Hello spring! Sun? Bright. Birds? Twitter. Limiting COVID-19? Lift cautiously. All of which means it’s a great time to get out and about.
You can join a running club, join a running challenge, or sign up for a local race. But if you don’t like speed and like to experience the outdoors and do something a little ridiculous – and Win a medal for it – we’ve found six cool runs around Southern California that you can sign up for right now. (And if you want to exercise even more, we’ve rounded up the best local spots where doing it is really fun.)
These runs – one on the red carpet, another celebrating tacos and all of these runs that will make your heart boil – are more memorable than your typical 5K. Follow your lead, start, let’s begin.
Spend Oscar Sunday with the stars
Screenland 5K, Culver City
Dress up as your favorite movie character to run through the streets of Culver City. The route runs mainly on Washington and Culver Avenues and passes by the Culver Hotel, where the actors who played Munchkins stayed while filming “The Wizard of Oz” at the former MGM Studios (now Sony Studios) nearby. . What better place to hit 5K on Oscar Sunday than on the red carpet?
Wishing you a happy, comfortable
Bubble Run, Pomona
Prepare for fun at this family-friendly event, which features a pre-party with giant water cannons spewing bubbles, followed by multi-colored balloons during the race and a “mini music festival” after party with more balloons. Pressure drops for this 5K – no race clocks or timing chips. Instead, the organizers encourage participants to “jump and play” throughout the 3.1-mile stretch.
Make your way through the world’s largest relaxation house
Big Bounce America, La Habra
April 22, 23, 24
While it’s not technically a run, the event does feature an all-inflatable obstacle course measuring just over 13,000 square feet that will take over La Bonita Park in La Habra. One ticket gets you three hours, and sessions are broken down by age for safety – there’s one time slot for kids 3 and under (with adults/guardians), one for 7 year olds and under (with adults/guardians), one for children 15 years and under (with adults/guardians), and one for adults. What makes this event so special? “Pure magic,” said Dex, the event tour manager (who doesn’t use a surname). “After the last two years, people need something fun, magical, and full of surprises.”
Run … and then taco ’bout it
Tacos N’ 5K Beer, South El Monte
The name says it all: Finish this race at Whittier Narrows Park, and you’ll have a sizable prize pool. Sponsored beers at past events include Estrella Jalisco, Bud Light and Montejo. During the race, there is live music along the course, and a post-run festival that includes a costume contest, a piñata party, various games, and a mechanical bull.
Coloring to your heart’s content
Color Run 5K, Carson
It’s been called “the happiest 5K on the planet.” Here’s another run without the pressure as it has no time and focus on fun – organizers say it’s “health and happiness rather than competition.” At each kilometer marker, the participants pass through a wave of pigments. At the end, you will be covered in color from head to toe. (I’m done with this run. Tip: Wear white or light-colored clothing to make sure you’re absorbing as much color as possible.)
Party like it’s 1987
Great 80s Runway, Beach
Go back in time and buy some solid shirts and neon leggings for this race, which also has an event in San Diego. As you run through Shoreline Village in Long Beach, you’ll find “lots of horrifying surprises along the way as well as tunes from the most legit decade of all time.”
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