3rd Annual Run for Lawson
Sept. 28, Tallahassee, Fla.
In 2009, 18-year-old Tallahassee resident Lawson Mayfield passed away suddenly from bacterial meningitis. Her family and friends founded this off-road 5K and 10K to honor her memory and raise funds for the National Meningitis Association. (They’ve brought in $70,000 so far.) The chip-timed race winds through the gorgeous Welaunee Plantation and attracts a major crowd — last year, more than 2,000 runners, walkers and volunteers participated.
The Color Run Atlanta
Sept. 28, Hampton, Ga.
The Color Run, now the single-largest 5K series in the country, hits Atlanta Motor Speedway with only two rules: wear white and finish in a rainbow of color. This untimed event attracts thousands of participants who get covered in vibrant powder at each kilometer. The event’s goal is to promote health through fun, especially if you’re a first-time 5K participant. Prepare for 3.1 miles of colorful endurance — the post-race scrubbing is definitely worth it!
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler
Oct. 5, Orlando, Fla.
After a fun-filled day at the Happiest Place on Earth, muster up your remaining energy for this nighttime race, which begins at 10 p.m. at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Runners will follow a nostalgic, exciting route that passes by Disney characters and scenic landmarks, such as Mickey’s Sorcerer Hat. But beware — Disney’s most notorious villains may be spotted along the course. Participants in search of fitness and PRs aren’t the only ones who benefit from this race — the run’s official charity is Autism Speaks, an organization that funds global biomedical research dealing with autism and raises public awareness regarding autism.