(Photo by Chris McGathey) Whether you're a seasoned runner or just starting out, these North Texas races are the perfect training ground.

North Texas’ Most Fun Runs

Dive into a 5K (or 10K) with one of these races.

It’s difficult to go a weekend in North Texas without hearing about or seeing a 5K. While the idea of competing against other runners may sound a little intimidating, these events can be a great way to engage with the city and help support causes. (Plus, it’s hard to be scared of anyone who’s running while covered in color or LED lights.)

Whether you’re an advanced runner who loves competing for better times or a newcomer to all things 5K, give one of these upcoming runs a go. 

THE COWTOWN MARATHON

For a classic DFW race, check out the 38th annual Cowtown Marathon. If the M-word is intimidating, the event also offers 5K and 10K races and a community of runners ready to take on the challenge. The races’ proceeds will benefit the Children’s Activities for Life & Fitness Program.

When: Feb. 27-28

Where: Fort Worth

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COLOR VIBE 5K

Add some color to the typical race experience with the Color Vibe 5K paint race. This lively course has different paint zones throughout the course and ends with a paint party. For the best and most colorful experience, wear white so you can see the difference before and after the run. Trust us, you will leave this 5K with a smile on your face.

When: 9 a.m. March 5

Where: Globe Life Park

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TRINITY RIVER LEVEE RUN

If you’re looking for a more traditional run, the Trinity River Levee Run may be the one for you. Whether taking part in the 5K or 10K, you can admire the amazing views of Downtown Dallas from the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and the Continental Avenue Bridge. You may even forget you’re working up a sweat.

When: 8 a.m. March 5

Where: Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

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THE MUSIC RUN

With 120 speakers lining the course and an after-race party taking over Fair Park, you know The Music Run will bring the party to Dallas. This rocking 5K is all about running to the beat and listening to your favorite music. Once you register, you can vote on what songs you want to hear booming through the speakers during the run. This is one party that will shake up your 5K expectations.

When: 5 p.m. March 12

Where: Fair Park

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ST. PADDY’S DAY DASH DOWN GREENVILLE

You don’t have to be Irish to be lucky enough to participate in the Dash Down Greenville 5K! Come out in your best St. Paddy’s costume, and you could walk away with a cash prize. Then, stick around to enjoy live music, food, and beer. The race’s proceeds will go to the North Texas Food Bank

When: 8:30 a.m. March 19

Where: Central Market

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DALLAS ROCK ’N’ ROLL HALF MARATHON

Live music always makes running easier, which is why the Dallas Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon is a hit! The weekend’s events include both a 5K and a half marathon, so there is something for everyone. Once you get to the finish line, walk through the beer garden and enjoy a post-race concert. 

When: March 19 and 20

Where: Fair Park

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CELEBRATION! WHITE ROCK

This race is a walk in the park. Run while taking in the views of one of Dallas’ most visited parks. Afterwards, enjoy a post-race festival full of music, local food, and great drinks. The day’s proceeds will go toward White Rock Lake Conservancy’s efforts to keep the park beautiful.   

When: 6: 30 p.m. March 24

Where: Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake

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FIREFLY RUN DALLAS 2016

Get ready to light up and take part in the Firefly Run. Decorate yourself like a Christmas tree or dress in another illuminating costume and enjoy this fun 5K that is sure to brighten up Dallas. After the race, watch as lights dance in the post-race celebration with laser effects, lighted trees, glowing arches, and other bright decorations.

When: 7:45 p.m. March 26

Where: Campus at Legacy

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