Color Runs, Bubble Runs, Mud Runs and Fun Runs

If you are a runner, you probably keep track of your finishing times and performances, but what about ultimate running destinations? Not every run is about the result. Sometimes, it’s all about the experience! If you participate in one of these running events, you might find yourself running in your underwear, running through bubbles, running through mud or even clouds of colorful powder. Also, time pacing aside, these specialized runs take place in some of the most beautiful settings on earth. So get off the beaten track and check out the fantastic and unusual runs described below!


Some of the most ridiculous running competitions actually have deep roots. For example, Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake has been held in Gloucestershire, England, for around 200 years, while the Great Knaresborough Bed Race in Knaresborough, near York, has been held since 1966. Each is a perfect display of British humor! Other European nations like to get in on the joke, too. In France, the Marathon du Medoc involves nearly two dozen wine tasting stops, while Belgians race drinking excellent beer.

North America

Americans have their own harebrained fun runs, such as the undie run, which takes silly races to a whole new level. But if running in underwear is not your thing, perhaps you would rather dress up. How about running with 50,0​00 chickens, bunnies, aliens, spidermen, batmen, and unicorns in San Francisco? Or don your best red dress and get wasted while running in New Orleans. If you don’t mind climbing some stairs, try the Empire State Building Run-Up or go up the CN Tower in Toronto. Finally, the Color Run in New York City, also known as “The Happiest 5K on the Planet,” is a must try!

Asia, Oceania, and Australia

More color runs await in Asia. Try the one in Dubai, one of the richest cities in the world. Or opt for colorful running madness in Melbourne, Australia, which is one of the most popular color runs in the world. Or, for a series of more peaceful runs, complete with scenic beauty and refined cultural and natural heritage sites, consider the Go Heritage Run in India!