Top Destination Races and Fun Runs in 2015

Top Destination Races and Fun Runs in 2015

Vacations are fun and exhilarating—and the same can be said for participating in a running event! So what could be better than combining your next vacay with your very own amazing race? From competitive marathons to 5K Fun Runs, we’ve gathered up some of the best races for 2015—the perfect way to enjoy your new surroundings… and fit in a good workout.

DESTINATION RACES

If you are looking for something with more of a competitive flair, these races will be right up your alley.

Kaua’i Marathon & Half Marathon | Kaua’i, Hawaii
Date: September 6, 2015
Register at: Thekauaimarathon.com
The Hawaiian Island of Kaua’i offers one of the most beautiful places in the world for a running event. Whether you choose the marathon or half marathon, you’ll enjoy pristine sand beaches, lush tropical rain forests and an epic waterfront finish! Hula dancers and Hawaiian musicians provide on-course entertainment and the pre- and post-race buffet is an absolute feast for the senses.

Twilight Red Rock Half Marathon & 5K | Las Vegas, NV
Date: September 19, 2015
Register at: Calicoracing.com
Get ready for a breathtaking course through Red Rock Canyon State Park, just outside the city of Las Vegas. With a starting time of 8 p.m., you’ll be surrounded by spectacular views—the sun setting behind the sandstone rock formations, followed by the starry nighttime sky and the lights of Las Vegas off in the distance. This is a challenging race, but worth every minute.

Chicago Half Marathon & 5KChicago Half Marathon & 5K | Chicago, IL
Date: September 27, 2015
Register at: Chicagohalfmarathon.com
Whether you choose to participate in the Half Marathon or the 5K, you’ll experience stunning views of Chicago before your triumphant finish at the golden Statue of the Republic. The Half Marathon winds through the beautiful Hyde Park neighborhood and University of Chicago campus, while the 5K takes you through the gorgeous Jackson Park. You’ll also enjoy on-course entertainment and access to post-race activities galore!

Zooma Cape Cod Half Marathon & 10K | North Falmouth, Massachusetts
Date: September 26, 2015
Register at: zoomarun.com/capecod
The fall is breathtaking time to visit Cape Cod and an even better time to run a race! The average day temperatures are in the 60’s and the crowds are gone, so the quaint streets can be all yours for your half marathon or 10K. Afterwards, unlace your shoes and enjoy the sand beneath your feet as you enjoy an After-Party Expo at the Sea Crest’s beachside courtyard.

Southernmost Marathon and Half Marathon | Key West, FL
Date: October 10, 2015
Register at: Somomarathon.com
Each of the races, which also include a 10K, takes runners beside beaches, past signature Key West-style architecture, and over bridges with panoramic Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico views. Weekend activities include food and activity discounts throughout the island, a paddleboard race to benefit Special Olympics, and a post-race party at Pat Croce’s Rum Barrel.

The Jazz Half Marathon | New Orleans, LA
Date: October 31, 2015
Register at: Jazzhalf.com
New Orleans knows a thing or two about having fun—and this half marathon is no exception. It’s one of the few races in New Orleans that takes you through some of the most historic parts of the city, including uptown and the Garden District. And once you finish the race, you’ll be met with an all-out party, complete with jambalaya and red beans and rice and music; it’s the perfect opportunity to get a taste of New Orleans.

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon in OrlandoDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon | Orlando, FL
Date: November 6-9, 2015
Register at: Rundisney.com/wine-and-dine-half-marathon
Start the weekend celebrations off with a half marathon through three breathtakingly beautiful, night-lit Disney theme parks, and top it off with an exclusive after party at the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival. This magical event also offers Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K and runDisney Kids Races, so runners of all ages and levels can participate.

FUN RUNS

Each with a different theme, these races focus less on breaking records and more on getting active and having a good time.

The Color Run™
Date: Multiple Dates & Locations Available
Register at: Thecolorrun.com
Also known as the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”, this untimed run isn’t a race at all. You can run, jog, walk or even dance your way through this fun-filled extravaganza, while enjoying an explosion of vibrant color at each kilometer mark! It was started as an event to promote health and happiness and has created a completely new genre of running events in its wake.

The Mustache Dache™
Date: Multiple Dates & Locations Available
Register at: Mustachedache.com
Take Movember to a whole new level with this mustache-themed 5K. All participants are encouraged to rock a ‘stache (women and children included), whether it’s pasted, painted or grown naturally. With post-race activities, costume contests, food and more, this running series will be one you won’t want to miss. Plus, all proceeds go to support men’s health.

Hot Chocolate 15/5k® Fun RunHot Chocolate 15/5k®
Date: Multiple Dates & Locations Available
Register at: Hotchocolate15k.com
Nothing beats a running event that encourages participants to satisfy their love of chocolate while burning off the calories. Coined as America’s Sweetest Race™, the Hot Chocolate 15/5k offers participants chocolate bar-shaped medals and post-race party mugs of hot chocolate and chocolate fondue. Better yet, all proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House charities. Good food, good cause, good times!

As you plan your next vacation to one of these popular locations, remember to check and see if there is a destination race or fun run nearby. It’s a great way to stay fit and bond with your family; and you may even meet local runners who can offer insider tips on what to do around town during your trip. You can also visit our destinations and experiences to get the inside scoop on popular area attractions and more.

Photo Credit: Scooter Lowrimore, Gregory Regalado, Joseph Brent and Nicki Dugan Pogue cc

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