Run Right into Spring

Well, it is official, spring is here. It is that time of year we shake off the lethargy of winter and get out and smell the fresh air. At my house, it’s actually time to get out and see what kind of outdoor projects I need to do now that the weather is getting nice, sigh. I try to keep my eyes down going in and out but I can still see them; clean the gutters, feed the plants, clean out of leaves from the flower beds, put down new mulch, etc. Well so much for getting out and enjoying the weather. I will be out in the fresh air, I just won’t be having too much fun.

This week I found it to be one of the first big weekends for running events. While taking advantage of milder climates and roads minus ice and snow, running events move to the front of the events line this week.  A few of the runs are one element of a larger event. Some are marathons and some are 5k runs; all are a great time for runners. In addition to the running events there are also lots of walking events taking place. A good percentage of the walking events are fund raisers through nationally known causes/charities such as the Jaycees, the March of Dimes and the American Cancer Society. Some of these even allow families, including children, to participate as teams. It is an excellent way to teach your children what it means to be part of a community and enjoy contributing in the effort of helping those less fortunate. I know I would be useless in a run as I would most likely pass out after 15 minutes. However if they needed a marker to show people where to stop I could try and land there when I fall over.  But walking, I can walk forever. Well, almost.

As always, I have tried to give an overview of events taking place throughout the U.S. this week. Run/ Walks are taking place 100’s of locations. I highlighted the ones here because I felt they were a good representation of the different types walk/run events taking place. I know that most of these will take place in locales where you will not be able to attend or participate. But there are many events taking place near you this week. You can use the search box above to find things in your area and also you can sign up for our weekly free email of events in your backyard. Then you don’t have to search. All you have to do is read your email every Thursday to help you find great ideas for the weekend!

March of Dimes Walk

Apr 06, 2013

Bismarck Civic Center Bismarck, ND US 58504

Having a mission to fight for healthy babies, the March of Dimes has many programs to raise money. Be sure to lace up your sneakers for a this cause.

Relay For Life

Apr 05, 2013

Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center Shawnee, OK US 74804

The journey to end cancer starts with a single step. The American Cancer Society invites you to take that step with us by joining the global Relay For Life movement. When you walk to end cancer at a Relay event, it’s your opportunity to not only honor cancer survivors and remember loved ones lost, but also to raise awareness about what we can do to stay well from cancer and raise money to help fuel the world’s largest walk to end cancer. Organized, overnight community fundraising walk, teams of people camp out around a track, members of each team take turns walking around the track, food, games and activities provide entertainment and build camaraderie and a amily-friendly environment for the entire community. Because it’s a team event, individual participants are not required to be there the entire time. But it’s so much fun, you’ll find it hard to leave!

Yakima River Canyon Marathon

Apr 06, 2013

Canyon Road and Berry Road Ellensburg, WA US 98901

Since 2000, Runners will compete on a 26.2 mile marathon course throughout the area. There are designated areas to watch. Ellensburg to Selah, WA Sponsored by the Yakima Hard Core Runners Club. This point-to-point marathon course is exceptionally scenic as it offers spectacular views of the Yakima River Canyon. Registration fee to participate in the race.

Santa Cruz Half Marathon 10K

Apr 07, 2013

Wilder Ranch State Park Santa Cruz, CA US 95060

The Santa Cruz Half Marathon presented by BODYARMOR SUPER DRINK consists of a 13.1-mile run/walk along scenic West Cliff Drive past breathtaking vistas of the Pacific coastline. Runners then pass through the surrounding neighborhoods and make their way west along a paved path through strawberry fields, past historic farm buildings to Wilder Ranch Sate Park. From there, it’s a loop on the Old Cove Landing Trail (unpaved) with incredible views of the rugged ocean bluffs. Runners then retrace their steps back to the finish line festivities on Cowell’s Beach just a stone’s throw from the start line.

Lake Pleasant Dam Good Run/Walk/Hike

Apr 06, 2013

Lake Pleasant Regional Park Morristown, AZ US 85342

Since 2004, Join us for this untimed, fun, family event that is back by popular demand. Choose from an easy 2-mile, moderate 4-mile or more challenging 7-mile course across Waddell Dam overlooking beautiful Lake Pleasant. Participants may walk, hike or run. Proceeds benefit park programs. Please note that backpacks, strollers and children under five years of age are not allowed on the dam.
225 Attendees

Golden Gate Headlands Marathon, Half Marathon and 7 Mile

Apr 06, 2013

Rodeo Beach, Fort Cronkhite Sausalito, CA US 94965

Since 1987, marathon, half marathon and 7 mile.

Birch Bay Road Race

Apr 06, 2013

Birch Bay State Park Blaine, WA US 98230

A spectacular run along the shores of scenic Birch Bay and country roads for serious and recreational runners alike. Inspiring vistas, rural roads in the early morning. A scenic 5 K and 15K along the Bay. The 15K and 30K add rolling rural roads and million dollar views. Measured course, great support…an “A” race class event at international distances. A classic road race in every sense of the word. Soon you’ll know this special event yourself.

Dogwood Days 5K Run

Apr 06, 2013

HOSS Building (Formerly Church of Christ) Idabel, OK US 74745

A 5K Run as part of the Dogwood Days Festival event lineup. Medals- Men and Women-12 and under, 13-19; and 5 year increments thereafter. Up to 70 and over (places awarded in each group). Overall Male and Female Trophy category as well.

The Biggest Loser Run-Walk Jackson Half Marathon/5K

Apr 06, 2013

The Art Garden at The Mississippi Museum of Art Jackson, MS US 39201

The Biggest Loser RunWalk Jackson Half Marathon/5K/Kids One Mile Fun Run. Each registered participant and finisher will receive the following: Non-intimidating Environment for New Runners and Walkers, Chip timed race for runners and those tracking personal goals, Award divisions for runners and walkers, The Biggest Loser Inaugural Finisher’s Medal, Celebrity Appearances, Commemorative Technical T-Shirt, Race Number, Timing Tag, and Goodie Bag. There will be• Water and Sports Drink along the Course, Sports Drink and Water at Finish Line, Healthy snacks designed by Dan and Jackie. Live Entertainment at the Finish Line Festival and last but not least, a Truly Unforgettable Experience.
3,000 Attendees

North Platte Jaycees Bunny Run 5k

Apr 06, 2013

Cody Park North Platte, NE US 69101

Come out and enjoy Spring by joining our fund raising efforts. On-line registration required for PRFS points tracking. Race day entries will not count for PRFS points. Various age divisions: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.

Double Oak Duathlon

Apr 05, 2013 – Apr 06, 2013

Oak Mountain State Park Pelham, AL US 35124

Formerly Powerman Alabama Weekend is NOW Double Oak Duathlon Weekend at Oak Mountain State Park, just south of downtown Birmingham. Double Oak Duathlon Standard and Sprint Distance Kick off Team Magic’s season. The two race distances (10k/40k/5k and 5k/20k/2.5k) will serve as a ITU Standard and Sprint Distance Duathlon World Championship qualifying event.

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