Every spring and summer, a number of fun runs take place all over the DMV. Usually just 5K, they are the perfect thing to get your family moving. And with plenty of options, from running through bursts of colored powder to donning a cape like the true superhero you are, you’re sure to find a way to get out and run as a family. Not sure where to start? Here are some local runs coming your way this season.

Photo: The Color Vibe

Run in Color!
Part race, part carnival of color from which no-one comes out clean, The Color Run and The Color Vibe 5K promise the most fun you’ll ever have in your running shoes. Both 5K runs focus more on the fun than the run, placing less emphasis on your race time and more on the rainbow of colors they’ll douse you in at certain points along the course. Start out in white, finish a kaleidoscope of colored powder or paint. Each one welcomes you at the finish line with its own kind of celebration and each partners with local charities. So, the only question is, when and where would you like to run and get your color onTo run with color and a little less mess, try the GloRun. This 5K takes place at night through a neon luau themed glowing wonderland. All of the color, none of the mess. Register now for The Color Run or The Color Vibe 5K or sign up to be notified when the GloRun announces its 2017 dates.

The Color Run
When: Sept. 17
National Harbor
Online: thecolorrun.com

The Color Vibe 5k
When: Apr. 29
Six Flags America

Online: thecolorvibe.com

The GloRun
Online: theglorun.com

Photo: David Ingram via Flickr

Faster than…
Get those Halloween costumes ready to run the Superhero 5k and fun run. Racers come dressed as their favorite superhero and can walk or run the 5K route or cheer the little ones on at the Fun Run. Top finishers receive awards as do the best dressed superheroes. If your costumes lean a little more villain than hero, there’s a race for you too. The Heroes vs. Villains Run for Justice welcomes and awards both good guys and bad. This one benefits the Fairfax Law Foundation and also offers a kids Fun Run after the 5K.

Superhero 5k and Fun Run
When: Apr. 30
The Village at Leesburg Shopping Center

Online: business.loudounchamber.org

Heroes vs. Villains
When: Apr. 23
Fairfax Corner Shopping Center
Online: potomac.enmotive.com

Do you have a favorite family fun run? Which one is it? Tell us in the comments below.

–Tricia Mirchandani