I’d pay good money to attend the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Yule Ball, but part of me wishes they had considered hosting the Triwizard Tournament instead. What can I say, I’m a Gryffindor who appreciates a nice physical challenge. I’m positive I’m not the only one, so I’ve compiled this handy list of races that will appeal to runners from any of the four Hogwarts houses. Time to run like You Know Who is after you.
Brave and daring Gryffindors have a competitive streak for sure, and, as runners, they are always looking for new ways to challenge themselves. These three races should appeal to members of this house who want to push themselves to the limit.
While some runners might like races that bring out their inner warriors, chivalrous Gryffindors will get more enjoyment out of an event that helps them tap into their heroic side.
Bare Buns Fun Run
Bravery is certainly the first requirement for a race that calls for nudity, but I think a number of Gryffindors would be up for the challenge. Can’t you just picture a young Sirius Black convincing the other Marauders to join in? You’re welcome for that mental image.
I’d bet good money that many of the contestants on the TV show Wipeout are Gryffindors. This race is inspired by that show and features many iconic challenges such as the sweeper and the infamous red jump balls.
Straight races offer little opportunity to show off your brains as well as your strength, which is why athletic Slytherins will enjoy courses that feature obstacles they are forced to overcome and outwit.
The Zombie Run
While many Slytherins will get a thrill out of out running and outsmarting zombies, others will prefer to transform into the zombies that terrorize the racers. Either way, this challenge-filled race is ideal for cunning runners.
Named after the legendary Spartan army, this race asks runners to push their bodies to the limit for the chance to achieve greatness. Ambitious Slytherins will surely be up for the challenge, even if they try to use cleverness to get out of doing penalty burpees.
Maybe it’s because their common room is located in the dungeons and lit by green lights, but I think some Slytherins will really enjoy a race that feels more like an underground rave.
Everyone knows that Ravenclaws are brainiacs, but intelligence doesn’t come in a single form. These races vary from fun runs organized around a love of stories to obstacle courses that encourage unique solutions to physical challenges.
This race was likely organized by Ravenclaws. Teams must solve clues that lead them to various checkpoints throughout the host city, where they’re met with either physical or mental challenges. There are puzzles throughout, meaning this event is perfect for runners with sharp minds.
Walt Disney World 5k
Ravenclaws value books and creativity, so it isn’t hard to imagine them penning fanfiction and creating cosplays based on their favorite literary characters. A race where you’re encouraged to dress up as Disney characters (many of which are inspired by fairy tales) sounds perfect for runners from this bookish house.
To be fair, this is more of an obstacle course than a race, but it is perfect for Ravenclaws looking to challenge themselves mentally and physically. The obstacles are designed by architects and engineers, meaning competitors will need to take a moment to analyze each challenge and craft the best route to victory.
Hufflepuffs are described as friendly, cheerful, and hardworking without craving accolades or recognition. Fun is the ultimate goal for a Hufflepuff looking to race.
The Color Run
This race is known as the happiest 5k on the planet and it’s not timed. While other houses may wonder what the point is of running when you aren’t racing the clock, Hufflepuffs will revel in the joy of running for the sake of running. Plus they’ll love watching as their clothes and bodies are painted with a rainbow of colors.
NYC Pizza Run
The Hufflepuff common room is located right near the kitchens, and I imagine late night snacking is a favorite habit of many members of this house. So a two mile race that rewards runners with three slices of pizza as they run should be perfect for Hufflepuffs.
Insane Inflatable 5k
This race is advertised as a party and I’m positive Hufflepuffs will want to be invited. You can race, climb, and slide your way through this inflatable obstacle course on your own, but it will certainly be even more fun with fellow Hufflepuffs at your side.