14 Most Fun Races & Obstacle Courses

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Warmer weather is like music to a fitness buff's ears. With warmer weather comes longer workouts, cuter workout clothes, and fun ways to get your fitness in, like 5Ks and obstacle courses! Check out our favorite races below and see if there are any near you this spring or summer.

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(Photo: Dirty Girl 5K Mud Run)

Dirty Girl 5K Mud Run: This run is for women and women only, so if you thrive on support from other ladies, this is your spot. Almost one million women have participated in this 5K, no matter their fitness level. Dirty Girl 5K partnered up with Bright Pink, the only national non-profit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women, so many women run to honor other ladies who have battled breast cancer. For more info about this fun run, click here.

Kiss Me Dirty: If you're looking for a run where you can have fun and get dirty, this is the run for you. It's not a competitive race, so you don't have the pressures of personal records and training. All you have to do is show up with clothes you don't mind getting a little (read: a lot) dirty and a good attitude, and you're set to go! What's more is that a portion of the proceeds benefits gynecological cancer research and treatment support. Click here to visit their website.

The Color Run: Perhaps the most well-known race on this list, The Color Run has become a worldwide phenomenon, inspiring people in over 40 countries to have the times of their lives. Similar to the Kiss Me Dirty Run, The Color Run is also less about your personal best time and more about having fun while giving to charity. Runners show up at the start line wearing all white, and are blasted with color waves at every kilometer of the race, so that by the time they cross the finish line, they are transformed into colorful, happy and sweaty people. Known as "the happiest 5K on the planet," The Color Run is sure to live up to the hype. Click here for more info! 

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(Photo: The Color Run)

Insane Inflatable 5K: Forget the mud! The appropriately named Insane Inflatable 5K will challenge you with inflatables! There's no age limit, so you can bring the whole family along to this obstacle course (as long as your little ones are taller than 42 inches). Click here to see if the Insane Inflatable 5K is coming near you.

Superhero Scramble: What with all the different themed races and obstacle courses out there (i.e. Mudder, Warrior, Spartan), the folks at Superhero Scramble decided to introduce a superhuman element. This superhero-themed obstacle course is for those fitness nuts who want to challenge themselves a little further beyond a fun 5K — not to say that you won't have fun if you participate in this race. Immediately following the finish line is a party full of beer, refreshments, great food and live music! For more info on the Superhero Scramble, click here.

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The Zombie Run: If you need a little imagination to get you motivated, The Zombie Run is the perfect race for you. You can run as either a zombie or a human, and masked by the cover of darkness will fend for your life. No matter if you escape the zombies or not, however, you still get to finish the race and party with everyone during the apocalypse. Click here to read more!

Electric Run: This might be the most energizing 5K you ever compete in. The race takes place in the evening, but glow sticks, lights and music follow you everywhere you go, making sure that you're happy and free. You can run solo, or get a group of four together and run as a team! For more info, click here.

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(Photo: Electric Run)

Hot Chocolate 5K/15K: If food motivates you more than anything, then you should check out the Hot Chocolate 5/15K. After "America's sweetest race," you will head to the family-friendly fun zone and receive a hefty chocolate-themed gift bag and a large, steaming mug of hot chocolate. If this sounds like something you and your family would be interested in, click here! 

5K Dance Party: Who doesn't love a good dance party? No one, that's who! The 5K Dance Party is an un-timed 5K run where the course is divided into five zones, each themed to their own genre! You can walk, run and dance your way through a history of great dance tunes. Upon finishing, transport yourself back to the present for an epic dance party full of food, fun and music! To see if the 5K Dance Party will be near you, click here.

Wicked Wine Run: We would like to personally thank whoever came up with the idea of drinking wine while you exercise. This 5K starts like any other, but that's where the ordinary stops. You'll celebrate your run unlike any event you've run before – wine after (or during) your race! After the race is over, you can stay, play and rock out with a live band, food trucks and even more wine. If that strikes your fancy (duh), click here. 

Mustache Dache: The Mustache Dache takes place only in November, and raises awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer research and prevention. This could be a great way to get your hubby to work out with you! You can even get the kids involved. Check it out here!

Mustache Dache
(Photo: Mustache Dache)

Bad Prom Run: In case you ever had the urge to relive your high school prom night, now's your chance! Bring a date, your besties or go stag to this hilarious, fun and fab retro prom night. If you have a hideous old bridesmaids dress hanging in your closet, now's the time to bring it back out! Click here to see if Bad Prom Run is headed toward you.

Spartan Race: This race is not for the fainthearted! Born in the scenic hills of Vermont, Spartan Race was created to bring the excitement of obstacle racing to spectators and athletes alike. It consists of some pretty hardcore obstacles, so be prepared to sweat juuust a little. If the kids want to get involved, there's even a Spartan Kids race, too! Click here to read more.

Blacklight Run: If your kids enjoy cosmic bowling, they will absolutely go wild for the Blacklight Run. This race focuses less on speed and more on having a glowing good time with your friends and family of all ages, shapes and sizes. To get in on the movement, click here!