I know that its not officially Fall until Sept 21st, but I’m getting excited for cooler weather. I am ready to break out my sweaters, sweater dresses, and boots again. It seemed like a hot summer this year, at least in my bedroom that doesn’t have air conditioning (woof).
I wanted to share some of my favorite fall races with you- make sure to check these out or even go spectate them. Watching or volunteering at races is so much fun! It is such a great motivator.
Last week was Ironman Madison (congrats to Kaley!!!) so proud of you for your 2nd Ironman. This race starts at Lake Monona, bikes throughout Verona, and finishes at the Madison Capitol building. It was always fun to volunteer because the course went right through the campus apartments.
Hot Chocolate 5K and 15K. Locations- everywhere! Denver is Oct 2nd, Chicago is October 30th. I ran this race a few years ago and it has a fun route in Denver. 15K or 9.3 miles is a fun mid-distance that takes minimal training if you run a lot. This race gave out awesome gear a few years ago!
Twin Cities Marathon and 10 mile! Oct 9th- love love love this race for many reasons, but the route runs along my favorite 10 mile run from Lake Harriet, Calhoun, and finishing at Nokomis.
UW Madison Fall 15K. This race is 23 years old and I helped organize it twice in college. It’s a well organized race throughout Madison. It benefits Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
THANKSGIVING RUNS! Running a 5K on Thanksgiving is fun way to get together with family and friends before the big day. I run the Turkey Day 5K in Minneapolis. (see one of their shirts above).
One run I’ve been eyeing for a couple years is a Rock and Roll Race. Denver Rock and Roll is on Oct 15th!
A couple ideas for picking out your fall race-
Pick a realistic distance for your current training. If you haven’t run further than 3 miles in a few weeks, probably stick to a shorter distance for an enjoyable race.
Look for a charity race. I always like to see a charity aspect to a race, and I’m willing to pay more when I support the charity.
Check out a new/nearby city on foot. I did this during my triathlon- I had never been to Longmont, so seeing it during the race made it a lot of fun. It’s also nice to switch up from the runs I usually do in Denver.
What is your favorite fall race? Have you ever run on Thanksgiving morning?