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Monday, June 30, 2014

10 fun (and sometimes grueling) upcoming races in the Orlando area

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Wanna stay active during the summer and fall months, but get bored running endlessly with no excitement whatsover? Look no further than these extreme races and fun runs around the Orlando area. From obstacle courses to splash zone courses, they cater to both the rookie runner and veteran track star.

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Hunter Vision Watermelon 5K

Before a night of fireworks, gather for an Independence Day celebration in Winter Park. Hosted by Track Shack and eye care specialist Hunter Vision, the patriotic event features a free kid’s run and watermelon eating contest.

When: 7 a.m. Friday, July 4

Venue: Park Avenue, Winter Park

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Do you have what it takes to be the fittest athlete in O-Town? If you are equally confident and insane, take on Desafio—which translates from Portuguese to challenge. Choose between a 5k or 10k fitness test that combines running with a variety of push-ups, sit-ups, lounges and burpees on every mile.

When: 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 19

Venue: Moss Park, 12901 Moss Park Road

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Splash 'n Dash Fun Run

Encounter splash zones and a 75 ft. slip n slide at this untimed 4.4K. Participants get a handy dandy squirt gun and 25 water balloons with registration. Sponsored by Orlando Sport and Social Club, this wet n wild fun run includes a water war after-party and food samplings from Buffalo Wild Wings following the race.

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26

Venue: Lake Baldwin Trail, Baldwin Park

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Celebration of Running 5K

Commemorate the 37th anniversary of Track Shack in their 22nd Annual Celebration of Running 5k. Registration is limited to 2,500 entrants, and participants over 21 receive one Sam Adams Boston Lager voucher. Presented by Florida Hospital, the celebratory course kicks off near the Orlando Science Center.

When: 7:30 a.m. Saturday, August 16

Venue: Orlando Cultural Park, 530 E. Princeton St.

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Run Yak

Partake in a family friendly race that features a 4.6K run and 3K Paddle. Venture to Secret Lake Park in Casselberry for an outdoor workout that welcomes all fitness levels.

When: 8 a.m. Saturday, August 23

Venue: Secret Lake Park, 200 N. Lake Triplet Drive, Casselberry

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Cosmic World

Partake in a psychedelic artistic production and an evening of visual spectacle. Embark on an interactive journey through multiple stage environments, where electronic musicians perform in an immersive outdoor setting. While traveling from stage to stage, you will be showered with fluorescent colored powders to glow under the night sky.

When: TBA Saturday, September 6

Venue: Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive

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Hit and Run 5k

Jump, dodge, splash, and flop through moon bounce obstacles. Known for making “grown ninjas cry,” the interactive course has wobbly balance beams across pools and whacking walls for you to outsmart. Be sure to record your falling fails and ducking successes when running through funny bounce houses.

When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, September 13

Venue: Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive

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The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ 10-Miler Weekend

Get fit with Disney at three weekend runs: the 10-Miller, Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run, or run Disney Kid Race. While the Happy Haunted 5k is intended for daytime runners, the 10-Miler is a nighttime run haunted by Disney's most frightening villains. Tiny runners under 13 can also participate in Kids Dashes or the One Mile run; there's even a Diaper Dash for crawlers.

When: Various Times Saturday, October 4

Venue: Disney’s Hollywood Studios and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

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Savage Race

Be a true badass and tackle 25 obstacles sprinkled throughout Little Everglades Range in Dade City, just an hour away from Orlando. From ice baths to barbed wire, Savage Race is the big leagues of fun runs. Instead of getting showered with paint like The Color Run 5k, Savage Race promises muddy underwear as a consolation prize.

When: 9 a.m. Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26

Venue: Little Everglades Ranch, 17951 Hamilton Road, Dade City

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Tough Mudder

Put your stamina and mud tolerance to the limit with a 10-12 mile challenge. Embrace your inner animal: slog through swampy areas, cut through tree-lined paths and crank up the speed under open skies. Jump over fiery obstacles like Phoenix—a 1.2-meter wall of blazing heat—or leap gracefully over mud pits like a Dirty Ballerina. Tutus are optional; sore muscles are guaranteed.

When: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday November, 8 and Sunday, November 9

Venue: Trophykart Ranch, 1368 S. Poinciana Blvd., Kissimmee

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