Training

5 Of The Coolest Summer Races

These summer races come with a built-in cool-down, according to one coach.

Photo: Night Nation Run
Photo: Night Nation Run

Certified coach and personal trainer Kristen Hislop, 50, is no stranger to running in the heat. In fact, the Ironman finisher and multiple marathoner has learned so much during her own hot-temperature training during steamy summers in Clifton Park, N.Y., she makes a point to include weather tips in her work with clients. Check out the summer races she loves.

SUNNY RUN
Celebrating a hard race with a cold, sweet treat brings back some of my favorite childhood memories, so it’s no surprise that the thought of the Sundae 5K instantly makes my mouth water. The promise of a finish-line buffet packed full of ice cream and toppings might be just what I need to score the PR I’ve been chasing.
Where: Charlotte, NC
When: 8/29/15
sundaerun.racesonline.com

HEAT WAVE
If running a 5K followed by a gentle swim sounds like a little slice of heaven, the WetNWild 5K is the perfect race for you. Runners weave through the hilly park before finishing with a splash in the lazy river.
Where: La Mirada, CA
When: August
wetnwild5K.com

FOAM FINISH
I have to beg my 12-year-old to take a shower, but some-thing tells me he’ll be the one begging for clean fun at the Bubble Run this summer. Each kilometer features a foam bog, dousing runners from head to toe in the frothy stuff. I can’t wait to join this effervescent party!
Where: Multiple locations
When: Multiple dates
bubblerun.com

GLOW FOR IT
Avoid the scorching heat of the sun without sacrificing the bright light at a Glow in the Park Run. With neon paint, fluorescent foam and UV glow water, this event guarantees fade-resistant fun.
Where: Multiple locations
When: Multiple dates
glowintheparkrun.com

NIGHT JAM
If you’re hoping to improve your cadence, the Night Nation Run has just the beat you need. This nighttime race challenges you to run (or dance!) your way through the electrifying course with headliner DJs stationed through-out.
Where: Multiple locations
When: Multiple dates
nightnationrun.com