Fancy dress Fun Runs worldwide

Fancy dress Fun Runs worldwide

This article was written by Global Graduates, published on 25th March 2011 and has been read 7416 times.

Spring has sprung, and with it comes the irrational desire to go outside with bare legs at weekends and, of course, to get fit for the summer.  What better way to do so than to dig out your wackiest costumes and accessories and pound the streets for charity?! Wherever you find yourself, pre- or post-year abroad, there must be a charity worth embarrassing yourself for at the perfect Fun Run. Find out where the best ones are here!


Here is some advice about running in fancy dress for first-timers, amazing costume ideas and finally a list of our Top Fun Runs (and a marathon or two for the lunatics among you) around the world:

UK (in date order)

Legends of Sherwood Forest - A horde of Maids, Friars and Merry Men darting through the woods and over/under obstacles. Nottingham, daylit 5km or torchlit 10km (2/4/11)
The DoItForCharity Superhero Run - Caped crusaders - Regents Park, London, 5km (15/5/11)
The Sumo Run 2011 - The inflatable charity fun run. Dress as a Sumo wrestler and attempt a flat, green 5km in Battersea Park, London (18/6/11) or Manchester (2/7/11)
The Great Gorilla Run - 1,000 people dressed as gorillas going ape for a day! City of London, 7km (24/9/11)
The Rat Race Urban Adventure - The Mean Streets Running Challenge involves 2.5hrs of checkpoint-hunting in the city centre. London (24/9/11)

Australia

The Sun-Herald City2Surf - The world's largest run! Join 80,000 people legging it from Sydney to Bondi Beach. Sydney, 14km (14/8/11)

France

Le Marathon du Médoc - "The longest Marathon in the World" which, in all fairness, is really a marathon fancy dress drinking session through the vineyards of South West France, 26 miles (10/9/11)

Switzerland

The Davos Lake Race - Aimed at beginners, this run takes you past Davos Lake in the Swiss National Park. Davos, 10.5km (30/7/11)
The Marmite Race - Participants try to out-costume each other with their originality! Geneva, 3.2km (3/12/11)

USA

Bay to Breakers - The 100th year of 50,000 people running on the San Francisco peninsula! California, 12km (15/5/11)

Worldwide Marathons

A marathon directory of 531 races in 65 countries and on 7 continents
Marathons around the world in chronological order
The world's top ten marathons

Enter our competition by 30th April 2011: Simply fill in the year abroad blanks and win a £40 Decathlon voucher to stock up on your Fun Run kit! 

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