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 September 26, 2013
 FRESH DIRT

15 Fall Trail Races Under 15 Miles
Beautiful courses that won't take you all day to run

Ultras, schmultras … let’s talk about some terrific shorter-distance races that we’d love to run this fall. Here are 15 favorites across North America that spotlight this season’s brilliant, changing leaves and the equally colorful trail-running communities that put on these races. Quirky prizes, costume contests, seasonal brews and ciders at finish lines, moonlight runs and plenty of mud—come celebrate autumn on the trails!

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Pacific/Desert   
10/26 Halloween at Hell's Gate 5M, 13.1M; Lewiston, ID
10/26 Javelina Jundred 100M, 100K; Fountain Hills, AZ
10/26 Napa Valley Wine Country Marathon 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Napa, CA
10/26 Whiskeytown Trail Runs 8M, 30K, 50K; Redding, CA
10/26 XTERRA Kapalua Trail Run 5K, 10K; Kapalua, HI
10/27 Orangeman Running Series - Halloween Half Marathon 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Dana Point, CA
11/02 Anaheim Trail Half Marathon 5K, 13.1M; Anaheim, CA
11/02 Folsom Lake Endurance Runs 10K, 13.1M, 50K, 50M; Folsom, CA
11/02 Happy Dirty Girls Run 5K, 13.1M; Sisters, OR
11/02 Mud & Chocolate Trail Runs #3 4.5M, 13.1M; Redmond, WA
11/02 Run Turkey Run 5K; Fountain Valley, CA
11/02 Stinson Beach Marathon 7M, 25K, 26.2M; Stinson Beach, CA
11/03 Diablo Trail Adventure 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Walnut Creek, CA
11/03 Napa Valley Trail Run - Angwin to Angwish 4M, 12K, 24K; Napa Valley, CA
11/09 Catalina Eco Marathon 10K, 26.2M; Avalon, CA
11/09 Chino Hills Trail Series 30K, 50K; Brea, CA
11/09 Into The Wild HPN Trail Running Championships 12K, 20K; Orange, CA
11/09 Lake Chabot Trail Challenge 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Castro Valley, CA
11/09 Lake Shasta Trail Runs 10, 15K, 28M; Shasta Lake City, CA
11/10 Bellingham Trail Marathon 6M, 26.2M; Bellingham, WA
11/10 Carkeek Park 5K & 10K 5K, 10K; Seattle, WA
11/15 Bad Prom - San Francisco 5K; San Francisco, CA
11/15 Ragnar Trail Vail Lake 120M, R; Vail Lake, CA
11/16 Grand Ridge Trail Run #2 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Issaquah, WA
11/16 Hell of the Northwest 4M, 10K, 25K; Blodgett, OR
11/16 Mt. Tam 12K, 30K, 13.1M, 50K; Stinson Beach, CA
11/16 Pass Mountain Trail Runs 12K, 26K, 50K; Mesa, AZ
11/16 Spooner's Cove 5M, 7M, 25K, 50K; Los Osos, CA
11/23 Quad Dipsea 28.4M; Mill Valley, CA
11/23 Quarry Turkey 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Fremont, CA
11/23 Trails of Glory 8K, 12K, 13.1M, 30K; Las Vegas, NV

Rockies   
10/26 Hoofin' It Through the Hollows Run/Walk 5K; Centennial, CO
10/27 Bear Creek 10-Spot 5K, 10.4M; Lakewood, CO
11/02 Moab Trail Marathon 26M, 13.1M, 5K; Moab, UT
11/09 Frary Peak Hill Climb 5.9M; Syracuse, UT

