If the idea of running more than a mile sounds like nothing short of torture, but you still have a weird desire to get into this running trend that all of your friends are talking about, there are 10 unique races across the country to consider.
While running is still involved (it is still called a race after all), enjoying a unique experience is a top priority with the health benefits of running being an added benefit, making it perfect for anyone who hates running.
In 2014, Alpha Warrior will be coming to 14 cities across the United States. This race is described as "innovative" and features some of the most unique obstacles challenges that you will find on a race course. There is no mud involved, but there is 125 tons of steel along the course that takes 5,500 man hours to build.
Austin Gorilla Run
Held in Austin, TX at the end of January each year, the Austin Gorilla Run invites participants to dress up as a gorilla and race to raise money to save the mountain gorillas.
Registration includes your own gorilla costume (discounts available for participants who previously participated and don't need to purchase a new gorilla suit), and participants are invited to accent the costume with their own accessories.
Boston Urban Iditarod
In the Boston Urban Iditarod, participants are invited to create their own urban dog sled using shopping carts and humans -- all to benefit the local food pantry. The race requires that participants check in at a minimum of five bars throughout the Boston metro. While at each checkpoint, participants must complete challenges to win prizes. The race will be held on March 1, 2014.
Krispy Kreme Challenge
Eat a dozen doughnuts and raise funds for the North Carolina Children's Hospital with the Krispy Kreme Challenge. In its 10th year, approximately 8,000 runners will take the streets of Raleigh to run five miles. Halfway through the course, participants stop and eat a dozen original glazed doughnuts. In 2014, the race will be held on February 8 at 8:30 a.m.
The Zombie Run
Bring the "Walking Dead" to life by participating in The Zombie Run, an obstacle course mud run that requires participants to dodge zombies -- or grab humans -- along the way to stay alive. For the same price, participants can choose whether they want to be a human or a zombie, the latter of which includes a bloody makeover. The Zombie Run will be held in five different cities in 2014.
The Color Run
Paint races have become a hot new race series in the U.S., and The Color Run boasts the most events across the country. The 5k course features different color stations, where participants are bombarded with dry colored powder and given the option to turn themselves into painted rainbows. Afterwards, participants are invited to enjoy a post-race party with an opportunity to get bombed with more color.
Cupid's Undie Run
Help raise money for The Children's Tumor Foundation by wearing your favorite bedroom attire during the one-mile Cupid's Undie Run, which is held across the country on Valentine's Day weekend. Participants are encouraged to fundraise, and can receive extra incentives depending on how much they raise for charity as they prepare for the race. It offers a unique experience to celebrate the day of love with your honey.
5k Foam Fest
The 5k Foam Fest race series puts a clean twist on popular mud races. Throughout the 3.1-mile course, participants run through obstacles, including mud pits, as well as gigantic foam fests. The organizers describe it as a blend between mud runs, "Ninja Warrior" and the soapiest car wash you can find. The 5k Foam Fest races will be held in more than 35 locations across the U.S. in 2014.
Glow Run 5k
With 18 races across the country, the Glow Run 5k puts running in a whole new light. Participants are invited to dress in their brightest clothing, accented with glow sticks. The 3.1-mile course sets the scene with its music and black lights, creating a party-like atmosphere. Afterwards, participants are invited to join in a post-race party with more music and even more glow sticks.
With the SandMine Challenge in Missouri, take your run underground as you explore an abandoned sand mine along the way. As if that isn't enough of a challenge, additional obstacles placed approximately every half-mile amp up the difficulty. In fact, CNN has named the race one of America's 10 ultimate adventures.
The race is held annually at the end of February. Those that do love running are invited to complete the "Extreme Quad" -- four laps of the course to equal about 16 miles. Afterwards, all participants are invited to a post-race party complete with music, beer and food.