You may have done your local 'turkey trot', or even signed up for an obstacle race like Tough Mudder, but if you're getting bored, worry not, there are plenty of other ways to challenge your legs, mind, willpower, and occasionally, dignity – from races that require you to push a shopping cart through city streets to those that pit you against a horse. Just like these events.
Race a car at the Wings for Life World Run
Location: 35 locations worldwide
Distance: Depends when you're caught
Why it's unique: There is no finish line
Next race: May 3, 2015
This is an event that begins with no end and sees runners all over the globe in simultaneous races being chased down by a catcher car until the last one is caught.
The car sets off 30 minutes after the runners and chases them down at a speed of 15kph. It gets faster every hour and ends each entrant's run when it races past them. Sign up here right now!
Run the height of Everest – on stairs
Location: Saxony, Germany
Why it's unique: Climb the height of Mount Everest
Next race: April 18–19, 2015
This brutal stair race sees runners climb up and down 397 steps again and again until they have ascended the height of the world's highest mountain.
That's 8,848m, which is a total of 79,400 steps. There is a 24-hour cut-off time and any competitor who completes more than 100 rounds of the course is honoured in a special post-race ceremony.
Race a horse
Location: Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales
Distance: 22 miles (35.2km)
Why it's unique: Race against a horse
Next Race: June 13, 2015
Only twice has a horse been beaten in this bizarre challenge, where humans compete against horses over rough terrain.
Started in 1980 as a result of a pub bet, the first 24 races were won by horses before Huw Lobb finally took victory for the humans in 2004. Man has only won once since, and the field is now 50 horses and over 500 runners.
Push a shopping cart through Boston
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Distance: +/- 5km
Why it’s unique: Running with a shopping trolley
Next race: April 4th 2015
This bizarre event is a nod to the legendary Alaskan dog sled race – with people replacing dogs and shopping trolleys in place of sleds.
Part race, part costume contest and part bar-crawl, it requires teams of four to six people to deck out trolleys like carnival floats and find the fastest route between five 'challenge' checkpoints.
NOTE: Similar events take place in cities around the USA.
Race while sitting down
Location: Hong Kong
Why it’s unique: Running with a chair and passenger
Next race: October 2015
This heavy lifting contest requires a team of eight runners – plus one lucky/lazy person to sit in the chair.
First held in 1975 with four entrants, the sedan chair race is part of Hong Kong's heritage and in 2014, 40 years later, it involved 48 teams competing to raise money for little-known local charities.
Race a train at the Puffing Billy
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Why it’s unique: Racing a train
Next race: May 3, 2015
The Puffing Billy steam train travels at a constant 14kph, and runners must hit a consistent pace of 4m 15s per kilometre to beat it.
The undulating course snakes up a hill and includes several train crossing points. Off-pace runners must stop and watch the train go by, making it very hard to recover if you fall behind.
Race over a mountain
Location: Snowdonia, Wales
Distance: 20 miles (32km)
Why it’s unique: A mountain crossing with a difference
Next race: September 5, 2015
From sea level to the summit of Snowdon and back down, this race begins as a steady ascent and ends in a wet and wild obstacle course.
The route includes sections of jumping, swimming and scrambling over natural and man-made obstacles built into the landscape. And if that's not enough, the unpredictable Welsh weather can offer plenty of surprises too.