From fundraising to tourism and thrill-seeking, these DC races are the kind of events that makes any couch potato lace up their sneakers.
It’s no surprise that DC is one of the fittest cities in the nation. This summer alone, there are 35 races scheduled to take place in Washington, DC. This doesn’t include races from neighboring areas in Maryland and Virginia. While all races promote better health, some are unique on their own. From fundraising to tourism and thrill-seeking, these DC races are the kind of events that makes any couch potato lace up their sneakers.
Not exactly a race, City Running Tours offers guided running tours of major cities across the United States. These group running tours offer unique neighborhood perspectives from a local runner and sometimes end with a beer at hand. The DC outpost has scheduled runs in June and July, and registration information is available on their website.
On July 26, 2014, the thousands of competitors will converge on Wicomico Motorsports Park in Charlotte Hall, MD for the DC area Reebok Spartan Race Sprint, the world’s leading obstacle race series. With over 80 races scheduled for 2014, this particular Spartan Sprint in the smallest course race type and includes about 15 obstacles along a 3-mile course. It will test your physical strength and mental resolve. If you’ve never experienced any likeness to an obstacle course, this one will be a good primer for novices. More information about the race is available here.
Building on the success of its first-ever Race for Every Child last fall, Children’s National Health System will hold the second annual race on September 13, 2014, at Freedom Plaza. The event’s proceeds will help fund specialized medical care, research into childhood diseases, and important wellness and preventive services to keep children healthy. A half-day event, Race for Every Child features a wide range of fun for the family, including a 5K run/walk, Kids’ Dash for kids 3 to 10 years old, live entertainment, and fun kids fitness activities, face painting, balloon art and more on and around Freedom Plaza. Registration for the race is available here.