Valentine's Day conjures up a lot of different emotions for people and, apparently, one of them is the urge to run.
Two different Valentine's Day-themed runs are planned for Saturday, Feb. 9, giving racers the opportunity to run with a loved one, run away from a former loved one or even chase down a soon-to-be loved one.
In Boise, the Valentines Dash, Love 'em or Lose 'em 5K will begin and end in Julia Davis Park, with racers dashing through the park in costumes on their way to a kissing booth manned by "local celebrities."
Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers, as well as for best costume. Registration will be taken up to the start of the race, but preregistration costs $35 for individuals or $65 for couples. Day-of registration costs $40 for individuals or $75 per couple.
Besides smooching at the finish line, racers get T-shirts, a mid-race candy refueling and post-race Valentine's treats. If you're registering as an individual, don't feel bad--runners can chose between bibs that read "Single," "Taken" or "It's Complicated."
For more info, visit valentinesdash.com.
Of course, it's a bit of a love triangle, pairing two Boise Valentine's runs against each other in a battle for runners' affections.
The Run 4 Luv run is set to also begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, but this one is in Ann Morrison Park.
It offers both 5K and 10K distances, as well as categories for walkers. Costumes are also encouraged, and the top three male and female finishers at each distance will win awards, as well age category finishers for both runners and walkers.
Racers also get T-shirts, and a photographer will be on site snapping pics for the event's Facebook page. A portion of proceeds from Run 4 Luv will be donated to the American Red Cross.
Preregistration is taken through 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, and costs $35 for the 5K or $40 for the 10K. Day-of registration costs $40 for the 5K or $45 for the 10K.
For more info, visit run4luv.com.
If you prefer your races on two wheels and fueled by beer, check out the fourth annual Bikin' for Lovin' Ride, held by the Boise Bicycle Project on Friday, Feb. 8.
Single and tandem bikers will meet at 7 p.m. at BBP headquarters on Lusk Street for pre-ride brews from Crooked Fence Brewing before taking off for 13th Street Pub and Grill in Hyde Park at 8 p.m. After the ride, participants can bask in Crooked Fence specials, growler giveaways and "romantic tandem photos."
Visit boisebicycleproject.com for info.