Train up this summer and try one of these races in the fall. Check event Web sites for course maps and fees. Know of another great local race? Let us know in the comments.
Sept. 28 at 8 a.m., Arlington
Described as “one of the area’s fastest courses,” this race kicks off the annual Clarendon Day Festival. It starts in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington and finishes in Rosslyn.
Sept. 29 at 9 a.m., Laurel
This race on an asphalt road and hard-packed dirt trails raises money for environmental research, education and outreach at the Patuxent Research Refuge.
Oct. 12 at 8 p.m., Waldorf
Described as more of a “journey” than a race, this nighttime event at Regency Furniture Stadium features LED light shows, showers of colored powder and pounding dance music. At the after-party, expect more focus on dance moves than finish times.
Oct. 13 at 9 a.m., Washington
If you’re worried about running on streets, try this out-and-back race on the C&O Canal towpath. There are awards for the top finishers — and for the runners with the best mask and best costume.
Oct. 26 at 4 p.m., Leesburg
Participants are encouraged to run in costume (there will be a contest), and everyone registered by Sept. 29 is guaranteed to receive a trick-or-treat bag of goodies. Part of “Shocktober-Fest,” with food and drinks, a haunted house and more.
Nov. 28 at 9 a.m., Washington
This race, which starts from Washington’s Freedom Plaza, supports So Others Might Eat’s programs for the hungry and homeless. Prizes for top finishers and top fundraisers.