Before hitting the 34th annual Eldorado Great Italian Festival Oct. 10-11, burn it off with a fun run or outdoor activities.


If you’re a pasta lover, you’ll be heading to the 34th annual Eldorado Great Italian Festival Oct. 10-11 in downtown Reno. What’s that? Pasta has lots of carbs, you say? Well, be proactive and hit one of the fun runs going on this weekend before you head to the festival, or take advantage of hiking and biking at local parks. Or, head over to the Nevada Museum of Art and walk off those calories perusing the exhibits.

On Oct. 10, head to Virginia City for Redrun III, an obstacle zombie run. Virginia City is considered by some to be one of the most haunted locations on the planet, making it the perfect setting for a pre-Halloween zombie run. There will be obstacles and creatures haunting the raceway like never before, and no amount of experience can prepare you for what’s ahead. Runners can choose to go 3.33 or 6.66 miles, fighting their way through obstacles, dead zones and revive stations to get to the finish line, all while being chased by the undead. Runners will have to work together to survive this race!

On Oct. 11, the Reno Battle Born Trail Series Half Marathon and 5K trail run will take runners through beautiful Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, where they’ll be able to spot all kinds of wildlife and gorgeous fall foliage. The race will start and finish at the Peavine Pavilion. Start times are 7 a.m. for the half marathon and 7:30 a.m. for the 5K. The course will close at 11 a.m., leaving plenty of time to walk the course, if you so desire.

If running from zombies isn’t really your thing, UNR plays New Mexico at Mackay Stadium at 4 p.m., so you could head to the Italian Festival midday – the festival starts at 10 a.m. both days -- and then walk from downtown to the university. Plus, doing so will save you from having to find parking on campus.

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park will be open to the public, even while the Battle Born race is happening, and there are some beautiful walking, hiking, and biking trails throughout the park. You might even spot some wildlife in the wetlands. There’s also a botanical garden and arboretum to explore, if plants and flowers are of more interest to you.

Walk along the Truckee River through downtown Reno and Idlewild Park. If you get an early enough start, you can grab coffee from Java Jungle or The Hub and catch the sunrise over the river. It’s a beautiful site worth taking in at least once, whether you’re local or just visiting.

Speaking of visiting, most of the hotel/casinos have fitness centers that are free for use by hotel guests, so take advantage of the exercise equipment there. If you’re feeling more adventurous, check out Base Camp at the Whitney Peak Hotel for rock climbing, bouldering and other more intense fitness classes. Classes and climbing there are open to the public and hotel guests alike.

Whatever you do, get out and explore Reno. It’s beautiful during this early fall season when there’s just a little bit of a chill in the air and the leaves are starting to don their bright orange and yellow coats.

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