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Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 11/04/2011

Races to keep Washington area runners moving this fall


The Marine Corps Marathon is over, but fall race season in the Washington area is just getting started. (Jonathan Newton - THE WASHINGTON POST)
The Marine Corps Marathon may be behind us, but that doesn’t mean race season is over for Washington area runners.

Here are just a few of the upcoming local races sure to keep your fleet feet moving:

Primal Mud Run

If the world ended today would you survive tomorrow?

If that question alone doesn’t freak you out, the Primal Mud Run, taking place this Saturday at Haunted Hallow Farm in Warrenton, Va., might be right up your alley.

The 3.2-mile race encourages runners to “unleash your primal self” and includes obstacles like wading through cold mud, carrying a log up and down a hill and crawling through barbed wire “while under attack from tribal armies.”

The Nearly Naked Mile

The Nearly Naked Mile is less about unleashing your inner warrior and more about letting it all hang out.

The run, scheduled for Nov. 12 in Reston, benefits the Burn Foundation, which assists injured firefighters and burn patients in the D.C. area. Organizers encourage runners to “represent what it means to feel comfortable in one’s own skin” by wearing the bare minimum to run in cool temps.

If stripping down, or simply running a race, makes you uneasy, there’s a plus side: The run is only a mile long and includes a free beer for all finishers who are 21 and over.

Veterans Day 10K

Sunday, Nov. 13 marks the 12th annual Veterans Day 10K, one of the largest autumn races in Washington.

The course takes runners through West Potomac Park and benefits Luke’s Wings, a charity that provides travel planning and complimentary airplane tickets to wounded service members and their families.

Tell us: Will you be participating in any of these races? Have plans for other competitions this fall? Leave a comment below.

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