6 Fun Runs to Sign Up For in 2017

The new year is a perfect time to set some fitness goals, and for many ClassPassers, running a race is one of the top items on the bucket list. Races offer a unique feeling of achievement and community, both when you’re out on the course in front of cheering spectators and when you’re at the finish line celebration. In fact, we’ve started offering races on ClassPass, as well! Check them out here.

If running the race is the fun part, staying motivated during training can feel challenging and overwhelming. In order to help you stay motivated, we’ve rounded up a bunch of races in 2017 that offer a little something extra to bring you to the finish line.

If chocolate is your workout fuel of choice…

…check out a race with a sweet ending. The Hot Chocolate race series offers 5K and 15K runs in cities throughout the U.S. (including San Francisco, Atlanta, Seattle, and Chicago). In keeping with the theme, the finisher’s medal is shaped like a giant chocolate bar.  Bonus—instead of a t-shirt, you will receive a cozy, high-quality hoodie with your race entry!

If your motto is “Run Now, Wine Later!”

…mark your calendar for the Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon in July. The race starts at a scenic winery in Napa, winds through gorgeous vineyards, and ends in historic Sonoma Plaza. After your race, celebrate your achievement at the wine-centric finish-line festival with tastings from over 20 wineries and local breweries, as well as live music.

If you’re a girly-girl…

…sign up for the Run Like a Diva women’s race series all across North America (men are allowed to participate, too!). The fun starts right at registration, when each participant receives a pink tutu, and continues throughout the whole race, with feather boas and tiaras handed out on the course. At the finish line, you can expect an over-the-top-sparkly medal handed to you from a fireman and a glass of bubbly.

If you’re the first person in line when someone brings donuts to the office…

…make tracks to the Krispy Kreme Challenge. This 5-mile race is held in Raleigh, N.C., in February. The out-and-back course offers a unique challenge: at the turn-around point, participants must down a dozen of Krispy Kreme’s original glazed donuts and then race back to the finish! Many runners don costumes for the event, too. Feel even better about your accomplishment knowing that the Krispy Kreme Challenge benefits the UNC Children’s Hospital.

If you’re looking for a raucous finish-line party…

…consider the Rock ‘n’ Roll Race Series in New Orleans. Offering a 10K, half marathon and marathon, the race and after-party are the best way to start your Super Bowl Sunday. Along the course, you’ll see dozens of live bands and cheering crowds. The bands set the tempo for this running party, where runners and spectators alike dance in the streets to these mini-concerts. The finish-line festival also features a concert!

If you’re a child at heart…

…the Bubble Run is the event for you! This non-competitive 5K takes place in many cities across the United States, including Irvine, San Jose, Atlanta, and Miami. The event is “like running through Willy Wonkas’ factory” because at every kilometer mark, you run through a Foam Bog of colorful bubbles! The festivities—and bubbles—continue at the finish line with a DJ-led dance party!

Christina Chew is a data analyst on ClassPass's strategy team. When she's not crunching sweat statistics, you can find her outdoors -- running, hiking, biking, or picnicking -- soaking up the California sunshine. She believes in following cute dogs down the street and adding rainbow sprinkles to dessert.