Fun Themed Runs in the USA

In recent years, fun runs and marathons have increased greatly in popularity. But not all runs are created equal. Here are some of the more unusual novelty running events that will make even non-athletes take notice.

Zombie Runs

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Credit: Rhett Landry / flickr.com

Rule No. 1 for preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse – Cardio. Nothing can motivate you more to run than being chased by flesh-eating zombies (or at least actors pretending to be zombies). Unlike regular fun runs or marathons where runners have an even pace throughout, this run requires participants to sprint and evade the zombies while protecting flags that signify their health. Runs like these sometimes features obstacles, mazes and optional tasks so runners can get extra health flags in case they “died” during the race. You can also sign up as a zombie and get on the other side of the action.

Eat and Run

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Credit: barbck / flickr.com

One of the craziest concepts that seems to defeat the whole purpose of running to get fit and healthy, are runs sponsored by food chains. Runners are expected to bring their appetite along with their running shoes for events that require you to “eat and run” like the Krispy Kreme Challenge or New York City Pizza Run. Runners get to devour a dozen doughnuts or down slices of pizza as a task mid-race. Thankfully, proceeds of races like these go to charity.

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Running in Heels

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Credit: Elvert Barnes / flickr.com

Busy women on the go have probably experienced running in high heeled shoes at some point in their lives. Race organizers have taken this concept to the extreme by organizing “High Heel-athons” where all the race participants have to run in heels– ranging from three-inch heels (the minimum) to stilettos! These races are usually held as part of fundraising activities in support of various women’s causes such as breast cancer support or the fight against domestic violence. The race is not limited to women only. Even men have been known to join this novelty race for the cash prize or just to show their support for the advocacies.

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