17 Running Events for Fall and Winter

As it gets cooler and fall arrives, you may be tempted to go into your “hibernation mode” and leave the exercise off the agenda until spring. But there are plenty of fun running events happening during the fall and winter to keep you active. Join hundreds of others as they dash across Virginia during the following fall and winter running events.

The Neighborhood Harvest Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, 5K, Kids Kilometer and Craft Brew Fest—Hampton

Date: Oct. 6-8, 2017

Run this scenic course as you encounter live bands, cheer stops, candy stops and other course surprises. The fun doesn’t end there! Celebrate your finish at a huge outdoor Craft Brew Fest with live music, Baker’s Crust Kickin’ Corn and Crab Chowder, and ice cold brews.

Oktoberfest and 5K Trail Race/Walk—Smith Mountain Lake

Date: Oct. 14, 2017

The 5K Trail Race/Walk will wind through the Jack-O-Lantern Branch Heritage Trail at the Booker T. Washington National Monument and end at the Oktoberfest site. The Oktoberfest festival will include live entertainment, a children’s play area, Oktoberfest-style strong man contest, German food and special Oktoberfest beer brewed by Sunken City Brewery.

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Fall Harvest Festival and Night 5k Trail Run—Gladstone

Date: Oct. 21, 2017

Enjoy pumpkin carving and painting, candle dipping, apple pressing, face painting, 19th century children’s games, an apple slingshot, a candy maze and more. Enjoy the sunset and sip hot cider by the bonfire at 6:30 p.m. followed by the start of the last race of the “Adventures on the James Games” series with a 5K run through some trails at the park at 7:30 p.m.

Anthem Wicked 10K, Old Point National Bank Monster Mile—Virginia Beach

Date: Oct. 27-28, 2017

The flat, fast, One Mile course will run on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk on Friday night while the 10K course and Mini Monster 1K take you on a scenic tour of the Oceanfront on Saturday. Celebrate on Saturday with a huge post-race party on the beach with plenty of Blue Moon Beer, live music, costume contest and post-race food.

Fredericksburg Zombie Walk—Fredericksburg

Date: Nov. 4, 2017

Lurch, groan and shuffle as you walk through downtown Fredericksburg dressed as a zombie. Prizes are given to the best Zombie costume. Bring nonperishable food items, household cleaning products, paper products or a monetary donation to benefit local charities.

Turkey Trot 10k and Mile—Quantico

Date: Nov. 18, 2017

Unleash a pre-emptive strike on Thanksgiving calories by participating in the Turkey Trot 10K, hosted by the Marine Corps Marathon. Held aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, this 6.2-mile event is sure to bring smiles to participants ages 8 and over. Families and younger runners may wish to participate in the Turkey Trot Mile held along with the event.

Christmas Town Dash 8k—Williamsburg

Date: Dec. 3, 2017

Enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of Christmas as you wind your way through the wonderfully decorated Christmas Town in Busch Gardens. All 8K runners will receive one 50% coupon for Christmas Town and one free single day pass for the …read more

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