It’s easy to stick with the big, high-profile, pricey running races around here. There are plenty to choose from, and they rarely get a bad review. But, there are plenty of smaller options where you can actually test some speed (without excessive weaving), score some swag and know that your race-running-dollars are going to good places.
The list below pulls together a few of these smaller gem races coming up in the DC-MD-VA (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area. Take your pick!
September 30 – Alexandria Family Fun Day & 5K
Straight from the directors, Amy & Liz – Run starts: 8am at Cameron Run Park in Alexandria–just outside of Old Town on a really beautiful trail system. 100% of proceeds go directly to charity–several local charities, including Girls on the Run, some global water access charities, etc. It will be little and charming and a nice break from the crowds that are at races anymore. There are also free pancakes afterward and a whole little family fun area set up with some vendors and activities.
October 6 – Mind Your Health 5K Run/Walk
Run starts: 8am in Bluemont Park (Arlington, VA). As part of the Pacer’s run event series, this race is (now) $30 and put on in support of promoting exercise for mental health.
October 6 – Miles for Mental Health 10K
Run starts: 8am in Franklin Park, Purceville, VA – running through the “countryside”. Registration is $30 ($40 on day-of), and the post-race promises include freshly picked apples, assorted nuts and cookies.
October 14 – Boo! Run for Life 10K
Run starts: 8am – A classic DC 10K, this starts on and runs around the Tidal Basin (West Potomac Park, near the National Mall). Put on by the Capital Running Company in support of the cure for renal cell cancer.
November 4 – 37th Annual Rockville 10K/5K
Run starts: 8:30am in the King Farm Village Center. This town, along with the Montgomery County Road Runners, rarely fails to put on a great running event. The Shady Grove Metro stop is nearby, so it’s not too tough to get there for us DC-dwellers. After the run, racers are promised a post-run brunch provided by local restaurants!