Five 5Ks You Can’t Miss in Michigan

Summer is beginning to wrap up in Michigan, but that doesn’t mean the fun runs have to end! From glow-in-the-dark dance parties to zombie chases, the cooler weather brings a variety of themed runs all over Michigan that runners of all ages can enjoy.

Read more on a few themed runs you can look forward to this autumn courtesy of guest blogger Katie Dillman.

1. Color Vibe 
Ann ArborAugust 28 (not quite fall, we know!)

Paint a rainbow across Ann Arbor at the Color Vibe 5K, featuring color throws and a dance party. Tickets for this all-ages event include entry, a race bib, and a color pack. You’ll also have the option of purchasing some heavily discounted Color Vibe Party Packs that include a t-shirt, a bandana, neon sunglasses, socks–even a tutu! This run is all about fun so walk, skip, and dance your way all around the course until you arrive at the explosive dance party at the finish line.

The Colorvibe run is a can't-miss in Ann Arbor

Photo Courtesy of Katie Dillman

2. Night Nation
DetroitSeptember 17

The world’s first running music festival, Detroit’s Night Nation is a 5k like you’ve never experienced before. This after hours fun run takes you through a course glowing with neon as you experience multiple DJs sets along the way. At the end of your journey, head to the main stage and celebrate with an over-the-top dance party with DJs and special celebrity guests. Registration includes a bib, Night Nation t-shirt, after-party admission, and of course, a glow necklace so you can light up the raceway. This is a can’t-miss event for any lover of electronic dance music, so grab your glow sticks and sign up before all the bibs are gone!

Night-Nation is a wild experience in Detroit

Photo Courtesy of Katie Dillman

3. The Zombie Dash 
Grand RapidsOctober 22

Run for your life at the Grand Rapids-exclusive Zombie Dash. In this role-playing 5K, you will join a small band of survivors on a mission to investigate the quarantined urban center after sundown. When you arrive, you’ll be given three “life strips” to tuck into your clothes. As you encounter zombies, they will attempt to snatch these life strips from you, deducting one minute from your chip-counted finish time. Losing them all doesn’t disqualify you, and you may opt to run without the strips if you’d rather not be chased by zombies. Remember, this is all for fun! Rather not run but still want to participate? Put on your best undead garb and sign up to be a zombie! The top three best dressed will win a prize after the race.

The Zombie Dash lets you live a syfy fantasy while running

Photo Courtesy of Katie Dillman

4. The Great Beerd Run
Acme, November 12

Love beer and beards? Head to Acme’s Great Beerd Run on November 12th and celebrate them both! Registration includes entrance, a race medal that doubles as a bottle opener, beer samples, a full pint at the after party, and your very own bearded beanie to keep you warm in the Michigan air. Prizes will be awarded after the scenic race for the best natural beard as well as the best “assisted” beard at 11 AM. As this is a fun run, the race isn’t timed, but the fastest male and female runners will still be awarded prizes.

Beards? Beer? Fun? Check!

Photo Courtesy of Katie Dillman

5. Dashing Through the Snow 
FowlervilleDecember 3

Bundle up for the 10th annual Dashing Through the Snow 5K in Fowlerville! This professionally timed run (or walk, if you prefer) is on a perfectly flat course and features a post-race Christmas parade as well as a festive hot air balloon with pyrotechnics to cheer racers on. Registration covers entry to the event, and if you sign up before November 18th, you’ll also receive a cozy winter hat embroidered with the race’s logo. After your chilly journey and the holiday celebration that follows, warm up with a hearty chicken dinner at the registration site.

Katie1What is your favorite race to run or walk in Pure Michigan? Share with us by commenting below!

Katie Dillman is a Communications Coordinator with Premier Glow, an online retailer of glow products. She enjoys working with businesses through copywriting to share ideas that connect with their audience.