I’m not a huge fan of going to the gym, so I’ve been looking for more ways to get in my daily dose of exercise without having to walk through those horrid doors of my local gym. I have a love-hate relationship with running, but I really hate the treadmill (especially since I’ve almost fallen off one a few too many times for comfort), so I decided to start looking into 5K runs. 5K’s are becoming more popular these days because there are so many different types out there. From a mud run to the incredibly popular color run, there is every kind of run for anyone’s personal taste. Here are the 4 kinds of 5K’s you can try to change-up your exercise routine. 

1. Color Run

(Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Dulux)

(Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Dulux)

Color runs are a big trend in the world of 5K’s. There are plenty of different brands within the color run category, so if you miss one, there’s probably a chance that you can find another one a few months later. A color run involves running while colored corn starch is released throughout the course. If you want to give this type of 5K a try, there are plenty of color runs like The Color Run, Color Me Rad and Color Vibe.

2. Cause Run

(Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Jenny Craig)

(Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Jenny Craig)

A cause run is the kind of run that specifically benefits a special cause like breast cancer, arthritis, heart disease, and so on. You might be thinking that most 5K’s have proceeds go to a special cause, but a cause run is a little different because it tries to bring awareness to that specific cause. These events are not only educational but they’re also a lot of fun and definitely worth a try. Some cause runs to try are Creaky Bones, The Jingle Bell Run, The Healing Heart 5K and Race For The Cure.

3. Mud Run

(Photo credit should read OLAF KRAAK/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit should read OLAF KRAAK/AFP/Getty Images)

Mud runs are a more intense type of 5K because a lot of these runs actually incorporate obstacle courses into the events. It’s called a mud run because, by the end of the race, you should be covered in mud from head to toe.This sounds like a fun time and, if you’re interested, there are a ton of different runs you can participate in. Some include The Dirty Girl Women’s Run, HogWild Mud Run and Spartan Race.

4. Theme Park Run 

(Todd Anderson, photographer)

(Todd Anderson, photographer)

Theme parks aren’t just for riding roller coasters and rides anymore. Some theme parks have started holding 5K’s and marathons that are super fun. Theme parks are a perfect place for a 5K because of all the space they can utilize, plus the parks will incorporate their characters or attractions into the run. Disney is the most popular theme park run, but if you don’t live close to Disney or just want to try a different theme park 5K, there are plenty more to choose from like the Zoo Run Run at Lowry park Zoo.

These days, there are so many different 5k’s to choose from that can make your boring workout routine a little more exciting.  Leave us a comment below and let us know what your favorite 5k is!

Ariel Schiller/ CW44 Tampa Bay


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