24 Must-Do Sept./Oct. Races Across The U.S.

The Zombie Run
. Photo: Dean Hawkey/Zombie Run

South Region

Mud Fears Me
Sept. 28, Shreveport, La.
mudfearsme.com

If you’re looking for a sloppy challenge, look no further. The Mud Fears Me 5K presents more than 20 obstacles throughout the 3.1-mile course that will test your strength, stamina and mental grit. If you have a little one who is fond of playing in the mud, make it a family affair by signing up 4- to 12-year-olds for the half-mile course with 10 pint-sized obstacles. Even better, the event helps the Max Cure Foundation, which supports children and families living with pediatric cancer. You can even donate your muddy running shoes at the end of the race — one dollar per pair goes back to helping those kids and families in need.

The Zombie Run
Sept. 29, Nashville, Tenn.
thezombierun.com/location/nashville

See Nashville get overrun with zombies right before your very eyes. When you register for this 5K event as a “human,” you’ll receive a Zombie Survival Pack to help you outrun the brain-eating monsters. If that’s not your style, consider registering as a “zombie,” and you’ll have the chance to chase down plenty of fresh brain. A zombie run unlike any you’ve ever seen, this is the only event that creates an apocalypse environment by converting the venue into a Hollywood-style movie set. Be prepared for helicopters, smoke, sirens and loudspeaker evacuation warnings!

Barefoot Run 5K
Oct. 5, Coppell, Texas
bucknerevents.com

While shoes are optional to participate in this event, proceeds go toward supporting Shoes for Orphan Souls. Donating more than 2.5 million pairs to 74 countries, the organization helps provide shoes and socks to orphans and vulnerable children. Regardless of what you wear on your feet, help support the mission by signing up for the Barefoot Run 5K, a beautiful run along the trails of Andy Brown Park East.

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