As the weather cools off, there’s nothing better than getting outdoors and being active in the brisk fall air. One of our favorite things to do is hit the trail or the road, get out there and run. The cool air makes it easier to last longer, run faster and feel refreshed. We thought we’d round up some of the top Fall races around the country. Not only are these cool places to run a race, they’re fun to visit. So grab the family, hit the road and make a weekend of it!
Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon- October 25
It doesn’t get much better than Miami Beach- talk about scenery! This race not only boasts sweet ocean views, but you also get to dress up in your favorite Halloween costumes. In this case, it might be fun to have Dracula running after you. When you’re done, hit the sandy beach and take a dip in the Atlantic to cool off.
Portland Thanksgiving 4-Miler- November 27
This race has a 32-year history in Southern Maine and follows the course through historic downtown Portland. After all, think about the Thanksgiving Day feast waiting for you later in the day as your motivation. Go ahead and have that second plate, you earned it.
It’s wine country! Not only can you get active and hit the unique single track trail through Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, you can literally enjoy the fruits of the land after. The best restaurants and wineries are just minutes away from the park.
Harpoon Octoberfest Road Race- October 12
This charming race occurs right in the middle of the peak time to watch the leaves change on the trees in Windsor, Vermont. The best part? Upon finishing, runners are given a fresh pint of Harpoon beer at the brewery. So pull on those lederhosen and run.
Potomac River Run Marathon- November 16
This particular race claims to be the “easiest half marathon in the USA” by the race’s organizers. Another claim to fame? This is a Boston-qualifying course and a reported 20% of the 350 entrants last year qualified for Boston. It might be because this run takes place on the flat and shady C & O Canal Path that’s free of pavement, crowds and other distractions. Get ready to race your PR.