Hot Chocolate 5K
What better motivation on a cold morning run than the promise of a steaming cup of cocoa and lots of chocolate treats? At the Hot Chocolate 5K series that’s exactly what awaits you at the finish line. There’s also a 15K option for the more experienced runner. The events are scheduled in the cooler months in major cities around the country. Find the one nearest you at hotchocolate15k.com.
Disney Running Series
Via Run Disney
Why not combine a trip to the happiest place on earth with a little exercise? RunDisney offers a number of half-marathon and marathon weekend packages, many of which also feature the more accessible 5K distance. On Disneyland’s Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend, Friday features a Spiderman-themed 5K, while the Disney World Marathon Weekend runs a family-friendly 5K through Epcot. Find out more at rundisney.com.
Running with the Balloons
Courtesy QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
This cross-country style 3.1-mile race in Reddington, New Jersey runs over grass, gravel, and concrete to create a new challenge. But, the highlight is the launch of more than 100 hot air balloons during the Reddington Festival of Ballooning, the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America. The motivation? The top male finisher and the top female finisher will each win a free ride in a hot air balloon! Learn more at balloonfestival.com.