24 Must-Do August/September Races Across the U.S.

Rock 'n' Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon

With cooler autumn weather just around the corner, finish the summer strong with one of these races.


Running of Leesburg 20K
Aug. 17; Leesburg, Va.

Here’s a rare opportunity to run long in August. A great prep for a fall half or full marathon, the race is run throughout historical Leesburg. An early start time helps beat the heat, but if you’re not quite up for the mileage, hop into the 5K instead.

Cops and Robbers Run
Sept. 6; Washington, D.C.

Here’s your chance to be a bad guy—without breaking the law. A new twist to a novelty run, you can opt to enter this 5K as a cop or robber as you dash through obstacles. Cops are released 60 seconds after a “robbers’ jailbreak” with the goal of tagging as many bad guys as possible before the finish line. Proceeds go to the D.C. Police Foundation.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon
Aug. 31; Virginia Beach, Va.

End summer with a bang by entering this half marathon, which is as fun and festive as they come. A PR is definitely doable on the flat course along Virginia Beach’s coastline (not to mention you’ll be extra motivated by live local bands and cheer squads along the way). Soak in a full weekend of running with the newly added Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival, offering a 1-mile run the day before the big 13.1—a chance to shake out before you rock out. Not ready for 13.1? Grab a buddy and enter the two-person half-marathon relay.

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