Shawshank HustleJuly 25, 2015, in Mansfield, Ohio 1 of 11
Starting and finishing at the Ohio State Reformatory, this four-mile course allows runners to "escape" from the Shawshank State Prison. The course takes runners by a number of scenes from the movie, including the Bissman Building, Carousel Antiques and the bench where Brooks would feed the birds. The 2015 race sold out in just three months, so be sure to mark your calendar for 2016!
Potter Run - 5K Charity Walk, Run, FlyAug. 1, 2015, in West Jordan, Utah 2 of 11
Worry not, muggle. Both wizards and non-magic folk are invited to take part in this 5K race, which is a fundraiser for The Children's Justice Center. Runners are welcome—and encouraged—to dress up in their best Hogwart's costumes for a fun day of walking, running, playing Quidditch and other "Potterific" festivities.
"No Place Like Home" 5K Run/WalkOct. 3, 2015, in St. Louis 3 of 11
Click your heels three times and you'll be at the finish line. Well, not quite, but you're sure to enjoy this 5K race at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis. While the race title is a nod to the famous quote from the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, the idea behind the race is much deeper, raising money and awareness for homeless people in eastern Missouri. Prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed movie character.
Avengers Half Marathon WeekendNov. 12 to 15, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. 4 of 11
Avengers Assemble!... for this 5K, 10K or half marathon in Southern California. Unleash your inner superhero for this powerful weekend that includes Disney heroes, crusader training and a dash through Disneyland. Kids can join in on the fun too with 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes (plus, a diaper dash for the tiniest ones).
A Christmas Story RunDec. 5, 2015, in Cleveland 5 of 11
"You'll shoot your eye out!" Get used to that saying now, because you'll likely hear it many times while you're running the 5K or 10K run. Beginning at the former Higbee's Department Store (where Ralphie got tongue-tied on Santa's lap), the 5K course will wind its way through Cleveland and finish at the A Christmas Story House and Museum, where runners can walk around inside the house and even get a picture with the "fra-gee-lay" leg lamp.
Frosty's Frozen Five and TenJan. 16, 2016, in Littleton, Colo. 6 of 11
Frosty's Frozen Five and Ten race will leave you—almost literally—frozen. With average low temperatures in the teens, we imagine Colorado runners will feel like the famous human snowman during this flat five- or 10-mile road race. Good thing you get a long-sleeve T-shirt in your race packet!
Star Wars Half Marathon WeekendJan. 14 to 17, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. 7 of 11
C3PO, R2D2, PR, 13.1. What do they all have in common? The Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend, offering a number of distance options from a 100-meter dash for the kids to a challenging two-day, 19.3-mile run. Use the force to blast through this race in the famous Disneyland Resort and take motivation from Chewbacca as he cheers you on (in wookie-speak, of course).
Disney Princess Half Marathon WeekendFeb. 18 to 21, 2016, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 8 of 11
So the world isn't treating you like the princess you are? Here's your chance to flounce your awesome self through a weekend dedicated to the royalty in all of us. Don your pinkest tutu and your blingiest tiara for this half marathon, 10K or 5K. There's even a two-day challenge that combines the half marathon and 10K distance, if you're feeling extra majestic.
Tinker Bell Half Marathon WeekendMay 6 to 8, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. 9 of 11
Dust off your very best fairy wings and flitter through this 5K, 10K or half marathon in Disneyland. Join Peter Pan and the Lost Boys for a weekend of fairy dust, magic and, of course, Tink herself. Offering a pasta dinner and women's themed race, this 13.1-mile jaunt is perfect for female first-timers.
Forrest Gump ChallengeMarch 2016, in Reed Springs, Mo. 10 of 11
Run just because you feel like runnin'. The Forrest Gump Challenge offers a 5K, half marathon, marathon and ultra marathon (50K) distance option. The beloved movie will be played on repeat at the finish line, providing entertainment to finishers as they wait for friends and family to finish.