Mark your calendars: Super Fun Runs in Phoenix

Enter a fun race to boost running motivation
The Color Run
The Color Run

Are you suffering from the post-marathon blues? I’ve been there. After my first half-marathon, I didn’t run again for nearly 6 months. It wasn’t a conscious decision to hang up my sneakers, I just lacked serious motivation. At first I blamed my sore post-race muscles. When they healed, I blamed the weather. When that cleared up, I blamed my busy schedule. But the truth was I work better—and workout better—when I have something to train for. I need that carrot dangling in front of me, something to chase. Thankfully, the Rock ‘n’ Roll isn’t the only race on the roster; there are plenty of spring runs approaching. So put down that remote and that roll of cookies, and sign up for one of these fun runs.

Sat Jan 26 The Color Run
5K walk/run, downtown Tempe
The happiest, hippest 5k going, you start out in pristine white, but by the finish line you’re plastered in every color under the rainbow. Bonus: with entry you get a T-Shirt, bag of color and finishers’ sweat band

Sat Feb 2 Desert Classic
Marathon, Half-Marathon & 5K, Surprise
No glow sticks, no color, no gimmicks – just a good, old-fashioned race with lots of bragging rights—and a T-shirt. Kids 17 and under run for free!

Sun Feb 3 Runner’s Den Race
5k & 10k, Paradise Valley Mall
The 35th Annual Runner’s Den Race, this has become a Valley institution, full of good vibes and fast strides. Bonus: There’s a pancake breakfast for all entries, a really big raffle (300+ prizes) and a Brooks Tech shirt.

Sat Feb 16 Skirt Chaser
5K run Tempe Town Lake
The women start running (in skirts) at 2pm… 3 minutes later the “chaser” wave follows. If you’re single and lookin’ for love, wear a flirty singles sticker – you just may get lucky! There’s live music, prizes and a free pint glass. Beer garden party to follow.

Sat Feb 16 Glow Rush
5K walk/run, downtown Phoenix
Part race, part treasure hunt, part party, this night race will have you and your team (2+ people) scavenging through downtown on the hunt for the clues to unlock the next location. Expect glow in the dark swag and a rockin’ post-race After Glow Party.

Sat March 23 South Mountain Classic
20K & 5K, South Mountain
This race is fast. Runners in the 20K must be able to maintain at least a 12 minute per mile pace. You start and finish at South Mountain for a picturesque pace.

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