domestic violence support groups. Additionally, the race raises funds to support the Peter J. Lavery Memorial Scholarship Fund, which aids those seeking an education in law enforcement or criminal justice.
Throngs of excited runners crouch along the starting line, all dressed in pristine white T-shirts. As the Color in Motion 5K begins, the sea of bodies sets off along the course, where handfuls of purple-, blue-, and yellow-colored powder start flying in from the sidelines. The safe concoction of cornstarch and dye sprinkles onto faces, shirts, shorts, and skin, dressing runners in a technicolor haze. Teams or individuals make their way through the 5K course, and finish the race wearing a pallet of washable and biodegradable paint. Each race partners and benefits local charities, with racers running individually, in teams, or sponsored by their favorite Crayola color.
The Connecticut Zombie Run is an interesting cocktail of popular sports: part 5k race, part flag flootball, and part zombie apocalypse survival. Runners wear flag-football-style belts adorned with three "health flags." As they run, pallid-faced zombies, dripping faux blood, accost them from all directions. The creatures don't bite or star in movies, as real zombies do, but they do try to snag racers' flags. Runners who lose all three are "dead," according to race rules, but the title is mostly symbolic. Everyone enjoys the adrenaline-pumping fun of finishing the race and the post race apocalypse party that provides a free beer and tunes from a live band.
The Blacklight Run is more than just a race—it's a 5-kilometer-long party. As racers speed through the nighttime course, glowing bracelets and necklaces light their way. Food-grade neon color powder fills the air, illuminating runners as they pass through special blacklight zones. At the end of the race, participants cool down at the after party, dancing the night away to the tunes of live DJs.
But the Blacklight Run is about more than just having a good time; it's also for a good cause. A portion of the race proceeds are used to support childhood cancer charities.