We all need an extra push. Something to help us reach the next level of our training, to turn a corner or rise over a plateau. You’ll be more focused, committed and excited about your workouts. And you’ll see a positive shift in your lifestyle as well. A greater purpose to your training and the way you live daily. Take a look at some of the events listed below and see if any of them intrigue you. There’s something for everyone.
Capitol Hill Classic (May 20)
Featuring a 10K race, as well as a 3K and a Kids Fun Run, the Capitol Hill Classic offers events for all skill levels. The course takes runners past the U.S. Capitol Building, as well as RFK Stadium and down the Anacostia Riverwalk, for some of the best running in the entire District. The Fun Run, which is a third of a mile around Stanton Park, is a great event to bring kids to and help them get some energy out as well. A solid road race could be just the thing to get your spring running routine back in order. Details here.
Spartan Race Sprint (June 16)
Spartan Race is the ultimate test in well-rounded fitness. And if anything is going to light a fire under you to get your training going, the prospects of obstacle failures and burpee penalties should do the trick. Navigate approximately 30 obstacles over this 5-mile trail running course, including climbing ropes and cargo nets, scaling walls of various sizes, hoisting and dragging heavy weights, and of course, running and crawling through the mud. Don’t forget to enjoy your post-race beer after. Details here.
EX2 VentureQuest Adventure Race (Sept. 30)
Only 30 minutes West of Washington lies Fountainhead Regional Park. There, racers (either individual or teams of two-three) will compete in up to either a four-hour or eight-hour event that requires fitness, savvy and planning. The race entails a combination of trekking, biking and canoe paddling. The sport course totals 16-20 miles (four-hour time cutoff), while the Elite course will be in the range of 28-35 total miles (eight-hour time cutoff). Navigation will be an essential element of these races, and a good opportunity to learn and utilize orienteering. There is an Adventure Racing clinic the day prior to the race to help you brush up on your basic map and compass skills. Details here.
Nation’s Escape Triathlon (Sept. 9)
The 13th annual running of this event features a 1.5KM swim in the Potomac River, a 40KM bike ride around D.C. and a 10KM Run through some of D.C.’s most historic sights. You’ll see the National Mall, Tidal Basin and even the Pentagon over the course of this journey. There is also a shorter sprint course option if you’d prefer to start with something a little shorter. Basically just cut the distances in half. But you’ll get to experience the triathlon in all its glory. Details here.
GORUCK D.C. (May 5)
Looking for some camaraderie? Try a GORUCK. The Light Challenge is a good place to start. It’s about four hours in length but will require focus, teamwork and discipline to get through it. A very doable first event that combines rucking (hiking with some weight in your pack), physical conditioning and some mental tests and grit. You’ll find out a lot about yourself and make some great friends too. A Cadre will lead you through the day’s events. Finish this one and graduate up to a Tough or Heavy Challenge to really push your limits. Details here.
Training with purpose is the key. You need something to get yourself out of that training rut. Everybody does. Your odds of improvement, of motivation and of added dedication go up dramatically when you pick an event and train for it. So get out there and give one of these events a shot. You’ll probably have some fun while you’re at it.