Run 4 Luv and Valentine's Dash 

Saturday, Feb. 8

Forget chocolate and roses. This year, impress your beloved with sweaty body parts and loads of heavy breathing at either of Boise's romantic running events, Run 4 Luv or Valentine's Dash, on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. Both events are sure to get your sweetheart all worked up, one way or another.

Run 4 Luv will start at Ann Morrison Park and offers an impressive array of distances, including a half marathon, 10K, 5K and even a run just for kids. Adult events will have chip-timed results, along with medals for half-marathon finishers and overall prizes for the top three male and female finishers in all distances.

Registration fees vary; see for details.

Valentine's Dash keeps things simple, offering a 5k-only distance run that will begin from Julia Davis Park. However, if you happen to be single and want to combine dating with running, this event supplies a number bib that clearly spells out your relationship status: Single! On the other hand, if your love life is slightly less straightforward, there's a number bib for you, too: It's Complicated!

Registration fees range from $25-$40 for individuals and from $45-$75 for couples. Registration is allowed on race day.

Walkers and strollers are welcome to participate in any of the events, at either location.

For those dyed-in-the-wool Cupid fans, both runs encourage participants to partake in Valentine-themed costumes. Past examples include classics such as tutus (canine and human), pastel candy hearts, chocolate bonbons and, for the traditionalist, red hearts.

While winning may prove difficult if you're lugging around a giant bow and arrow, this is love we're talking about here--a few extra style points can never hurt.

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