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

TriRock San Diego. Photo: Paul Nestor

Pac-West Region

Endure the Bear Trail Run
Sept. 7, Big Bear Lake, Calif.

The Endure the Bear Train Run literally has a race distance for everyone — even that kooky ultrarunner in your family — as it offers a 5K, 15K, 30K, 50K and family fun run and walk. All of the events start and end at Big Bear Village, and courses 15K and longer include some technical trails. This endurance palette also sports some tasty eats at the finish line.

TriRock San Diego
Sept. 22, San Diego

Given the rising popularity of triathlon, chances are pretty high that you’ve considered or tried the endurance trio. The TriRock Triathlon Series has all would-be and newbie triathletes covered. Put on by the same company that produces the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Series, TriRock welcomes runners into the triathlon circle with a friendly atmosphere, individual bike racks and music along each course. On Sept. 22, TriRock lands in San Diego, the birthplace of triathlon, and features sprint- and intermediate-distance courses, a downtown venue and stunning views of America’s Finest City. If you’d like to add a little charity to your regiment, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America is the title charity for the San Diego event and offers an extensive training program in five U.S. cities, including San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Bridge to Bridge 7K/10K
Oct. 6, San Francisco

Beginning at the Ferry Building on The Embarcadero, the Bridge to Bridge offers a runners-eye view of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Historically a 7K-only race, 2013 brings in a 10K addition, taking runners along the Promenade boarding Crissy Field toward the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. While the 10K course is USATF-certified, the 7K course is not, measuring around 4.5 miles. The event benefits the Special Olympics Northern California and features a post-race concert by the band “The Novelists” this year.

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