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Fun Run (Read 472 times)

va


    Sorry if this is a dumb question... If I see an event called a "Fun Run", what does this imply? Is this a race, or just a bunch of people running around for the fun of it. Confused
    Scout7


    CPT Curmudgeon

      Fun runs tend to be just that: Organized runs more for the fun of it. Most of the ones I've seen are centered around raising money and awareness, either for some sort of cause, or for a group. There may or may not be prizes, and if there are, it's usually a small number. I've seen some that are geared towards a more family-friendly environment than the actual race (shorter distance, less competitive type of deal).


      I've got a fever...

        To me, the implication is usually something about a mile in length geared for kids. In this context, it's usually one small race in conjunction with a larger "real" race or races. i.e. an event that has a 10k/5k/ 1-mile fun run. The kids run the fun-run, the 10k and 5k are more serious...

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        va


          The event that prompted this question is a "5K Fun Run & Walk". There are prizes to the top 3 overal male and female finishers. Sounds just like a race to me.
            The event that prompted this question is a "5K Fun Run & Walk". There are prizes to the top 3 overal male and female finishers. Sounds just like a race to me.
            I entered a "5K Fun Run" this coming Saturday, but if you want to be considered for a prize, you need to get a chip on the day of the race. It's not like past races I've done where everyone was automatically given a chip. My assumption is that most people wouldn't care about prizes and will just go run the 5K for "fun". I will of course be getting a chip :-). I'm on a mission to get a new 5K PR!
            Derek


            A Dance with Monkeys

              Anythin g with the words "5k" and "run" in the name is not a fun run. It is a race. Period. Unless you don't take the chip.
                I've never run a 5K that used chip timing. Around here the term generally means a low-key, no-frills race. A lot of times these are part of a weekly series. Basically a group of people get together every week for an informal race. Somebody says "go" and they start running. There are no prizes, no professional timing and scoring, no t-shirt. The start/finish lines of these weekly fun runs are often found just a few steps of local watering holes. Funny, that.

                Runners run.

                  In the context of how it's being presented, I think it means that you can run hard and race hard, but those wishing to walk it can feel free to do so. In reality, I think it means the race organizer doesn't want to discourage anyone wishing to write a check and the participants can be as serious (or un-serious) as they wish to be.

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