5 Awesome Summer 5ks in Denver

5 Awesome Summer 5ks in Denver

people running on roadSummer seems to be synonymous with 5k races. Maybe it’s because they’re appealing to people at all levels of fitness, or maybe it’s because they’re quick and easier (or at least easier than a half or full marathon). Think of a cause, theme or route and we can probably point you to a specific race. Here are 5 of our favorites coming up in the Denver Metro area in the upcoming months (In chronological order).

The Dirty Dash—June 16

The Dirty Dash is described as “a mud run obstacle course where a military boot camp meets your inner five-year-old’s fantasy and subsequently converts boy to man and then man to swine.”

If getting dirty and doing something a little different from your basic running course sounds like a good time, this race might be for you.

Cost: Registration is $50.


Donor Dash—July 21

This race through Wash Park is a 5k that honors the lives of organ and tissue donors, celebrates the lives of organ and tissue recipients and recognizes those who continue to wait for a lifesaving transplant.

Cost: Registration is $35 before race day.


The Zombie Run – July 28

Nothing like being chased by zombies to make a person run just a little bit faster! As an added twist, you can also register to run as a zombie.

“The Zombie Run is just your typical hometown 5k. That is, if your hometown is infested with zombies.  Soon enough, City Park will be filled with brain-eating zombies. As you run the 3.1 miles through the once peaceful streets of your city, the undead soldiers are ready to chase you down. And if you’re not fast enough, you can trust some will find a tasty snack…your brain.”

Cost: For $45 you can be a runner, for $25, you can be a zombie (which includes a zombie makeover!)


AIDS Walk Colorado—August 10

Produced by the Colorado AIDS project, this is one of the most successful HIV and AIDS fundraiser in the Rocky Mountain Region. The event serves as a day to remember those we have lost to the disease with prominent speakers, and panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, in addition to the Celebration of Life Festival, live music, food, beverages and the 5th annual AIDS Walk Colorado Volleyball Tournament, held in conjunction with the Colorado Gay Volleyball Association.

Cost: Registration is $35.


The Electric Run—August 30

Electric Run is the Nation’s Premier Nighttime 5k run/walk experience, where the participants are an integrated part of the show. Featuring immersive “Lands” of light and sound that transport the participant into an electric wonderland, Electric Run promises to transport the mind, body and soul to a new world in a healthy and drug-free way. Participants are encouraged to join in on the art by lighting up with glow sticks, LEDs and anything else their imagination can conjure up.

Cost: $40


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