When “fun runs” Cross the Line

Every morning with my cup of coffee I log on and check my e-mail, read the news, and check out Facebook.

As I was scrolling along Facebook, I came across something that caught my eye–not because it was interesting of nature, but because it was appalling to me as a runner.

This is what I saw:

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An X-Rated 5K??!!

Seriously, at what point do fun runs cross the line?

I consider myself an old-school runner and was never into many of the fun runs when they first started coming out but I got the purpose behind them: get people moving. I promoted The Color Run because it’s a fun run that motivates people to do something they might have never done and not feel pressure about a time.

But this? I don’t know what to even call this. Call me conservative, but I have zero desire for a sexy, wild 5k filled with g-strings and honey mud tunnels. A dominatrix dungeon is just not appealing to me.

Maybe it is for some people and that’s who they’re targeting. I brought this up in my Healthy Mom’s group and while most agreed with me on its absurdity, some said that there are people this might be of interest to.

Because I think they knew people like me would question why, the website has a FAQs tab with an answer:
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Why Adult Themed?

Because mud runs are fun, healthy and pleasurable, and sex is fun, healthy and pleasurable, so we thought, why not join the two together? As well as having fun, our underlying message is to promote sex positivity. This is defined as:

an attitude towards human sexuality that regards all consensual sexual activities as fundamentally healthy and pleasurable, and encourages sexual pleasure and experimentation. The sex-positive movement is a social and philosophical movement that advocates these attitudes. The sex-positive movement advocates sex education and safer sex as part of its campaign. The movement makes no moral distinctions among types of sexual activities, regarding these choices as matters of personal preference.”

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I guess I just feel like sending this message could be done in different ways. I feel like themed runs like this are insulting to runners who have been doing the sport for a long time, have devoted hours, months, and years to something they take very serious.

I have trouble calling something like this an actual 5K.

–Tell me what you think. Are themed runs crossing the line?

–or, am I getting too worked up over this?

And We Have A Winner!!

Happy Friday everyone!

This will indeed be a very happy Friday for…….

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You’re the winner of TWO free entries to The Color Run!!

Congrats Nikki!

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I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

Have you ever won a giveaway?

Time for a Giveaway!! {The Color Run 5K}

So I’ve mentioned before that I’m part of an online healthy mommy’s group and many of the moms in the group are new runners. Part of what we’ve encouraged them to do is sign up for a race to train for and by far the most popular race chosen has been The Color Run.

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When the moms would report back, they had nothing but positive comments about the race. They loved that it was a 5k, a great distance for beginners; it’s untimed, so no pressure; they loved the atmosphere, and they loved the swag. We’re talking a headband, a sling bag, a t-shirt, and a bracelet!

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Because I saw how much fun my healthy mommas had with this run, I decided to contact The Color Run people so that I can give away TWO FREE RACE ENTRIES to my readers. They were able to hook me up and now I want someone to win these and report back with how it went!

All you have to do is comment below with what your favorite color is–mine’s purple but you don’t get extra entries for agreeing with me 😉

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I’ll be announcing a winner Friday, January 10th!!

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