It’s here! The season full of pumpkiny goodness, the return of boots, and cooler running weather. Fall is always a welcome break from the sticky, hot days of summer and I have a lot to look forward to this season.
Fall is a great time to get back on track if the summer heat kicked your butt and you ended up taking some time off from running outdoors. I actually was very consistent this year, but I am still looking forward to some fun races under better conditions.
If the cooler temperatures aren’t enough to get you out the door, consider signing up for a fall race so that you have something to work towards! Here is my schedule through the end of the year thus far, and why you should consider these races:
Oct. 18 – Rise Up & Run 5K (Atlanta): Atlanta Track Club and the Atlanta Falcons are teaming up once again to host this 5K, which finishes on the Falcons’ 50 yard line inside the Georgia Dome. I may be a Giants fan, but I can swallow my team pride for a unique race experience. I mean, I did it with the Braves. There is also the One Mile Fun Run and Kilometer Kids Dash, so the whole family can get involved. Click here to register.
Oct. 26 – Atlanta 10 Miler (Atlanta): I ran this one last year and I’m excited to hit it up again. This year offers a different course through Buckhead that starts and finishes at Atlantic Station. If you want to take on the Peachtree Road Race’s famed Cardiac Hill without the extreme heat, this is the event to do it! Not ready for the 10 miler? There is also a 5K option. Registration is open here.
Dec. 13 – Kiawah Island Marathon (Kiawah Island, SC): This will be my first full marathon, and I’m excited for a flat course with pretty scenery. There is also a half marathon option. I don’t have any other insight on this one yet, but you can learn more and register here.
Dec. 20 – Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler (Virginia Beach, VA): Yes, this will only be a week after my marathon, but I could not pass this race up! This used to be a 10 miler and 5K, but is now an evening 5 miler run underneath the holiday lights display on the Virginia Beach boardwalk. As a Christmas nerd, it doesn’t get any better than this for me, especially with the great post-race party. Register today to beat the October 1 price increase!
Some other upcoming races you should consider (I would be running these if I was going to be in the area):
Virginia Races: Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon & 5K (Oct. 4, 5), Wicked 10K & Monster Mile (Oct. 25), Harbor Lights Half Marathon & 5K (Nov. 22, 23) – all of these feature flat courses, and perhaps more importantly, BEER!
Hopefully you are feeling a fresh wave of motivation as we head into the end of the year. Registering for a race is always a great way to get you back out on the roads and trails if your running shoes have been banished to the back of the closet for a while.
What do you have on your race calendar? And what do you love about fall running?