If you’re like us, Fall evokes a number of wonderful connotations: Crisp days. Football in the backyard. The trees changing color. Pumpkin-themed beverages. Oh, and splendid fall races.
So, we’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of 10 Great Fall Races on the East Coast, happening in October that feature beautiful scenery and a venue in which to appreciate the changing of seasons, with an emphasis on races that’ll mainline that need for fall foliage.
Mmmm, we can almost smell the Pumpkin Spice Latte.
- The Fall Foliage Race 5K/10K
Saturday, October 14th 2017
There’s a post-race party and a run for the kids. Come one, come all!
- Waterford Fall Foliage 5K/10K
Sunday, October 8th 2017
There is a chili cook-off after the race. How awesome is that? (okay, now we’re hungry).
- Fall Foliage Half-Marathon & 5K
Sunday, October 15th 2017
For those of you who like to sleep in a bit during autumn, this fall race begins after 10am. It’s also a good primer for the NYC Marathon, which will be held a few weeks afterward.
- Leaf Peepers Half-Marathon & 5K
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Aside from the very cute name, Leaf Peepers has a pretty excellent post-race lineup, including bagels, cheese, cider, and coffee. Yummmmm.
- White Mountain Milers’ Half-Marathon & 5K
October 29th, 2017
North Conway, NH
You get a post-race beer, courtesy of Sea Dog brewing company. What could be better?
- Mount Desert Island Marathon, Half-Marathon & Relay
October 15th, 2017
Bar Harbor, ME
This fall race has won substantial praise for its beautiful route and attendant scenery. Plus, it’s Maine, in the fall, so y’know it’ll be glorious.
- Main Street Half-Marathon
October 8th, 2017
The microcopy on this fall race’s site is excellent, and the RD has provided what many other races don’t: a video walkthrough of the entire length of the course. It looks beautiful.
- Chessie Trail Fall Half Marathon
Saturday, October 28th 2017
This fall race starts at the Shenandoah Valley, runs along a river and into historic Lexington.
- Ridgefield Pamby Half Marathon
October 1st, 2017
This fall race has been run for more than four decades — it’s what to think about as you run through scenic Connecticut.
- Mohawk Hudson River Marathon & Half-Marathon
October 8, 2017
This picturesque fall race is paved, flat, and fast. Plus, you’ll run past a historic – and still operating – munitions plant, so you’ll have plenty of “ammunition” to make jokes while you run!
PS: Check out our list of recommended Fall Running Gear!