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Sun's out runs out

Sun's out runs out

Credit: ANTHONY HIGGINSON

A runner gets coated in paint as he participates in a colour run; don't worry though, the paint does wash off.


Ajiitha Anand and Jessica Thompson | Interrobang | Culture | May 27th, 2016




Summer is a time to get outside and enjoy the sun with friends and yes, it is also a time to get active. But instead of hitting the gym or going for a casual stroll in the park, why not enroll you and your friends in a themed run. This is one the best ways to get outside, enjoy the sun and be active, but also provides an irreplaceable experience. Below are a few examples of themed runs that will definitively distract from the massive amount of exercise you are giving your body.

Run to the BBQ

Taking place June 17 at Metroland Media Agriplex (845 Florence Street), Run to the BBQ is a five kilometre run/walk that incorporates exercise and food, which makes the running worth it in my books. At the end of the course, the participants will be given awards and be treated to ribs, that are said to be the best brisket in town. On top of the delicious grub, participants who are 19 years of age and older will be given a ticket to the Beer and BBQ Show to wash all the food and exercise down with a brew and continue the party.

The run starts at 7 p.m. and costs $45 if registered before May 30th and $50 if registered after.

5K Foam Fest

If you want a run that includes trekking up a mountain and putting your body through treacherous tasks, this event is not for you. The 5K Foam Fest is a five-kilometre run that includes 22+ inflatable obstacle courses (including the world's largest inflatable waterslide) and a lot of foam, prepare for a slippery mess of a run and a unique experience.

The run is taking place August 6 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Boler Mountain located at 689 Griffith Street.

This is a run, which is a fun time, but also gives back to the community as it is working with Habitat for Humanity. The current price of registration is $57, but this goes up as more people enrol.

The Colour Run

The Colour Run, also known as the “Happiest 5K on the planet” according to their website, is taking place August 21 at 9 a.m. The event starts out at Western Fair District at 900 King Street. Basically this is a run/walk where you get to throw paint at each other and be bathed in paint yourself.

This year marks their fifth anniversary, which means there will be even more unique opportunities. According to their website, this event will mix tropical colours and tropical scents as runners pass through the shade of palm trees, arches and island-style music. At the end, participants will celebrate their feat at the Rainbow Beach, which is an interactive island featuring music, dancing, unique photo opportunities and massive colour throws.

On top of the fact that you get to throw paint at each other and be coated yourself, this is also a run that gives back to the London community. This year, the Colour Run is working with London Health Sciences Foundation.

Enrol in this run now for an individual price of $39.99 or in a team of four or more for $34.99 each.

Again, these are only a few of the runs taking place in London this summer, for more options visit runnerschoice.ca
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