WATCH OUT FOR THE BLOOD PITS He's in the Run For Your Lives.
Part scavenger hunt, part team race, part trivia challenge, the Urban Dare is billed as a "one-day Amazing Race." Finding all 12 checkpoints usually takes between 2 and 4 hours, with participants covering about 5 to 7 miles of city terrain.
Saturday, July 7 | RiRa Irish Pub, Providence, RI | $90-160 | urbandare.com
RUN FOR YOUR LIVES
In addition to terrifying man-made obstacles (e.g., "blood pits"), this race adds a motivational element in the form of "stumbler" and "chaser" zombies who pursue runners.
Saturday, July 27 | Wilderness Lake Campground and Resort, Willington, CT | $87-97 | runforyourlives.com
BRADBURY MOUNTAIN BREAKER
This 9-mile route "takes you up and down Bradbury Mountain more times than you can count." Sounds awful! By which we mean, awesome!
Sunday, August 11 | Bradbury Mountain, Pownal, ME | $20 | trailmonsterrunning.com
SWELTERING SUMMER SIX-HOUR
Competitors have six hours to complete as many loops as they are able around a .355-mile dirt and cinder track. Better bring a good audiobook . . .
Saturday, August 17 | Clapp Park, Pittsfield, MA | $40-60 | burcsrunners.org
Founded in 2008 by a Green Beret, this event is less of a race and more of "an 8-10 hour, 15-20 mile guided tour led by a Special Operations Cadre, designed to turn 30 individuals into a team." This ain't for the faint of heart, but organizers are proud to boast a 94 percent completion rate.
Friday, August 23 | Providence, RI (start point to be announced closer to the event) | $120-140 | goruck.com
At the first-ever Apocalypse Run, dreamt up by another former marine, participants pay one price and can choose to run a 5, 10, or 15K, all while navigating "never before seen" obstacles and roving "Marauders."
Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1 | Cheshire State Fair Grounds, Swanzey, NH | $60-75 | runtheapocalypse.com