It's hot, humid and the sun is beating down relentlessly, yet somehow you're still ready to run. You spent the long winter battling snowstorms, below freezing temperatures, and wild winds, so you're more than happy to sweat your socks off, as long as it means you can run outside without having to feel like Randy from A Christmas Story.
In fact, you're more than ready to run; you're ready to race, because what would summertime be to a runner without a little bit of fun competition, right? And even if you're in it just for the fun, well there are plenty of events out there that totally catch your drift.
Whether you're aiming to PR your mile time, tackle an entire marathon, or simply enjoy a short scenic route followed by an outdoor summer celebration, you'll find that summertime is the best time to sign up for your favorite type of race. With so many different events offered all around the world every type of runner will find one to match their personality.
Follow up your 5K with a craft beer festival in Vermont, run to claim your ticket to the world's largest music festival, or use up some vacation days and cross that bucket list race off your list while abroad; when the sun is shining (well hopefully) and every runner is smiling, the possibilities are endless.
Summer is all about fun, and these 13 races know how to show runners a good time. Whether you love running to support a cause or you're more motivated by the prospect of free food (in this particular case, bacon), there's not a race on this list that won't meet your high summertime standards.
Plus, even though you'll probably be a hot and sweaty mess by the end of the race, it won't matter. Because after you cross the finish line with a smile on your face and your hands up over your head, not only will you be able to enjoy all of the post-race festivities, but you'll easily be able to put your arms down, too.
Wounded Warrior Project 8 Mile
The Wounded Warrior Project's mission is simple: "To honor and empower Wounded Warriors." This year their 8K race series features events in San Antonio, TX, Franklin, TN, and Jacksonville, FL, all of which aim to raise money for the organization and the programs it provides to wounded service members and their families. Registration for the Jacksonville race opens on May 1 and discounts are provided to active duty military members, military family members, and students.
Rio de Janeiro Marathon- July 27 (Brazil)
July is considered a winter month in Rio but that doesn't mean runners shouldn't expect warm temperatures on race day. And if you can take the heat, this is a bucket list type race that most past participants agree is well worth the trip to South America. "The first 13 miles is one straight line following the coast," one runner wrote on marathonguide.com. "[I've] never seen so many mile markers go by with my head turned to the right just soaking it in."
Credit: Get Outdoors Colorado
GO Play! 5K- June 14 (Denver, CO)
On June 14 Get Outdoors Colorado and the US Forest Service will celebrate the seventh annual National Get Outdoors Day with its first ever GO Play! 5K fun run. The course features an outdoor adventure obstacle course within the first kilometer and a day-long, post-race celebration of all things outdoors, climbing, biking, fishing, paddling, health education, music, dancing, food trucks, and more.