What Do Wine, Chocolate, and a Zombie Apocalypse Have in Common with Your Newest New Year’s Resolution?

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You may be wondering how wine, chocolate, and a zombie apocalypse could possibly be connected. Or what they have to do with you or with new year resolutions. Welcome to the world of fun runs, where you can guzzle wine, be chased by zombies, and devour chocolate- all in the name of fitness.

If you think “fun” and “run” have no business being put together, you’re not alone. There’s a common misconception that only running enthusiasts participate in races. When your idea of running involves someone chasing you, you’re not likely to think this kind of fitness activity could ever be fun.

At the same time, maybe you’re interested in fitness. Maybe you want to lose a few pounds or just get toned. Maybe you’ve been thinking you could stand to throw in a few healthier resolutions this year, or you just want to eat whatever you want without having to worry about a minute on your lips meaning forever on your hips. Outside of body consciousness, perhaps your focus is on your health and living your best life.

If this sounds like you, I’m here to say that there are times when it’s appropriate to put the words fun and run together and get in better shape without being a running enthusiast. If you like wine, chocolate, fun, laughs, or donuts, there’s a run out there with your name on it — and most of them come with a cool swag bag of goodies for your troubles.

Races often have fees, but these fees usually mean you get a cool t-shirt, swag bag, and race medal, and fees often go to support a local or national charity organization.

Here are just a few of the fun runs available that just might add a little fun (and fitness) to your year:

Wine and Chocolate Run

Combine your love for wine and chocolate at a race near you! This is seriously a thing. Last year, I participated in a Valentine’s Day weekend run with a chocolate theme in Savannah, Georgia, but wine and chocolate-themed events happen throughout the country. Simply search active.com for a race event near you.

For those who aren’t fans of wine, search for a beer run. No, not the kind of beer run that involves leaving a party to get more beer. These runs involve drinking beer and celebrating with others who are doing the same.

Krispy Kreme Challenge

Yes, there is a race that centers around donuts for all the pastry lovers out there. Run, stop for donuts, run some more, and if you can stand it, finish the race and have some more sweet treats. Find a race near you to take the Kripsy Kreme Challenge.

Mud Run

There are so many mud run options available in the racing world. The Dirty Girl Mud Run offers a women-only racing event, but many obstacle runs exist that allow you to get dirty for a good cause. You don’t have to be fast to run a mud run. In fact, the mud is sure to slow you down. But it can also be a great time!

Zombie Run

If your idea of running is because someone is chasing you, sign up to be chased by a zombie at a race near you. This is a real thing, and it’s usually held near Halloween. If you prefer going slow to running fast and enjoy cosplay, sign up to be the zombie chasing the runners for a spooky good time. Prepare for the zombie apocalypse by signing up for a zombie run near you!

There are so many fun run events that involve an element of cosplay. I’ve seen superhero races for charity and costume races for Halloween. If dressing up in character is your thing, there’s a race out there for you.

Inflatable Run

These runs are fun for the whole family. Obstacles are appropriate for a wide age range and make it possible for busy families to tackle fitness together. If you like playing on a bounce house or slide, this is the race for you. Make it a family fun fitness event!

Wanderlust 108

If a triathlon seems outside of your comfort zone, wrap your head around a mindful triathlon. The Wanderlust 108 combines yoga, meditation, and a 5k run for a day of mindful fun. Vendors for this event often included trapeze artists, tarot card readers, local and national charity organizations, and handmade crafts.

Color Run

If you have an artistic side, this is the event for you. Wear white, and at every kilometer, prepare to be splashed with colored powder by event volunteers. At the end of the race, you’re a colorful masterpiece and can join the party that awaits you.

You don’t have to be fast to sign up for a fun run. The race is more about fun than winning- and raising money for a good cause. Plus, it’s always a party, and you’ll leave with a swanky medal, souvenir shirt (in many races), and a swag bag of treats. Find a friend to sign up with you or make it a family activity. You’ll be able to cross a fitness activity off your list of resolutions for the year. If nothing else, you’ll make a memory and have fun in the process.

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