Let the games begin! From spray-paint showers to human-hungry zombies, these 3.1-mile races are 5k-razy.

Let the games begin! From spray-paint showers to human-hungry zombies, these 3.1-mile races are 5k-razy.

Shades of Cray

Make Rainbow Bright green (and yellow, pink and purple) with envy at The Color Run, a 5k series with more than 100 races around the country. Volunteers spray you with powdered dye at each kilometer to create a head-to-toe, tie-dye effect. The event’s not timed, so take a break to make a snow angel or two before sprinting through the explosion of color at the finish.
Where: locations nationwide
Contact: (855) 662-6567, thecolorrun.com


Burst Your Bubble

The 5k Foam Fest puts a twist on the classic mud run with a promise to get you “filthy clean.” Encounter over 15 obstacles that deliver more foam than a spring break party. A super-long slide and a ball pit filled with suds are just a few of the bubble-based obstacles you’ll enjoy. The race is a team event, but you can indulge your solo competitive side in the limbo contest at the afterparty.
Where: locations nationwide
Contact: yourock@roadhouseracing.com, 5kfoamfest.com

Dirty Girls

At most obstacle events it’s a little too easy to overdose on bare-chested bros and testosterone. But at Pretty Muddy, it’s all about the ladies. This women-only mud race accommodates runners of all skill levels. With imported topsoil in troughs instead of the normal root- and rock-filled fodder, a walker-friendly time allowance and ice-cold beer at the finish line, it’s a great way to do something active with your girls.
Where: locations nationwide
Contact: info@prettymuddy.com, prettymuddywomensrun.com

Breakfast of Champions

As part of an annual campus event dubbed the Biscuit Bowl, Greensboro College puts on a relay race with a tasty theme—Southern-style breakfast. Runners jump through tires filled with grits, crawl through strawberry jelly and whizz down the aptly named buttermilk slip ‘n’ slide. If you don’t get your fill during the run, refuel afterward with freshly made biscuits, coffee and orange juice.
Where: Greensboro, N.C.
Contact: (336) 379-0821, biscuitvillebowl.com