Novelty events for runners gain popularity in Oklahoma

Karin Wallis, a running fitness instructor at the University of Central Oklahoma, said nontraditional running events — fitness activities that focus on novelty or some other sort of unique challenge — are very popular among her students.
BY BEN LUSCHEN bluschen@opubco.com Published: October 29, 2013
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Zombies can be tremendous motivators.

So says Karin Wallis, a running fitness instructor at the University of Central Oklahoma who has worked at the school for 13 years.

Wallis said nontraditional running events — fitness activities that focus on novelty or some other sort of unique challenge — are popular among her students.

Many of her students competed in the Dirty 30 Zombie Edition run Oct. 19 in Luther. Participants run with three flags and flee “zombies,” who try and pull the flags. If a runner loses all of his or her flags, the runner is “dead,” but may still finish the race.

“I think that these types of runs are great,” Wallis said. “It provides novelty in addition to a traditional run. It holds the interest of the runners and provides a fun atmosphere that entertains all of those participating.”

Running USA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting running fitness, found in its 2013 State of the Sport report that approximately 2 million people participated in nontraditional events in the past year.

The report, released in July, also found that more than 6 million people finished a 5k, the most common distance used in nontraditional running events, within the last year. That's an increase of 17.5 percent from the previous year.

The total number of running events in the United States reached 26,370, an all-time high.

The Color Run, the most popular 5k series in the nation, allows participants to run through colored powder in a noncompetitive atmosphere. Running USA reported that more than 60 percent of participants are running their first ever 5k.

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