Not long ago, organized racing belonged to competitive runners. Now a variety of fun runs and adventure races offer novice runners the chance to compete in a friendly, social environment. So whether you are a hardcore runner looking to break up your routine or have never run a mile in your life, here are four reasons to try a themed run this summer:
Take the fear out of running. If you are new to running, a social 5K offers a less intimidating introduction to the sport. Many races are untimed, so you can focus on fun instead of speed.
“We see people go from doing one little fun race to three or four a year…to eventually doing a half marathon,” says Mallory Jones-Fiske, race director at Mellew Productions Inc., which organizes the Jalapeño Half and more than a dozen races in North Texas.
Find a reason to run. Themed runs cover almost every interest imaginable from warrior dashes to nighttime glow runs. Do you like to dress up, get dirty or solve puzzles? There’s a run for that.
Make running a team event. Gone are the days of having to lace up your sneakers for a solo run. Several events encourage team sign-ups so you can compete together with friends or family.
“It’s all team driven,” explains Jones-Fiske. “It’s a chance to get a bunch of really cool pictures together, have a good time, listen to some music and have a beer.”
Enjoy running again. If your running routine has become stale, a themed race is the perfect way to remind yourself how enjoyable it can be. Fun runs not only offer distractions along the course, but also post-race entertainment in the form of live music, beer gardens and family activities.
Running may be good for you, but there’s no reason you can’t also have a good time doing it. You may even catch yourself looking forward to your next race. | by Jessica Llanes |
Happening This Month
Joe’s Run (joesrunfw.com),
June 7, Panther Island Pavilion, Fort Worth
This “parrot-dise” 5/10K encourages runners to wear their tropical shirts, leis and most colorful sneakers, and includes a Jimmy Buffet tribute band at the finish line.
Dash N Splash
Flexin’ Texan Color Dash 5K
Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race
Electric Zombie Run (electriczombierun.com),
June 13, Community Beer Company, Dallas
Survivors of this nighttime zombie 5K get a glow-in-the-dark medal and can participate in costume and brain eating contests at the finish line.
Rock n Glow 5K (rocknglow5k.com), June 14, QuikTrip Park, Grand Prairie
Jalapeño Half Marathon & 5K