15 Fall Trail Races Under 15 Miles - Page 3
Paine to Pain Trail Half Marathon
New Rochelle, NY
Sept. 21, 2014
Just 40 minutes from New York City, this unique half marathon is almost entirely on dirt, beginning and finishing on Thomas Paine’s former farm. The large, single-loop format proffers gorgeous, new views at every bend in the trail. It has just enough hills, rocks and roots to add about one minute per mile to your road half-marathon, making it great for both long time trail runners and rookies alike. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as deer, fox, coyote, hawks, owls and wild turkey. Chip timing, age group awards, “the best medals I’ve seen” (in the words of a 2012 runner), an Olympic-style finish at the local high school track, bagels, smoothies and other goodies at the finish!
You know you want one.
Honey Badger Half Marathon 10K and 5K
San Rafael, CA
Oct. 25, 2014
Preview run on the course. Photo by Matt Forsman
Organized by the fine folks at Sasquatch Racing—whose stated mission is to “create fun, quirky, offbeat, and mysterious running events that attract an eclectic mix of runners, revelers, urban legends, and everyone/everything in between”—the Honey Badger Half, 10K and 5K is sure to be a romping good time. Runners can enjoy strategically positioned honey badgers—costumed ones, we assume, not actually the vicious creature of YouTube fame—along the course to cheer them on. Race director Matt Forsman says one of the goals of Sasquatch Racing is to “inject some ‘road race’ panache and flair” into the trail world, reducing the intimidation factor by keeping things goofy and fun. All half marathoners will receive special honey badger medals that double as bottle openers. Says Forsman, “This will come in handy [for the] Red Hook beer at the conclusion of the race.”
Those who came out for the preview run enjoy some post-run brewskis. Photo by Matt Forsman
Preview run: http://youtu.be/CgtR0uJWmBA