Want to hear a scary story? Oct. 31 marks the beginning of the holiday season, a time of year when the average American gains the most weight. Don’t be a statistic! Stay active during the next two months and you can ward off the horrors of weight gain. Start the holidays off right with an activity without sacrificing the urge to wear a costume.
Check out these killer Halloween-themed runs and walks from around the country; then go out and find a local event near you.
Run for your life! (Or the zombies will eat your brains)
Run For Your Lives: This apocalyptic 5K obstacle race on Oct. 22 is held in Baltimore. Try to survive the 12 man-made and natural obstacles AND the killer zombies on the loose. Before the race, you will be given a flag belt, just like the overly intimidating game of flag football. These flags represent your health. The zombies want to take your flags and maybe eat your brains. If you lose all your health flags, you die. And the zombies win. There are multiple routes to reach the finish. Choose wisely, or your 5k might turn into a 10k. runforyourlives.com
NJ Zombie Walk: Oct. 22. The walk starts at dusk where a hoard of hungry zombies will encroach upon the city of Asbury. njzombiewalk.com
5k Zombie Run: Oct. 29, Traverse City, Michigan. Each runner will register as either an Infected or a Survivor. The survivors will be given a one-minute head start at the beginning of the race and will want to be prepared to run for their lives before the infected pursue their morning snack. tczombierun.com
Don’t forget your costume
Monster Dash: Chicago’s Ultimate Halloween Race, Oct. 22. Monster Dash will test your will and your wits with 15 obstacles along a 3.1-mile course. Costumes encouraged! http://themonsterdash.com/index.html
Halloween Hustle 5k Run & Walk: Oct. 29, Palatine, Illinois. Benefiting Father Helping Fathers. halloween5k.com/eventinfo.php
Halloween Fearless 5K: Oct. 29, Como Lake, St Paul, Minn. Promoting “Chase Away Fears of Exercise.” charitieschallenge.org
The 24th annual Trick or Treat Trot 5K & 10K: Oct. 30, Chicago. Complete with costume contest and Halloween treats. trickortreatrun.com
Start your resolutions early
Why wait until New Years to turn over a new leaf when you can start reaching your goals NOW. Winter football and soccer leagues at Zog Sports go on sale this Halloween, Oct. 31. A perfect way to keep off the pounds for the rest of 2011 — and meet new people.
Zog Sports is a social sports league in New York City; New Jersey; Washington, D.C., Connecticut; and Atlanta that focuses on raising money for charity. So far, they have donated $1,200,000 to charity. They donate 10% of all profits and 100% of happy hour bar contributions to charities that you pick.
Tell Us: What costume will you be wearing at the start line?