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Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Spartan races, neon runs… why are you so cool?

Running has been a trend for years, such as the popular 5K runs. Although some people actually enjoy the runs, others do it without liking it.

So what is so cool about Spartan races, mud runs, and neon runs? Why is there people constantly signing up to be a part of these events?

Perhaps it is the adrenaline or the simple challenge that they want to accomplish. Who knows, but it is evident these dangerous sports have become quite popular.

Mud runs are pretty self explanatory, just people running or finding ways to get across a race that has mud everywhere. Sounds easy right? Wrong. Sometimes the runners feet get stuck in the mud and unlike typical races, it is also very time consuming.

Neon races are probably the most fun because they are a wild and crazy glowing experience, literally. The runs have body paint over them that glows in the dark. The cool thing about these races is that there is music, lasers and even water that glows.

A Spartan race is not just any race where you run miles. Instead, it is composed of dangerous things that may harm the participants.

Some of the races have what they call ‘fire jumps,’ which is literally people leaping over flames and they also have races that consists the participants to crawl into the mud with barbed wire! Now that is insane.Why would anyone want to do that? Why would anyone want to risk getting injured in such a dangerous activity?

The answer is very simple, it is a fad; it is what is popular and will gain attention from those around them. As human beings, everyone loves the attention, they love to brag about how “cool” or “hardcore” they are.However, fads typically never last too long. People will stop doing them if they see others not doing them either.

Most people think only fitness junkies participate in these crazy activities, but even a “couch potato” can get motivated to do so too if it gives them the “popular” card or makes them look good in front of others.

But others genuinely do enjoy these runs and do not do it for the attention. They do it as a hobby, as a sport and as something they can look back at and feel proud of.

Nowadays, with all the advancements in technology, it is easy for people, especially teens and young adults to show off when they participate in these things through social media such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

So what do these people get out of these extreme hobbies? They get likes on their social networks, they get thumbs up from people around them and they get to feel good about themselves for doing something fun in their lives.


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About the Contributor
Katherine Grijalva, Arts Editor
Fall 2014
Hello, my name is Katherine. Just a 21 year old gal who happens to be the Arts Editor this semester. Former Opinion Copy Editor. I am majoring in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations. Aside from writing I enjoy attending concerts, Disneyland trips, eating, shopping, and surfing the web and find out the latest news.
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