I know, I know. Summer just started. So why, oh why, am I writing about fall racing? Well, quite frankly… I don’t race in the summer and there aren’t all that many races in my area at this time of year.
The one summer race I’m doing is on the 4th of July with my older son. ‘merica!
If a summer race comes along that woos me with fun stuff (wine, amazing medal, friends participating) I’m sure I’ll sign up. That’s just how I roll. Other than that I’ll be embracing summer training (and praying that I don’t melt along the way) in preparation for the fall!
My fall race schedule is filling up and I’m excited to say that it’s mostly with new-t0-me races. Which ones? Oh, so glad you asked…
September 2nd – Vacation Races, Shenandoah Half Marathon (inaugural)
When my awesome friend Rachel was looking for a race and travel buddy for the Shenandoah Half, I was happy to join her! Jenn has raved about Vacation Races as an ambassador (here, here, and here).
While I’m a little nervous for the “challenging uphill course” that the race description boasts, I figure that as long as I am with Rachel, it will be all good! I’ve never run a race in Virginia before and if Ragnar, PA taught me anything it’s that the scenic views from the top will be well worth the hills.
If you’re interested in challenging yourself in Shenandoah Valley, registration can be found here.
September 16th – 17th – Rock n’ Roll Marathon Series, Philadelphia Half Marathon
This is a race that I ran in 2012 and am looking forward to returning to 5 years later! I’ll be honest, the first time that I ran this I didn’t train the way I should have so I struggled through the race. It was a tough one for me so this will hopefully be redemption!
Prior to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Race Series taking over in 2010, it was known as the Philadelphia Distance Run and this will be the 40th consecutive running of the race. Race weekend has been expanded in recent years to include a 5k and 10k (this year is the inaugural 10k) on Saturday, while the half will take place on Sunday. Of course, that means that there’s the opportunity to run more than one race in the weekend. I’m currently floating the possibility of adding another race because GO BIG OR GO HOME, right?
Registration for Rock ‘n Roll Philadelphia can be found here. Which distance would you chose to rock? If you go for the half, the code “BIBRAVE15” will save you $15 until 8/27.
Disclaimer: I received a free entry to Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia race as part of being a BibRave Pro. They’re currently looking for more BibRave Pros so feel free to learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews. You can tell them I sent you!
October 8th – Good Day For a Run, Run the Vineyards Destination Enoteca 5k
While I have not raced this particular location before, I am a huge fan of the Run the Vineyards series! Not only have I run the Run the Vineyards 5 miler twice, I’ve also volunteered with the race series as well. This local series knows what runners want and it’s always a good time to run and then be rewarded with wine and entertainment. And free race photos!
I’m particularly excited for this race because a group of my local friends have registered for it as well, so I know I’ll be seeing lots of familiar faces during the race and after! Without a doubt, it’s going to be a good time.
The space for the Run the Vineyards events is limited (this one is capped at 300 runners) so if you’re interested in registering, earlier is always the key.
October 15th – Run Inspired 10k for Operation Warm
The 10k is my favorite race distance, which is only one of the reasons why I’m pumped to run the Run Inspired 10k.
Winterthur, DE is less than an hour drive from my home in New Jersey and I’m looking forward to my first ever DE race. This is a young race, last year was the inaugural run. The course will be beautiful and challenging through Winterthur’s 1,000-acre natural preserve and it’s one that I’m really looking forward to running.
Run Inspired supports the Operation Warm which distributes coats to local children living in poverty and the thought of that is something that will keep me pushing over those hills during the race. The Finishers Party sounds like it’s going to be amazing too!
If you’re considering running this race, register now to get the Early Bird registration. Prices jump on July 1st! And you can use the code “BIBRAVE” to save 10% on your race entry.
Disclaimer: This is another race that I’ll be running as a BibRave Pro, I received an entry to the Run Inspired 10k through BibRave. Want to learn more the BibRave Pros (ambassador)? Be sure to click the links and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews. You can tell them I sent you!
Will I be seeing any of you in September or October at these races? November and December are usually hectic so I’m actually trying to keep a little less on my plate as far as races are concerned but I’m always open to suggestions!
Definitely not too early to plan a fall race schedule!
Agreed Meranda! What’s on your agenda?
Sounds like a fun set of races. 🙂 I’m so jealous you run your races with friends. I run most of my races alone. You should totally run RnR Vegas with a bunch of us! Hehe 🙂
I honestly love running with friends – I’m not usually out there to break any records (although if I’m going for a PR then I run alone) but I’d rather spend a few hours exercising with a friend. 😉
The RnR Vegas race has been on my radar for a few years – it’s definitely on my bucket list. You’re going to have an amazing time!!!
I’m always thinking about my upcoming race schedule! … Even thinking about what races I might potentially be able to travel to next year!
Yes! I am trying to stick with more local to me races this year (saving money but still having run) but I definitely have some that I want to travel for. I’m looking forward to the road trip for Shenandoah!
Looking forward to seeing you at RnR Philly!
This year I’ve done way less races and I’m kind of loving it. My Fall racing schedule is packed but for now I’m just enjoying marathon training.
Yes! We’ll have to try to find each other at RnR Philly! What other races do you have planned for the fall?