Running into FALL! Best Autumn Runs Across the USA

Posted on September 09 2016

Fall is the most wonderful time to be a runner. The fall foliage provides gorgeous scenic runs and it’s cooled off enough to hit your miles without breaking a sweat. With training runs being a lot more bearable with the chilly weather, you may be wanting to sign up for all the delightfully seasonal autumn runs you can. We scoured to find the most charming fall runs across the USA-

Colorado’s Golden Leaf Half Marathon

Sept. 21, 2016

Snowmass, Colo.

Chosen by Trail Runner Magazine as one of “America’s Most Scenic Races” the gorgeous fall foliage on this singletrack course will definitely get you in the autumn spirit! The half marathon starts in Snowmass Village and winds its way to Aspen, offering a breathtaking tour of the gorgeous Colorado terrain.

Airfield Estates Vineyard Run

Oct. 8, 2016

Sunnyside, Wash.

Crisp fall air. Trail running. Fine glass of wine. Sound heavenly to you? Then signing up for the Airfield Estates Vineyard Run is a must! Wind through the vineyard on your run, then join in on fun events afterwards, such as a five-course winemakers dinner and grape stomp (that creates the vineyard’s newest release!)

Father Joe’s Turkey Trot

Nov. 24, 2016

San Diego, Calif.

Raise money while running through scenic Balboa Park. Working out prior to the Thanksgiving feast while raising money to put food on the table for the homeless? It’s a win/win!

Dash 5K and Doggie Run

Nov. 6, 2016

Washington, D.C.

Take on the trails of Rock Creek Park for your 5k, then run alongside your best friend in the one-mile pup run. Dress up your pup for a chance to win most creative costume!

Manchester City Marathon

Nov. 6, 2016

Manchester, N.H.

This challenging course also serves as a Boston qualifier, so many runners bring their A-game. Recreational runners will have a chance to enjoy the scenic fall foliage as well as take in the sights throughout the Queen City’s historic mill district.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Halloween Half Marathon

Oct. 30, 2016

Los Angeles, Calif.

RNRLA is the time to go full out with your costume and fully get in the Halloween spirit! This race features one of the world's largest costume contests,  with prizes such as best rock star and superhero, scariest costume, most original costume and best overall costume. 


Ghost, Goblins & Ghouls Spooktacular 5K & Scarecrow Sprint Fun Run

Oct. 29, 2016

Leesburg, Va.

Time to get spooky! This 5K races through the neighborhood streets of the Paxton Campus, with haunts and scares around every corner! Stick around after you cross the finishline for funhouse tours, a beer garden, a coffin-simulator experience and more.

Frankenthon Monster Marathon

Oct. 22, 2016

Cedar Park, Texas

The only thing scarier than conquering 26.2 is when it's called "Frankenthon!" Dress up in your scariest costume and take on the mileage through scenic Cedar Park.



Big Sur Half Marathon

Nov. 13, 2016

Monterey Bay, Calif.

One of the most scenic races in California, it may not be crunchy leaves and crisp fall air, but the stunning cliffs and crashing waves sights as you run make it a must for any autumn race schedule.

Grete's Great Gallop

Oct. 6, 2016

New York City, N.Y.

The 13.1-mile course consists of two laps of Central Park, allowing runners to enjoy the gorgeous greenery as they run in memory of legendary marathoner Grete Waitz, a close friend of New York City Marathon co-founder Fred Lebow.

Runner's World Half and Festival

October 14-16, 2016

Bethlehem, Penn.

The Runner's World Half and Festival offers a weekend full of running. With a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and kids race, the race series showcases historic Bethlehem during the city's peak foliage season.