Intriguing and fun ways to raise money for charity and challenge your fitness

Fun runs are an adventurous way to meet new people, raise money for charity and challenge your fitness. Ready, set, go!

If you want an incentive to physically train, while also helping those in need, then consider these five novel and exciting fun runs taking place across Australia between now and the end of the year. Ready to run?

Color Run
The Color Run is a highly unique fun run idea originating in 2011. Initially, the event was designed to promote healthiness, happiness and individuality by bringing community members together for the ‘Happiest 5km on the Planet’. This is the original 'paint race' and the single largest event series in the world. The Color Run supports the Celebrate Life Foundation and Ryder Cheshire Foundation, while also aiming to shine a light on important issues with local organisations in various cities.

This creative untimed race has just two rules:

  1. Wear white at the starting line
  2. Finish plastered in colour!

Participants receive a t-shirt and headband at the starting line and then waves of runners traverse the 5km track, passing through colour stations every kilometre. At each station, different coloured powder (made from 100% natural, food dyed, food grade corn-starch) is sprayed on participants, creating a sea of effervescent, multi-coloured shades.

The finish line serves as the entry point to a roaring party with music, dancing, colour throws and an unmatched celebration of vibrant powdered hues. Although it may seem like a simple concept, the Color Run has taken the world by storm in recent years, by putting an exciting and distinctive spin on the traditional fun run concept.

Fun Runs - Color Run (DPC)

Price: Free-$67
Sydney 23rd August
Adelaide 13th September
Sunshine Coast 11th October
Perth 1st November
Melbourne 22nd November

Spartan Race
This is much more than just a race; it incorporates an entire obstacle course with over 20 different obstacles. The event is not for the faint-hearted and requires a very high level of fitness, which makes it the ideal event for people looking for a challenging yet rewarding fun run.

The Spartan Race is targeted towards people excited about being active and adventurous. Sounds like you? Then you can choose from a 7km sprint, 14km super event, 21km beast course or the 42km ultra beast track. The event will have you scaling walls, swimming across dams, trudging through mud, jumping over fires and climbing ropes. Prefer to be an enthusiastic spectator? There are special one and two kilometre kids events to get the little ones involved – encourage your athletic kids or grandkids to take part, sponsor them and cheer them on from the sidelines!

In 2015, Spartan Race has united with its fundraising partner, everydayhero, to encourage Spartans across the country to run for a cause and help those in need. Everydayhero has over 1.2 million causes to support, so all you need to do is register for a Spartan Race, nominate a cause and encourage others to get behind your race.

Fun Runs - Spartan Race

Price: $35-$219
Brisbane 15th August
Melbourne 12th September
Sydney 10th October
Geelong 5th December

Westpac Run Out Loud
The Westpac Foundation supports a number of charity runs across Australia as part of its Run Out Loud Fitness and Music initiative. The runs include 5km, 10km and 14km tracks and are targeted towards fundraising for your favourite charities.

Participants can take the run as seriously or as leisurely as they desire, with Aussies of all ages and fitness levels taking part in the events. From professional marathon runners to dressed-up teenagers, these events are all about getting fit and having an enjoyable day in the outdoors.

The Run Out Loud events also feature some of Australia’s top musicians, there to entertain and energise participants throughout their run. Hot Dub Time Machine will take you on a time travelling dance party playing all the funkiest pop music tunes from the 1960s to the present day. There will also be a suite of bands ranging from blues to rock to reggae. Each city’s events will host different local artists to add to the fun.

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Upcoming Westpac Run Out Loud options around Australia:

The Sun-Herald City2Surf - Sydney 9th August 
14km from Sydney CBD to Bondi Beach
Price: $15-$85

The Canberra Times Fun Run ACT 6th September
5, 10 & 14km around Parliament House to Commonwealth Park
Price: $10-$60

Sunday Age City2Sea Melbourne 1st November
15km from Melbourne CBD to St Kilda
Price: $10-$75

Run Australia
This initiative was created by the Cotton On Group, dedicated to improving the healthcare of young people in regional Australia. The group facilitates events where people can run, walk or roll through the streets of their local community to raise much-needed funds for local children’s health-related projects in local towns.

The most rewarding and unique aspect of Run Australia’s events? An amazing 100% of every registration fee goes directly to the local cause. Participants can sign up for a 6km family walk, which is ideal for all ages and fitness levels. Alternatively, more competitive runners can sign up for a 6km or 12km run.

Fun Runs - Run Australia

Price: $5-$45
Newcastle 13th September
Ballarat 11th October
Wollongong 18th October
Geelong 22nd November

Zombie Walk 
This hilarious event is all about dressing up and uniting with others in your city for a common cause: raising much-needed funds for Australia’s Brain Foundation. The Zombie Walk began in Sydney in 2009, and this year the event is taking place all over the country.

For every print sale, $2 is donated to the Brain Foundation. The Brain Foundation funds research across the country into neurological disorders, brain disease and brain injuries. The research aims to advance diagnosis, treatment and patient outcomes. The Zombie Walk is getting bigger each year. Ready to release your inner Zombie and roam the streets for a good cause?

Fun Runs - Zombie Walk

Price: Free
Sydney 31st October
Brisbane 1st November
Perth 10th October
Canberra 31st October

Have you ever participated in a fun run? Is it on your bucket list? Join the conversation below…