As sunlight begins to fade a little earlier with each passing day and the nights take on a refreshing chill, celebrate the last breath of summer at a September running event. The fall racing season, ablaze with spectacular colors in many parts of the country, will be upon us soon, but for now, enjoy the last warm days of the season.
Note: Some races on this list could be sold out or have registration periods that have ended, but we included them here because, if you're a planner, there's always next year.
September 1, 2013
Race to the End of Summer
San Jose, California
Bid farewell to the leisurely days of summer with a trail race along the Coyote Creek Trail. The half marathon, 10K run/walk and 5K run/walk and 1K kids fun run courses are flat and ideal for first-time racers as well as advanced runners seeking personal bests. The race, which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, will be capped at 1,000 entrants; the event sold out in 2012 and 2011.
September 6, 2013
Revolution3 Glow Run-Cedar Point
Light up the night with the entire family at this 5K and 1-mile untimed event. Cover your body with as many glow sticks as possible, and dress up in your flashiest running gear for a chance to win prizes in the costume contest. Every entrant will receive access to a post-race movie, snacks and a glow-in-the-dark T-shirt.
September 7, 2013
Seabee Volkslauf Mud Run
One of the oldest and biggest mud runs on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Seabee combines just over 5 miles of trail running, trenches, pits, ditches, road running and lots and lots of mud to individual competitors and teams. Trying to stay upright is as futile as keeping a straight face.
September 14, 2013
Gulf Beach Half Marathon
Looking for a flat, fast coastal half marathon in New England ? with a pirate theme? Run along Silver Sands State Beach boardwalk, passing beautiful historic houses with a view of Charles Island, which is where legend says Captain Kidd buried his treasure. This relatively small race of just over 600 entrants provides long-sleeved tech tees, finisher medals, goody bags, and a must-attend post-race party with food and music. The top three finishers in each category will receive customized pilsner glasses.