With morning temperatures in the 60s, I have one thing on my mind: Running.
This time of year is a runner’s paradise. Those who had been hibernating during Charleston’s humid summers are digging for their running shoes and Garmins to make their way back out onto their familiar roads and paths.
And those who had been toying with the idea of taking up running are now taking action and seeing what their feet are capable of.
Yes, running in Charleston is in full swing. That also means races in Charleston are a dime a dozen. Personally, I’ve already committed myself to doing 4 races within 5 weeks. It’s hard not to over race when there are so many great opportunities each weekend.
I’ve done a lot or races over the years, so I thought I would share my personal favorites coming up. These are the ones that aren’t too big or too small. The races that you can even have your kids participate in without feeling worried they’ll get trampled (the bridge run will never make this list).
Top 5 Family Friendly Fall Races
1. Crowfield 5K.
I did this race its inaugural year and have loved it ever since. With just a few hundred people, it’s the perfect size for new and experienced runners. The start line is at Middleton park, which is perfect for kids to stay occupied as they wait for the race to begin. The trails through Crowfield are my favorite running paths in Charleston, with fall canopies overhead, you’ll beat the sun as you cross the finish line. Click for info.
2. Turkey Day Run.
I’ve never actually run this 5K race due to family Thanksgiving traditions, however I’ve heard nothing but great things. It’s going to be on the larger side in terms of race participants. However, if you enjoy seeing people dressed in Turkey Day garb then you’ll want to be there. Click for info.
3. Pajama Run 5K.
Wake up, roll out of bed and get to the start of the race? Sounds like a plan. This race is so much fun. The atmosphere is great, the course is easy to navigate and having a guy run by you wearing a giant onesie is priceless. The Pajama Run is great, but the after party is pretty amazing too. Great food, music and if you care about race shirts, they have the best each year. Click for info.
4. Reindeer Run.
Though it’s all about Christmas, it takes place at the beginning of December, so I’m adding it to my fall list. This is my favorite race in Charleston. Snow machines sprinkle down flurries, Santa dances on a stage and even dogs are welcome to run (as long as they have antlers on of course). It’s a race party that you and your kids will love. If you only choose one, do this race! Click for info.
5. Race For The Cure.
This race is huge, and the energy is even bigger. If you’re looking for a laid back walk/run event then this is perfect. If you are aiming for a personal record, still do this race, but know you won’t likely hit your PR. It’s for a great cause and aside from the run there are so many great events going on to keep you and the kids busy for hours. Make an entire morning out of it on gorgeous Daniel Island. Click for info.
You’ll notice that I only mentioned 5K distances. 5Ks are perfect for everyone: beginners, advanced, stroller pushers and even kids. Several of these events have fun runs (usually 1 mile) that are perfect for little ones before or after the main race. There are several other race distances going on in Charleston, too, make sure to check out Active.com to see what peaks your interest!
A few I know of:
Check them out and trail for a run together as a family. It’s a great way to get out and enjoy the cool temperatures and each other.