Tons of runs as race season begins

The kids have gone back to school. Temperatures are dropping. The World Series buzz has started. There is only one Saturday left until my Dawgs are back. All signs of fall.

And race season.

I have mentioned before that the running community in Savannah has just exploded. Any given weekend there is something going on. When the weather is a bit hotter the organized races might slow down a bit, but there is always somebody running.

Most folks I talk to say that having an event to train for is one of the best ways to stay motivated. I tend to agree. So, I thought I would give you the run down on all the races I could find in the Lowcountry for the next few months – and there are a lot!

Let me add a few things...

First, you can go broke running every race there is. Race fees add up quickly. Make a plan so as to not get overwhelmed with the volume. Different runners have different qualifiers — T-shirt, medal design, cause, characteristics – for what makes a race worth the entry fee.

Second, look into races you think you might like to do but maybe aren't quite ready for the signature event. Many races have shorter distance alternatives you can participate in. This is a great way to be involved in a race you know you'd like to run without the intimidation of taking on the whole mountain at once.

Lastly, most of these races benefit a nonprofit or don't run for profit. This means they are always looking for volunteers. Beware though; this strategy is how I got sucked into the world that is "Ultra."

Here are some of the more popular places to find local run information.

Upcoming runs

Aug. 24: Fit Chics 5K run, 5K walk, Hilton Head

Aug. 24: Run Dirty Saturday 5K

Aug. 24: The XC Kickoff Classic & Open Event 5K run, Savannah

Aug. 31: Leukemia Cup Run for Jane 5K, Savannah

Aug. 31: The Milestone Half Marathon/10K 2013, Pooler

Aug. 31: Run for RET 5K Run, Hilton Head

Sep. 7: Safe Kids Savannah Youth Triathlon, 5K run, 1M walk, Savannah

Sep. 7: The Pooler 5K, Pooler

Sep. 7: Healthy Hinesville 5K, Hinesville

Sep. 14: Squash For Josh 5K, Richmond Hill

Sep. 14: Tunnel To Towers 5K, Savannah

Sep. 21: Big Nasty Mud Run x4, Bloomingdale

Sep. 21: Chase the Sun Ultra 12 hour, Whitemarsh Island

Sep. 21: GORUCK Challenge, 12H adventure race, Savannah

Sep. 21: Hampton Lake Tiger Bass 5K/12K, Bluffton

Sep. 21: Rise of the Phoenix 5K, Savannah

Sep. 21: Wormsloe 2.0 10K/5K run, Savannah

Sep. 27-28: LoCo Motion 3 day 10M run, Hilton Head

Sep. 28: CASA/Kiwanis "Run for Our Future", Hinesville

Sep. 28: Help the Hoo-Hahs 5K, Savannah

Sep. 28: YMCA Heart of Savannah 5K, Savannah

Oct. 5: Devin's Dash Memorial 5K, Hilton Head

Oct. 5: Savannah Color Vibe 5K, Savannah

Oct. 5: Sunbury 5K, Sunbury

Oct. 5: Step Forward 5K Walk Benefiting Safe Shelter, Lake Mayer

Oct. 5: South Effingham NJROTC Cadet 5K, Guyton

Oct. 6: Buzzard Island Adventure Run, Bluffton

Oct. 12: AASU Physical Therapy Pirate Road Race 5K and 10K, Savannah

Oct. 12: Fallout for Autism 5K & 10K, Hutchinson Island

Oct. 12: Go Green 5K, Whitemarsh Preserve

Oct. 12: On On Tri Hilton Head Triathlon, Hilton Head, Beaufort

Oct. 12: AASU Physical Therapy Pirate Road Race 5K and 10K, Savannah

Oct. 19: Bluffton 5K Oyster Run, Bluffton

Oct. 19: Step Out Run to Stop Diabetes 5K, Savannah

Oct. 20: Crab Crawl 5K, Richmond Hill

Oct. 20: Hilton Head Island Bridge Run 10K/5K, Hilton Head

Oct. 26: Zombie Mile 5K, Bluffton

Oct. 26: Trick or Trot 5K / 10K, Wilmington Island

Nov. 2: Guyton Superhero Run for CASA 5K run, Guyton

Nov. 2: Woof! Woof! 5K, Savannah

Nov. 9: Run John Run 24 miler, Savannah

Nov. 9: Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon, Savannah

Nov. 10: KiDS ROCK, Savannah

Nov. 16: Capt. Matthew Freeman Memorial Run 5K/10K, Richmond Hill

Nov. 16: Flying Fortress 5K, Pooler

Nov. 16: Jingle Bell 5k Run/Walk Savannah, Savannah


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