Run Bloody, Muddy, and Wild: Quirky Runs Coming Soon Near Boston

Teammates celebrate after Mudderella 2013.
Teammates celebrate after Mudderella 2013. –Mudderella

Whether you’re looking for mud, tutus, beer, zombies, or wild animals, these quirky and fun races coming up are sure to motivate you to get off the couch and into your running shoes.

Runners at the 2013 All Women and One Lucky Guy Half Marathon —Dustin Marshall Photography

1. All Women and One Lucky Guy Half Marathon

The women are coming! The women are coming! This 13.1 mile all-women race in Newburyport, Mass. has a fun angle. Men have applied since March to be nominated to be the one guy that races with them! The one lucky guy will be chosen on August 15 or 16.

Race Day: Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014

Start Time: 9 a.m.


July 1 – Aug. 23: $65

Aug. 24 – Close: $70


Race Day: $75

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Runners enjoy the craft brew festival at the end of the 5K race this summer in New Haven, Conn. —Craft Brew Races

2. Craft Brew Races: Cape Cod

This 2014 race series has peppered New England all summer from Portland, Maine to Providence, R.I. to Stowe, Vt. and New Haven, Conn. Finally, the “Brew Run’’ has reached Massachusetts. The 5K race and finish line local craft brew festival will land in East Falmouth this September.

Race Day: Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014

Start Time: 12 p.m. for the 5K / 12:30 p.m. for craft brew festival


– 5K and Brew Festival:

Through Aug. 30: $45

– Brew Festival Only:

Through Aug. 30: $35

– Designated Driver:

Early: $15

Race Day: $20

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Participants get down and dirty at Mudderella 2013. —Mudderella

3. Boston Mudderella 2014

Get your girlfriends together and your game face on for this all-women 5 to 7 mile mud run and obstacle course at Amesbury Sports Park in Amesbury, Mass.

Our favorite thing about this run designed for women, by women? It’s not a race. The goal is to finish with your team. The motto of Mudderella is “Own Your Strong,’’ which organizers say should encourage women to take pride in their strength.

We especially love the Mudderella workouts organizers put together for participants to train for the event. Stretching and strengthening sessions 40 minutes before the start time also helps everyone avoid injury. With massages afterwards, it’s a full-day, full-body experience!


Race Day: Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

Start Time: Runners are instructed to show up two hours prior to assigned, staggered start times in order to register, check-in, and warm up.


– Through Sept. 5: $105

– Race Day: $140

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4. Boston Massachusetts The Zombie Run 2014

This simulated apocalypse is just in time for Halloween season and everyone’s fall TV obsession, The Walking Dead. Participants in this capture-the-flag style obstacle race can either be alive and scared or half-dead and hungry.

Zombie participants get pre-race make-up to look the part, which certainly motivates the “humans’’ to run faster! After dodging zombies, running a 5K, and conquering eight obstacles, celebrate at the post-apocalypse after party with beer and dancing.

Race Day: Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Start Time: The Zombie Run starts at 1:30PM


– Zombie: Through Aug. 31: $40

– Human: Through Aug. 31: $75

– Runner all day: Through Aug. 31: $110

Course: Amesbury Sports Park in Amesbury, Mass.

Runners celebrate after the 2013 Run Wild at Franklin Park Zoo 5K. —Courtesy of RaceMenu

5. Run Wild 5Ks

These two Boston-area zoo runs at Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo welcome runners and animal lovers of all ages. Here’s a fun perk: Runners get to enjoy the zoo all afternoon before the race, so bring some friends along!

Race Day:

Run Wild at Stone Zoo: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014

Run Wild at Franklin Park Zoo: Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

Both 5Ks feature zoo parties after the races for runners 21+ with beer from local breweries.

Start Time:

– Run Wild at Stone Zoo: 5 p.m.

– Run Wild at Franklin Park Zoo: 5 p.m.


Run Wild at Stone Zoo: $27

Run Wild at Franklin Park Zoo: $27



– Stone Zoo: 5K course features trails and pavement and starts and ends at Stone Zoo.

– Franklin Park Zoo: 5K course takes runners through the Franklin Park Zoo and the White Stadium track.

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