Summer is here!  Now is the time to jump in on the themed-racing craze. With so many options to choose from, you will forget that you are exercising. Want to get covered in color, glow in the dark or be chased by zombies? There is a race out there for everyone! Check out these top picks and choose the right one for you.

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Color Runs:  These runs are perfect for your first 5K. They’re all about having fun and promoting healthy living. There isn’t a time clock, you simply start the run wearing all white and finish looking like a tie-dyed t-shirt! Check out The Color Run and Color Me Rad.

Obstacle Races/Mud Runs:  If you like a challenge, obstacle races are for you! These races combine obstacles like mud, fire, and barbed wire to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, with runs that top out usually between a 5 and 10k to test your endurance.  Obstacle races are guaranteed to push you out of your comfort zone. Some obstacle races include Tough MudderSpartan Race, and Warrior Dash.

Zombie Runs:  Test your speed, strength and agility while being chased by flesh eating zombies. Your goal is to finish the race uninfected! Are you up for the challenge? Get your heart racing with The Zombie Run. 

Disney Races:  The happiest place on earth just became a little happier. Tour the theme parks, see your favorite Disney characters, and pose for plenty of photo ops along the way. Not sure you’re up for a half-marathon? No worries! Disney has lots of distance races to choose from, including kid fun runs. Check out Run Disney!

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series:  Celebrate the run and not just the finish.  The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon features live bands along the course, cheer teams and entertaining water stations. With music at every mile, the party-like atmosphere gives new perseverance to long distance running.

Bubble Runs: 5K Foam Fest is not your ordinary mud run! Runners will find themselves tackling obstacles that contrast from muddy to bubbly, with bottomless mud pits, a 50 foot slip-n-slide and a bounce house full of foam.

Glow in The Dark Runs:  Black lights, music, dancing and running all in one! This run is all about the party! Throw on black attire and show up ready to walk, run, or dance your way through a course of black lights, music and glow sticks at Electric Run 5K or Glow Run 5K.

So go ahead, pick your poison. Whichever race you choose this summer, you’ll not only get into great shape training for it, but you’ll also have an amazing time running it.