Unique Area Races Aren’t Just for Runners
By Jacqui D. Sinarle
Whether you’re a serious athlete or you just want to have fun, there’s some type of unique foot race in the Central Valley for you — and most local color runs, mud races and obstacle courses include events that are designed just for kids! Check out the following special race experiences for one that suits your style (listed from least strenuous to most challenging).
The Color Run
Various dates and locations
Also known as the “happiest 5K on the planet,” The Color Run celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality with a 5K, untimed event in which participants are doused from head to toe in different colored powders at each kilometer. The only rules: wear white at starting time and finish plastered in color!The most recent Color Run in our area was held in September 2015 at California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock; at press time, a 2016 race was a possibility but had not yet been scheduled.
The good news is that Color Runs are scheduled throughout the country with several events in California, the next slated for San Jose on May 28, 2016. For information on other dates and locations, visit www.thecolorrun.com/events
Various dates and locations
Billed as a “seriously fun 5K mud and obstacle run,” the Mud Factor experience isn’t about how fast you run, it’s about celebrating that you took on the challenge and finished. Participants are encouraged to get teams of friends and family together and to stand out from the crowd with costumes, themes or uniforms. The event also features MF Kidz, an opportunity for children to experience the opportunity to conquer Mud Factor in a shortened course that’s 1.5 to 2 miles and includes the same obstacles and swag (bandana, tattoo and finishing medal) that adults receive. In addition, the Mud Factor Family Wave allows parents to run with their children through the mud and obstacles as a group.The most recent Mud Factor Modesto was held in April 2016 at Tuolumne River Regional Park and it was such a success that they’re bringing it back on an undetermined date next year. For information on the next Mud Factor race near you, visit www.mudfactor.com/locations.
July 16, 2016
9521 Morton Davis Drive, Patterson
With elite/competitive and open divisions, this multi-distance, physically demanding Reebok Spartan Super obstacle race for adult men and women covers more than 8 miles through tough and rugged terrain and promises to test participants’ endurance, perseverance, and grit. Be forewarned that you’ll be running in mud and water and climbing hills and mountains, so dress appropriately and race in what you train in—no new shoes on race day! Runners are encouraged to build teams of friends, co-workers, and family (teams can be any size but must have at least four members to be included in team rankings). There are also two race distances for children ages 4 to 8 and ages 9 to 13. All participants receive a t-shirt and finisher’s medal. Registration includes discounts for verified military personnel, first responders and students.
For information and registration, visit www.spartan.com and select San Francisco Super.