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Race Across the Mitten: Themed Runs are the BEST Runs

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    With upcoming holidays approaching, Michigan is packed full of themed races. If there is ever a time to dive into your first race, a themed race is the perfect opportunity. Not only are these races generally on the shorter side (usually around the distance of a 5K), but there isn’t a lot of pressure to finish with a quick time, either. Mostly, these races are a chance to dress up, get together with friends, and sprinkle a touch of exercise in. I personally challenge all of you to get out and enjoy a themed race this fall. Here are some spectacular ones that are quickly approaching:

    Photo Courtesy of the Zombie Run 5K
    Photo Courtesy of the Zombie Run 5K

    The 5th Annual Traverse City Zombie Run 5K – October 26, Traverse City

    This 5K is a combination of all of my favorite things. It starts and ends at Right Brain Brewery. Enough said, right? Not only do runners get to dress up like zombies and drink unlimited amounts of delicious beer, but all proceeds from this event benefit the TART Trails. In my opinion, there is no better cause. This race starts at 9 a.m. Saturday morning and there will be winners for best costume. Registration for participants 18 and up costs $30, and you’ll automatically receive a rather exciting Zombie Run t-shirt. And bonus! If you ride your bicycle to the race, you can receive an extra $1.75 off beer at Right Brain for not adding to the overflow of parking outside.

    Photo Courtesy of the Milford Hideous Holiday Sweater Run
    Photo Courtesy of the Milford Hideous Holiday Sweater Run

    The Hideous Holiday Sweater Run – November 9, Milford

    I am almost certain that everyone looks forward to annual ugly sweater Christmas parties each holiday season. The city of Milford is taking this one step further with an ugly sweater 5K, which is perfect because it takes place early enough in the season that all the best ugly sweaters will not have been picked over at local thrift stores yet. Registration for this race costs $35 and will rise to $40 on race day. There will be prizes for the best ugly sweater, so get crafty! The race will begin at 9 a.m. and proceeds benefit Scleroderma Foundation of Michigan.

    Photo Courtesy of the Portage Jingle Bell Run/Walk
    Photo Courtesy of the Portage Jingle Bell Run/Walk

    The Portage Jingle Bell Run/Walk – November 17, Portage

    As the song goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” and it’s time to be as noisy as possible about it! Be creative and attach as many jingle bells to yourself as possible and come out for this festive 5K walk/run. Registration for this race costs only $30, and proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation. I realize that mid-November may seem a little early for a Christmas-themed race, however, I personally never think it’s too early to start celebrating the jolliest time of year.

    And there you have it, some VERY exciting themed runs. None of them are overwhelming, I’ve thrown a whole lot of 5Ks your way, so no excuses! Sign up, because many of these benefit great causes that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

    What is your favorite themed race to participate in? Do you like wearing costumes for races?

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