Healthy Habits: Fun Fall Races

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With the impending arrival of fall and the children back at school, our free time spent at the pool or beach will soon be replaced with watching football, apple picking and pumpkin carving.

If you enjoy walking or running and plan to savor your time outdoors before the next polar vortex, you might want to consider registering for one of these fun runs/walks for you or your whole family!


Manassas Color Vibe
Saturday, September 13th
Day of Registration: $50
Length: 5K
Get ready Manassas for the most colorful, fun-filled day of your life! You’ll have more color on you than your happy levels can handle! As you run through the entire course, you’ll be blasted at various color stations.

Clarendon Day
Saturday, September 27th at 8am
Fee: $40 for the 5K, $45 for the 10K, $55 for the Double I, $10 for the Kids Dash
Location: Arlington, VA
Length: 5K, 10K or Kids Dash
What better way to celebrate the city of Clarendon than a run down its most storied boulevard! Join us for the Clarendon Day 10K/5K & Kids Dash, which officially kicks off the incredibly popular Clarendon Day Festival.

Great Amazing Race
Saturday, October 4th at 1:15pm
Fee: $40 per 2 person team, $50 at race
Location: Sterling, VA
Length: 1 mile
Modeled after the popular TV show “THE AMAZING RACE,” teams of two people (adults & kids grades K-12) are invited to race around a one-mile course in competition with other teams. What makes the race unique is every 200 yards, teams are to complete a string of up to eight fun-filled challenges! Clue Cards provided at each station direct teams to perform a task (game, relay, obstacle course, etc.) that requires teamwork, before proceeding to the next challenge station.

Blood and Guts Run
Saturday, October 25th at 9am
Fee: $99 for a team of 3. Discounts available for students, teachers, military & more
Location: Centreville, VA
Length: 5K
The blood and guts run is designed for all ages and ability levels! Runners will dodge hordes of zombies as they try and infect you with their blood-filled water guns. Be sure not to let them get you!

Ghost, Goblins, and Ghouls Spooktacular
Saturday, October 25th at 4pm
Fee: $30 thru Sept 30, price goes up after Sept 30. Fun Run is $10 thru Oct 21.
Location: Ashburn, VA
Length: 5K and Scarecrow Sprint Fun Run
The event will center on the “spooktacular” theme of Halloween and incorporate a costume contest, Halloween themed entertainment, trick or treating, Halloween activities and much more! Runners are encouraged to run in their full costumes and enter the contest after the race!


Great Pumpkin Fun Run
Sunday, September 28th at 9am
Fee: $25 for Adults, Fun Run is $15
Location: Frederick
Length: 1 Mile Fun Run and 5K
The challenging cross-country course will run throughout Summers Farm, including a run through the adjoining fields. Fun Run course will include optional participation in activities on the farm.

The Color Run
Sunday, September 28th at 9am
Fee: $60 Individual, $55 per person for 4+ person teams
Location: Oxon Hill
Length: 5K
The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants, or “Color Runners”, are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. The fun continues after Color Runners complete the race with an unforgettable Finish Festival.

Mud Dog Run “Zombie Edition”
Saturday, October 4th at 12pm
Fee: $65 before Sept 20th, $75 after Sept 20th
Location: Frederick
Length: 5K
This 5K course will have over 18 obstacles ranging from mud pits and cargo nets, to climbing walls and even more grueling obstacles that runners will have to go through, under and over. The twist is that there will be Zombies all over trying to pull each runners flags off! The object is to finish the run with at least one or more flags to stay “alive” at the end. If the runner at any point during the run does not have any flags left, they become part of the un-dead. Don’t worry though, even if you are un-dead you can still finish the race! Upon finishing the run, runners are encouraged to join the End of the World party where highlights include great food, Flying Dog beer and great local music!

Baltimore Beer Run
Sunday, October 12th at 11am
Fee: Beer Mile is $25, 5K is $30
Location: Baltimore
Length: 2 Miles or 5K
Choose either the Baltimore Beer Mile (two 1/2 mile laps around Birroteca, four 12oz beer stops and one mile to the finish!) OR the Loose Cannon 5K (6 laps, slow or fast, with optional beer stops along the way!) Winners will receive Birroteca and Heavy Seas Beer (21+ years of age) gift certificates.

Halloween Hustle
Saturday, October 25th at 8:30am
Fee: Fun Run is $10, 5K is $30
Location: Gaithersburg
Length: 1K Fun Run, 5K
The Challenge Yourself 5k event is ran on a fun, yet challenging course that will take you along the ghostly trails of Watkins Mill Road. The 1k Fun Run is a spooky mini trail for all ages. After the race enjoy trick-or-treating at all vendor tables, a moon bounce, music, and much more!

Washington, DC

Urban Dare
Saturday, October 25th at 12pm
Fee: $90 for a 2 person team, $120 for a 3 person family, $160 for a 4 person family
Location: Washington, DC
Length: 5K
Urban Dare is the race where smarts can beat speed. Teams of two solve clues to find checkpoints, where they must take photos or perform dares. You can call friends as much as you want for help on clues. For the checkpoints that mention a dare, you must check in with the Urban Dare official, accomplish your task, and get your passport stamped before moving on. On checkpoints that mention a photo, you must get a photo with both team members to show you were both there. This is a team race so you must be together throughout the race. You may walk, run or use public transportation to get to checkpoints.

If you are new to running or walking or even if you are not, the single most important step in your race preparation may be a simple visit to your local running specialty store.

They offer a free shoe fitting that measures much more than just your shoe size. Trained staff members can analyze your personal biomechanics and make shoe recommendations specifically for you.

You will find that their service and knowledge add up to much more than any discount that a nationwide department store or an online retailer can offer.

If you’ve had your shoes for over one year or if you’ve never had a gait analysis, visit a running specialty store near you today!

Post by: Shelley W. & Sarah W.

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