Photo cred - Color Me Rad
I used to want to run a marathon. Except did you know they were 42km?! Yeah. Pretty sure my heart would stop around 20k. I literally cannot even picture that distance. And did you know that some runners experience so much chaffing during marathons that their nipples bleed because of the contact with their T-shirt? That will be a big nope for me. If you are up for running a full marathon, then my hat’s off to you, because you are clearly a robot and have a skill for human impersonation.
But, if you’re like me and you just like to run enough to feel the burn without jogging the full Forrest Gump distance, then maybe a 5k is more your style.
Here’s a list of 5ks coming to Montreal this summer that promise all sorts of good times.
Photo cred - runordye
1. Run or Dye Spring - Date TBA
The Pitch: The Worlds’ Most Colorful 5k, perfect for families and friends that ends with the famous Dye Festival.
Photo cred - Derek Hatfield
2. Banque Scotia 21K de Montréal et 5k - April 26
The Pitch: Join in either the 5k or the 21k around Parc Jean Drapeau, a competitive race to kick off your Summer.
The Price: $50 5k, $85 21k (on-site registration pending available space)
3. Color Me Rad 5k - May 10
The Pitch: An exciting and colorful 5k, price also includes free professional photos.
The Price: $39 (until April 17; on-site registration $49)
4. Junior Spartan Race - May 23 and 24
The Pitch: The race for your kids, welcoming all ages 4-13. Set in Mont Tremblant, register your young athletes and let them know that having fun and getting dirty is mandatory!
The Price: Varies depending on age between $17-$30
5. Color Vibe 5k - June 6
The Pitch: 5k run held at PGM Technologies where you and your friends are blasted with color.
The Price: 30$ Individual Runner, 26$ Team Runner
6. Canada Mud Hero - June 20
The Pitch: A competitive 6k course with over 16 obstacles set in Mont Saint-Bruno in a challenging and mud filled terrain.
The Price: $67 (until April 27)
Photo cred - nanamilord
7. Canada Prison Break Race - July 11
The Pitch: Competitve 5k Obstacle course set in Rawdon, with over 30 obstacles designed to block your escape to freedom.
The Price: $70 (until April 30th) Bonus: Includes a free beer!
8. Le 5k Endurance - August 12
The Pitch: Competitive race in Dollard-des-Ormeaux welcomes all ages and awards prizes to top runners.
The Price: $28 ($40 on-site registration pending available space)
9. The Color Run Shine - August 15
The Pitch: 5k run around Parc Jean Drapeau with multiple start times, full of music, color and surprises.
The Price: $45 Individual Runner, $39.50 Team Runner (prices increase after April 15, and once more after July 15 so register soon!)
10. Canada 5k Foam Fest - September 12
The Pitch: Set in Mont Avila, this challenging 5k race includes obstacles, mud and of course, FOAM.
The Price: $30-$80