2016 Valentine's Day Races
Whether you run, jog or walk alongside your significant other or a group of friends, these themed races provide a great mix of fun and exercise, allowing everyone to indulge guilt-free after they cross the finish line.
My Muddy ValentineFeb. 13, 2016, Tualatin, Ore. 1 of 11
If you're ready to get down and dirty, this obstacle course race is for you.
With over 21 mud-drenched obstacles, My Muddy Valentine promises a good mix of fun and hard work. Registration is capped at 2,000 participants, so reserve your spot now to enjoy this event featuring food, drinks, live music and a bonfire.
Suwanee Sweetheart SprintFeb. 13, 2016, Suwanee, Ga. 2 of 11
This annual 5K race is family friendly, with both strollers and dogs allowed on the course so all your loved ones can participate. The out-and-back race is also a qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race, the largest running race in the nation.
Not interested in running competitively? You still have a chance to win. Wear your best pink and red ensemble, and try your luck in the costume contest.
CODA Race4Love 5K Run/WalkFeb. 13, 2016, Beaufort, S.C. 3 of 11
This quick and flat 5K course takes you through scenic South Carolina neighborhoods and the beautiful Sanctuary Golf Course on Cat Island.
Race4Love benefits Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA), which has served over 12,000 domestic abuse survivors since 1986. T-shirts are available to the first 150 registered participants.
Fort Lauderdale Valentine's Day 5KFeb. 13, 2016, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 4 of 11
This race takes place in downtown Fort Lauderdale, giving you a quick tour of the city's business and government buildings. The race offers a fast and flat course and acts as a kickoff for the half marathon and marathon events taking place the next day.
Need some new gear? Check out the promising Health and Fitness Expo, sponsored by Publix.
The Chocolate 5KFeb. 13, 2016, Durham, N.C. 5 of 11
Calling all sweet tooths—Valentine's Day is the holiday of chocolate, and this race knows it.
In addition to the normal water and aid stations along the course, you'll also find "chocolate stations" that will be handing out decadent Ghirardelli and Choc-ola chocolates to keep you moving. Even more sweet treats will be waiting for you at the finish line. Talk about motivation.
Love RunFeb. 13, 2016, Montgomery, Ala. 6 of 11
Past runners have called this race the toughest 5K in Montgomery, so if you're looking to challenge yourself on Valentine's Day weekend, this race is for you.
All proceeds from the race benefit the Brantwood Children's Home, which provides housing for abused, neglected or other at-risk youth across Alabama.
Bay Breeze Half Marathon/10K/5KFeb. 13, 2016, San Leandro, Calif. 7 of 11
What's more romantic than a walk—or a run—by the bay?
All three distances start and finish at the San Leandro Marina Park, making for an especially scenic run. The course takes place mostly on a bayside trail, just a few feet from the water. All runners receive a finisher's medal.
Loveland Sweetheart ClassicFeb. 13, 2016, Loveland, Colo. 8 of 11
This Valentine's Day race takes place in Loveland, Colorado, also known as the nation's "Sweetheart City."
The four-mile course loops entirely around Lake Loveland so you'll enjoy views of the water the entire way—watch out for that hill at the finish line, though. All proceeds go to supporting three local cross-country teams.
Cupid Chase 5KFeb. 13, 2016, Breckenridge, Colo. 9 of 11
This race is the second of four that makes up the Winter 5K series, organized by Vertical Runner or "America's Highest Running Store."
The course loops along the beautiful Blue River on hard-packed snow trails (snowshoes are optional). It also has a later start time—11 a.m.—for any runners looking to get some extra weekend shuteye.
2016 Valentine Bike & 5K OceansideFeb. 14, 2016, Oceanside, Calif. 10 of 11
This Valentine-themed fun run starts and finishes at Oceanside Pier, and much of the course is right along the water. There's also an option to do a 5-, 14- or 25-mile bike ride for cyclists.
The post-race party is sure to be a memorable one, featuring "recovery" chocolate, a costume contest, music and a beer/wine garden. Make sure to get a picture with "America's Biggest Heart," a 25-foot high inflatable balloon.
Photo credit: Rich Cruse, RichCruse.com