By Amber Bara
There are some runs that are no longer 5ks, but forms of entertainment. Here are five runs that you will want to add to your annual list of events.
Color Me Rad 5K – Mobile, AL – April 18, 2015
Start out as clean as a newborn babe, and throughout the run, volunteers will coat you with liquids, powders, and gels of blue, green, pink, purple, and yellow until your face, shirt, and body come out silkscreened like a tie-dyed hippie on the other side. Each section of the run adds a new explosion of color to your clean, painter’s palate until you cross the finish line into a final blitzkrieg of color.
Mud Mania – Auburn, AL – March 21, 2015
Mud Mania is a mud drenched outdoor obstacle adventure race fueled by excessive and unreasonable enthusiasm. Whether competing alone or on a team, ultimately it is a challenge that will pit your raw grit against the notoriously rugged Alabama mud.
Set on the outskirts of Auburn, AL this boot camp style 5K run is embedded with 20+ obstacles. Participants will run in 30-minute heats of 300 participants each. You are guaranteed to get dirty!
ZooRun 5K – Birmingham, AL – May 16, 2015
You may not get dirty on this run, but you will definitely see cool animals. There is no better way to take a tour of the Birmingham Zoo! The race begins at the entrance of the zoo and ends in Trails of Africa. Check out the elephants as you cool down! The ZooRun 5K is definitely one of the coolest runs in Alabama.
Back Country Mud Run – Brent, AL - March 14, 2015
At the Back Country Mud Run, Mud is King! The 3.8 mile obstacle course is jam packed with mud pits, natural creek crossings, mud bogs and up to 16 man-made obstacles! There are plenty of other mud races out there, but none with the amount of mud obstacles per mile. The Back Country Mud Run takes pride in paying attention to Mother Nature’s natural terrain. You'll spend more time taking on the obstacles and less time running, and even more time getting muddy! IT'S NOT JUST A MUD RUN! The Back Country Mud Run is a music jamming, country style shindig, that is a family friendly event for all ages!
The Color Run – Birmingham, AL – May 30, 2015
The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. Now the single largest event series in the world, The Color Run has exploded since its debut event.
The Color Run is an un-timed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow: 1. Wear white at the starting line, and 2. Finish plastered in color!