Top Fall Races You’ll Want to Run This Year

Fall is arguably the best season for running. The temperature has cooled off so you don’t need to worry about the heat and the humidity, your schedule is probably a lot less-packed than it is during the summer and the scenery is so gorgeous you might even forget you’re running at all. Autumn is also when lots of fun, themed runs pop up all around the state. Grab your running shoes and get laced up for these upcoming Michigan races:

  • The Beer Run, Friday, October 13 – Owosso, MI
    Cost: $40 (register online here)
    Celebrate Oktoberfest in Owosso with this brew-tastic 5K. Unlike most races, this one has an evening start time—perfect for celebrating happy hour afterwards. With each paid registration, you’ll receive a Beer Run shirt and one ticket for a free beer after you cross the finish line (as long as you’re over the age of 21). After race, enjoy the Oktoberfest Beer Tent with live music and post-race snacks.
  • The Great Pumpkin Dash, Sunday, October 15 – Grand Traverse, MI
    Cost: $25 for the 2K and $20 for the 5K (register online here)
    You have the choice to register for the Great Pumpkin Lug 2K or the Jack-o’-Lope 5K. For the Great Pumpkin Lug, you’ll need to pick a pumpkin form the pumpkin patch and cross the finish line with your pumpkin still intact. It’s fun for all ages and costumes are most definitely encouraged. Want something a little longer? Go for the Jack-o’-Lope 5K, a hilly, family-friendly trail. Each entry includes a shirt and post-race refreshments.
  • Making Strides, Saturday, October 21, Grand Rapids, MI
    Cost: For cost info and registration visit their registration page
    This non-competitive walk is all about raising awareness and money for breast cancer research, information and support. The Making Strides walk celebrates survivors and passed loved ones, so put on your pink and pound the pavement for three to five miles.
  • The Zombie Dash, Saturday, October 21 – Grand Rapids, MI
    Cost: $45 per runner (register online here)
    Downtown Grand Rapids is about to be infested with zombies! Run the 5K and escape the undead along the course (or don your best zombie costume and shuffle along after the runners). You’ll get a Zombie Dash shirt and refreshments at the end of the race. Families of zombies are welcome and kids 10 and under are free with a parent runner.
  • Dia De Los Muertos 5K, Thursday, November 2 – Saginaw, MI
    Cost: $25 per runner (register online here)
    Celebrate Day of the Dead with this festive 5K. Runners and walkers are encouraged to paint their face and dress in costume for the chance to win an award for most spirited participant.
  • Muskegon Turkey Trot, Saturday, November 4 – Muskegon, MI
    Cost: $20 per runner (register online here)
    Walkers and runners are welcome on this trail course around Orchard View High School. Bring a canned good item to the race and it will get donated (along with all race profits) to a food pantry. First place in each age division will win a custom medal and everyone gets a Turkey Trot shirt with your registration.
  • Detroit Hot Cider Hustle, Sunday, November 5 – Harrison Township, MI
    Cost: $60 for the 15K and $40 for the 5K (register online here)
    With apple cider and caramel apples waiting at the finish line, who wouldn’t hustle to get there? Runners are chip timed through their bib and can choose a 5K or 15K. You can run for fun or you can run for the Ronald McDonald House Everyone gets a free finisher mug at the end to fill with cider.
  • Silver Bells In The City 5K, Saturday, November 18 – Lansing, MI
    Cost: $32.50 per runner (register online here)
    The 7th Annual Silver Bells run/walk is the perfect race for those who are always in the holiday spirit. Come in your best seasonal costume for the chance to win a prize. Registration included a long sleeve shirt and the top three finishers in each age group will win a medal.
  • Petoskey Turkey Trot, Thursday, November 23 – Petoskey, MI
    Cost: $20 per runner (register online here)
    This run, hosted by the YMCA of Northern Michigan, allows you to stretch your legs before a day of dining and also helps raise money for the YMCA and the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
  • Grand Rapids Turkey Trot, Thursday, November 23 – Grand Rapids, MI
    Cost: $30 per runner (register online here)
    Join more than 3,000 other runners during the 25th annual Turkey Trot Grand Rapids. Gather your friends and family together for this Thanksgiving Day 5K and a free mini-trot for children 12 and under.
  • Detroit Turkey Trot, Thursday, November 23 – Detroit, MI
    Cost: For cost info and registration visit their registration page
    Detroit’s Turkey Trot is the parade before the parade. The 10K, 5K, 1 mile and combination events are followed with a DJ and food court for an early feast. Your registration fee also includes a long sleeve Turkey Trot shirt. Runners of all ages are welcome and strollers are allowed on all race courses.

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  1. Sparta’s Turkey Trot 5K walk/run is also on Thanksgiving morning. It’s $20 and 2 non- perishable items. The money goes to Sparta rugby program.

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