Fav Fall Races

  Although I enjoy running in all seasons, fall is by far my favorite. Everything smells great, the air is cooler (but not yet freezing), and I just feel invigorated by all the colors that come with the changing season. And with each fall comes a whole slew of great races one can participate in.

While I’m sure there are many races near you, you can’t throw a stone and not hit a 5k these days, these are some of the more notable ones I’ve found.

Runner’s World Half & Festival, October 19-21 – This the first, hopefully annual since I can’t participate in this one this year, running weekend and festival hosted by Runner’s World. Located in Bethlehem, PA, it’s seems destined to be a huge success. Running favs and authors such as Dean Karnazes, Kristin Armstrong, Matt Long, Bart Yasso and Marc Parent will be in attendance. Not only can runners enjoy a 5k, 10k, half-marathon or all three for the hat trick, but there will be movies shown, seminars, speakers and the quintessential pasta dinner. All perfect ingredients for what I’m sure will be a fabulous running weekend.

Baltimore Running Festival, October 13 – Another East Coast running extravaganza, this running festival is very popular. Every entrant gets a sweet Under Armour race shirt, plus entry to the celebration following the race which features live music, activities, food and drink. Enter the 5k, half, or full or register for the Maryland Double, runners who participate in a half or full in both the Baltimore and Frederick Running Festivals. Finishers of the Double receive a really cool looking medal that, for a nominal fee, can be engraved with your name and times at the finish. Cool!

Seattle 5k Beer Running Tour, September 9 – With an onslaught of what I deem kitschy races – zombies, paint throwing, warrior, mud, nude, costumed – I have to say that this would be one I would participate in. More laid back with stops at quirky sights around Seattle, this running tour (they don’t call it a race), begins and ends at the Fremont Brewery where free brews will be distributed upon finishing. And since having a cold beer at the end of my long weekend runs is definitely one of my running incentives, I’d happily participate in this brew happy event.

Run Rabbit Run, September 14 & 15 – For those of you who are very ambitious I haven’t forgotten you! This trail run through Steamboat Springs, CO, features a 50-mile run Sept. 14 and a 100-mile run Sept. 15. Otherwise known as ultrarunning, for those of you who, like me, are content to run somewhat shorter distances, these races are often a combination of trail and road running with aid stations along the route. To top it all off, this is the caveat that is featured on the website: A word of warning: These are not beginner’s runs.  You might find the uphills and downhills fairly steep. You may find there’s a lot of them.  You will spend a lot of time at an altitude of nearly two miles. There may be snow. There may be rain. It may sleet, or be wet, or windy, or then again, it may be hot. There may be wild animals out there, some of them a lot bigger and scarier than a rabbit. Yikes! Think I’ll be a cheerleader for any runs like that!

Happy running! 😀

  1. I agree about fall being an awesome time to run. I generally run right before dawn and to watch the colors come alive within the trees while breathing in the wonderful, crisp, cool air is a great start to any day!

  2. I am going to sign up for the RW this weekend – it’s less than 90 minutes from me… and will give me something to train for. Thanks for mentioning it – I might have missed this.

    • No problem. Wish I were able to run it this year as well, but if they have it again next year it will definitely be at the top of my list. Are you going to try for the Hat Trick?

    • comer,amar,rezar
    • August 24th, 2012

    i love it your blog!!!

    • comer,amar,rezar
    • August 24th, 2012

    Reblogged this on living,running,dreaming.

  3. Hi Samantha, great post on your favorite fall races. Some very good ones and a great variety too. Thanks. I am still thinking of the Runners World half, but am not going to make it out to Seattle…. By the way, I really like your blog and the style/format.

    I actually just recently started a fitnesss blog of my own here on the Seacoast of NH: “Seacoast Fitness Daly.” Funny, I had written a similarly-themed post on fall races and fitness events, my “Magnificent Seven” for the Seacoast. You can check it out at: http://seacoastfitnessdaly.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/seacoast-fitness-faves-fall-race. We think/blog alike. I like your style better though.

    Seems like we both are very fond of fall and it being the best fitness time of year too. Could not agree with you more. Have you run in the Baltimore Festival? If so which race? I might be down there in Oct. and might run. Where is it held in Baltimore? Thanks again for the info. Enjoyed your post and look forward to more.

    Good luck with your novel. Regards from Portsmouth, NH — M.Daly

    • I’m glad you like my blog! I’ll definitely pop over and see which races you recommend. It’s always fun to find others with similar interests. 🙂

    • Ps. I actually haven’t run the Baltimore Fest race yet, although would love to. A friend of mine has run it a few times and says it’s a really great race to participate in.

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