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The Best Races in the USA

Updated on February 3, 2012

The Color Race

This seems like the best race I have ever heard of, and get this, it is only a 5k!!! There are many different locations that you can run this race around the country (see the list below). You begin the race with a white t-shirt and at each kilometer, you are sprayed with different colors of paint!! By the time you are finished you look like a kaleidoscopic of color. This is such a fun twist to encourage you to train for a race. If you are interested, but you have never run, try the couch to 5k app or check out this website for training tips.

Where they take place:

San Francisco
Las Vegas
Kansas City
New York
So Cal
Twin Cities

Check out the PHOTO GALLERY to see pictures and click this link to watch the videos!


42 hours to run 126.2 miles. Let that sink in for a minute




Ok, now that you have thought about it, add to that equation that you can have a team of up to 6 people to run this race. There is a driver for each team and one teammate runs at a time. At certain points throughout the race each runner takes their turn and rotates until the whole race has been run. So, 126.2 miles/6 runners=21.03 miles each (all 21.03 miles are not run consecutively, so do not panic). If you are up for it, this is certainly a challenge to brag about.

Rock and Roll (Marathon and Half Marathon) Series

The Rock and Roll Series take place all over the world, but there are MANY in the US. Pick a major city, and there is probably a race taking place sometime each year. As you run, you will be passing a series of bands at different mile markers. Let's face it, running a half or whole marathon does take motivation and determination, so why not make it a little more fun? At the end of each race, runners get to experience a final concert and party to celebrate all of their training with fellow runners and supporters.

At the end of the race, like many other marathons, you also get a race metal. And let me tell you, boy have you earned it. There is no feeling like completing a race like this, but make sure to take some time to recover. You have earned it!

Here is a list of the tour stops:

North American Tour Stops

Jan. 20, 2013 Arizona
Feb. 12, 2012 St. Petersburg, FL
Feb. 19, 2012 Pasadena, CA
Mar. 4, 2012 New Orleans, LA
Mar. 17, 2012 Washington DC
Mar. 25, 2012 Dallas, TX
Apr. 28, 2012 Nashville, TN
May 20, 2012 Portland, OR
Jun. 3, 2012 San Diego, CA
Jun. 23, 2012 Seattle, WA
Jul. 22, 2012 Chicago, IL
Aug. 19, 2012 Providence, RI
Sept. 2, 2012 Virginia Beach, VA
Sept. 16, 2012 Philadelphia, PA
Sept. 22, 2012 Denver, CO
Sept. 23, 2012 Montréal, Canada
Oct. 7, 2012 San Jose, CA
Oct. 13, 2012 New York
Oct. 21, 2012 St. Louis, MO
Oct. 28, 2012 Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 3, 2012 Savannah, GA
Nov. 11, 2012 San Antonio, TX
Nov. 18, 2012 Miami Beach, FL
Dec. 2, 2012 Las Vegas, NV

European Tour Stops

Apr. 15 2012 Edinburgh, Scotland
Apr. 22 2012 Madrid, Spain
Sept. 30 2012 Lisbon, Portugal
Aug. 5, 2013 Dublin, Ireland

Warrior Dash

The Warrior Dash will push you to and then past your physical limitations in obstacles that bring you through mud, water, over the hills and through the woods. If you are looking for a challenging race that brings on the fun, look no further. Warrior races have many locations throughout the U.S., Ireland, Australia and United Kingdom (see the list below). This is a fun even to do with friends- you can compete against each other for an additional challenge.

As the website says: beer, bands, food and fun are waiting for you at the end of this race, so sign up and get moving. This is certainly going to challenge you!

British Columbia
Central Florida
Central Texas
East Texas
Las Vegas
Michigan II
Minnesota II
New England
New Hampshire
New Mexico
New South Wales
New York
North Carolina
Northern England
North Florida
North Texas
Ohio II
South Carolina
Washington II

Not to mention, you get some pretty cool swag for completing the race.

Now that you have something to look forward to... get your butt out there and RUN!!!!


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      Michal 6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Thank you cloudexplorer! It was so nice reading your comment!! Running is one of my passions so I tend to write enthusiastically about it.

      I hate that you and your wife cannot run outside year round like I can here in Louisiana! The coldest it has even so far this winter is about 35- which feels amazing to run the longer distances in.

      I cannot wait to try all of these races and am already planning to do at least 2 of them this year and all of them by next year. The paint one does look like a messy blast!!

      Thank you again for reading and giving such great feedback!

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      Now this was an awesome hub, not sure where all the people are at, here in the comment section, because this hub deserves a great deal of attention in my opinion.

      I love running so that's the other thing I guess, can't wait for spring training to come, winter season hurts our outdoor running for me and my wife, but we will pick up where we left off in the mid fall.

      Running in doors is cool, but we prefer the great outdoors as our stage and maybe one day we can do some marathon training. That 5K with the paint stuff looks super fun, I watched every video too, might even try the obstacle course challenge it looked kinda crazy but fun!

      Awesome job and keep up the great work here, in due time it will begin to pay off indeed, I like your energy and enthusiasm you show for life thus far through your hubs, great energy here. Voted up on all levels! Thank you for sharing such a beautifully displayed hub with us all.

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      Michal 6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Thanks colpolbear! I have done the new Orleans rock and roll but the rest are on my bucket list!! Let me know if u do any flgreat races that I should try!

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      colpolbear 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      As a runner, I have to admit these all sound ridiculously awesome. Thank you for sharing them. I'm sure I won't be running any of them anytime soon, but they all sound fantastic! Hearing about them is inspiration enough!