top 5 cool runs

With marathon season in full swing, we wanted to take a step back from all the serious personal-best chat and up the ante in true lululemon fashion.  Here is what we would consider some of the world’s most unique runs, that is, those that focus on the fun factor first.

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top 5 cool runs

round rarotonga road race

September 22-29th 2011
Rarotonga, Cook islands

The Round Rarotonga Road Race is part of a week long running festival that attracts serious run enthusiasts, casual joggers and everyone in between. The white sand beaches and aqua blue lagoons are just icing on the cake when it comes to the main event which is as a 32KM race around the island.

the great gorilla run

Saturday September 28th 2011
London, England

The only thing better than a costume party is a costume run!  Grab your best Gorilla suit and join thousands of people during The Great Gorilla Run. It’s a 7K fun run that passing famous London sights such as Tower Bridge and The Tate Modern.  No need to worry about a personal best or winning form in this totally bananas effort to help save an endangered species.

disney wine & dine half marathon

Saturday October 1st, 2011
Florida, USA

If you’re looking to shave a few minutes off your time, one of the best places to try to do this is the place where their claim to fame is making dreams come true. Just imagine, Disney world, at night, with a route lined with your favourite characters cheering you on, while a complimentary glass of wine awaits you at the finish line. If the Disney wine and dine half knows how to do one thing right, its giving participants a happily ever after.

reggae marathon

Saturday December 3rd, 2011
Negril, Jamaica

When it comes to the Reggae Marathon, Bob Marley says it best, “One good thing about music, when it hits- you feel no pain.” From the minute the gun fires, this marathon bursts with excitement while the beat of loud reggae music echoes throughout. Veterans of the course agree it’s the perfect race to get lost in the drumming and that the atmosphere is like no other. The biggest draw is its location. Think Marathon, then vacation. That’s definitely a combo we could get used to!

the great wall marathon

Saturday May 19th 2012

In the court of fun runs, the jury is out for this one. Just in case a marathon isn’t enough of a challenge, how do you feel about 5164 steps along the way?  Okay, The Great Wall Marathon might teeter on the fine line of fun for some people but it was just too cool to leave out.  We can only hope that the breathtaking views of Tianjin can distract your mind enough to forget that you are, in fact, running a marathon while climbing stairs. Not to worry though, this one isn’t until May 2012, which should give you plenty of time to train; The CN Tower might be a great place to start!

Now that we’ve got wine drinking, reggae listening gorillas running stair-a-thons around an island, on our mind, we’re thinking it’s about time to start booking those destination races for fall! What other fun runs are on your radar for the upcoming season?

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Comment by Angie — August 4, 2011 @ 8:24 am

The Energizer Night Race ( will be awesome!

5 and 10 km options, being held in Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal starting on August 13. The race starts at dusk, and everyone wears LED headlights on and reflective shirts.

It’ll be the first race of its kind in Canada – and super fun! Getting lots of buzz here in the T.Dot. . .

Comment by Sam Sykes — August 4, 2011 @ 9:38 am

You forgot the 5K Obstacle Course Zombie Run!
I’m doing it! My first 5K! With Zombies!
Maryland, MD. More info at

Comment by paul — August 5, 2011 @ 10:09 am

I like the Dogfish Dash at Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, DE. You can chose the 5k or the 10k. Plus there’s beer and costume!

Comment by Lindsey — August 5, 2011 @ 5:46 pm


I have never ran before but I would like to do the Great Wall of China run …
What do I need to do to get there?

Comment by Rhonda — August 6, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

you guys missed one!
it’s a naked 5k.

Comment by casey — August 6, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

I’ve done the Reggae Marathon and it is fantastic. Not too hot either because it starts early in the morning.

Comment by Soey — August 8, 2011 @ 11:15 am

Round Rarotonga Road Run. SO FUN. Lots of events before and after the big race.. highly recommend :)

Comment by Laura — August 15, 2011 @ 10:56 am

Hey Rhonda,

Get a training plan. There are many offered online (some free, some you can purchase – the New York Marathon has one.)

If you’ve never run before, give yourself a little longer to build up your base. Start running once or twice a week for shorter distances (2-6 km) to get your body used to running. Most importantly, stick with it. There will be times when you wonder why you’re doing this but if this race is a goal for you, getting to the finish line will make all the hard work worth it.

~ Jordan

Comment by GEC Online Community — August 17, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

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