7 Fall 5Ks in College Towns

7 Fall 5Ks in College Towns

Plan your next race around a visit to a charming college town. Here are seven 5Ks across the country with the finish line in the shadows of a historic college campus.

Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run

Charlottesville, Virginia – September 10

This 5K, near the University of Virginia, is held in the memory of Stephen Siller, a firefighter who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Read More

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Dash for Dad 5K

Knoxville, Tennessee – September 17

This race, which benefits prostate cancer research, takes place at Sequoyah Park, just a couple of miles from the University of Tennessee campus. Learn More

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Syracuse Festival of Races

Syracuse, New York – October 2

Just down the road from Syracuse University, this event features a men's 5K, a women's 5K, a 3K fun and fitness run, and a community walk. Learn More

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Knights of Columbus State College Adventure 5K

State College, Pennsylvania – October 9

In the same town as Penn State University, this race takes you on a variety of terrain, including bike paths and trails. The first edition of this run was more than 20 years ago. Learn More

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Down and Dirty 5K

Fayetteville, Arkansas – October 29

Woooo Pig Sooie! This 5K races on farm roads a couple miles north of the University of Arkansas and is put on by the university's Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Department. Learn More

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Heels 4 Hope 5K Challenge

Chapel Hill, North Carolina – November 5

This race—most of which is run on the campus of the University of North Carolina—benefits different charitable causes toward cancer research and people with disabilities. Learn More

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Ann Arbor Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

Ann Arbor, Michigan – November 24

This turkey trot runs on the north campus streets of the University of Michigan. Hills and inclines make this a challenging 5K course in a charming college town. Learn More

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