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Fun 5K Races Like You've Never Seen
If the thought of training for a 5K makes you want to curl up in a fetal position and breath deeply into a brown paper bag, you aren't alone. It can be hard to find the motivation to train for months just to cross a finish line with a bunch of strangers. Luckily, there are some fun 5K races happening all across the country! You can turn your training into a once-in-a-lifetime experience, either through themed runs, costumes, or delicious food prizes. Check out our list of the craziest races coming up this summer to see if one of these themes can motivate you to start training.
NR Road Racing
The Chocolate 5K
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
The water stations throughout a race are super important, but let's face it: Chocolate is more fun. The Chocolate 5K has Ghirardelli chocolate stations to help fuel you through the three-mile run—plus more when you cross the finish line. Talk about motivation.
Register: NR Road Racing
The Chardonnay Run
The Chardonnay Run
Locations: New York City, Chicago, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC
At The Chardonnay Run, runners can celebrate their victory at the finish line, where wine, fruits, cheese, and food trucks await them at the post-race party.
Register: The Chardonnay Run
Locations: Baltimore, Seattle, and other locations
Some people can find running for three miles with minimal breaks difficult enough, but what if the course were designed to make you totally wipe out? Similar to the television show Wipeout, Wipeout Run offers runners the chance to test their luck against obstacle courses designed to knock them right out of their running shoes.
Register: Wipeout Run
Foam Glow 5K
Locations: St. Louis, Nashville, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, and other locations
Foam Glow is a cross between the Color Run, a foam party, and a music festival, where runners race through different Foam Glow 5K Zones filled with black lights and different colors of foam. After crossing the finish line, the real fun starts at the after-party where runners can expect more foam, more black lights, and plenty of great music.
Register: Foam Glow
The San Diego Love Run 5K & Love Fest
Location: San Diego
What if you could meet the love of your life while running a 5K? Lovers of all kinds are welcome to join the Love Run, whether they're couples, singles looking to mingle, or running enthusiasts looking for friends.
Register: Love Run
Awesome '80s Run
The Awesome '80s Run
Locations Pasadena, San Diego, and San Francisco
Struggling to find another use for that '80s workout video girl Halloween costume you wore a few years ago? Look no further than the Awesome '80s Run, a race where runners are encouraged to wear the craziest and most elaborate outfits. Prizes are awarded not only for running times, but for the coolest costumes, too. Don't forget to pack your scrunchie!
Register: Awesome '80s Run
Keep Austin Weird Fest
Keep Austin Weird Fest and 5K
Location: Austin, Texas
Creativity and complete weirdness are encouraged when planning your costume for this race, and there is no timekeeper. In fact, the race prides itself on being the "slowest ever." So feel free to leisurely jog through the 10 Fun Stops (think: Slip'N Slides), where you're bound to bump into someone in a costume way more ridiculous than yours.
Register: Keep Austin Weird Fest
The Super Run