Epic Summer Races in 2014
Eugene MarathonEugene, Oregon - July 27, 2014 1 of 11
Spend a few days at the University of Oregon—also known as TrackTown USA—where the IAAF World Junior Championships are being held the same weekend. The marathon course ends at the historic Hayward Field, where running legends such as Steve Prefontaine once competed.
DTR Full Moon Endurance ChallengeHobe Sound, Florida - August 9, 2014 2 of 11
Explore the trails of Jonathan Dickinson State Park in this 10-mile night run. The course will be illuminated with glow-in-the-dark arrows, reflective ribbons and a full moon, turning the race into an outdoor adventure. The event takes full safety precautions, including aid stations with experienced trail-running volunteers. All runners are required to wear bright clothing and carry either a flashlight or headlamp.
Running with the Wolves 10KMarlborough, Massachusetts - August 13, 2014 3 of 11
Don't worry—you won't actually run with real wolves. But you will race along the Assabet River Rail Trail during a full summer moon, the preferred setting for running wolves. If you can't wait for Halloween, dress up as a wolf and compete for the best costume prize, along with a handful of other performance-based awards.
Gleaux Run for the CureMandeville, Louisiana - August 15, 2014 4 of 11
Located about 30 miles north of New Orleans, this nighttime 5K race benefits the American Cancer Society. Participants are encouraged to be as creative as they please with the "gleaux" theme, and costumes have ranged from neon clothing to light-up dreadlocks. Once you cross the finish line, get ready for the official after-party at a nearby bar.
Run from the Cops 5K Fun RunWaukesha, Wisconsin - August 15, 2014 5 of 11
This is an opportunity you can't pass up. Spend one of your Friday summer nights running from the cops without any consequences. Once you're done, you'll be greeted with a well-deserved donut at the finish line.
America's Finest City Half Marathon and 5KSan Diego, California - August 17, 2014 6 of 11
Compete in a half marathon or 5K in this 37th annual event. The half marathon starts at the historic Cabrillo National Monument, ends in Balboa Park and features scenic views of the San Diego Bay throughout the course. Last year, runners from 47 states and 16 countries participated in this popular race.
Twilight Rock 'n' Roll 5KHighlands, North Carolina - August 23, 2014 7 of 11
Enjoy this 5K night run with the whole family. Kids younger than 10 years old race for free and receive glow sticks, while adults receive a free beer from the local pub once they cross the finish line. With a live music concert from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. during and after the race, there is entertainment aplenty.
NFL Kickoff Run and NFL PLAY 60 Kids Fun RunSeattle, Washington - September 1, 2014 8 of 11
Bring the kids and take part in this event to kickoff the upcoming NFL football season. The races finish at CenturyLink Field, the home of the Seattle Seahawks. Watch yourself on the jumbo screen inside the stadium as you dash across the field of the reigning Super Bowl champions.
20th Annual Run to the Rock 5K, 10K and Half MarathonPlymouth, Massachusetts - September 6, 2014 9 of 11
Run to the famous Plymouth Rock during this annual event in its 20th year of existence. With three courses that cover different terrain, everyone can find the race that best fits their experience level. As an added incentive, winners of each race can earn cash prizes of up to $150.
Ventura Marathon and Beach PartyVentura, California - September 7, 2014 10 of 11
Run with ocean views alongside the California coast in this USATF-certified, Boston Marathon qualifying race. If you or anyone else in the family is not ready for a marathon, other options include a 5K, a kids run in the sand and cycling races. The party includes live music, free kids activities, local vendors, food trucks and a beer garden.