As summer comes to a close, are you feeling like you haven’t taken advantage of the season’s full buffet of races? Or has your packed summer race schedule simply whetted your appetite for even more racing? Either way, no need to worry. As we head into early fall, the race menu only gets richer! Here are our picks for some of the fall’s tastiest races. (For even more options, check out our full race calendar.)
Lost a Lot Trail Race
If you enjoy a complicated flavor profile, try this twisty, turny, and all around gnarly delight in Lebanon, N.H., on September 20, 2014. The final race of the Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series offers seven miles of singletrack goodies.
TrailsROC Ready Set Glow
A trail race complete with mood lighting? Yep, that’s right. This five-mile singletrack dish has a special twist: the course is bathed in moonlight and marked by glowsticks. The race starts at sunset on October 11, 2014, at Dryer Road Park in Rochester, N.Y.
Roaring Falls Trail Race
On November 8, 2014, at the Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, N.H., the acidotic RACING crew presents a smorgasbord of hill climbs, waterfalls, and mountain vistas. The short course is four miles, but a longer 11-mile sampling will also be available if you are feeling particularly starved for miles.
Named in honor of Richard Busa—everyone’s favorite octogenarian trail runner—this delectable five-miler held on November 2, 2014, in Massachusetts’s Callahan State Park promises roots, rocks, and leaf-covered trails that will crunch under your running shoes. If five miles won’t fill you up, there is a 10-mile option.
Monroe Dunbar Brook Trail Races
Spectacular brook crossings, old growth hemlocks, waterfalls, fall colors, and wildlife, all served on a bed of mixed of singletrack and fire roads. This 10.5-mile trail race will be held on October 12, 2014, in Monroe State Forest in Massachusetts.
Bretton Woods Fell Race
On October 4, 2014, at Bretton Woods, N.H., runners will pass six distinctive checkpoints smothered in elevation change. This British-inspired dish boasts unmatched opportunities to choose your own course and mouthwatering views of the Presidential Mountains. The approximate length (which varies by exact route selection) is 9.5 miles, but a shorter 4.3-mile option will also be available.
Kismet Cliff Run
Want to feast on beast? This race, nicknamed the Beast of the East, will satisfy even the most passionate carnivore. The spectacular, rugged run through the White Mountain National Forest is not your typical half marathon. Enjoy a generous portion of climbing that will be rewarded with savory mountain vistas. Not sure your appetite is quite large enough? There’s also a five-mile course. Both will be held September 21, 2014, in North Conway, N.H.
Pisgah Mountain Trail Races
Runners will enjoy 23 kilometers of stunning trails with a sprinkling of the season’s finest fall colors. The race takes place on September 21, 2014—the weekend before the autumnal equinox. Worried 23k will leave you hungry for more? Fill up by opting for the 50k.
Joe English Twilight Challenge
Groomed carriage roads provide the backdrop for this new night race that is guaranteed to become a seasonal favorite. Runners will enjoy 2.62-mile loop around a 50-acre pond under the light of the moon. The course will be drizzled with light sticks, ground flags, and signal fires to guide runners on their course. The race will be held on October 4, 2014, at the Freestyle Farm in New Hampshire, and runners have their choice of a half marathon, a marathon, or 6-hour ultra.
Nipmuck Trail Marathon
This classic, which will be held on October 5, 2014, in Ashford, Conn., is almost sold out, so you’ll want to make a reservation soon. At Nipmuck, the Shenipsit Striders deconstruct trail racing, taking it back to its roots with a low-key, no-gimmick approach. Follow the blue blazes. Watch out for the tricky footing. And most important, enjoy!
This distinctive 50k through southern Connecticut’s woodland preserves combines rolling forest roads and technical singletrack. The course is served tough, with lots of hills, so be prepared to linger. The meal begins on October 19, 2014.
Big Brad Trail Ultras
This race, which will be held on October 19, 2014, in Bradbury Mountain State Park in Maine, pairs a long climb up Bradbury Mountain with a singletrack journey over Tryon Mountain and past Chandler Brook. Runners may detect not-so-subtle hints of hills, rocks, and roots, all with a backdrop of spectacular fall colors. Available in a 50k or 50-mile length.
TARC Fall Classic
If you prefer potlucks to formal dinners, the TARC Fall Classic, on October 18, 2014, may be for you. Runners are asked to bring food to share at the aid station, which they’ll pass repeatedly as they complete multiple loops of the 10k course. There’s something for everyone. Opt for the 10k or half marathon, or super-size it with a marathon or 50k. Those with diet restrictions may enjoy the option of a gluten-free aid station table.
Virgil Crest Ultras
Warning: for true gluttons only! The Virgil Crest Ultras, held in Virgil, N.Y., are not for everyone. But for those who want to add a little spice to the season, check out the 50k, 50-mile, or 100-mile races, held on September 20 and 21, 2014. You’re guaranteed to get your fill.
Make sure to save room at the end of your meal for snowshoe racing, New England Winter Wild, and loads more snowy fun. Your Far North servers will return later this season to let you know this year’s choices!