It’s officially fall, and while the weather is slow to cool off, race season is just around the corner! Races in the summer are dampened by the sweltering heat, but all that changes with cooler weather. With so many races to choose from, it’s hard to determine which are worth the training hours. Luckily, your #NOLAFray fam is here to help! Whether you’re a first time 5Ker or a seasoned marathon runner, we’ve got you covered with our guide to the best fall races in the area. Happy running!
2019 Komen New Orleans Race for the Cure (5K & 1-Mile Fun Run)
Saturday, October 19, 8:45am 1-miler, 9:00am 5K @ City Park Practice Track
Put some miles in for a great cause during breast cancer awareness month. The Race for the Cure series is the world’s largest breast cancer education and fundraising event and has helped countless victims of breast cancer over the years. Be a part of this movement while you get moving! Register here.
#FrayLife Tip: Gather your #NOLAFray team and form a fundraising group for this event. Think of all the good you can do by working together!
Crescent City Fall Classic (5K)
Saturday, November 2, 8:30am @ City Park
You love the Classic in the spring, and you’ll love it in the fall! Brought to you by the same organization, the Fall Classic runs through beautiful City Park to witness all that fall in the South has to offer. Stay after the race for live music and beer at the post-race party on the practice track. Register here.
Big Easy Running Festival (Half Marathon & 5K)
Sunday, November 24, 7:00am Half, 7:15am 5K @ City Park Festival Grounds
Cooler temps mean easier distance runs, right? This race features a round trip through City Park North and Lake Pontchartrain, making it one of the most scenic in the area. With all that running, you’ll deserve some fun and adult beverages, which will be in ample supply at the after-party. Register here.
Hot Chocolate 15K/5K New Orleans
Saturday, December 7, 7:15am @ Downtown
“America’s sweetest race” is coming down south for the first time this year! Warm up with marshmallow sweet stations along the course and a finisher mug of steamy, chocolate goodness. There will be plenty more chocolate at the after-party, so bring your friends and family for a sweet treat. Register here.
Ole Man River Half Marathon (Half Marathon & 5K)
Saturday, December 14, 8:00am Half, 8:15am 5K @ Mississippi River Trail, Gretna, LA
Take your racing to a whole new bank! Head over to Gretna for this race along the banks of the mighty Mississippi from a side you may have never seen before. Gaze at the NOLA skyline and enjoy the fact that it’s no longer 150 degrees outside as you run this flat course. Register here.
Looking for even more races? Check out our picks from last year; most of them are happening this year as well!
What are your fall favorites when it comes to racing? Share with us in the comments and tag #NOLAFray and #FrayLife in all your social posts!