2016 Toronto OCR & Fun Run Guide
Fair warning Toronto runners! Get in those training runs and hit the gym. Here’s a dynamic slate of local OCR and Fun Runs for 2016. Kick off the season with a color run event, then embrace the mysterious allure of the City Chase Toronto Fun Run events. You want more? How about a dazzling menu of OCR races, some featuring military style obstacles, while others focus on celebrating your inner need for mud—and lots of it.
This color-filled 5K fun run promises unbridled joy via lots of colored corn starch. Show up in white clothes ready to party hearty to an upbeat soundtrack. You'll be supplied with multiple harmless little bags of color, and proceed to make a splendid mess from there. By the finish, you're sure to be covered head-to-toe in bright tones. High fives all around!
The City Chase Toronto stages two unique fun run events, the first in June with a second run in August. Bring your team of two runners and compete in an array of secret challenges at these runs.
Here's how it works. Each team receives a clue sheet revealing “ChasePoints”, locations they must find to complete their challenges. Competitors can use their feet or public transit to reach the ChasePoints. Upon completing their ChasePoints, runners race back to the starting line. The ChasePoint locations are a well-guarded secret until the day of the event! You’ll need to be clever as well as fit.
Winning teams make it to the national championships to compete for big prizes against teams from all over Canada.
You want to run the Rugged Maniac OCR 5K with it's 25 epic obstacles! Why? Just to proceed to the rockin' after-party. Dress for dirt for this event held at the Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort in Kitchener. You'll rocket down a massive water slide, leap over fire, climb towers of slipping objects and more at this fun and challenging event.
Then comes the party—are you ready for an all day festival including adult bounce houses, mechanical bulls and an epic dance party? Sure you are!
Come on out to Ski Briacombe for the challenging Toronto Spartan OCR Race. Competitors can choose from two distances, the Sprint 5K or the Super 13K. Each event runs in waves of 350+ runners every 30 minutes. Test your speed and stamina over mud and water, fire jumps and barbed wire.
Don't forget to bring a change of clothes, you're going to need it! There is also a kids event, with obstacles tailored towards their age groups.
The Mud Hero OCR run beckons with a wild array of trails, water, rolling terrain and on-site camping. The event is staged at the gorgeous Albion Hills Conservation area, 50 minutes from Toronto. Choose from the 6K course with 16+ obstacles, or the super-tough Ultra 10K course with 25+ obstacles. If an obstacle is too hard, you can do an easy variation or skip it.
You'll want to stick around for the 10,000 watt after-party with DJs, live bands, a cash BBQ, alcohol/non-alcohol drinks and more.
How many guilt-free donuts are earned for completing all these great OCR and fun runs?
We're suggesting a modest six donuts. Let's face it, you've been too some major after-parties and don't want to overdo it!
Ready for further challenges to add to your race calendar for 2016? Check the RunGuides Toronto Fun Runs and OCR Runs calendars, as well as our complete listing of Toronto Runs at the complete range of distances.
Steve Lafler is a RunGuides staff writer. He is very selective with regard to mudder running shoes. Extreme nubbiness preferred.