Running in Winter Haven

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  • Florida FFA Foundation
    The Florida FFA Foundation engages the community with recreational activities, employment training, and awards for student achievement. One of the organization's biggest goals is to get people outdoors, and they draw on all of their resources?and all of their creativity?to do so. Aside from providing a swimming pool and volleyball courts, they host paintball games, rent out kayaks and canoes, and rent out a full-service conference facility with 60 sleeping rooms to provide for weddings, reunions, retreats, and parties.
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    5000 Firetower Rd
    Haines City, FL US
  • Gorilla Gauntlet Games
    The Gorilla Gauntlet is the type of obstacle course that relishes in defeating the most fit of competitors. Thirty two obstacles adorn the course, forcing racers to climb 8-foot-tall walls, swing on monkey bars, and flip heavy tires to reach the finish line. Guests have two tries for each obstacle, and earn a 10 burpee penalty for each incomplete feature. And the course is completely dry, meaning no mud, water, or personal rain clouds to cool down guests or long distances between obstacles to rest up.
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    2301 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
    Lakeland, FL US
  • The Hog Wild Mud Run
    There's no telling who you'll run into on a Beer Crawl crawl—past events have seen stormtroopers, cowboys, and even a brace of rarely spotted Waldos. Thanks to themed costume contests that run the gamut from neon '80s wear to masked superheroes to a holiday-themed "ugly sweater crawl," attendees of all stripes race or meander between trendy area venues. At each one, they enjoy free beer and drink specials as DJs spin popular tunes and supervise games such as Flip Cup or Figure Out What Channel the Game Is On. Participating bars vary, but can include watering holes such as Yard of Ale and MacDinton's, among many others.
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    5501 Varn Road
    Plant City, FL US
  • Pretty Muddy
    Pretty Muddy's founders designed their 5K obstacle course with a simple goal: to provide a stress-free opportunity for women to cut loose and have a blast in the mud with their friends. Women run or walk at their own pace, encountering low-pressure architectural obstacles along the way that are devoid of hay, splintering plywood, and axe-wielding trolls. The finishers sport post-race looks ranging from mud-drenched to only lightly splattered, depending on their course strategies. Though the course architects designed obstacles to be fun, Pretty Muddy team members are stationed at each one to provide assistance, and obliging signs point out alternative routes for those who’d rather keep walking. The team often reminds participants that it isn’t about how many obstacles they surmount, but about sucking every drop of fun out of the experience. At least two aid stations are present on every Pretty Muddy course to keep everyone well hydrated. After they finish, muddy ladies can compete for costume prizes, grab a drink and listen to the music, or free themselves of icky attire at onsite rinsing and changing stations.
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    17951 Hamilton Rd.
    Dade City, FL US
  • Mud Titan
    A runner goes down, splashing in the wet mud. Bodies race by as he pushes himself off the ground and sprints to keep up. There are only a few more obstacles to go. He dashes through a series of tires. One two, one two. There is the finish line. He puts every last ounce of strength into his sprint and he crosses, a chip recording his time and friends ready to clap him on the back. MudSlayers challenges runners to complete this feat on a regular basis. It organizes 5K races with more than 30 obstacles including sliding, climbing, and mud. The course is designed to test participants' strength, agility, and balance, but it should also be fun. Participants can go at their own pace, running to get the fastest time or walking up to each new obstacle with nothing driving them but their own endurance. After the race, participants can rinse off sweat and mud splatters in a shower and pose for photos at the finish line. A portion of the proceeds from the event goes to The Youth Alliance.
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    5701 Pless Rd.
    Plant City, FL US
  • The Great Bull Run
    The Great Bull Run brings the thrill of Pamplona's historic event to cities across the United States. Modeled after the Running of the Bulls, this one-day event enables participants to race live bulls, keeping one step ahead of the charging animals to finally prove that toes are better for running than hooves. While the historic Pamplona event has had few serious injuries in its 102 years of existence, The Great Bull Run staff takes even more precautions to ensure runners stay smiling from beginning to end. Additionally, the bulls are given the full respect they deserve, and are not antagonized or harmed before, during, or after the run. Following the race, runners and newcomers can gather together for a good old-fashioned food fight. Tomato Royale arms entrants with juicy fruit that they can fling at each other. Additional post-run activities include an after-party, live entertainment, and games as well as food and beverages.
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    7500 W. Highway US 287
    Ennis, TX US

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