If you think about it, it’s always right around this time of the year when you start to feel as though the frigid wrath of winter might never retire.
Now that the holidays are long gone, any novelty that the wintertime weather might have carried has completely worn away.
But don’t let yourself get too down about it, because before you know it spring will begin to blossom and you’ll be able to leave your house without having to dress like Ralphie’s brother in A Christmas Story.
Maybe it seems far off, but the season is actually so soon that if you’re thinking about running a spring race, now is the time to sign yourself up.
Perhaps the best thing about spring races (other than the event itself) is that the prospect will help keep you motivated through these final weeks of winter.
Whether you’re a beginner runner in search of a fun 5k or you’re a veteran in search of another medal to add to your growing collection, the spring season offers a wide variety of different events to choose from all across the U.S. and beyond.
Here are few we think you should consider.
Pittsburgh's Stride for Pride 5K—Pittsburgh Pa.
Part of Pittsburgh’s Pride week (June 5-14) this 5k follows a scenic route along the Allegheny river on the city’s North Shore. “We boast a great course, excellent vendors, and a fantastic crowd,” says race director Amanda Shannon Verrengia. This year the event takes place on June 7 and the race benefits the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh.
June 7, 2105
Quarry Crusher Run—Columbia, S.C.
Dubbed “Columbia’s most challenging foot race”, changing rock formations cause the length of the Quarry Crusher course to grow each year. The current distance covers 3.72 miles, but this year’s race will also feature a “Double Crusher” route of 7.44 miles for runners with a bit more ambition.