5 Quirky Races to Run

December 21, 2015 - By: Sarah Hovis

Life can sometimes get a little crazy, so you might as well run with it. Or in this case, run in one of these quirky races:

  1. Zoom! Yah! Yah! Indoor Marathon, Northfield, Minnesota Enjoy zero elevation change, perfect weather conditions, and a personal lap counter at the nation’s oldest indoor marathon. Held on the campus of St. Olaf’s College, you’ll run 150 laps and change directions every 30 minutes, all while jamming to music that never repeats. Next race: Sunday, January 10, 2016.
  2. Bay to Breakers, San Francisco, California At just over 100 years old, this is one of the largest footraces in the world—attracting over 50,000 participants and more than 100,000 spectators annually. The 7.4-mile course is equal parts running event, costume party, and a celebration of the city’s spirit. Next race: Sunday, May 15, 2016.
  3. Boston Urban Idiotorama, Boston, Massachusetts In this adventure race (similar to the Alaskan Iditarod concept) people run instead of dogs, winter gear is replaced with costumes, and sleds become shopping carts that teams decorate, fill with food, and then race 3.5 miles between bars. All food collected is donated to the Boston Medical Center Food Pantry. Next race: TBD
  4. Man versus Horse Marathon, Llanwrtyd, Wales During the 35-year history of this 35km (22 miles) trail race, the horses claimed the first 24 victories. The escalating jackpot starts at £500 ($750), and increases by £500 per year until a runner beats the first horse/rider. In 2004, Huw Lobb won and took home £25,000 ($37,560). Next race: Saturday, June 11, 2016.
  5. Marathon du Médoc, Bordeaux, France When it comes to living life to the fullest, the French have it down to an art form. While running 26.2 miles through scenic vineyards, runners will also indulge in 23 glasses of famed vintages, while also enjoying oysters, foie gras, cheese, and ice-cream. Next race: Saturday, September 10, 2016.

Tell us in the comments if you’d run one of these quirky races.
Photo Credit: Bay to Breakers