Running or run/walking a 5K (3.1 miles) is a great first fitness goal. (We've even got a plan to help you achieve it.)  And ask any seasoned runner and they'll tell you that fall is the best time to run, owing mostly to the cooler (but not too cold, in most places) temperatures and much lower humidity.

You really can run a race this fall!

You really can run a race this fall!

In just eight weeks (some plans are even shorter) you can go from doing nothing to accomplishing a whole lot. Here is just a sample of 5K races that are still open for registration (as of August 31, 2014) and you can get ready for in plenty of time if you start soon:

LOS ANGELES: Christmas Run (Santa Monica and Venice, CA) - December 6, 2014

NEW YORK: NYCRUNS Riverside Park 5K - November 30, 2014

CHICAGO: Evanston Flying Turkey 5K - November, 27, 2014

SEATTLE: Mustache Dache - November 8, 2014

PORTLAND: Holiday Half and 5K - December 14, 2014

DALLAS: DFW Monster Dash Half Marathon, 10K, 5K - October 25, 2014

BOSTON: Boston River Run 5K - November 9, 2014


Please share other 5Ks (or other distances) you know of that are fun for first-time runners!


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