Anyone who says running is boring needs to get on board with one of the many themed races happening around the world. Mud, colour, music, costumes. Whatever you’re into, there’s a race for you. In fact, some reports say that there’s been a 40-fold growth in non-traditional events since 2009. Fun, themed races can also be a great way to inspire a new runner to take up the sport more seriously.
The Pure Protein Night Race is one of these races. Happening in September in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver, the Night Race is a 5 or 10K run or walk through the city’s parks that starts after-dark. Any runner would usually tell you to stay away from a dark city park for your evening runs, but not when there’s 2,500 runners, all with headlamps, glow sticks and brightly coloured clothing lighting up the night!
The Night Race website describes the conditions as perfect for a “party run” vs. a personal best, so the race is really more about having fun than competition. Every runner gets an Energizer LED headlamp and tech tee, and headlamps must be worn during the race. If your wardrobe is lacking glow-in-the-dark attire, Brooks will hook you up with some glow-in-the-dark paint in the Glow Zone before the race kicks off. After the race, there’s an after party complete with DJs, a light show and dance party.
The Pure Protein Night Race also supports the Starlight Children’s Foundation and at each race there will be a child ambassador sharing their story. Starlight Children’s Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps seriously ill children with hospital in-and-out programs.
Sadly, I can’t attend this year’s race, but it sounds like such an awesome event that I am giving one reader the opportunity to win two free race entries AND a Pure Protein gift pack consisting of a Running Room massage ball, protein bars and a Starlight Children’s Foundation buff. What’s a buff you say? Basically the best, most versatile piece of gear you’ll ever add to your running wardrobe. This tube of fabric can be used for everything from a headband to a balaclava. I took one with me on my recent Kilimanjaro trip and basically never took it off.
HOW TO ENTER
Just leave me a comment on this blog post about why you’d like to participate in the Pure Protein Night Race this year. That’s it! I’ll pick a winner at random and email you details on how to redeem your prize. You pick the location and distance when you register. Possible dates and locations are as follows:
- Toronto (September 5, 2015) – 7:40pm, Sunnybrook Park
- Montreal (September 11, 2015) – 8:30pm, Old Port of Montreal
- Edmonton (September 19, 2015) – 8:05pm, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park
- Vancouver (September 25, 2015) – 7:10 pm, Stanley Park
Contest closes August 28! Good luck!