Do you ever find yourself looking at a calendar and wondering what you will be doing when the weekend hits? Well if you haven’t hopped aboard the fastest growing trend in recreational activity, what are you waiting for? No, I’m not talking about “twerking”, I’m talking about fun runs. Fun runs are classified as a race, some timed others not timed, typically a 5k, where participants run with friends or on their own more for enjoyment than competition. Many times the fun run will benefit a charity or organization and most every fun run has some sort of a theme. Runners will come in costume, run through obstacles, have color dye thrown on you, run with your furry four leg friend, and even deck yourself out in glowing gear and run at night.
Running competitions have been around since the dawn of time and the most popular running events are marathons. There are full marathons which are 26.2 miles and half marathons, which you guessed it, are 13.1 miles. But what about those individuals who don’t want to run that far or just find running some what unadventurous. Enter the 5k fun run. Fun runs have roots as early as a century ago when some creative minds in San Francisco who wanted to help generate funds and boost city moral after the 1906 earthquake, created the first Bay to Breakers in 1912. The event has transformed into an extreme example of a fun run since costumes, or lack of costumes are all but required at this race. In almost every city across America there is some sort of fun run occurring, probably this weekend. There are many fun runs that are strictly local races however the newest trend are racing tours, where the race will travel coast to coast stopping at major metropolitan areas in between.
Some of the first touring racing series were Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash which are obstacle course type races in which the course is about 10-12 miles long. The success of these type of races sparked touring 5k fun runs like the Color Run, Hot Chocolate Run, and the company I have the proud distinction to work for, The Electric Run. The Color Run has multiple races nearly every single weekend in 2013 and the Electric Run calendar is booking up fast with races planned nearly every single weekend so far this summer. With registration fees between $40-$65 each race and between 10,000-25,000 participants at each stop, you do the math, it comes out to a lot of money. As with any event there are production costs to put on these types of races but with the continued success of the 5k fun runs, there is surely no end in sight. The big question remains…who will come up with the next unique fun run?
- The Running Boom [Infographic] (business2community.com)
- Mutt Strut: Dog friendly 5K and one mile fun run (photo gallery and video) (al.com)