The Guide to Pittsburgh Novelty 5Ks
While you might have food, fun and family on the brain today, Memorial Day marks the arrival of summer, which is the season of novelty 5Ks in Pittsburgh since we only get a few months of tolerable weather every year. The Pittsburgh Marathon usually leaves runners feeling accomplished and hungry for their next challenge, so we thought we’d share some of the more laid back options to get your running fix during the warmer months. From mud runs, to zombies, to city sprees, there’s an array of options to make even the most reluctant participant sign up.
The largest category of the bunch, color runs might seem like a dime a dozen, but they offer the traditional 5K experience with a colorful twist. We can thank the recent migration of India’s Holi Festival over to the U.S. for this trend. Consider checking out Color Me Rad on September 20, Color Vibe July 12th, and the upcoming Run or Dye June 7th
Walks and runs for charity are always happening, most of the time for health-related causes. Consider coming out to support the newly-liberated LGBTQ community of Pittsburgh by participating in the Stride for Pride on the North Shore this upcoming May 31.
If you’re looking to get dirty, there are plenty of mud runs that will challenge you in more ways than one, as they’re often coupled with obstacle courses. This year’s Tough Mudder happens August 16 and 17 in nearby St. Clairsville, OH. There’s also the Dirty Dash on August 2 and the Zombie Mud Run on August 16.
And for more non-traditional 5K options, try the Brocathalon, which couples Pittsburgh-themed games and other physical challenges with a 5K. Traverse the city with The City Spree, a “no course” 5K that will have you hoppin’ and boppin’ around town. And last, but not least, get bubbly June 14 at the 5K Foam Fest.
If you’re looking to try out your first 5K, many of these are great options for beginners. Some, however, are quite challenging beyond the limits of a normal 5K, so make sure you do your research before you register! And practice, practice practice!