There is an upward trend of modern societies attempting to get their populations healthier. Running has become the key “go to” free activity for us to do. Whether it be a run in Central Park, a trot across the Sydney Harbour Bridge or a sprint up primrose hill, running allows you to explore your city and feed your curiosity to discover more.

The trouble is, if you’re not running somewhere new or experiencing anything exciting it can be incredibly boring. What might have started out as a New Year’s Resolution in January becomes hard to stick to once you’re repeating routes, treading the same pavements, just to ‘get that run done’.

The solution? If the city remains the same, make every run slightly different by adding additional running ideas and challenges to the mix.

Alternatively, plan some weekends away or day trips to new cities or parks – immerse yourself in new sights, sounds, smells and sprints!


Here are a few challenges you can try either in your home town or a new city to make that run just a little more fun.

 What you need to take:

– Appropriate running clothing

– Phone (or map) to ensure you know your way home

– Your keys for when you return

– Water, subject to weather and preference


What you need to do:

1. Aim to set out for half an hour*

2. Select your challenge from the list below. (If you set it to your phone ‘lock screen’ it’s easy to check mid run)

3. Set off in any direction and complete the challenge before you return

*Bear in mind if you only head away from home for 15 minutes you can only ever be 15 minutes away from getting back. If you run without directions for half an hour, you could be another half an hour away from home. (Put simply, the further you go, the longer it takes to get back. So it’s crucial you consider your safety and ensure you take additional clothing, water and have a fully charged phone if you’re planning to be out for a while)




This simple formula means you generally see the most colourful parts of any new places and staves off the boredom!

You limit yourself to 30 minutes so it guarantees a distance of 3-6k. Give it a go and let us know how you get on by tagging us on Instagram @deaddropevents

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