With summer coming around soon, lots of people are gonna want to challenge their physical limits. Fortunately for those of you out there who want that, there are a some awesome running events happening that will surely challenge you. Be sure to apply early though, you don’t want to lose your potential spot or pay more when the time comes up.
The first on the list is The San Diego Zoo Safari Park Half Marathon and 10k run, which begins May 4th! Now I know it technically won’t be summer yet, I had to bring this up because you get to see some of the animals from the San Diego Zoo. Honestly, I think that’s pretty awesome, especially if you’re an animal lover. Now the entrance fees are a bit high, with the Half Marathon costing roughly 95$ at the moment, but the 10k runs a little cheaper at 75$. Keep in mind, that the entry fee pays for your race, a free race technical shirt, medal, and free admission to the zoo! Not just that, but you can even have the opportunity to name a cheetah cub if you register to be a wildlife champion. Now, from my knowledge, the wildlife champion isn’t a race, but an opportunity to fundraise for the zoo. the minimum is 500$, but the more money you raise, the more exclusive benefits you can earn! Check out their Wildlife Champions section here for more information.
Second in our list of summer events is the San Diego Epic Summer Run. Starting June 1st, this marathon/ half-marathon & relay will definitely test your endurance. Registering gives you some pretty sweet benefits too! Not only will you have an amazing view of the area as you run, but you’ll get a cool medal upon completion, a gear bag and technical participant shirt, and access to a 2 day health & fitness expo too! Not just that, but you’ll have access to the post race festival and concert as well! Prices now start at 155$ for the marathon event and 140$ for the half marathon. If you’re interested in the 2 person half marathon relay, the prices start at 180$. Register now to save yourself some cash because the prices will only go up as time passes! Check out here for registration and other information!
These last two events seem too intense? Why not try the Wrigley River 5k Run/walk and 10k run in Long Beach then? Not only is it light on your feet, but it’s also easy on the wallet. Starting at 30$ for the early bird registration, this race will give you a great run at your own pace. You won’t get all the fancy exclusives and goodies that the other events offer, but you do have a chance to win a medal if you finish top 3 in the race. They do offer tech fiber shirts for an additional 5 dollars, if you are interested in that as well. Live music will be present at the event, so you can enjoy some lively tunes while you run to your hearts content. At bib pick up, you will also receive a goodie bag, which seems to be a bit lacking in information on the website. So take it as a surprise and see what you get! If you do have a question regarding that, feel free to contact the admins on their race website here.
Here’s an intense run that will get you dirty too. The Mach 1 Mud Run on June 21st is not just any running event, it’s also a brutal obstacle course that will test your strength and endurace. You can go in as an individual runner (which is apparently heavy on the competitiveness) or with a team of 4. The obstacles that you will encounter include a mud pit, monkey bars, wall climb, and other crazy boot camp-like obstacles. You get a t-shirt and a medal just for participating, with more awards for making the top 3 and even for having a creative costume as your attire during your obstacle run! There’s also a foam shower station that you can wash up with your buddies after the race, so you don’t have to worry about driving or walking home muddy. Like the other events, prices will go up the longer you wait, with individual entry fees starting at 55$ and team fees at 200$ for a team of four. Check out their website for more information!
And running up on the last of this list is the 4th of July Warrior Run in Tehachapi California. Tehachapi is a bit out of the way, but the run will be worth it. Registering will reward you with a pancake breakfast, finisher’s medal and a swag bag. Though a 5k run, you will enjoy a nice scenic rural townscape with lovely weather as well. According to the event site, a percentage of the proceeds will go to the Kern County Wounded Heroes Fund. There will be music, food, drink and games during the day, so be sure to stay around! The entrance fee is 30$, so be sure to check it out here for more info on this race and any other races!
You know what, let me throw out one hiking run event for you hikers out there. There is an intense hiking event called the Bulldog 50k Ultra & 25k Trail run in the Santa Monica mountains happening August 23, 2014. Be quick to decide because the early bird registration ends April 30th. Both the 50k Ultra and 25k trail run will be conducted simultaneously, so be sure to choose your pick. There will be a few training sessions before the main event, the dates being as follows:
Saturday, July 12 @ 7:00am
Saturday, July 26 @ 7:00am
Saturday, August 9 @ 7:00am
Be sure to check out the area and test yourself before the big event. There will be awards following the race for reaching a particular milestone such as fastest time within varying age groups as well. There isn’t much regarding goodies, but who cares? This event is gonna be one to test your limits! There’s a lot of helpful information and advice for potential participants in their website, so be sure to check it out here to get the latest info on the event. Early bird prices go from 80$ for the 25k run to 100$ for the 50k ultra, so be sure to apply before the 30th or the prices will go up. Also note that there is no race day registration, so don’t wait until the last minute!