New Year’s Races
Whether you’re trying finish off the year strong, or start the new year on a good note these races all give you a chance to get a good run in and have a great time. Some of these are sold out for this year, but we will definitely have them on our bucket list for our 2016-17 celebrations.
This race takes place in Washington Park, just south of Downtown Denver and is a great 5k loop around Smith and Grasmere Lakes. Boasting that they are the oldest New Year’s race in Denver, we think the best part of this race is the food! Pasta Jay’s (a r2r favorite) provides the post-race meal at the after party where there will be live music, awards, and raffle prizes. The race starts at 5 p.m. so there’s plenty of time after the race party to get home, shower and put on your tuxedo to get to whatever you’ve got going on at midnight!
Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii
Who doesn’t want to start a year in Hawaii? But wait there’s more, this race has you running as many laps as you can through Kualoa Ranch. Why is that location cool? It’s where they filmed Jurassic Park! So while you’re racing from sunrise to sunset (seriously that’s how they start and end the race) you can imagine that just through the trees Chris Pratt is riding his motorbike with raptors and you’re one of the raptors and you better catch up because otherwise you won’t get to fight the new T-Rex!
You can do this race as an individual or a relay team and there is an Aid station/base camp called Camp Udder Chaos that sounds like a ball during and after the race.
Every year the ÍR track and field club of Reykjavik celebrates the end of the year with its New Year´s Eve 10K run on December 31st. The annual 10 K run held in downtown Reykjavík attracts both elite runners as well as recreational runners of all ages. It has become a tradition for runners in Iceland to end the year with this fast course 10K run. Many participants dress up and run in costumes and a special prize is awarded to the most unique costume.
Many runners from abroad participate in this 10K run and then enjoy the unique bonfires and spectacular fireworks in Iceland on New Year´s eve.
NYRR put on so many great events throughout the year, but this is one of the most fun. Between DJs on the course, neon face paint, strobe lights and sparkling cider toasts, you might have a hard time focusing on the run. The party starts at 10 p.m. and the race goes off at the stroke of midnight. You won’t miss the start because it coincides with a spectacular fireworks display!
Evan Jager agrees, this race is awesome! The San Silvestre race started in 1964 and had fewer than 100 runners. Now in 2015 it has more than 40,000 people toeing the line. This will definitely be on our list for next year. Here’s to being the 40,001st person to sign up!