This past weekend, I had the privilege of watching my wife Janette run another 5K. It had been a few years since her last one, but she hadn’t missed a step.

She’s always loved to run and I love watching her do what she’s passionate about.

I’m hoping to try my first one out this summer sometime. We’ll see.

I know 3.1 miles isn’t far for most people, but I guess I’ve tended to find myself more in the Gimli camp (from Lord of the Rings), when he says “I’m wasted on cross country. We dwarves are natural sprinters. Very dangerous over short distances.”

Yeah, that’s me. Very dangerous over short distances, indeed.

Anyway… in recent years it seems like the number of 5k’s and other road races has increased exponentially every year.

I’m always blown away by some new idea that someone came up with and find myself thinking, “Man, why didn’t I think of that?”

But even with the whole sea of races that are already out there, I think there are still some that are missing. So, here you go…

8 road races you need to try (once they are actually created):

“Mountain Dew You Think You Can Finish?” 5K Extreme Obstacle Race
>Every runner gets a hydration pack filled with Mountain Dew
>Runners must conquer 5 extreme obstacles throughout the course
“Red Bull Gives You Wings…and Stomach Cramps” 1/2 marathon
>Cups of Red Bull at refreshment tables every 2 miles
>Each contestant also wears a GoPro camera to capture it all
“America Runs on Dunkin” fun run
>They’ve secretly been advertising for it in their logo for ages. Now it’s time for the real thing.
>Of course, there are donuts at the finish line. What else would you run toward?
“Burger King have it your way” pick your distance race
>Runners get to pick any distance they want to run and keep track of their own time.
>Winner gets a free Whopper… if they can figure out who actually won
“Energizer keeps going and going” endurance race
>Contestants keep running until they’re totally drained and have to be thrown out (unless they’re rechargeable)
>Nothing outlasts this race
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“Yellow Pages let your fingers do the walking” 100m finger walk
>Participants must “walk” 100m on the pavement… using their fingers
>There will be volunteers on hand as well to explain how a phone book actually works.
“Geico 15 minute” race
>Runners go as far as they can in 15 minutes.
>All who finish are told how much they could have just saved on car insurance during that time… probably close to 15% or more
“Home Depot you can do it, we can help” assisted 5k
>Volunteers in orange aprons are spread out along the course and can help push you along if you get winded or aren’t sure where to go… or have a question about plumbing.
What about you? What race would you like to see?
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