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Aug 20, 2019 3:17:00 PM by InitLive

10 Amazing Theme Ideas for Endurance Events

Event Planning, Sporting Event Management


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People love races and other endurance events, but there are a lot of them. Besides, anyone can step out their front door and run 10 kilometers. Why should they pay an entrance fee to run with you? Themes bring excitement to your race and make someone say, "Oh, this one sounds like fun!" Here are 10 fantastic theme ideas to consider for your next endurance event.

Eat UP

Everyone loves to eat, and the thought of eating combined with running is kind of funny, too. Check out this Krispy Kreme Challenge for inspiration, and consider linking arms with local restaurants or specialty shops to create a fun food-themed race.

Get Dressed

Adults love costumes as much as kids do, which is why you see costume races around Halloween, Santa-themed races at Christmas, and so much more. Costumes, whether based around a specific theme or not, provide a great opportunity to award prizes and share fantastic race photos. 

Ride a (Stick) Horse

A hobby horse race might need to be a little on the shorter side, but participants can have fun designing and dressing both their stick horses and themselves. Prizes for best horse or best costume can be offered in addition to prizes for the race winners.

Be Extreme

Racing in the extreme heat, extreme cold, or over extreme terrain comes with some extra safety considerations, but it can be a fun challenge for those hard-core racers. From ultra running to a military style obstacle course pushing your participants out of their comfort level will ensure your endurance event memorable. 

Have a Drink

From hot chocolate to wine, drink-themed races are a lot of fun. If you intend to serve wine or beer at the aid station, like some alcohol-themed events do, a shorter race is probably a good idea. Otherwise, consider the finish line as the place to really develop your theme.

Celebrate a Holiday

Turkey Trots, Firecracker 5Ks, and New Year New You races are always popular. To make your race stand out, focus on an obscure holiday, like Kiss a Ginger Day or National Ice Cream Day.

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Rock On

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon series is on to something, and you can recreate it on a smaller scale with popular local bands. Feature music-themed awards and a great band at the finish line so the party can continue into the evening.

Invite the Family

What about a 5K where everyone has to push a stroller, or a one-mile run where people participate in teams of two: parent and child. Of course, you can't go wrong with a dog-friendly race—Fido is everyone's favorite running partner.

Dodge the Obstacles

Obstacle races have grown in popularity thanks to series like Tough Mudder and Spartan. Use your imagination and create your own!

Don't Go to Sleep

Most events happen during the day, so stage yours at night! There are so many possibilities here: celebrating the summer solstice, eating breakfast at the finish line, wearing glow-in-the-dark clothing or carrying glow sticks, and more. 

Whatever theme you decide upon, you're going to need a fantastic event planning tool to help you manage your volunteers, vendors, and more. Contact us if you have any questions about how InitLive can help you organize your events volunteer and event staff  to execute the best themed endurance event you've ever had.