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Run Crazy Horse starts under the watchful eye of the legendary Lakota warrior

Welcome to our handy guide to top upcoming races—a list so nice, we’re doing it twice! (For the crowded months of Sept & Oct, that is.) Here we highlight “best bets” and personal favorites that are scheduled to take place Oct 1–15.

NOTE: Scheduling remains fluid, and many Oct races (some of which moved from early 2021) have yet to open registration. Unless otherwise noted, the following list includes only events that are now taking registrations for an in-person race and which, based on current information, are likely to take place. As with life, however, there are no guarantees.

Early October Marathons

New River Marathon
Oct 2; Fleetwood, NC
Marathon, half marathon, 4 miler
Idyllic gem 💎 in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon
Oct 2–3; Oklahoma City, OK
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 5K
“Run to Remember” honors the victims of the 1995 bombing

Run Crazy Horse
Oct 2–3; Crazy Horse, SD
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 5K
Start in the shadow of the world’s largest mountain monument

St. George Marathon
Oct 2; St. George, UT
Marathon, half marathon
Downhill BQ favorite voted Best Marathon in Utah

Wineglass Marathon
Oct 2–3; Bath, NY
Marathon, half marathon, 5K
Pastoral point-to-point in the Finger Lakes wine region

Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon
Oct 3; Milwaukee, WI
Verdant run along Lake Michigan celebrates 40 years

Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon
Oct 8–9; Bemidji, MN
Marathon, 26K, half marathon, 10K. 5K
Circle Lake Bemidji in this ode to Paul Bunyan

Lake Tahoe Marathon & Emerald Bay Half Marathon
Oct 8–10; Homewood, CA
72 miler, 72 mile relay, double marathon, marathon, marathon relay, 16 miler, half marathon, 10K, 5K
If the hills don’t kill ya, the Emerald Bay views will thrill ya

Catalina Island Marathon
Oct 9; Avalon, CA
Marathon, 10K, 5K
Pacific Ocean in all directions at California’s oldest trail marathon

Amica Newport Marathon
Oct 10; Newport, RI
Marathon, half marathon
Crashing waves & Gilded Age mansions at RI’s best marathon

More October marathons

Early October Half Marathons

Crawlin’ Crab Half
Oct 2–3; Hampton, VA
Half marathon, 5K
Festive “shell”ebration on the shores of Chesapeake Bay

Indy Half at Fort Ben
Oct 2; Indianapolis, IN
Half marathon, 5K
Vibrant showcase of fall foliage in Fort Harrison State Park

Mighty Niagara Half
Oct 2; Lewiston, NY
Half marathon, 5K
Canada to the left of me, US to the right, here I am 🎵

The Race
Oct 2; East Point, GA
Half marathon, 5K
Run for black-owned businesses, neighborhoods & charities

Urban Cow Half
Oct 2–3; Sacramento, CA
Half marathon, 5K
“A Race Like No Udder” with cowbell finisher medals

Smuttynose Rockfest Half
Oct 3; Hampton, NH
Half marathon, 5K
Oceanside course + wicked aftah pahty = NH’s best half

Lake Powell Half
Oct 9; Page, AZ
Half marathon
Red rock cliffs & sparkling blue water wow the eye

Run Bentonville Half
Oct 9; Bentonville, AR
Half marathon, half marathon relay, 5K
Rolling, rollicking loop with top-notch community support

Savannah Women’s Half
Oct 9; Savannah, GA
Half marathon, 5K
Charming girls’ getaway in the Hostess City of the South

Rock Hall Half & Relay
Oct 10; Cleveland, OH
Half marathon, half marathon relay, 10K, 5K
Start & finish at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Lake Erie

More October half marathons

Early October Ultra Marathons

Stump Jump 50K
Oct 2; Signal Mountain, TN
50K, 10 miler
Lush, rolling single track overlooking the Tennessee River

Blues Cruise 50K
Oct 3; Leesport, PA
Non-technical trail run circumnavigates Blue Marsh Lake

Heartland 100
Oct 8–9; Cassoday, KS
125 miler, 100 miler, 100K, 50 miler, marathon
Wide-open out-and-back on backcountry gravel roads

West Virginia Trilogy
Oct 8–10; Circleville, WV
50 miler, 50K, half marathon, 5K
Three days, three distances in Monongahela National Forest
(Waitlist-only pending Aug 1 confirmation)

New Orleans Ultramarathon
Oct 9; New Orleans, LA
50 miler, 50K
Urban ultra showcases the sights & sounds of the Big Easy

More October ultras

Early October Other Distances

Fly 5K
Oct 2; Seattle, WA
Aviation sensation starts & finishes at the Museum of Flight

High Knob Hellbender 10K
Oct 2; Norton, VA
2,000+ ft climb to the highest point in the Cumberland Mtns

Ocean Road 10K
Oct 3; Narragansett, RI
Coastal point-to-point in popular New England beach town

Abbott Chicago 5K
Oct 9; Chicago, IL
Everyone’s welcome at this Chicago Marathon shakeout

Boilermaker Road Race
Oct 10; Utica, NY
15K, 5K
The nation’s premier 15K road race makes its fall debut

Looking for more in-person races that may actually happen? Check out our Featured Races for April/May, June, July, August, early Sept and late Sept.

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Author: Mike Sohaskey

Mike Sohaskey is the co-founder of RaceRaves, the premier online reviews community for runners to share their race experiences and find their next challenge. Mike honed his creative and critical thinking skills as a research scientist, earning a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from Stanford. He’s also completed over 100 races — including 50+ marathons and ultras — in locations ranging from Antarctica to Zimbabwe.

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