Have you run from zombies?

July 17, 2012 | By | Comments (8)

I’ve discovered something this summer – there are lots of fun activities and interesting experiences available, just as long as you (and/or your family members) are willing to run.

For example, in June my family and I were signed up for a 5K and Kids Fun Run on Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor. While the schedule of planned events was cut short due to torrential rain, my daughter and I had an amazing adventure that included friends, a boat ride and a couple of great stories to tell in the future.

In July, we were running again, this time in Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots and New England Revolution, as part of the Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 event. Not only did the kids and I get to cross the 50 yard line (get it, finish at the 50?), but there was food, music and multiple bounce houses.

As my eyes have been opened to the new adventures available to us, I’ve also discovered a multitude of weirder events. For example, I can run with zombies (Run for your Lives), run for my own “survival” (the Survival Race), run through sprays of colors and come through at the end looking like I took a dive in a bowl of Fruity Pebbles (The Color Run and Color Me Rad), run through a gigantic car wash (5K Foam Fest), run to escape from prison (Prison Break), and run through an obstacle course (Ruckus).

I’ve been trying to figure out why there has been such an explosion of race-themes, and why each of them sounds so tempting. Even the zombie-related events, because who doesn’t want to be chased through the woods by a gang of angry zombies who want to eat my brain?

As for me, looking ahead to the winter, I have decided on one other race theme I didn’t mention – I’m going to run with the princesses at Disney World this February.

Have you ever run from zombies or into car washes? What races have you completed?