Summer is almost over; we only have about two weeks until the chilly air of fall greets us. And although the year is almost over, there is still plenty of running left to be done. Don’t let the chilly weather intimidate or ruin your urge to run. Some of the greatest running events take place during the fall and winter, and I’m incredibly excited for them. So, in order to motivate my fellow runners out there, here are three of the best running events left in the year.
TCS New York City Marathon – November 5th
Originally founded as a small race in Central Park, the TCS New York City Marathon has grown into something much larger. It is the largest marathon in the world with over 51,000 finishers last year and a whopping 91,000+ applicants for this year’s race. If you are looking for the opportunity to meet some new people, have a fantastic tour through each of New York City’s five boroughs and get a great run in, then the TCS New York City Marathon is for you….and for me….as I happen to be signed up to tackle this challenge yet again this year.
Chicago Marathon – October 8th
Similar to the New York City Marathon, the Chicago Marathon is one of the largest marathons in the world and offers a great path through the city of Chicago. Due to its affiliation with large brand names, such as Bank of America, the marathon has enticed several elite and world runners who are looking to improve their records and earn some prize money. Last year’s race saw just over 40,000 finishers and this year marks the event’s 40th anniversary. So go on over to the Windy City and be a part of the 40-year history of one of the world’s greatest races.
Berlin Marathon – September 24th
This race is a bit tough to manage considering it takes place in less than two weeks and requires a trip to Germany. That being said, it is still one of the most respected and adored running events in the world. Last year’s race saw 46,000 finishers. Berlin is a beautiful place to be any time of the year, but it is even more beautiful during the fall.
Because these are large events and there isn’t much time until they take place, there is a high chance that you won’t be able to sign up for any of these events. That being said, you can always attend as an audience member and get a lay of the land to prepare for the marathon properly next year. Even if you can’t make it to any of these events, don’t be discouraged. Find a marathon that is close by that will allow you to get a good run in. Challenge yourself, be safe and have fun while doing it.