10 Crazy Races That Could Spice Up Your Training Routine


Here at ProMarathon we understand that even the most enthusiastic runner has those days where that practice run feels like a double marathon. Where it seems to take an eternity to complete and your already looking forward to the recovery.So we have compiled a list of 10 runs that might just spice up your training routine!

#1 The Run Up the Empire State Building

Empire State Run up

Why not spice up your training routine and attempt the 88 story endurance challenge of the Empire State Building Run Up. A great excuse to visit a magnificent city, you could continue your training in Central park whilst participating in this coveted event.

Typically the course takes anywhere from 10 minutes upwards. This might not seem like that long, but climbing the 1,576 steps in that time is a real test of anyones strength and endurance and could be a great way to test out the strength in the legs of anyone.

If you want to find out more about the Empire State Building Run Up click here

#2 Colour Run

Colour Run in London

The Colour Run is typically a 5K event where participants complete the event whilst getting covered with coloured powder on their way. It’s becoming increasingly popular and is a fun way for beginners to get their first taste of a public running event, as well as showing others that running is fun and should be enjoyed!

So rather than go on your usual route, why not grab some friends and spend a couple of hours enjoying the atmosphere and spice up that training.

There are hundreds of locations world wide where the event is held, for more information on UK events click here.. or for US and Canada events checkout this map of locations.

#3 Hot Chocolate Run

Hot Chocolate run

As part of a movement of running events that has been sweeping the US, the Hot Chocolate run is fast becoming one of the most popular fun run events in the US boasting over 200,000 participants since its inception. It’s certainly not the the healthiest nutritional based race there is but its certainly popular with many in the US..

The event comprises of either a 5KM or a 15KM run where participants get a goodie bag when they complete the run, containing some hot chocolate and other goodies to give you energy after the race.. If you want to find out more you can visit the Hot Chocolate race website right here.

#4 Walt Disney World Marathon & Half Marathon

Disney Marathon weekend

The Walt Disney Marathon weekend comprises of a number of events spread over the two Disney locations, (Paris and Orlando), with full marathon, half marathon, 10KM and 5KM runs. Another great idea for a family holiday where there something for everyone! Certainly a great way to shake up that training routine and experience something a bit different..

For more information about the event and guidance about how to register, visit the Disney Marathon weekend website here.

#5 Tough Mudder

Tough Mudder events

What is Tough Mudder? Well in the words of the events creaters its a 10-12 mile (18-20 km) event designed to test the strength and endurance of all it competitors in a controlled environment.

Tough Mudder is a team-oriented 10-12 mile (18-20 km) obstacle course designed to test physical strength and mental grit. Tough Mudder puts camaraderie over finisher rankings and is not a timed race but a team challenge that allows participants to experience exhilarating, yet safe, world-class obstacles they won’t find anywhere else.

This wouldn’t be your average training event, some of the obstacles are challenging and would test your strength and agility.. It certainly is guaranteed to spice up any training routine. Find your nearest event here..

#6 The Undie Run – Philanthropy Just Got Sexy

Undie Run

Another event increasing in popularity is the Undie Run! The Undie Run began in colleges in the US and now there are a number of Undie Runs around the world from London to New York. Participants run the distance, usually 5KM, in their underwear to raise money for a number of charity

It certainly a different experience to your usual training run so why not give it a try! If you want to find out more visit the Undie Run website.

#7 Marathon du Medoc

Marathon Du Merdoc

Are you partial to the odd glass of red wine? Well why not try some of the best wines in Bordeaux on your marathon through the scenic views of the best vineyards in France?

Definitely a shake up to any training program, the day event where participant test there metal over the rolling hills in France. For more info, checkout out the official website for the Marathon Du Merdoc here

#8 The Santa Run

Sant 5K fun run

Feeling christmassy? Well why not participate in a 5KM Santa fun run. This is another event that would jazz up your training routine, especially over the Christmas period! A great way to encourage friends and family to join you and get them into running!

Want to find out more? Well there are lots of event all over the world and you might be better googling to see where your nearest Santa run might be!

#9 The Glow Neon Fun Run

Glow Run

The Glow Run is typically a 3KM and 5KM event where participants walk, run or dance the distance whilst getting covered in glowing neon paint. The event aims to raise vital funds which will have a real impact on the services we are able to offer blind and partially sighted people across the UK and around the world.

Another less than routine run that maybe you could do with friends or family, get your fill or endorphins and raise money for a good cause, click here for more information on the Glow Neon Fun Run!

#10 The Zombie Run

The Zombie Run

Want to feel the exhilaration and adrenaline that comes from being chased by zombies whilst completing a run? Well with the Zombie run, you can! The Zomebie run comprises of a 5KM race where participants are chased and grabbed by people dressed as zombies. Definitely not your average run and would certainly spice up any training routine

If you want to find out more about participating in the event, or even becoming a zombie that chases runners, check out the zombie run website here

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