Fall marches along, as Wisconsin and area runners sprint to tons of autumn runs and races. Popular picks from Monday, September 28, through Sunday, October 4, include the Lapham Peak Colorama Run/Walk, the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon, the North Face Endurance Challenge, and the Pike River Trail Run/Walk. More area running highlights for the week are charity runs, Halloween runs, marathons and half marathons, runner socials, theme races, trail races, and more. Here’s the week’s lineup of area running events, arranged alphabetically by date for easy reference.
The Jewish Festival of Sukkot begins at sunset on Sunday, September 27, and runs through nightfall on Sunday, October 4.
Monday, September 28, is Ask a Stupid Question Day, National Drink a Beer Day, and National Good Neighbor Day. At the same time, no area public running events have been reported for that day, although runners will train at individual locations.
Tuesday, September 29, brings a PRO Bubbles & Bras Ladies Night at Performance Running Outfitters in both Brookfield and Shorewood, Wisconsin. It’s also National Coffee Day.
The Libertyville Running Club has a Wednesday Fun Run on at Cook Memorial Park in Libertyville, Illinois, on September 30, which is National Mud Pack Day. Additionally, the last Wednesday of September is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day.
Thursday, October 1, is World Vegetarian Day and National Homemade Cookies Day. The day brings area runners a Fond du Lac Running Club Pub Run at Peebles Grill in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; a MRF (Milwaukee Running Festival) Thursday Night Social Run at Estabrook Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and the Sole Sisters Club Swing ‘N Swig at Moorland Road Golf Center, New Berlin, Wisconsin.
The Twin Cities Marathon runs October 2 through 4 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
World Smile Day is Friday, October 2, along with the Twilight 10K at Montrose Harbor in Chicago, Illinois.
The Discover the North Face Endurance Challenge North Face Endurance Challenge runs on Saturday, October 3, and Sunday, October 4, at Kettle Moraine State Park in Eagle, Wisconsin; as does the Border Wars Half Triathlon in Alton, Illinois.
The first Saturday of October is International Frugal Fun Day. Saturday, October 3, boasts the 5KRunDead Zombie Run at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Illinois; the AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run 2015 at Summerfest Grounds in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the Colorful Run at Elkhorn Area High School in Elkhorn, Wisconsin; the Color Fun Fest 5K at Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake, Illinois; the Cops ‘n Kids 5K at North Beach Kids Cove, Racine, Wisconsin; Darby’s Dash Run/Walk at the St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the Dash for Dylan at Menomonee Falls High School in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin; the Dead Last 5K at College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois; the Ditka Dash 5K at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois; the Fancy Feet 5K Run/Walk at Logemann Community Center in Mequon, Wisconsin; and the Halloween Hustle 5K Fun Run at Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
Additional Wisconsin and area running highlights for Saturday, October 3, are Indian Lake Trail Run at Indian Lake County Park in Cross Plains, Wisconsin; the Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge Triathlon in La Farge, Wisconsin; the Lapham Peak Colorama Run/Walk at Lapham Peak State Forest in Delafield, Wisconsin; a Libertyville Running Club Saturday Long Run at Cook Memorial Park in Libertyville, Illinois; the Maple Leaf Walk/Run Half Marathon / 5M / 5K at La Crosse, Wisconsin; the Moraine Hills Run for the Hills Half Marathon and 10K at Moraine Hills State Park in McHenry, Illinois; the Nutty Trail Run at Rhinelander, Wisconsin; ththe Peel Out Trail RUn 5K at Mt. Ashwabay Ski and Rec Area in Bayfield, Wisconsin; the Pike River Trail Run/Walk at Petrifying Springs County Park in Kenosha, Wisconsin; the Pink Pumpkin Run at Hartford, Wisconsin; the Remembering Teresa 5K Run/Walk at Tomah, Wisconsin; the Run from the Cops 10K/5K at Stevens Point, Wisconsin; the Sista Strut 2015 at Estabrook Beer Garden in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the St. Paul Grafton Panther Prowl 2015 at Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin; the Willow River Trail Challenge at Hudson, Wisconsin; and the Wrut ‘N Run at Wausau, Wisconsin.
National Taco Day is on Sunday, October 4. Area runners spice things up with the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon at Grafton, Wisconsin; the Northwestern Medicine’s 5K and 1M Family Fun Run/Walk at Middlefork Savanna in Lake Forest, Illinois; and the Swinging Bridge 8K Trail Race at Lake Forest, Illinois.
Generally, advance registration is required for these Wisconsin and area running events, although some may offer race-day signups and packet pickups. Runners, event volunteers, spectators, and other attendees are advised to double-check details with race organizers or event hosts, as dates and other arrangements occasionally change.