Lace up your running shoes! Today Wonderopolis is hitting the road for a look at some special types of races that’ll make exercise seem like an adventure!

Do you like to run? Some people love to go for a short jog or a long run on a brisk morning. They love the way the exercise makes their bodies feel.

Some people even enjoy running so much that it becomes one of their favorite hobbies. Those who enjoy running long distances might train for and participate in a marathon. That’s a 26.2-mile race! Some people run multiple marathons every year.

Of course, running long distances isn’t the only way to enjoy running. Some people enjoy running shorter distances, such as 5K races. A 5K race (that’s 5 kilometers) is about 3 miles.

For others, running can be a blast regardless of the distance. It doesn’t matter to them whether it’s 3 miles or 26 miles. They run because they’ve found fun events that make the exercise they get from running just a side benefit of all the fun they’re having. What types of runs are we talking about?

There are several new types of runs that are taking place around the world. Let’s take a closer look at a few and see what they’re all about.

For example, you may have heard of a new run called a Color Run™. These unique events focus less on running and more on having some crazy, colorful fun with friends and family members.

Color runners can be any age, shape or size. Everyone starts in a plain white t-shirt at the starting line. Three miles later, everyone looks like they collided with a rainbow! As they run, color runners are regularly hit with colorful dust that coats their shirts, their hair, their bodies, their…everything!

If a colorful run doesn’t sound quite your speed, maybe you’d prefer a Zombie Run! In these races, volunteers pose as zombies along the race course. As a runner, it’s your job to safely make it to the finish line, avoiding the undead along the way. Zombies will try to grab “health flags” you wear around your waist.

If you make it to the finish line with at least one health flag, you made it “alive.” If not, you become part of the undead horde and can join the other zombies trying to grab flags from other runners.

Avoiding the undead not quite your style? Well, maybe you would prefer some muddy fun. Many places around the world now host regular Mud Runs. These fun races include obstacle courses with items such as bales of hay, climbing walls, tunnels and mud pits.

In addition to exercise, the other thing a mud run guarantees is that you will get muddy. Very muddy! Mud runs are fun to do as a group, so grab a friend or family member and get ready to get down and dirty!

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  1. That is a really cool wonder, wonderopolis I love it but running isn’t really my sport. Tennis is my sport I love Tennis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Oh my wonderopolis! I got lots of connections… first of all I’m in a program called Girls On The Run no need to explain what it’s about. We are training for a 5K and we were thinking of ideas we could do for the race color run was one of them! Also my mom loves running so she did a marathon (26.2)!

    Wonders for tomorrow-
    Something highly popular that is long!
    How many ways can you stretch?

    • Hey there, Annie, thanks for stopping by to Wonder with us again today! Girls on the Run is an amazing program and we’re thrilled that you’re a part of it– what an awesome connection to today’s Wonder, too! We are happy to hear that your mom is a runner, too! Tell her way to go for us- a marathon is a huge accomplishment! We wish you the best of luck and lots of fun as you train for your 5k!

      Thanks for sharing your awesome predictions, too! Wonder #876 will help you prepare for your runs, too: http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/why-do-athletes-stretch-before-they-work-out/ :)

    • That sounds like a great way to start your day, Alex! We bet you’re ready to go after a run with your awesome dad- thanks for sharing your comment with us! :)

    • Hey there, Wonder Friend Guffu! Color runs are located everywhere, they seem to be more popular each month! We hope you’ll search for a color run in your town, or perhaps you and some friends can create a color run of your own! :)

  3. I like going jogging with my dog, the awesome thing is we have a jogging path near our house, to jog or bike or walk on. I do the jogging. :)

    • How awesome, what a great way to get out and enjoy the lovely weather, Sarah! We bet you have a great time exercising with your dog! :)

    • What a great workout, Alex! We bet it’s a lot of fun to get your heart pumping on a run with your dad! Thanks for sharing your comment! :)

  4. Hi my name’s Jaden I love this video I should show it to my teacher and she is going to do it, I laughed. How do you think of these?Thank you.

  5. My TEACHER IS DOING THE COLOR RUN. I AM IN JADEN’S CLASS WHO SAID about the same thing. I watch ALMOST ALL YOUR VIDEOS.

    • How cool, Wonder Friend Chris! THanks for sharing your comment and telling us how much you enjoy Wonderopolis- what a great connection! Thanks for sharing the Wonder, Chris and Jaden! :)

    • How awesome, Color5! Some of our Wonder Friends have participated in color runs– they said it was a load of fun! Have a super day, Cool5! :)

  6. I already did put a nominate a wonder it’s awesome is this right you’re supposed to pick a wonder you think you should do and will do it just explain it to me when you get a chance? Take your time don’t want to rush.

    • Awesome Jaden, thank you for submitting your Wonder nomination! It takes us some time to review all the awesome nominations we receive, and then we begin researching the Wonder! You’re a great Wonder Friend, Jaden! :)

    • That’s so WONDERful to have a running partner, Walker! Especially if he’s a furry friend like your dog! Thanks so much for WONDERing with us! :)

    • WONDERful, Caleb! We’re so glad that you enjoyed this Wonder Video! Keep WONDERing with us, Wonder Friend! :-)

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  • So how do YOU like to run? Do you prefer a short jog in the park or a marathon around a large city? Perhaps you’d rather run through the mud or be chased by zombies? The important thing about all these types of running is the great exercise running provides for your body. No matter what type of running you try, your body will thank you for it! So get out of the house today and go for a run. It can be any type of run. You can jog or sprint. You can run on the playground or around your neighborhood at home. Get a friend or family member to run with you, if possible. It’s always more fun to run with a buddy. Have fun getting some exercise and seeing the sights of your area with a friend!
  • How far can you run without stopping? If you’re not used to running as exercise, it might not be far at first. With a little persistence and practice, though, you could be the next great marathon runner! Head outside and, using a stopwatch, time how long you can run without stopping. Be sure to warm up before you start. Do some stretches and light jogging. Do the same thing to cool off when you’re finished. Record your results in a journal. Every couple of days, repeat your run and see how your stamina improves over time. Can you create a simple graph that shows how your stamina increased over time?
  • Up for a challenge? Map out a marathon in your area. Use well-known landmarks and maps you can find on the Internet to plan a running route that’s as close as possible to exactly 26.2 miles. When you think you have a route set, ask a friend or family member to drive you along this route. Set the car’s trip odometer to zero before you get started, When you reach the end of your route, what does the trip odometer read? If you planned the perfect route, it should read exactly 26.2 miles. If it’s a little off from that, discuss the difference with your family members. Where might you have made a mistake? Have fun calculating. Isn’t it amazing that runners can run this distance in a few short hours?

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