Fall is the perfect time of year to run a new race, whether it’s a new 5k or new marathons. With a few months left, you still have plenty of time to get in better shape before the deadlines start approaching as well. Running is a great way to cross-train, lose fat, and have fun with your family. Today we’re going to talk about the top races that are coming up in Boise in the fall!
USA Endurance Events: Jack & Jill’s Downhill Marathon & Half Marathon
As a USATF Boston Qualifying Race that drops over 4000’ throughout the race, you know you can this is a personal record course. What’s better, avid runners will be able to use the time they get from this downhill race on both the 2020 and 2021 Boston Marathons.
The race starts at an elevation of 6753’ in Bogus Basin and ends at an elevation of 2683’ at Ann Morrison Park in Boise, Idaho with an almost all downhill slide. Their website has a great graph showing the elevation based on the mile that can help you plan and visualize.
With a race date of September 15th, you still have plenty of time run your next or your first marathon.
City of Trees Marathon and Half Marathon
If September seems a bit too close for a full marathon, why not try this October 13th option. Rather than a straight race, this circular race will start and finish at Parkcenter Park in Boise. As with the previous race, this is a Boston Marathon Qualifier that uses chips for the best timing.
As an October race, you can expect fall foliage to accompany your run the length of the course. The course takes place mostly under the tree canopy on the Boise Greenbelt. Due to the location, you can expect a flat and fast river-side course.
Zeitgeist Half Marathon
If you’re looking for something that can mix fun and fitness, this race is perfect. Taking place on November 2nd, it’s 13.1-mile length is lines with aid stations and beautiful sights. The loop course is paved and changes 1,181 feet in elevation over three hills.
If you run, you will get a long sleeve shirt as well as a finishing medal. In addition, you can expect a post-race party with hot and cold food as well as awards and live band. Unlike most post-race menus, this event aims to have a full menu anyone will love. Examples include garden pasta, scalloped potatoes, mushroom soup and chicken tortilla soup, bagels and cream cheese, and micro-brewed beer.
The YMCA Halloween Run
For those not looking to run 13 or 26 miles, a fun and short option is available. The YMCA is hosting a 5k and Monster Mile on the 26th of October at 4:30 and 6:00 in the afternoon. As previous, the course will take place on the Boise Greenbelt offering a fast and flat run or walk for you and your family.
As a Halloween run, this race is more fun than fitness. Glow Sticks and costumes are encouraged, and there will even be a pre-race costume contest! Register online to save money and ensure that you get an entry into this spooky event!