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11 Weird Races to Join This Fall
Ever thought about pairing your love of running with your passion for wine, fancy dresses, or scary movies? Sounds weird, but it turns out those things go together like sneakers and socks. If you’ve been followingPrevention’sZero-to-5K training plan, celebrate your accomplishment by signing up for any of these 11 wacky races to remember (Go from walking to running in just 30 days!):
It sounds like an idea someone suggests after one too many glasses of wine: “Hey, let’s take a treadmill, submerge it in a pool, and then run a marathon on it!” Apparently, it’s not so crazy. This September marks the firstHydroWorx Underwater Marathon(underwatermarathon.com) in Hershey, PA. Bonus: water’s buoyancy takes away most of your body weight (race directors say up to 80%) meaning you can work out in the water without the impact on your joints.
Run For Your Life
Need a little extra motivation to pick up the pace? How about being chased by post-apocalyptic zombies? The 5KRun For Your Lives(Runforyourlives.com)is part obstacle course, part adventure race as you dash to the finish trying to avoid the brain-eating zombies. Not scary enough? Disney double-dares you to attempt theirTwilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler (www.rundisney.com/tower-of-terror-10-miler). We hear famous Disney villains haunt the nighttime road race’s course… and we wouldn’t want to mess with Captain Hook.
Run at Night
The multiple-cityFirefly Runis illuminating… literally (www.fireflyrun.com). Participants are given LED lights with reflective material and a glow-in-the-dark bracelet, but it’s recommend to supplement your outfit with as many lights as possible.
Run For Wine
Disney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon(www.rundisney.com/wine-and-dine-half-marathon) starts as a race through the Florida parks and ends in an after-hours party at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival. Honestly, we can’t think of a better way to refuel than with a glass of Pinot Noir. Another wine-fueled favorite is theYonah Mountain Vineyards Crusher 6K(www.ymvcrusher.com) near Cleveland, GA, which includes a race through the vineyard followed by access to the Crush Fest—where you can actively recover with grape stomping.
Run With the Runners
Okay, sure, every race is run with runners, but how about running alongside the editors of Runner’s World? (Yes, that’s 4 uses of “run” in one sentence.) Be a part of the inauguralRunner’s WorldHalf & Festival(www.runnersworld.com/rwhalf) weekend in Allentown, PA, with 5K, 10K, half and full marathon options and a festival to celebrate all things running, including expert speakers, movie screenings, and a pre-race pasta dinner.
Run and Relive Prom
Finally you can figure out if the fabric of your bridesmaid’s dress is moisture-wicking!The Runaway Bridesmaid(www.crowdrise.com/runawaybridesmaids2012) is a team that’s ditching performance fitness gear to run The 5th Avenue Mile race in NYC in their old bridesmaids and prom dresses to raise money for Village Volunteers.The High Heel Run(Runmyrtlebeach.com) in Myrtle Beach, SC, specifies stiletto heels that are at least 2.75 inches high. And don’t even think about wearing platform heels!
Run, Eat, Run
Forget the hunger games, these races are fueled by food. For runners with a sweet tooth, theHot Chocolate 15/5K(www.hotchocolate15k.com) features a post-race party that includes hot cocoa, chocolate fondue, and more chocolatey-goodness treats. And whileThe DOUGHMAN(www.doughman.org) race in Durham, NC, isn’t until next summer, we suggest you start training your muscles and your stomach now. Each member of the four-person relay team must devour a meal from a local restaurant before running, biking, or swimming his or her leg of the race. And then the whole team comes together for dessert and the sprint to the finish.
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