Seven Awesome 5K Races

By: JOY MIHANNI

Edited by: ARYA ROERIG

From the die-hard runner to the first timer there are many unique 5K races to run. We’ve complied seven awesome 5k races. So lace up your favorite shoes and let’s go!

The Color Run – Billed as “the happiest 5k on the planet,” The Color Run hosts 5k races to run in more than 100 cities around the United States and Australia. At each mile marker on the course runners are bombarded with powdered color. By the end of the race they all look like they participated in the Hindu Festival of Holi. They advise you to wear white, but rest assured, your running clothes won’t stay white for long!

Columbia Muddy Buddy – Sponsored by outdoor gear giant Columbia, the Muddy Buddy is a 5k race with a unique twist — you have to run the race and get through the obstacles with a friend. By the end of the race, you’ll be Muddy Buddies for life — or at least until next year, when you get to choose a new Muddy Buddy running partner. Sadly, there are races in only 8 cities in the U.S. Check it out to see if they’ll be in a city near you!

The Ugly Sweater Run – What to do with that hideously horrible sweater your Grammy knitted for you last Christmas? You don’t have the heart to donate it, but you can’t possibly wear it, or can you? Yes, you can! In fact, that’s the theme of this 5k race! Right now, there are 8 races scattered across the U.S., and next year, they’re adding 20 more. So bust out that light-up reindeer sweater and rock it while you run!

The Warrior Dash – Flaming obstacles, fields of mud and a Viking helmet for every runner. Truly, a 5k race to run if you’re a tough chic, manly man or just want to try something new. Some of the proceeds from this “extreme” 5k race benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital, proving that even the toughest warriors are soft and mushy on the inside.

Run for Your Lives – Are you a fan of The Walking Dead, Zombieland, or World War Z? Then this is the 5k race for you! Its part 5k race, part tricky obstacle course and part “escape from zombies.” If you get caught by a “zombie” volunteer during the run, you “transform” into a zombie, too! The Run for Your Life series has a race in most large cities across the U.S.

Foam Fest – It’s got mud, it’s got obstacles, it’s got fun, and it’s got FOAM! This is the 5k race to run if you want good, clean (or dirty) fun. It’s a little pricey compared to other 5k races, but apparently, they give you a stocked swag bag at the end, and you get to keep all the mud and foam in your pockets at the end of the day.

“Celebrate America” Underwear Run- At the 2012 “Celebrate America” Underwear Run, expect a decidedly star-spangled theme. The Central Park run will cover 1.7 miles of pure fun, like every year, on the Friday before the Aquaphor New York City Triathlon. So let those pre-race jitters go — and get your Abe Lincoln and Lady Liberty on!

With so many 5k races to run, the question is, can you schedule your annual race calendar to run them all? Which of these races sounds like the most fun to you?

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