Tough Mudder, tough scmudder. Extreme races might be all the rage, but what about those of us who aren’t looking to get electrocuted or drown in a cess pool during our Saturday morning run? If you’d rather dress up like a superhero than try to actually be one, these are the craziest, zaniest, most fun races to hit the Philly area this spring. – Chelsea Karnash
Run the Vineyards
These races at area wineries bring new meaning to the concept of “wine trail.” Whether you’re at Chadds Ford’s Penns Woods Winery or Sand Castle Winery in Bucks County, expect live music, vendors, food and of course, wine tastings galore. Just be sure to register early; the vino ensures these runs sell out quickly.
Hot Chocolate 5K or 15K
Philadelphia Museum of Art Steps
2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy
Date: April 6
Running for chocolate? That’ll get you off the couch! After this 5 or 15K (your choice) race, reward yourself with a chocolate-centric party. As the name implies, there will be hot chocolate, but there will also be chocolate fondue, chocolate snacks and more.
Art & Sole 5K Run
Abington Art Center’s Sculpture Park
515 Meetinghouse Rd
Date: April 6
If an art-infused leisurely jog is more your style, opt for this April’s Art & Sole run. You’ll get a self-guided tour of the center’s gorgeous grounds and a free t-shirt for your efforts.
City Running Tours – Running the Yards
Yards Brewing Company
901 N Delaware Ave
Date: April 12 or May 24
While City Running Tours is always offering a selection of fun runs, this one stood out because, well, it’s at the Yards brewery! In addition to a tour of the brewery’s grounds, thirsty runners will also get to see parts of the city at a faster pace, including the Liberty Bell and the Delaware waterfront. Just take note: this one is not a race — except when it comes to scoring that post-run brew, of course!
Run or Dye
Citizens Bank Park
1 Citizens Bank Way
Date: April 19
Tie-dye and running collide at this race, which is similar to the popular Color Run. Rock your white or that old prom dress and prepare to hustle through a 5K course while getting hit with colorful (safe, eco-friendly) dye every kilometer. Afterwards, stick around for the Dye Festival, when runners and spectators alike can get blasted with one final massive dose of color. Amazing photos are sure to follow.
Paws & Feet 5K Race and Doggie Fun Day
Cooper River Park
5300 N Park Dr
Pennsauken Township, NJ
Date: May 17
Grab your pup and head out for a day of fitness and fun, all to benefit the Animal Welfare Association. Run or walk the 3.1 mile course, then enter your pooch in a pet contest or take a lap round the agility course. Live entertainment will also be provided.
Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic
Date: June 8
While this is obviously for the more hardcore fun-runners (13.1 miles is no joke!), it’s not your average half. Expect live music, crazy costumes, optional challenges and a Sly Fox beer garden for re-hydrating (or just celebrating) at the finish line. And if you’re hurting after this one, you can also hop in line for a free 5 – 10 minute post-race massage.