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Run For It in Houston This Summer

Bathing suit season is in full swing. What better way to keep your summer bod in check than with an exhilarating fun run? Whether you're a beginner hoping to get on a fit track, a family looking to enjoy some good old-fashioned and healthy fun, or an athlete ready to show off your speed, these ten Houston-area runs will have you laughing (and sweating) your way through town.

Are you ready to experience one of the most colorful, exciting runs around? The Color Vibe 5K race is coming to Galveston this summer. With color stations lined up and ready to blast throughout the awesome 5K course, you'll end up completely tagged by the time you get to the Dance Party & Color Throw at the end of the race. Sign up with a team of friends, run the race alone or bring the whole family. The race is not timed, so it's a great way to get crazy and have fun no matter your training level.

The DJ Dash, which gives you the chance to run your way through a 5K course blasting with today's hottest EDM music, is a high-energy run not to be missed. Complete with a main DJ stage and plenty of speakers, the race finishes with a wild after-party dance fest.

Looking to do something different this Father's Day? Celebrate Dad, promote prostate cancer education and awareness and get the whole family fit with this Dad's Day 5K Run & Walk. The family-friendly event also features 3K and 1K courses for all ages.

The Houston Wellness Project's Run for Wellness 5K Series (a 2014 Best of Houston winner), which takes place once a month in George Bush Park and the Heights, is an awesome way to stay mindful about your health. All paces are welcome...and it's free!

In August, things heat up as runners strip down for the annual Hot Undies Run, the world-famous two-mile pub run benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The race has raised more than $50,000 in the past five years. Run from pub to pub, then hurry back for a post-party to be remembered.

And if you're looking for something a bit cooler, the 5K Blacklight Run is the place to "get glowed." With blacklight cannons and music stations along the way, it was named one of the world's "11 Coolest Themed Runs" by CNN.

Jamie Wayne, a participant in Chicago, says it best: "For $30 a person, you can't beat it. You're not just paying to run a 5K; you're paying for an experience, one that can and will bring out the party animal in anyone, and yes, the Blacklight Run will leave you going home completely covered from head to toe in glow dust and paint."

And those are just a few of the runs. Check out the details on all ten below:

Houston Heights Association's 30th Annual Heights Fun Run and Kids 1K

Date: June 6, starting at 7:30 a.m.

Location: 1800 block of Heights Blvd.


Run For Wellness 5k — Heights

Dates: June 7, July 5, August 2

Location: University of Houston Downtown Naylor Parking Lot


Galveston Color Vibe 5K

Date: June 13, 9 a.m.

Location: Jack Brooks Park, 10100 Hwy. 6, 0x000AHitchcock 77563


The DJ Dash

Date: June 13, 6 p.m.

Location: Houston Sports Park, 12131 Kirby 


Dad's Day 5k, 3k & 1k

Date: June 20, 7:30 a.m.

Location: Wortham Theatre arch, near 550 Prairie 


26th Annual Baytown Bud Heat Wave 5 Mile Run

Date: July 4, 7 a.m.

Location: 511 S. Whiting St., Baytown 77520


Run For Wellness 5k — George Bush Park

Dates: May 31, June 28, July 26, August 30

Location: Fun Fair Positive Soccer fields, 0x000AGeorge Bush Park


Blacklight Run

Date: August 1, 5:45 p.m. check-in

Location: Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 N. Sam Houston Pkwy.


Hot Undies Run

Date: August 1, 11 a.m.

Location: The Gorgeous Gael, 5555 Morningside


Lazy, Hazy Crazy Days of Summer 5k

Date: August 15, 7:15 a.m.

Location: Downtown Aquarium, 410 Bagby


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