January 4 2018
An English runner explains the major differences between cross-country racing in the United States and the UK.
After sweating through those tough training sessions all summer long, there’s nothing quite like that first crisp morning of fall. There’s no better time of year to enjoy the hard work you put in all summer. Between the weather and the beautiful fall foliage, there’s nothing we’d rather do than run. Embrace the season with this list of fun fall foliage races! The races–and the scenery–will take your breath away!
With a name like The Fall Foliage Race, we couldn’t leave this one off the list! Take in the quaint neighborhoods of Waynesboro, Virginia during the 5K and 10K run/walk events. There’s also a kid’s race if you want to make it a family affair!
The Steamtown Marathon has a reputation as one of America’s favorite marathons–and with good reason! The point-to-point course is known as one of the fastest in the country, the weather is usually perfect and the scenery is stunning. The events of the weekend feature only a marathon and a kids’ race–sorry, no half marathon here!
This small town gem is a beautiful (and challenging) way to start your fall racing season! The course features rolling hills that surround a beautiful lake and lead you past truly stunning scenery. Want to make it a really big racing weekend? Run the Maine Marathon or Half Marathon in nearby Portland, Maine the following day!
The Spinx Run Fest in beautiful Greenville, S.C. has something for everyone: the event features a marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 10K, 5K and the 1-mile Spunky’s Kids Run! Presented by the Greenville Track Club, the races run partially along the city’s famous Swamp Rabbit Trail–a paved, tree-lined multi-use path–and finish in a local baseball stadium. Enjoy incredible views of the fall foliage as you run along the Swamp Rabbit Trail!
Fall foliage races aren’t just for the eastern United States! Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver offers runners the opportunity to explore life in the “Mile High City” during one of the most beautiful times of the year. The race weekend features half marathon, 10K and 5K options. If you’re not used to it, you might notice the altitude (Denver sits at about 5,280 feet above sea level), but the courses themselves are mostly flat. What a beautiful way to explore one of America’s fastest growing cities!
If Wichita, Kan. doesn’t seem like your first choice for a fall destination race, think again! The Prairie Fire Marathon and Half Marathon are well-organized, picturesque, well supported and fast. Running through many of Wichita’s most stunning neighborhoods, you’ll never feel alone on the course. Keep your eye out for tons of festive Halloween decorations and, of course, the changing leaves! The race weekend offers a marathon, half marathon, 5K, fun run and a youth race.
The Columbia Gorge Marathon and Half Marathon bills itself as the most scenic marathon in the country–and it is easy to see why! Participants universally praise the spectacular sights along the course as the highlight of the event. The course features rolling hills that will challenge your legs as the scenery soothes your mind. Don’t miss this one for a perfect destination opportunity in the Pacific Northwest!