Trends in Fall RacingFrom obstacle courses to color runs, Fall Racing is taking a decidedly different turn.
July 14,2012 12:00 PM
The fall is one of the most popular times of the year for racing. For many people that means fall training is already in full swing! There are the standard big city races, small town offerings and even trail races that can be quite the challenge, but recently, a number of new fall racing trends have taken the running world by storm! Check out some of these trendy races if you’re ready for something a little different.
Obstacle Course Races
Obstacle course races have really taken off in the last few years, with more than ever being offered this year. What does an obstacle race consist of? Most feature a variety of challenges, from deep mud to barbed wire, which runners must jump over, wade through or crawl under. They are offered in a variety of distances, so you can find one that is right for your fitness level. Why do so many people enjoy these muddy, physically demanding races?
- A new challenge—these courses will definitely push you out of your comfort zone, so for those who are disillusioned with the usual road races in the fall, obstacle courses will ignite your passion for racing.
- An adrenaline rush—running over fire, waist-high mud and other obstacles is nothing short of thrilling. The adrenaline rush is enough to keep you going and push you through to the end.
- An excuse to dress crazy—many of these races, such as the Spartan Races or Warrior Dash, encourage participants to dress up like Spartans and warriors. This adds another fun element and boosts the excitement factor.
Look for these races to continue to draw more and more participants. To sign up for one near you, check out Running in the USA. Also, make sure that you wear old clothing and old shoes for these types of races.
A new spin on "fun racing," color runs are popping up all over the country. What are they? Basically, runners are hit with a different color each kilometer of the 5K race. All runners must wear a white t-shirt and by the time they get to the finish they are covered in a rainbow explosion of color.
So what's the big draw for summer and fall color runs? These races are a change of pace and a way for friends and family to get together and run without the pressure of a regular "race." The day makes for a great experience and there's a fun party at the end for all involved. The pictures are always awesome as well!
To find a color run in your area, check out The Color Run website.
Costume races are not necessarily new, but they are certainly taking off as more people get interested in running dressed like Santa Clause or their favorite Disney Princess. These races combine the same competitive spirit that other races have, but have the added element of fun!
Why do people like to run in costume races? Just like with an obstacle race or The Color Run, costume races are a breath of fresh air for those who are tired of the same old road events they’ve been running for years. Costume races are also great for those who are new to racing and want to ease into the competitive spirit with a fun run.
Check out Running in the USA for costume races near you this fall. Halloween is prime time for these races, so your fall training will definitely come in handy!
More endurance events are being run on rugged trails than ever before. As runners look for new ways to stretch their limits and test their fitness, race directors are responding by adding events on some of the most challenging terrain in the country. If you are looking for a way to test your endurance and your mental fortitude, a trail run may just be the best option for you.
Running in the USA has a trail races page where you can find upcoming trail races in your neck of the woods.
If you are ready to tackle the trails, make sure that you have the right gear to do it. Rugged trail shoes will help you grip the terrain, whether it's covered in rocks and roots, or a muddy, mucky mess. Shoes like the New Balance MT10 Minimus Trail Men's Running Shoes are ideal for handling tough trails. Another top shoe to try is the Brooks Pure Grit Men's Running Shoes and Women. Both the Minimus trail runner and the Brooks Pure Grit are minimal-style shoes that offer the runner less bulk, yet still are able to power through the trails on fall training runs and during fall trail races.
If you are bored with your usual road races or are new to racing and looking for something a little different, try some of these trendy fall races. You'll get to do something great for your body, while also experiencing a new challenge outside of your comfort zone.