10 themed 5K runs and races you have to add to your bucket list


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We've covered mud runs, obstacle course races, glowing nightime 5Ks, scary zombie runs, superhero dashes, tower racesfirefighter-themed challenges and bizarre races from around the world. Yet, human kind continues to develop zany ways in which to run from point A to point B. We love it. We say, whatever it takes to get people excited about exercise, outdoors and community, go for it.

Here is a roundup of themed 5Ks that you must add to your bucket list. Some are healthier than others. All guarantee that you will have something interesting to talk about around the water cooler Monday morning.



These food-themed runs will have you salivating to the finish line ... or barfing at a checkpoint!

The Hot Chocolate 15/5K

Theme: "America’s Sweetest Race"

Details: How far will you run for chocolate? Choose betweeen the 15K or 5K run through the streets of Chicago. The payoff? The post-race party features mugs filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and tasty dippable treats.

Learn more: Hotchocolate15k.com

Krispy Kreme Challenge

Theme: 2,400 calories, 12 doughnuts, 5 miles, 1 hour

Details: Are you up for this challenge? Begin at the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. Travel 2.5 miles through historic downtown Raleigh, to a Krispy Kreme location where you consume one dozen glazed doughnuts. You're not finished yet! Run 2.5 miles back to the Memorial Belltower with a belly full of doughnuts!

Learn more: Krispykremechallenge.com

The New York Hot Dog Challenge

Theme: Hot dogs!

Details: Brought to you by the fabulous New York Rogue Runners, this run is between 3 and 5 miles where you'll devour nine to 11 dirty water dogs in NYC. Every year, the course is revealed the night before the race.

Learn more: Newyorkroguerunners.com