24 Must-Do Sept./Oct. Races Across The U.S.

Rock 'n' Roll Providence Half Marathon. Photo: www.photorun.net

Looking for a race this fall? Check out our list.

Northeast Region

Jets Back To Football Run 5K
Sept. 7, East Rutherford, N.J.

Are you ready for some football? If the answer is yes and you happen to be a runner, then give this annual event a try. The Jets Back to Football Run 5K unites all levels of fitness enthusiasts and football fans. The start location is where the storied gridiron team plays: the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Keeping with the football theme, the race, part of the NFL Run Series, ends at the 50-yard line. Awards are given out to the top 5 overall male and female winners and age-group masters male and female winners.

Rock ’n’ Roll Providence Half Marathon
Sept. 29, Providence, R.I.

If you want to take part in one of the best Rhode Island races of the year, this one is for you. Going into its third year, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Providence Half Marathon offers runners seeking short-distance options with something to compete in: For the first time this year, there will be a 3.1-mile “mini marathon.” And if 13.1 and 5K aren’t your cup of tea, you can always find a buddy and team up in the two-person half-marathon relay.

Prospect Park Half Marathon
Oct. 5, Brooklyn, N.Y.

This is the perfect race for New York City–area runners who are taking part in that city’s marathon in November. At 13.1 miles, the Prospect Park Half Marathon is no cake walk given the undulating nature of the course (located on the Park’s outer loop), which is a perfect test for the New York City Marathon. The event’s website warns that “only the strong will survive” this event.

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