Instead of pounding the pavement or hitting the trails alone, grab some buddies and sign up for a fun themed race. From dashing through clouds of colored powder to trekking across obstacles to sprinting away from zombies (!), there’s a fun run for every taste. Taking time for a silly race will renew your love of running after a long winter of cold, tough training.

Do it Today: Why so serious? Sign up for a goofy themed race this summer with friends.

Beginner’s Luck:

Need some help getting 5k-ready? Here are some tips to help runners of all levels get into the groove.

Color Me Greatist:

Last summer, the Greatist team took on the “Happiest 5k on the Planet.” Read about our experience at the Color Run.