Friday, December 15, 2017

From mud runs to nude 5Ks, fun runs abound in Tampa Bay

There's a run for everyone here in the Tampa Bay area. Here are a few interesting ones coming this spring. — Robbyn Mitchell

Undy5000

Show the world your intimates in this 5K run and 1-mile fun run to support the Colon Cancer Alliance. Finishers will receive a commemorative pair of underwear and spectators can check out a giant inflatable colon.

When and where: 9 a.m. Saturday, Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa.

Registration: $40 for adults on race day, $35 for children, $30 for the all ages 1 mile fun run. facebook.com/TampaUndy50005k.

Dirty Girl

This girls-only, un-timed 5K mud run has optional obstacles including the "Utopian Tubes" tunnel crawl and the PMS mud pit. Participants receive a Dirty Girl keychain pre-race.

When and where: 8 a.m. Saturday, Little Everglades Ranch, 38230 Jordan Road, Dade City.

Registration: $100; free for cancer survivors. godirtygirl.com.

Spring Valley School Valentine's Day 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk

What's love without a little healthy competition? Racers can sign up for this 5K as a couple or run it single. Prizes go to the fastest and slowest couples and the top 10 men and women finishers. There will also be a Valentine's Day-themed costume contest with prizes.

When and where: 8 a.m. Saturday, Spring Valley School, 2109 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor.

Registration: $25 for run, $15 for walk. springvalleyschool.com.

Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon St. Pete

In its second year, the Rock 'n' Roll is a 13.1 mile trek through a downtown St. Petersburg, with live bands, cheerleaders and themed water stations along the way. New this year is an accompanying 5K race (it costs $45). Finishers get a medal, swag bag, T-shirt and the post-race concert. After the race, Jamaican pop-rapper Sean Kingston (Beautiful Girls) will headline the free closing concert in North Shore Park.

When and where: 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Tropicana Field to North Shore Park, St. Petersburg.

Registration: Open slots, if any remain, will be available for $150 for the half marathon, $45 for the "mini marathon" 5K at the race's health and fitness expo, noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Tropicana Field. Get a schedule, plus parking and shuttle info, at runrocknroll.competitor.com/st-petersburg.

Dances With Dirt Extreme Trail Run

Nature lovers can run extreme distances through the Green Swamp with course lengths 50 mile, 50 kilometer, 50-mile Team Relay Marathon, Half-marathon and 10K. The single-file, barely beaten paths offer a close-up look a Florida's wildlife.

When and where: March 9, Withlacoochee River Park, 12449 Withlacoochee Blvd,, Dade City.

Registration: Prices start at $39 and vary based on distance. dwd.runningfitsites.com/greenswamp-home.

Oldsmar Taphouse 5K

Not enough beer or pajamas in those other races? Try this nighttime, flat-course jaunt through Oldsmar that encourages runners to bring their PJs and teddy bears. Race winners come away with $100, $50, and $25 gift cards and the rest can just enjoy T-shirts and post-race craft beers at the Taphouse.

When and where: March 29, Oldsmar Tap House, 300 State St. E, Oldsmar.

Registration: $25, oldsmartaphouse5k.com.

Tampa Mud Race

A family outing that ends in a serious load of laundry, the Tampa Mud Run offers a barefoot mud run, a kid's obstacle course for ages 6 to 13 and an adult obstacle course. Organic T-shirts are included in several race day registrations.

When and where: April 6, 1006 E Bearss Ave., Lutz.

Registration: Prices vary by race; $62 for the adult obstacle course through March 6. tampamudrace.com.

Caliente Bare Dare 5K

Want a more breezy run? Try an adults-only, clothing optional, 5K race through a nudist resort. Finishers receive a soft, supple T-shirt and poolside refreshments.

When and where: May 5, Caliente Resort, 21240 Gran Via Blvd., Land O' Lakes.

