Fall is a great time to sign up for and run a race, especially here in DC. The crowds are minimal, the weather is crisp but sunny and looking for places to train is never a problem.
Want rolling hills? I don’t know about you, but my neighborhood is packed with them.
Here’s a look at DC races this fall. If you have been slacking on getting out to run, there is still plenty of time to gear up for a Turkey Trot come November. But with motivation like some of these different fun runs, I’d be surprised if anyone waited until Thanksgiving!
Who can resist roller skates and fluorescent powder?
- Run! Geek! Run!
- October 5
- 8K road race in West Potomac Park
- All proceeds supporting Equal Footing Foundation
- More information and registration: Run! Geek! Run!
- Boo! Run for Life
- October 13
- 10K run/3K walk in West/East Potomac Park
- Helping to cure renal cell cancer
- More information and registration: Boo! Run for Life
- Ride and Run to Remember
- October 13
- 5K run at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
- Ride AND Run by participating in the 55 or 30-mile bike ride and running the 5K; Registration is also available for just riders. Bike rides start and end at National Harbor in MD
- More information and registration: Ride and Run to Remember
- Karaoke 5K Run or Roll Then Rockout
- November 22
- 5K race at RFK Stadium
- Run, roller skate or blade to songs of the ’80s, ’90s and 2000’s; followed by a karaoke stage with a live band!
- More information and registration: Karaoke 5K Run or Roll Then Rockout
- Anthem Great Pumpkin 5K
- October 12
- 5K road race, Pumpkin Smash Mile and Kid’s Pumpkin Dash at Reston Town Center
- Visit the largest pumpkin in Virginia– on display race day, enjoy fall festivities and a “scrambled legs” breakfast following the race. Costumes are strongly encouraged.
- More information and registration: Anthem Great Pumpkin 5K
- Ghost, Goblins & Ghouls Spooktacular 5K & Scarecrow Sprint Fun Run
- October 26
- Paxton Campus in Leesburg
- Includes a costume contests, Halloween themed entertainment and a Shocktober-Fest.
- More information and registration: Ghost, Goblins & Ghouls Spooktacular 5K & Scarecrow Sprint Fun Run
- Ignite the Night Glow Run
- November 2
- Spotsylvania Towne Centre in Fredericksburg
- Glow swag, hot chocolate and live bands.
- More information and registration: Ignite the Night Glow Run
- Ragnar Relay Washington DC
- October 4-5
- A 200 mile race with 6 or 12 runners per team beginning in Cumberland, MD, and finishing at National Harbor
- More information and registration: Ragnar Relay Washington DC
- Cosmic Run
- October 12
- 5K race at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, MD
- Like something I’ve never seen before with black lights, a LED tunnel, glowing flourescent paint and more.
- More information and registration: Cosmic Run
- Rock ‘n’ Stroller 5K
Of course there are many more races out there. It seems I can’t go more than 50 feet without seeing a sign for another race. A list for all (or most) DC races can be found at either:
Running not your thing? DC races scare you? Check out these other outdoor activities to keep you moving!
- Take a bike ride along the Potomac River on the Mount Vernon Trail
- Plan a nature walk at Theodore Roosevelt Island
- Hike around at Great Falls Park or Burke Lake Park
- Enjoy the last bits of summer with an outdoor game for the whole family
- Pack a picnic and head to the park
More DC Fun
- Clemyjontri Park is on my autumn bucket list, although we love to visit year-round
- Head to the Young Readers Center at the Library of Congress for story time
- Check out the National Book Festival, September 21-22 on the National Mall
- Pick an off-the-beaten path museum to visit on Museum Day Live!