Ultimate guide to fall runs in Reno
The fall running season is fully in swing and there are plenty of events for kids and adults to choose from. Several of these are right around the corner, while others provide a chance to burn off some calories in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Here they are, 10 races to run your cookies off this fall:
- Fourth annual 1st Alarm 5K Walk/Run: This 5K provides the opportunity to support the city of Sparks fire department while also getting in some exercise. Scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Oct. 14, the event includes a pancake breakfast hosted by the Sparks Firefighters Association. Eat right along with city firefighters and city council members and then take a tour of the station, find out how the department supports the community and watch safety demonstrations. Register here.
- Race for the Cure: This race provides a chance to raise funds to help with breast cancer research and education. In fact, the goal in 2017 is to raise $100,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which sponsors the event. There is still plenty of time to help reach that goal. The event, which starts at 7 a.m. Oct. 15 at the Reno City Plaza, includes a 5K run and walk, as well as a survivor and forever fighter ceremony. Register here.
- Freestyle Fights Back 5K: This run is in honor of Pete Simeoni, a former basketball coach and English teacher at Sparks High School who passed away in 2014. This, the fourth annual event, is scheduled to take place Oct. 15 at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, starting at 10 a.m. Registrants are welcome to either walk or run, but the best thing is that the Freestyle crew promises to host a well-managed and fun event. Register here.
- Light after Dark: In Carson City, runners can head out after dark on a run in support of Advocates to End Domestic Violence (AEDV), which operates a 51-bed shelter for abused women in the area. The event includes 5K and 10K races that start at the Silver Oak Golf Course, 1251 Country Club Drive. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21, with warm-ups and guest speakers followed by a run. Register here.
- Run for Education: This annual run provides a chance for kids to run with their classmates, their friends or even their teachers. This race is packed every year (with 3,900 runners in 2016) with a half-mile run in front of Scheels. A 5K or 10K is available, too. Adults, parents and even principals can run this race scheduled on Oct. 22. The race benefits Washoe County School District students, schools and programs. Every registrant receives a T-shirt and access to post-race activities while runners younger than 18 will receive medals. Start times vary. Register here.
- Dirty Wookie 10K: Want a chance to dress like a Wookie and run? Then register for this race scheduled for Oct. 29, with a start time of 9:30 a.m. The race starts at the Brewers Cabinet Brewpub, 475 S. Arlington Ave., and finishes at the Brewer's Cabinet Production Facility, 8565 White Fir St. – yes, that's a race that goes from brewery to brewery. This race is the first in the Truckee River Triple Race Series, which also includes the Wobble Before You Gobble and the Reno Run 4 Love. Register here.
- The Great Pumpkin 5K and 10K: Taking a different approach to race running, this event is a virtual race, meaning participants can run their event any time between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31. With registrations comes a bib and custom medal, which will be sent to registrants once they register their date and running time. Fifteen percent of the fee goes to the National Network to End Domestic Violence since October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Register here.
- Run with the Girls: This family-friendly event includes 5K and 10K options and the chance for girls to strut their running stuff. The event is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 5 behind Damonte Ranch High School, but anyone of any age can participate. Finishers receive a medal and a sweet treat at the end, with a portion of the proceeds going to Girls on the Run Sierras, a group that promotes running as a way to inspire girls toward joy and confidence. Register here.
- 19th Annual Scheels Turkey Trot: Run off some of those mashed potatoes and rolls in advance by registering for this 10K held on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, in Sparks. Starting in front of Scheels at 8:30 a.m., this 10K-course follows several city streets as well as a city bike path. Sparks Police Department officers come out to block off the road and always appreciate a wave. Portions of the proceeds benefit Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and the City of Sparks Youth Scholarship Fund. Register here.
- Wobble Before You Gobble: This event, in its second year, grows from just a 5K to include a 10K in 2017. The start is at Reno City Plaza at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day Nov. 23 and follows the Truckee River path through Idlewild Park and then back again – farther for the 10k. The event is sponsored by the city of Reno and benefits The Children's Cabinet. Registration includes free bling, free race photos, a goodie bag and more. Register here.