I'm sure you've heard of all of the new races - Spartan races and Tough Mudders - but there are more out there. And they all seem to be coming to DC.
First we had the color/dye runs. Run a 5k and have colored corn thrown starch at you, only to have it wash off your white shirt when you wash it! (not to mention breathe all that in...)
Nah - that's alright. I'd rather not
Then there's the Drenched 5k. Run a 5k with a water gun, squirt people, throw water balloons, and then slide down a GIANT slip n' slide. Perfect for a hot DC summer day.
Maybe I can see how that one would be fun, but as an Earth Science teacher, all I can think is "Holy Crap you are wasting a TON of water". Therefore, I will not be partaking in this.
We also have the Electric Run coming to DC - run at night with neon lights. This one is 97% sold out already.
This morning I received an email about the ROC Race. ROC standing for "Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge"
Ok, so maybe that one also sounds like fun - like a 5 year old's DREAM race. It's a giant play gym for grown ups. Seriously - could you imagine being a kid and knowing that you would someday be able to do this? Is this what Nickelodeon has done to our generation of runners?! But oh man - that Science teacher in me is squirming. So - much- waste and plastic. I don't know if I'm against the actual race or the consumption of goods at this point! I just think it's the weirdest thing. Really - take a step back. Imagine looking from above and seeing all of these people running through this. What does one think?
I think we are odd - but that's totally me.
You will never see me do a Spartan run, a Tough Mudder, or any of the runs listed above. If I race, it's to see how fast I am. Not to see if I can kill myself. Or to waste resources. Maybe I'm too competitive, but I like running for running. I also don't want a reason to get hurt - *coughtoughmudderandspartancough*
Give me a cupcake or ice cream at the end of a race and I'm all good. If you want to throw in a coupon for running shoes or hey - even a free pair of running shoes - then even better. Those are things I can use! Those are things that make sure I can keep running. I don't need fancy things to get me to a race. Scratch that - I love medals. Medals get me to the finish. But that's not the point....
I want people to be active and have fun, but clearly I am being closed minded. So please tell me, what are your thoughts on these races? I am sure there are a few of you that have done these. Help me see the good. Also - which of these races would you sign up for? And, are there any crazy races out there that I've left off this list?