Take Me to Funkytown
Dallas has no shortage of organized running events. But all 5Ks are not created equal. The inaugural Disco Run on May 19 features DJ-manned refreshment stations, tie-dyed T-shirts, oversized disco finisher's medallions and a $100 best costume award.
And, of course, there's a killer after-party. Race director Dan Jones didn't choose the theme willy-nilly. He has a personal connection to it.
"I'm in that disco era, and I've got all the disco moves," Jones says. "People tend to like theme events, and disco is a really fun one to do."
Dallas Athletes Racing, which is organizing the Disco Run, holds about 15 annual events, including themed triathlons for St. Patrick's Day and Halloween. Jones hopes to have about 1,500 participants for the first annual Disco Run, which will feature 5K and 10K courses.
As if that weren't enough to get you off the couch, the race benefits Nobody's Normal, a nonprofit dedicated to mental health awareness. The organization's mission is "to ease the isolation, ignorance and discrimination that compound the suffering of individuals with mental disorders."