If you’re itching to hit the road and pound the pavement, it’s not too late to plan a great running getaway. Here are five great fall destination races you should quickly add to your calendar.
OUTER BANKS MARATHON & SOUTHERN FRIED HALF
November 11-13, 2016
If you want an excuse to head to the beach, look no further. This race weekend takes place in the Outer Banks, which means you’ll be close to the OBX beaches, piers, and restaurants. The race routes will take you through spots like Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, and Manteo. These East Coast courses are as beautiful as they are historical. This is one of those race weekends that you should definitely extend into a full-on vacation.
Marathon and half marathon participants receive gender specific tech shirts, and OBX finisher SWAG. All runners receive medals and are invited to attend the expo and post-race party – complete with live music, free beer, and free food. The weekend events also include an 8K, 5K, Fun Run, and Diaper Dash. With that many options, there is a little something for every runner.
MARINE CORP MARATHON
October 30, 2016
When it comes to nailing every little detail, the Marine Corp Marathon can’t be beat. Known as “The People’s Marathon”, this race is recognized for its inclusiveness and impeccable organization. The scenic course, managed by the US Marines, passes by some of the most impressive and recognizable landmarks in the country. The views almost make up for that famous uphill finish.
Participants receive amazing course support and entertainment, hospitality boxes, recovery jackets, and a finisher’s medal.
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL LAS VEGAS MARATHON, HALF, 10K, & 5K
November 13, 2016
If neon lights are more your style, head straight to the starting line of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Las Vegas race series. These races all take place in the late afternoon and evening, so you can take full advantage of the sights. Want to get hitched while you’re there? Take part in the “Run Thru” wedding – get married along with a group of fellow runners in a fun five-minute ceremony during your race. You can also spread the love in other ways– you have the option to participate for free by fundraising money for St. Jude.
Participants receive live course entertainment, glowing finisher medal, technical t-shirt, drawstring gear check bag, runner perks wristband, one post-race beer, and admission to the Health and Fitness Expo. Marathon and half marathon runners also receive admission to the Start Line Festival, with marathon runners snagging a sweet jacket to boot.
MOAB TRAIL MARATHON, HALF, 5K, & KIDS’ K
November 5-6, 2016
The Moab Trail race weekend boasts one of the most scenic trails in the United States. Runners from all over head to Moab, Utah every year to take advantage of the unforgettable and awe-inspiring landscape. The races will take you through red rock canyons, with views of the snow-capped mountains and beautiful natural arches in the distance. This event will serve as the 2016 Trail Marathon National Championships, which means you’re also sure to see some intense competitors out on the course!
Participants receive a t-shirt, post-race soup and snacks, and a finisher’s medal. There are additional prizes for male and female age group winners.
ANTHEM RICHMOND MARATHON
November 12, 2016
A fall destination race list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning “America’s Friendliest Marathon”. They earned this title by including fun features like junk food stops, wet washcloth stations, live bands and DJs, and Party Zones. This scenic course winds through Richmond’s most historic neighborhoods and features amazing views of the James River. The river is such a big part of the race that the finish line and post-race party are right on the riverfront.
Participants receive top-notch aid stations along the way, a long sleeve technical race shirt, a custom medal and fleece finisher blanket at the finish line, admission to the post-race celebration, and plenty of free food and drinks.