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DC Races this Fall


It may not be the time to don a bikini, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stay in shape. Here’s a peek at a few DC races this fall!

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?

DC Races

  • 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

Virginia Races

  • 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
  • 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

Maryland Races

  • 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:

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