The fall and winter seasons don’t just bring more inviting outdoor temperatures for runners, they also offer some of the most festive outdoor running experiences of the year. Check out our assortment of night races with a little something for everyone.
Darkest Night of Your Life 4KSept. 30, 2016; Coon Rapids, Minn. 1 of 9
The Darkest Night of Your Life, spearheaded by the efforts of non-profit organization Hope 4 Youth, aims to shed light on the homeless youth population in the state of Minnesota—a total that exceeds 4,000 on a given night. Proceeds from the event will help cover the operational costs of HOPE Place keeping young people off the streets.
Night of the Dead RunOct. 1; Oak Harbor, Ohio 2 of 9
October in the woods is an eerie experience for most, and the Night of the Dead Run doubles down with the scariest obstacle course run of your life. Waves begin at 9 p.m. on a 3.2-mile course filled with 26 obstacles and plenty of Black Swamp mud. From start to finish, competitors will be greeted by special effect lighting and serenaded with a less-than-comforting musical soundtrack.
Night Moves Trail RacesOct. 22, 2016; Hitchcock, Texas 3 of 9
Trail Racing over Texas brings us the Night Moves Trail Races—a full spectrum of races being run beneath the stars that will include a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and marathon. Maximum course distance is actually just a 6.2-mile loop (in the case of the 10K). The marathon will require runners to complete five laps around a 5.2-mile loop.
Light the Night Against Crime 5KNov. 5, 2016; San Diego, Calif. 4 of 9
Now here's a Halloween party we can get behind. In addition to a haunted bus, a costume contest, and a family friendly post-race festival, the 5K itself comes with the option of registering as a cop or robber. Robbers will get a three-minute head start on the cops, who will then give chase with rubber handcuffs. Once the cop catches the robber, they cross the finish cuffed together.
Rock 'n Roll Las Vegas MarathonNov. 13, 2016; Las Vegas, Nev. 5 of 9
The Las Vegas Marathon, as you might expect, is far more than just a race—it's a multi-day event that will leave you with endless stories to tell and photos to show off. Festivities begin with a three-day health expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center before race weekend. The 5K is Saturday–followed by a post-race concert, because of course. The main event—the marathon and half marathon—begins at sundown on Sunday and remains the only event to shut down the Las Vegas strip, which is transformed into an 11-mile portion of the course.
Night CrawlerNov. 19, 2016; Rochester, Minn. 6 of 9
For both the serious runner and those in search of a fun run, the Night Crawler is a nighttime trail run with no lights. That means head lamps and glow sticks on every runner, creating a sea of bobbing lights marking the path. Better yet, bonfires and microbrews are waiting at the finish.
Monday Night Brewing Co. Westside 10Dec. 10, 2016; Atlanta, Georgia 7 of 9
Simply put, this event is one of the top night races of the year for those in search of the perfect balance of competition and recreation. Participants will have the option of running 10 miles or 10 kilometers through Atlanta's west side business and residential district. Post-race, fill your souvenir pint glass full of beer and enjoy the music and local food.
Yule Light Up the Night RunDec. 11, 2016; Louden, N.H. 8 of 9
Ring in the holiday season with the Yule Light Up the Night Run this winter. The 2.5-mile race will be held at the famous New Hampshire Motorspeedway on a course that will direct runners through the Gift of Lights on the raceway grounds, providing competitors with surroundings that are equal parts festive and unique.