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New races show great creativity


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Sunday (2013 Roland Mazzotti Snowbird Century at Homestead Air Reserve Park, 26851 SW 127 Ave., Homestead): This cycling challenge offers four different rides: 30-mile, 40-mile, 62-mile and the 100-mile century ride. The race starts at 7:30. For more information visit: www.

evergladesbc.com or contact Shannon Roque at shannon@roque.us.com.

March 30 (2013 Egg Hunt Triathlon and Duathlon at CB Smith Park, Pembroke Pines): The triathlon consists of a 1/4-mile swim, 11-mile bike and a 3.1-mile run. In the duathlon, participants will compete in a 1.5-mile run and a 11-mile bike. For more information visit: www.egghunttriathlon.com.

April 13 (DOWN2EARTH Stand Up Paddle Board Race Series No. 2 at the Blue Marlin Fish House, 2500 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach): You don’t need your own paddleboard join in on this paddleboard race. There are two different courses to choose from: 4.2 miles and 8.4 miles. Registration, including a paddle board, is $60. Without is $40. Visit: www.worksmartplayharder.com.

April 25 (Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run 5K at Bayfront Park): This evening run encourages co-workers to team up and raise funds for United Way. For more information contact TeamFootWorks at 305-666-7223.

The popularity of participant sports such as marathons and triathlons have been increasing for years, but that hasn’t stopped organizers of these events from taking a more creative approach to competition.

One of those unique events coming to Miami is the Electric Run, which combines visual arts with a 5K run. Organizers will announce the time and location for the event at a later date.

The developers of the Electric run have brought in designers from Coachella and the producers of Dreamworks and Disney to develop a 5K course of lights and color.

Participants are asked to take a part in the show by dressing in bright colors, glow sticks and body paint.

Each course has five to 10 different lighting patterns along with a house DJ, who will be spinning while you are running.

This event is hosted in nearly 30 cities across the country, but each course has its own unique design. Among the features, runners can expect:

• Glowing neon trees changing colors to match the music.

• Tunnels with dancing patterns and figures on the walls, ceilings, and floors.

• Lakes and rivers glowing in otherworldly hues.

• Tunnels of light created by a rainbow of lasers.

• Glowing arches and columns.

• Neon saguaro cactus.

• Red rock cliffs glowing in psychedelic colors and patterns.

• Glowing arches that change color to the tempo of music.

• Colored fountains dancing to the beat of the rhythm.

• Entire buildings lit so brightly that they can be seen from space

For more information visit www.eletricrun.com.

Mud run

There is something about going out and getting covered in mud that is reminiscent of youth.

Runners will have a chance to play in the mud at the Muddog’s King of the Hill 5K coming to Davie on Sunday.

This fun mud-run will leave you winded as you navigate through a military-style obstacle course full of mud pits and over walls. And by the time you finish all of the fitness challenges, you are bound to be sore the next day.

For information, visit www.muddogsevents.com.

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