It’s time to start training for fall’s upcoming foot races.
Riverside Drive during the Anthem Richmond Marathon.
Photo courtesy of Sports Backers
Thinking about running your first (or second or third or even twelfth) long race this fall? Running experts say you should give yourself about 12 weeks to train for a half-marathon (a little less time for a 10-miler, a little more for a full marathon), so if you’ve had your eye on a 13.1 but haven’t pulled the trigger yet, now’s the time to sign up and start preparing for the fall race season. And whether you’re looking for a 10-miler, half, full marathon or triathlon, and whether you prefer pounding pavement, winding through trails or trekking up and down mountains, Virginia has a race just for you.
Upcoming Fall Races
Virginia 10-Miler, Lynchburg Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 VirginiaTenMiler.com Crucible Sprint Triathlon, Hopewell Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 CrucibleRacing.com/crucible-
triathlon Hokie Half-Marathon, Blacksburg Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 HokieHalf.com Charlottesville Area Trail Runners Half-Marathon, Albemarle County Saturday Oct. 29, 2016 CvilleAreaTrailRunners.org/ half-marathon Cross Country Trail Marathon and Half-Marathon, Springfield Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 AltisEndurance.com/cross- country-marathon Anthem Richmond Marathon and Half Marathon, Richmond Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 RichmondMarathon.com Virginia Running Festival Half-Marathon, Newport News Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 VirginiaRunningFestival.com Star City Half-Marathon, Roanoke Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 StarCityStriders.com/half
Strength in Numbers
Joining the distance running game as a newbie can be daunting for sure, but the good news is you don’t have to go it alone. There are thousands of others around the state who love to spend their Saturday mornings running for hours on end—it’s just a matter of finding the right group. Blacksburg Striders: Blacksburg • BlacksburgStriders.com Charlottesville Track Club: Charlottesville • CvilleTrackClub.org City Sports Mosaic Run Club: Fairfax • Blog.CitySports.com/run-club Lynchburg Road Runners Club: Lynchburg • LynchburgRoadRunners.org Richmond Road Runners: Richmond • RRRC.org Run NNK: Northern Neck • RunNNK.org Tidewater Striders: Norfolk, Virginia Beach • TidewaterStriders.com Virginia Happy Trails Running Club: Arlington • VHTRC.org Wolf Pack Run Club: Abingdon • Facebook.com/WolfPackRunClub