INVESTIGATE BEFORE YOU GIVE UP ON RUNNING A GREAT FALL RACE
If you decided on a whim to run a fall race and fear that registration has closed, an article by Kristan Dietz for Competitor.com might be encouraging, “10 Fall Races That You Can Still Register For.” Surely there are other races that will accommodate late registration as well, so don’t give up without trying.
Investigate all possibilities.
If race LOCATION means more to you than race distance, remember to check out the entire list of weekend events offered by the hosting organization. Especially if the feature race is sold out. A marathon may hold an additional 10-mile race that will satisfy a distance junkie who is too late to gain a spot on the longer course. A half marathon may schedule an additional 5k.
DOUBLE-UP. Run both a 5k plus 10K if race scheduling allows such a CHALLENGE. Running festivals are capitalizing on participants’ eagerness to enter more than one race by holding races on separate days, rather than blasting the start horn to send off successive event waves.
FUN RUNS, that can range from 1 or more miles, could supply a reason to attend a weekend festival if a you or a running partner haven’t sufficiently trained to race the same long distance.
BUDDY-UP for huge races. It might be a way to ease logistics-anxiety, if each person on the ‘team’ runs an event on a different day. The non-racing buddy can perform support duties to lessen concerns that arise at the bigger venue/high attendance races. You can alternate who runs the BIG race at each event.
RACE EARNED RUNS EVENTS of any distance anytime and anywhere. Use bibs if you have them or REQUEST them now! Custom design your own race.
The 10 races identified in the article are provided below; Earned Runs has added the additional races held in that venue. Other helpful places to get information on local races include specialty running stores, which will often host an online page for organizations to post links to event information. Try the USATF website too.
The opportunities to enjoy fall weather races are still numerous, and UNLIMITED if you use Earned Runs bibs.
Medtronic Twin Cities Half Marathon, Minneapolis MN
October 1 (Also a 5k, 10k, 10-mile, marathon)
Rock ’N Roll Half Marathon Series, Various dates, cities, (some sites have other distances)
Brooklyn NY October 14 (Also a 5-miler)
Mount Desert Island Marathon Bar Harbor ME
October 15 (Also a Marathon and a Relay, which is at capacity/closed)
Halloween Half Marathon, Morristown NJ
October 21 (Also a 1 Mile Fun Run)
Jazz Half Marathon New Orleans LA
October 28 (Also a 5K)
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Indianapolis IN
November 4 (Also a Half Marathon and 5K)
RunDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend Orlando FL
November 5 (Also a 10K- it’s already sold out- and a 1 Mile Run)
Rocky Run 5K then optional 10-Mile to equal 13.1mile Half Marathon Philadelphia PA
THIS EXPERIENCE WOULD BE SO FUN!
California International Marathon Sacramento CA
December 3 (Also a 5K and a Relay Challenge)
BMW Dallas Marathon Dallas TX
December 10 (Also a Half Marathon, a 5K and 10K, and several ‘social’ 5K’s)
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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