6 Races To Check Out This Year

Races are a great way to have fun while exercising, and are also a good way to meet like-minded people.  More difficult courses are an exciting challenge, and will leave you feeling accomplished.  Here are 6 races you should think about trying.


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Local 5K Run

If you’ve never participated in a race before, Heather from Relentless Forward Commotion recommends registering for a local 5K.  She points out that racing is more than just running – a smaller race allows you space to figure things out like registration and pacing yourself.  She also says that local races are a great place to meet other local runners, who can help give you tips.  To find a race, contact your local running club or search using Active.com.


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Oyster the Race

In Oyster, a team of 3-6 people travel throughout the race city running and cycling, while completing a number of different tasks.  These tasks are different for each race, but may include something like clue solving, climbing, and paddling.  This fun race is a great way to explore the city with friends and work together as a team while still getting a great workout – the full course covers 20-30 miles.

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Spartan World Championships

Spartan Races are inspired by Spartan warriors and consist of running and obstacles like crawling under barbed wired, spear throwing, log jumping, and rope climbing.  Heather says these races are both mentally and physically challenging, adding “they truly test your strength and endurance…and crawling through the mud never gets old!”


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Neon Dash

The Neon Dash is a 5K run/walk that takes place at night.  During the 3.1 miles, you encounter several “splash stations”, where volunteers will cover you in neon water that glows under the black lights.  Afterwards, there’s a dance party area with hanging black lights so you can really see that neon water glowing.

Ragner Relay Series

Heather says the Ragner Relay Series look like a lot of fun.  In this race, you’re on a team of 12 people, separated into two vans.  Each person takes turns running 3 different legs consisting of 3-8 miles each, while the rest of the team cheers them on from the van.  By the time the race is over, the team has commutatively run about 200 miles. This is a great race to run as a team, as your friends work together towards a common goal.


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Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Series

The Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Series has been hugely popular since it started in 1998.  With half-marathon or full-marathon options, there’s music every mile to help get you through the race.  Afterwards, there is an outdoor concert featuring live bands so you can celebrate completing the race.

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