Go Go Glow: 5 Themed Summer Fun Runs
5K’s used to be associated with getting up way too early, lacing up your Nikes, and hitting a local park or busy street in town to raise money for a cause within the community. Over the past 5 years however, there has been a noticeable shift in the scale and mood of 5K races to be more focused on themes, outfits, and after parties and less so on running.
A themed 5K may not be a serious runner’s cup of tea, but that is kind of the point. It’s a race for people who may not love running, but love fun. Because these runs are focused more on their individual themes than on speed, the races are a good fit for every age and ability and bring locals and out of towners together in a family friendly format.
Putting fun first is resonating with people and The Hawkeye State is offering up plenty of opportunities to partake in an event this summer. No matter where you are in the state, there are plenty of opportunities to get out, get active, and maybe wear a crazy outfit while doing it. Here are 5 Iowa Races to get you going, glowing, and giving back this summer.
The Super Run – Des Moines
Date: Saturday July 16th
Location: Raccoon River Park 2500 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50265
Time: 8:00 am
Cost: $25 – $45
This action packed adventure run gives kiddos and parents alike a chance to get some extra use out of their halloween costumes while getting out and being active together. If you weren’t a superhero this year, no worries. Each participant’s registration fee includes a cape but colors are first come first serve so you may want to get there early. Individuals run first and teams head out after that. The Super Run gives back to children’s cancer research.
Insane Inflatables – Davenport
Date: Saturday July 16th
Location: Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds 2815 W. Locust Street Davenport, IA 52804
Time: 8:30 am
Cost: $65 – $100
Racing gets started at the Fairgrounds at 8:30 am. There are 4 Waves, starting every 30 minutes between 8:30 am and 10:00 am. Prices range from $65 to $100 depending on when you register. All access passes include $20 in merchandise credit and open entry to any wave you choose. The race will bring about 10 inflatable obstacles like The Wrecking Balls and The Waverunner. See a full list of Davenport obstacles here. The race is not timed and it is not necessary for participants to run between obstacles although they may choose to do so. Insane Inflatables charity partner this year is the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life.
The Glo Run – Cedar Rapids
Date: Saturday July 30th
Location: 850 2nd St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Time: 7:30 pm
Cost: $20 – $40
The theme of The Glo Run this year is 80’s and the course features 6 different themed glowing sections including stops like Moonwalk GLOzone, Arcade GLOzone, and ending the night with an 80’s dance party finish festival. You can get glowing for a good cause this year because The GloRun has partnered with the American Heart Association. The registration includes a neon 5K t-shirt, glow sticks, and admission to the after party but participants making an additional donation to the American Heart Association will receive extra glow swag. The party kicks off with registration at 7:30 pm followed by a costume contest for 80’s or Neon themed outfits and the bubble guns to start the race kick off. The DJ will be spinning 80’s tunes well into the night, so grab a red bull because this is going to be a late one.
We Run Glow Run – Coralville
Date: Saturday September 3rd
Location: Performance Health & Fitness 3290 Ridgeway Dr., Coralville, Iowa 52241
Time: 9:00 pm
Cost: $40 – $45
This race is a late one, but much anticipated. Registration for the race is limited and it has sold out the past 3 years. Registration includes a race t-shirt, finisher medal, entry for door prizes and a donation to the American Cancer Society. This is a chip timed event and is family and stroller friendly. Racers will show up decked out in glow sticks, LED shades, and be ready to party with friends, family, and neighbors.
The Color Vibe 5K – Dubuque
Date: Saturday September 17th
Location: The Old River Front Bowling Alley at Kerper Blvd and Hawthorne St
Time: 10:00 am
Cost: $26.99 – $70
Similar to The Color Run, this race is focused on color zones at each 1K checkpoint. Runners start off white and end up looking like a human rainbow. There are 4 color zones along the course and the day ends with a huge dance party and “color throw” finish festival. A perk unique to the Dubuque event is that all participants get free entry into the Dubuque Oktoberfest following the race.
Katie Dillman is a Communications Coordinator with Premier Glow, an online retailer of glow products. She enjoys working with businesses through copyrighting to share ideas that connect with their audience.