5 Must Run Seattle Fun Runs
Maybe you’ve had a long race season, and want to just kick back and stop going for PRs. Perhaps you’ve never run a race before, and want to get your feet wet at a lighthearted event that can take your mind off of your nerves. No matter what your reason, Seattle has many hilarious, exhilarating, and invigorating fun runs available! These are our five favorite:
Join in the fun for the city’s largest single distance fun run, and enjoy four miles of costumes, beer, high fives, and green outfits of all shapes and sizes! This is a family event and is open to athletes of all ages, from sprouting sprinters to galloping geezers. Costumes are encouraged, and runners can compete in a variety of different categories like the best wearin’ of the green, or the most outrageous costume. The dash is followed by a fantastic after party, and of course a St. Patrick’s Day beer garden.
The “happiest 5k on the planet” happens in Seattle! This run isn’t about speed, it’s about fun, and participants will get to experience the most euphoric workout they’re likely to have all year. The entire course is a moving paint party that you're invited too: each registrant receives a bag of Color (non toxic colored powder), a Color Run sweat band, shirt, and temporary tattoo. This is not a timed event, You must wear white, and you must have a great time during this psychedelic dash!
Be one of the first in the city to celebrate the Fourth of July with the Firecracker 5000, the city’s only midnight 5k! Tell your friends that you ran for two days, and enjoy an after party that includes fireworks as well as food. Costumes are highly encouraged, especially those that are red white and blue, or patriotic in any way. The race has featured a post-party costume contest that is extremely popular with contestants, and gives people the opportunity to start and finish inside of Memorial Stadium.
At the Zombie run runners get to live out their worst fears and run from REAL zombies… or at least as real as Seattleites can make them seem! This 5k is made up of two groups: humans and zombies. “Humans” run the whole 5k, dodging zombies and charging over obstacles. Runners who are looking for an extra challenge have the option of wearing the unique “Life balloon,” which zombies will try to pop. Don’t worry, the only penalty for not protecting your “Life” is shame; all participants can still finish the race. If you register as a zombie, your fee will be cheaper, and you’ll get a “zombie makeover” before the race, as well as training on how to scare the “Humans.” Either way, you’ll be able to have a blast living the nightmare at the Zombie Run of Seattle.
The Great Kilted Run
Feeling Celtic? Gather your tartans and get to Magnuson Park! Not only does this 5k strongly encourage wearing a kilt, there’s also a Race for the Swords, which awards the most spry participants prizes for grabbing one of three swords. The event start is also unique, in that the starting line is so wide almost everyone can stand at the very front! So frolic up the grassy knoll of Kite Hill, and pace yourself with bagpipers.
These aren’t the only fun runs in Seattle, if you want to find more check out the RunGuides list of Seattle Fun Runs for a complete fun run calendar. Not interested in fun runs? We have a full calendar of Seattle runs and running events available as well.