What’s the most unconventional race you’ve ever run? Have you run a race like North Carolina’s “Take Pride in your Hide” naked race? Does your local running group have “prediction runs” where everyone guesses their finish time, and the winner is the person who has the closest guess? How about a Mud Run? If you could make up a wacky race, what would the twist be?
I’ve run three races that you could call unconventional, two of which I have run twice and all of which I intent to run every year if possible. These are definitely some of my favourite races.
The City Chase is a unique urban adventure that requires participants to exhibit teamwork, resourcefulness, determination and the ability to make decisions on the fly as they search for ChasePoints scattered in unknown locations throughout the city. ChasePoints are designed to test teams with a variety of physical, mental, and otherwise adventurous challenges.
Mud Run is Canada’s Dirtiest 10K and the most fun you can have running off road. The Mud Run is definitely NOT your ordinary trail run. It has hills, river crossings, climbing walls, tunnel crawls, hay bales and lots of mud. Everyone finishes with a spectacular romp (but in most cases a dive) in a world-renowned mud pit.
Runners are invited to explore the stunning vineyards and sample Niagara’s premium wines at the Runner’s Expo, along the Picturesque Course and at the Finish Area Street Party.
The week is going well. I had a killer workout at H.O.T. on Thursday (my arms, chest and shoulders are screaming today) and a speedy 10K with the group last night. Tonight I was hoping to make it to Spin, but the time slot doesn’t work for me so I’m running at lunch and hitting the gym to squeeze in whatever I can after work. Then it’s off to see New Moon!