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15 Fall Trail Races Under 15 Miles - Page 8

XTERRA Trail-Running World Championships
Oahu, HI
Dec. 7, 2014

Photo courtesy of XTERRA Photo

By the time December rolls around, it might be getting a little frosty where you live. Not so on the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii! More than 2000 runners are expected to turn out for the capstone of the XTERRA Trail Run Series. Anyone can enter; there is no qualifying process for this World Championship, which boasts a $10,000 prize purse. Hosted at the stunning Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii on trails only accessible to the public during race weekend, the event offers a half marathon (the official Championship course) as well as a 10K, 5K and “adventure walk.”

Photo courtesy of XTERRA Photo



Backyard Burn 5-Mile and 10-Mile
Clifton, VA
Nov. 16, 2014

Cruising through the woods at Hemlock Overlook. Photo by Brian W. Knight/Swim Bike Run Photography

The Backyard Burn Trail Running Series takes place each spring and fall in five different parks in northern Virginia. The fall series begins with race #1 at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston on Oct. 19 and concludes with the Nov. 23 race at Prince William Forest Park, Triangle, VA. The course at Hemlock Overlook is located along the banks of the historic Bull Run and feels surprisingly remote, given its proximity to Washington, DC. Be ready to scramble up plenty of rocks, roots, hills and stream crossings—and keep an eye out for deer, beaver, turkey, osprey and great blue heron. The Backyard Burn series allows runners to accrue points over multiple races to compete for age-group prizes. (Be aware: these races sell out fast!)

Splashing through a creek at another Backyard Burn Series race. Photo by Brian W. Knight/Swim Bike Run Photography



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