Looking for a fun 5k to run later this year – well, there’s not one but two just been announced.
First up is the Color Run Night Race: September 5th in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in Stratford, London
This one had me at the word ‘Bubble Zone’ although what I’m supposed to be most excited about is that it’s the first Color Run in the UK to be held at night. They’re replacing the normal powder with neon shades, having glow in the dark colour zones, giving everyone a glow-in-the dark T-shirt to run in and you’re running with a blacklight headlamp so you can see all the colours in their flouro fineness.
They haven’t said what time the race starts yet – only that ‘it’s once the September sun goes down’ – my friend Google tells me that sunset that day is 7.39PM so it’s unlikely to be superlate – which is good because I’ll need to get home as I am currently Helen, party of one for this one, as running buddy Jackie has a prior engagement and I can’t think of anyone else who’ll give up their Saturday night to run round the Olympic Park with me. Applications for volunteers on a postcard to Health-e Towers.
Entries aren’t officially open yet, but here is the secret early registration site that you can sign up to now that gives you a heads up in advance when it does open – and special priority booking window so you sneak in ahead of the crowds.
But wait, it wasn’t the only new run that popped into my inbox this week…..
Next up is Run Or Dye’s new Trick or Treat Run
This is a 5k or a 10k taking place in Richmond Park in London (again, sorry non London folk) on November 1st – yep the day after Halloween and all that and, as such it has a super spooky theme. Instead of colour zones they’re having Spooky Zones – zone one has Skeletons, zone two Witches, bats and cauldrons, zone 3 is the Pumpkin zone while Zone 4 has Zombies – which makes me wonder are you going to be chased by ghouls and goblins. In which case – brilliant. You can also choose between trick or treat finish lines… Oh,,,and the best bit about this one is that fancy dress is encouraged. I GET TO WEAR THE RUNNING TIARA!!! Now, where do I buy a black running tutu and bat wings to go with it.
While this race might sound like it should be at night, this one is actually a day race – the 10km starts at 10am, the 5km starts at 10am with a second race at 2pm. There’s also a 2km for smaller folk (and those hungover from Halloween parties)
Again, there’s another early entry site which gets you in for the super discount price of £20 (instead of £25). This is open until July 23rd and you need to use the code RUNORDIE – see what they did there – to claim your discount entry.