Registration: $25 until March 24, $30 after. imathlete.com/events/CalienteBareDare5k.

There's a run for everyone here in Tampa Bay. Here are a few interesting ones coming this spring. — Robbyn Mitchell

Undy5000

Show the world your intimates in this 5K run and 1-mile fun run to support the Colon Cancer Alliance. Finishers will receive a commemorative pair of underwear and spectators can check out a giant inflatable colon.

When and where: 9 a.m. Saturday, Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa.

Registration: $40 for adults on race day, $35 for children, $30 for the all ages 1-mile fun run. facebook.com/TampaUndy50005k.

Dirty Girl

This girls-only, untimed 5K mud run has optional obstacles including the "Utopian Tubes" tunnel crawl and the PMS mud pit. Participants receive a Dirty Girl keychain pre-race. For more, see Page 42.

When and where: 8 a.m. Saturday, Little Everglades Ranch, 38230 Jordan Road, Dade City.

Registration: $100; free for cancer survivors. godirtygirl.com.

Spring Valley School Valentine's Day 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk

What's love without a little healthy competition? Racers can sign up for this 5K as a couple or run it single. Prizes go to the fastest and slowest couples and the top 10 men and women finishers. There will also be a Valentine's Day-themed costume contest with prizes.

When and where: 8 a.m. Saturday, Spring Valley School, 2109 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor.

Registration: $25 for run, $15 for walk. springvalleyschool.com.

Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon St. Pete

In its second year, the Rock 'n' Roll is a 13.1 mile trek through a downtown St. Petersburg, with live bands, cheerleaders and themed water stations along the way. New this year is an accompanying 5K race (it costs $45). Finishers get a medal, swag bag, T-shirt and the post-race concert. After the race, Jamaican pop-rapper Sean Kingston (Beautiful Girls) will headline the free closing concert in North Shore Park.

When and where: 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Tropicana Field to North Shore Park, St. Pete.

Registration: Open slots, if any remain, will be available for $150 for the half marathon, $45 for the "mini marathon" 5K at the race's health and fitness expo, noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Tropicana Field. Get a schedule, plus parking and shuttle info, at runrocknroll.competitor.com/st-petersburg.

Dances With Dirt Extreme Trail Run

Nature lovers can run extreme distances through the Green Swamp with course lengths of 50 mile, 50 kilometer, 50-mile team-relay, marathon, half-marathon and 10K. The single-file, barely beaten paths offer a close-up look a Florida's wildlife.

When and where: March 9, Withlacoochee River Park, 12449 Withlacoochee Blvd., Dade City.

Registration: Prices start at $39 and vary based on distance. dwd.runningfitsites.com/greenswamp-home.

Oldsmar Taphouse 5K

Not enough beer or pajamas in those other races? Try this nighttime, flat-course jaunt through Oldsmar that encourages runners to bring their PJs and teddy bears. Race winners come away with $100, $50, and $25 gift cards and the rest can just enjoy T-shirts and post-race craft beers at the Taphouse.

When and where: March 29, Oldsmar Tap House, 300 State St. E, Oldsmar.

Registration: $25, oldsmartaphouse5k.com.

Tampa Mud Race

A family outing that ends in serious laundry, the Tampa Mud Run offers a barefoot mud run, a kid's obstacle course for ages 6 to 13 and an adult obstacle course. Organic T-shirts are included in several registrations.

When and where: April 6, 1006 E Bearss Ave., Lutz.

Registration: Prices vary by race; $62 for the adult obstacle course through March 6. tampamudrace.com.

Caliente Bare Dare 5K

Want a more breezy run? Try an adults-only, clothing optional, 5K race through a nudist resort. Finishers receive a soft, supple T-shirt and poolside refreshments.

When and where: May 5, Caliente Resort, 21240 Gran Via Blvd., Land O'Lakes.

Registration: $25 until March 24, $30 after. imathlete.com/events/CalienteBareDare5k.

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