16 Fall Races To Get You Feeling Good While Doing Good
Expect a few puppies, some costumes and a teddy bear or two.
Oct. 13, 8 a.m.
The reputation of this race precedes itself. While certainly not an event for a novice runner, it is one for those who want to challenge themselves physically, and simultaneously give back to individuals of the U.S. Army and their families, as proceeds support programs put forth by its Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) division. It’s also an event worth visiting even if you aren’t participating in the physical component, as there’s a two-day expo featuring clothing, shoes and various other health and fitness items on sale at the D.C. Armory from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., plus a noncompetitive 400-meter youth run for 4- to 10-year-old kids. // Race starts at the Pentagon
Oct. 13, 7:15 a.m.
Possibly the best thing about this time of year is taking in the changing landscape. That’s exactly what you’ll get the chance to do at this event organized by Bishop’s Events and Operation Turbo, which ships approximately $60 “boxes of home” care packages to deployed service members. A portion of the proceeds benefits the latter, giving participants another reason to appreciate the comforts of home and the seasonal sights they’ll take in. // Great Falls Park: 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean
Features: Walk-friendly; Kid-friendly; Dog-friendly
Oct. 27, 7:45 a.m. wheelchair and hand cycle start; 7:55 a.m. runner start
Miss the registration lottery in March? Good news: You can still sign up for this year’s Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) by committing yourself to a good cause. There’s a long list of charities to choose from that guarantee entry into the 26.2-mile race, but if that’s too many miles for you, there’s also the MCM 10K happening the same day as the historic “people’s marathon.” Parents, note: The day before the MCM, there’s a one-mile MCM Kids Run taking place at the Pentagon for 5- to -12-year-olds between 9:30-10:50 a.m. // Route 110 halfway between the Pentagon and Arlington Memorial Drive
Features: Kid-friendly; Walk-friendly, but individuals must maintain a 14-minute per mile pace