There are few experiences on earth quite like running your first marathon or similar event. It combines all the challenges and determination of an epic novel with all the nerves of your first day of school. Many are a long distance to drive, let alone run! If you want to enter a big run, but you’re a little intimidated by the thought of entering a serious race with more seasoned runners, here are some fun, beginner-friendly marathons to consider…
Disney World Marathon, Florida
The Disney World Marathon was one of the first organised runs focussing more on the experience than the competition, and remains one of the most well-known fun runs in the world. The last one, held in January, involved more than 20,000 runners passing through all four parks in Disney World. Before they start off, entertainers of all kinds – from acrobats to comedians to live bands and of course, costumed characters, post up at markers at each half-mile. There’s no need to remember your selfie stick, as each of these stations has a professional photographer assigned to it. Some pretty long queues form with the amount of people who want mid race snaps with their favourite characters, but the race has a generous seven-hour time limit. All the runners taking part need to be in their corrals at 5AM, half an hour before the actual start. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep!
Colour Runs, Worldwide
Runs where the participants are covered regularly in coloured dyes and powders are becoming incredibly popular in countries all over the world, and you should have no trouble finding one in the UK that’s at a convenient distance. Resembling a Pollock painting, rather than a red, sweaty mess, obviously has a certain amount of appeal. These colour runs were originally an American invention, but now everyone seems to be at it. Before the race, friends, family, and other spectators will buy Holi colour, stand along the course, and prepare to get some people very messy!
Race for Life and Mo Running, Nationwide
These are two runs which are for different genders, but devoted to the same important cause: curing the world of cancer permanently. All the proceeds from Race for Life go to Cancer Research UK, whereas Mo Running (which takes place around the same date of movember) is tied to charities dealing specifically with prostate cancer. Although a lot of people do, there’s no obligation to run at Race for Life. You can walk, jog, run, get muddy or stay clean. 5k, 10k and half-marathon options are held regularly all over the UK. Mo running, on the other hand stops at 10k. Cancer is a pretty solemn subject, but attending one of these runs certainly won’t get you down. There’s a great sense of community and togetherness, and seen as it’s so open to amateurs, you’re sure to have a few laughs along the way.
There you have three of the most fun and accessible runs there are. Whether you want to show your support for a charitable cause or just a more enjoyable way to be more active, there’s a run out there for you.