If you’ve broken your New Year’s resolutions just as quickly as you made them, then it’s time to set some real goals. Find a local race and sign up. But half the battle is finding a race with just the right amount of quirkiness. From “paddle-boarding and skateboarding” to “taco and beer” 5ks chances are you can find a race that fits your personality.
Remember to sign up early. You’ll save cash on entry fees and you’ll have more time to talk your friends into racing with you (it’s always more fun to beat your friends). If you find a race with a twist, be sure to let us know.
San Francisco, California
PhotoTag Dash – March 30, 2014
Location: Mission Creek Park
Description: Photo scavenger hunt 5k – part Instagram, part scavenger hunt, part road race.
Sign-up By: March 24, 2014
Race Bonus: Race as an individual or with a team.
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Los Angeles, California
Tacos & Beer 5k – Saturday, May 3, 2014
Location: Long Beach Golf Learning Center
Description: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a 5k and live Mariachi music
Sign-up By: Friday, May 2, 2014
Race Bonus: It’s tacos and beer!
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San Diego, California
Innaugural U-T California 10/20 – February 16, 2014
Location: Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas
Description: Ten-mile coastal run – 20 bands
Sign-up By: February 13, 2014
Race Bonus: With all of these sights and sounds, it’s the perfect race for runners with A.D.D.
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Urban Dare Denver – July 12, 2014
Location: Start – Pat’s Downtown Bar
Description: Part running – part trivia quiz – part skill challenges – 2-person teams – solve clues to find checkpoints – take team photos at checkpoints – use public transportation – call friends to help solve clues.
Sign-up By: July 11, 2014
Race Bonus: The race where smarts beat speed.
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24 Hour UltraSkate– Monday, January 20, 2014
Location: Homestead Miami Speedway
Description: Skate a little or skate a lot, it’s up to you. How far can you go in 24 hours? Set a personal best or go for the World Record!
Sign-up By: January 19, 2014
Race Bonus: Nothing to do on a Monday?
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32nd Run of the Charles Conoe & Kayak Race – April 27, 2014
Location: Charles River
Description: Short and Long Courses Canoe, Kayak and Paddleboard
Sign-up By: April 23, 2014
Race Bonus: BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat)
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New York, New York
New York Fitathlon Challenge – Saturday, July 26, 2014
Location: Aviator Sports and Event Center Floyd Bennett Field
Description: A Fitathlon is a fitness challenge that tests your strength, endurance, athleticism and mental toughness. Fitahlon’s challenges have 15-20 obstacles that take place over a 5k or 10k distance. The obstacles include, but are not limited to: Transverse Walls, 5-Foot Walls, Cargo Nets, Tire Flips, Calisthenics and many more!
Sign-up By: July 24, 2014
Race Bonus: Test your head, your mind AND your brain.
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EX2 Adventures: 6 Hours of Cranky Monkey Mountain Bike Relay Race – March 22, 2014
Location: Rosaryville State Park
Description: Solo racers and teams of 2 or 3 will tackle as many 11-mile laps as they can in a 6 hour period, from 10am-4pm. In addition, we will once again bring back the 3 hour solo option. This is perfect for those not able to commit the time or training to compete in the full race.
Sign-up By: Race Sells Out Quickly!
Race Bonus: Race as a Team or Solo
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The Stinky Spoke, Poker Ride – January 17, 2014
Location: Woodinville , WA
Description: Poker meets mountain biking. The beginning of the ride is a painful and amazing scene on “Heart Attack Hill,” as riders attempt to make it up the 300 feet of elevation in ¼ mile without stopping.
Sign-up By: Friday, January 17, 2014
Bonus: Starts at the Rehook Brewery!
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