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Area Activity Guide: Colorful Foot Races

Are you a runner in Rochester?

There are plenty of great resources around Rochester to help serious runners achieve new personal bests and attain new distances. For us couch-to-5k types, however, just the proposition of buying new running shoes can be intimidating. We casual runners are motivated to take on foot races for lots of reasons – fun with friends, weight loss, raising money for a good cause, or challenging ourselves. One thing that many of us share, though, is the feeling that running is hard.

Know what makes running easier? Distraction.

There has to be a good reason for the explosive growth of themed 5K and 10K races. Our money is on the theory that all that sensory overload prevents your brain from receiving all those signals from your body telling it to stop running. Whether you’re in it for the intrinsic benefit or the extrinsic entertainment, you’ll be happy to know that some of the most popular themed races in the country are now making their way to our fair city. So grab a few friends, register for a race, and prepare to get messy!

Color Run – May 20th at Frontier Field

The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality. Now the largest running series in the world, The Color Run has been experienced by over 6 million runners worldwide in 35+ countries. This year’s iteration of the Color Run will feature a Cloud Foam Zone, a Unicorn Finisher’s Medal, and an inspirational Dream Wall, and be peppered with giant inflatable unicorns.

Color Vibe – August 5th at Monroe Community College

Rochester runners, get ready for the most colorful and fun-filled day of your life! Color Vibe will blast you with more color than you can handle! This low-pressure race series was designed to inspire people to live a more active life. You won’t even be timed. It’s just a great way to get crazy in a healthy way with friends, family, and community.

Western NY Tough Mudder & Half – August 5&6 @ Glenwood

Feeling like the real deal? If you’re willing to make the 90-minute drive from Rochester to Glenwood, New York, you can take part in the Western New York Tough Mudder or Tough Mudder Half. Built upon the mountains of a quad crushing ski resort, you’re bound to find yourself in a muddy situation as you weave up hills and through muddy backcountry trails. Whether you subject yourself to five miles or ten, you’ll definitely test your mettle with this messy race. Get more out of the event with the Mini Mudder for kids and Groupon savings on your registration.