Signing up for a road race can be an intimidating thing for beginners. If it’s something you’ve never tried before, you might be nervous to jump in to a race and have no clue what to expect. Luckily there are plenty of races that help people embrace their inner runner (and have tons of fun while doing so).
These 5 races happen in major cities all over the country, with the 3.1-mile distance being the perfect amount to forge your way into the running community.
If you’re nervous about getting back to the race scene or never raced before, the Color Run is a perfect place to start. This race focuses on the three F’s: friends, fitness and fun. Don’t worry about trying to outrun the other participants, as this is one of the few courses you will want to spend more time on. The 5k course douses runners with different colors at every kilometer. Rather than focusing on how fast you’re going, the main goal of this race is to be as colorful as possible by the end.
Did you ever secretly want to run through the car wash as a child? Your dream can now be a reality with the help of the Bubble Run. This 5k race gives you a bubbly, foam-filled start, and you are doused three other times throughout the course. Don’t worry about the folks speeding in front of you, this race starts in waves to ensure that everyone gets their turn to bask in the bubbles.
Remember that feeling of joy when you would roll up to a birthday party and there was a bounce house set up in the yard? Now multiply that by 11 and you will understand how it feels to drive up to the Insane Inflatable 5k. This course has 11 giant inflatables that you climb, bounce and slide your way through to make it to the finish line. With no official times, the only thing you should worry about is how to calm down your joyful inner child once the race is over.
If you decide to join this women’s-only race, be sure to grab your oldest sneakers and cover the interior of your car in plastic, because things are going to get filthy. This 5k race manages to pack in 14 different obstacles for you and your girls to conquer, with – you guessed it – plenty of mud. Be prepared for a race filled with muddy tutus, team building challenges and plenty of laughs.
This run lights up once the sun goes down, with glow sticks a plenty. Participants line up at the 5k start with glow bracelets and neon shirts, amplified by black lights. Once the 5k is finished, the party is only getting started with a DJ and dancing all night long. If the Glow Run doesn’t come to a city near you, don’t worry. You can sign up as a virtual participant and receive all the same swag that the other runners do, with the added convenience of running on your own schedule.