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Run a 5k This Fall

Whether you're a seasoned runner or a newbie, local 5k races are a perfect way to get involved in your community and motivate yourself to stay active. Here in Denver, we have so many options for Fall races and the timing couldn't be better! If a 5k sounds intimidating to you remember there will be plenty of walkers, and if you're looking for a new challenge there are many programs that will help you get prepared in just a few weeks!


There has been a growing obsession with distance races in recent years but there are so many reasons why 5k's are just as special. The first is that shorter interval work is more effective than long-distance runs for weight management and gaining fitness. Secondly, overuse injuries go hand in hand with long distance training - less miles means more variety, which is better for your overall health. Lastly, you'll be able to get involved in your community and even give back. Choose a race that benefits a charity that you believe in supporting, or even one that you just think sounds fun like the Color Run or Rock n' Roll Races.


Here are some of the races we are looking forward to in the Denver area this season!


9/11 Heroes Run | Denver, CO | September 9, 2018

Join your community in thanking and honoring your local veterans, their families, and first responders in an annual, fun, and family-friendly environment! Register here.


OktoberFest Pretzel Run | Louisville, CO | September 30, 2018

Throw on your OktoberFest costume, grab your pup and head to this fun run for a workout before indulging in some yummy Bavarian food and beers! Register here.


Rock n' Roll 5k | Denver, CO | October 20, 2018

It's like a giant workout class, outdoor concert and party all in one! Come join the fun and run around Denver while listening to live bands along the race course. Enjoy a beer afterward and cheer on the other finishers coming in. Register here.


Monster Dash Run | Denver, CO | October 27, 2018

Grab the family and your best costume this year and burn off some of that Halloween candy. This community run ends at the Fall festival where you can enjoy trick or treating, a costume contest and pumpkin painting. Register here.


United Way Turkey Trot | Denver, CO | November 22, 2018

Join the Mile High United Way’s fight for the education, health, and financial stability for everyone in Metro Denver this Thanksgiving. This nearly 4 mile run will have you energized and ready for a day of family, friends and food! Register here.


If you'd like to see a full list of races in the Denver area, visit runguides.com or click here.


If you need help preparing check out our guide for newbie runners here, or some training plans like Couch to 5k, Active.com's 10 Week Plan, or Nike Running Club's 8 Week Plan.


Do you have any races scheduled for this Fall? Let us know in the comments!