2016 Races with Music on the Course
For those who love to run to the beat, it doesn't get any better than that.
Morro Bay Bands on the RunMay 28, 2016; Morro Bay, Calif. 1 of 9
This race, which offers half marathon, 10K and 5K distances, is perfect for runners of all abilities who want to take in some great music, while also giving back.
Not only will participants get to enjoy music on the main stage, but there will also be live performances along the course. Proceeds from the event go to the music departments of two local schools, where school funding isn't able to cover all of the costs.
Another bonus? This scenic course runs you directly on the sand, along the beautiful Morro Bay coastline.
The Manheim Rock-N-Glow 5KJune 4, 2016; Manheim, Pa. 2 of 9
This fourth annual event takes place at night, so make sure to grab your neon and glow items and get ready to party.
Arrive early to enjoy live musical performances and pre-race fuel from local restaurants. The course, which starts at Historic Market Square in downtown Manheim, will feature live music and light shows, so you'll be entertained the whole way.
The party doesn't stop after the race, either—stick around for more live performances, food and dancing.
Electric Run New YorkJuly 23, 2016; New York 3 of 9
This international racing series is coming to the city that never sleeps and taking music runs to a whole new level.
Not only do all runners get to enjoy music along the entire 5K course, they also receive an "electroband," an illuminating LED bracelet that automatically syncs with the music so they'll never miss a part of the show. Make sure you're ready to move—each kilometer will feature themed dance parties, ranging from EDM to Disco.
High Desert Music Mud & Crazy Obstacles 5KJuly 23, 2016; Victorville, Calif. 4 of 9
Get ready to tackle the 30-plus obstacles that fill this 5K race, from muddy pits to slippery hills to ice baths. Keep the dirt out of your ears, though—you don't want to miss the three bands and four DJs lining the course.
Registration includes a race T-shirt, a finisher's medal and even a victory beer for those of age.
Meet Me in the Dark 5K and Music FestivalAug. 6, 2016; Miami 5 of 9
This exciting new event begins at Florida International University, where the North Miami Athletic Stadium will be turned into an all-out glow festival for music-lovers and runners alike.
You'll find music all along the 5K course, but the real party comes after the race, where popular DJs and one major headliner (still to be announced) will throw an epic dance party.
Registration fees include your race entry, glow gear, a T-shirt, a finisher's medal and access to the post-race party.
The Rock Around the Clock 5KAug. 27, 2016; Kennesaw, Ga. 6 of 9
The Rock Around the Clock 5K has two race options—one for night owls and one for early birds.
The late race begins at the stroke of midnight at the Town Center Mall. Run your way through time as you hear music from nearly every decade since the 60's throughout the course.
The daytime option begins at 8 a.m. at the Still Family Farm, and the music will feature a southern rock/country edge.
Both races come with their own T-shirt and finisher's medal, so make it a double for even more race swag. Bring the whole family out as both races also feature kid-friendly music.
Rock 'n' Roll Marathon SeriesLocations and dates vary 7 of 9
Perhaps the most popular music-focused racing series, the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon tours major U.S. cities every year, along with a few international destinations. The event offers everything from a 5K to 26.2.
Live bands (typically from that city), cheer teams and volunteer groups line each course, making for one of the most high-energy experiences around. The post-race festival will also a include a finish line concert, which has been known to bring in a few big names, such as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Brad Paisley and the Goo Goo Dolls.
Martini Madness 5K Party RunNov. 12, 2016; Arlington, Texas 8 of 9
This 5K course is jam-packed with entertainment and can feature anything from live mariachi bands and DJs to hula dancers and contortionists.
What will be at this year's race? You'll have to register to find out, since race organizers keep a tight lid on race-day surprises.
After the party, pick up your flight of three cocktails at the mini martini bar, sponsored by Deep Eddy Vodka. There will also be a DJ and dance party, as well as contests for best costume and best dance skills.