Heartland   
10/26 Bad Apple Ultra 3H, 6H, 12H; Greenville, MI
10/26 Blackhawk Trail Run 8K, 16K; Sauk City, WI
10/26 Harvest Hoot 'n Holler Adventure Run 5K, 7M; Rush City, MN
10/26 Mackinac Island Great Turtle 5.7M, 13.1M; Mackinac Island, MI
10/26 Monroe County YMCA Illinois Ozarks 10k Bluff Trail Run 10K; Valmeyer, IL
10/26 Rockport Trail Runs 4M, 10K; Janesville, WI
10/26 Surf the Murph 25K, 50K, 50M; Savage, MN
10/26 Terror in the Glen 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Glenwood City, WI
10/26 Trick or Treat Night Trail Run 5K; Kansas City, KS
10/26 Wagon Wheel Trail Run 5K; Manitou, OK
10/27 Black Hawk Ridge Run 8K, 16K; Sauk City, WI
10/27 Dirty Herd Fall Classic 2.5M, 5M; Grand Rapids, MI
10/27 G.O.A.T.z Trail Runs 5M, 10.5M, 21M, 50K; Omaha, NE
10/27 G.O.A.T.z Trail Runs 5M, 10.5M, 21M, 50K; Omaha, NE
10/27 Hoboglobin 10k 10K; Chesterton, IN
10/27 Roughrider 5M; Duluth, MN
10/27 Stone Steps 50k 50K; Cincinnati, OH
11/01 tBunk Endurance Challenge 50K, 50M, 100M, 150M, 200M; Whitewater, WI
11/02 Ozark Trail 100 Mile Endurance Run 103M; Steelville, MO
11/02 Pringle Nature Center 5K Trail Run/Hike 5K; Bristol, WI
11/03 Bobcat Trail Marathon 26.2M; Glouster, OH
11/03 Hartley 10K; Duluth, MN
11/03 Hell Creek on Heels 50k 50K; Wilson Lake State Park, KS
11/09 Bergkonig 1K, 5K, 10K; Delafield, WI
11/09 Nu-Race Trail Run aka Fuzzy Fandango 5K, 25K, 50K; Perrysville, OH
11/10 After the PKs 10K; Van Buren, OH
11/10 Veteran's Day Fantastic Four Mile Trail Run 4M; Kansas City, KS
11/16 Dirty Duel 5M, 6K; Grand Rapids, MI
11/16 Frosty Rock Challenge 5K, 12K; Fort Atkinson, WI
11/23 Dirty Dirty 12K; Peninsula, OH
11/23 Living History Farms Off-Road Race 7M; Urbandale, IA
11/24 Gobbler Grind Marathon  Overland Park, KS

Northeast   
10/25 Run Around the Gorge 40M; Fayetteville, WV
10/26 Ghost Train Rail Trail Ultra 15M, 30M, 45M, 60M, 75M, 90M, 100M; Milford, NH
10/26 Trailapalooza Trail Running Festival 5K, 10K, 20K; Hidden Valley, PA
10/27 Freaky 5k 5K; Richmond, VT
10/28 Wildlands Trail Race 7.2M; East Orland, ME
11/03 Fall Backyard Burn Trail Running Series #3 5M, 10M; Fairfax Station, VA
11/03 Friend2friend Alexa's Thunder Run 13.1M; Newton, NJ
11/03 March of Dimes Trail Run for Healthier Babies 2M, 7M; Frederick, MD
11/09 Fighting Creek Trail Run 5K; Powhatan, VA
11/10 Fall Backyard Burn Trail Running Series #4 5M, 10M; Triangle, VA
11/17 Fall Backyard Burn Trail Running Series #5 5M, 10M; Clifton, VA
11/24 Dirty Bird 15K Trail Run 15K; Birdsboro, PA

South   
10/25 Double Dirty Dozen 6H, 12H, 24H; Oklahoma City, OK
10/26 Blackwater Trail Series-50K Ultra & Relay 50K, 50R; Milton, FL
10/26 Cactus Rose 50M, 100M; Bandera, TX
10/26 Eno River Run 6M, 11M; Durham, NC
10/26 GA National Guard Half Marathon and Ruck Run 13.1M; Canton, GA
10/26 Jack's 50k/25k Trail Race 25K, 50K; Flagler Beach, FL
10/31 Pure Screamin' Hell 6.66M; Louisville, KY
11/01 Bad Prom - Dallas 5K; Dallas, TX
11/02 Kessler Trail Run 10K, 20K; Fayetteville, AR
11/02 XTERRA Georgia Battle At Big Creek 5M, 10M; Roswell, GA
11/03 XTERRA Wild Horse 5K, 10K, 16K, 21K; Tampa, FL
11/09 Dirt Trails and Pony Tails 5K; Austin, TX
11/09 Fyrne Lake 10K; Dyersburg, TN
11/09 Hard Labor Creek 5K, 15K; Rutledge, GA
11/09 Pine Needles & Paychex Series - Martin Creek 5K; Martin Creek, TX
11/09 Siltstone Trail Half Marathon 13.1M; Louisville, KY
11/09 Upchuck 50K; Chattanooga, TN
11/10 Enchanted Rock Trail Runs 10K, 25K; Fredricksburg, TX
11/10 XTERRA Alabama Oak Mountain 5K, 10K, 21K; Pelham, AL
11/16 Dizzy Fifties Trail Run 50K; Huntsville, AL
11/16 Miles for Maria Epic Run for Epilepsy 6H, 12H; Kennesaw, GA
11/16 Run for Dreams 5K; Georgetown, TX
11/22 Bad Prom - Austin 5K; Austin, TX
11/23 Duncan Ridge Trail 50K/30K 30K, 50K; Blairsville, GA
11/23 Mad Marsh 13.5M, 27M, 31.5M; Beaufort, SC

International   
10/26 5 Peaks Trail Run - ARK 5K, 21K; Denholm, PQ
10/26 Bhatti 100 - UTMB Qualifier 30M, 50M, 100K, 100M, 135M, 24H; New Delhi, India
10/27 MSIG HK50 - Hong Kong Island 23K, 50K; Hong Kong, Hong Kong
10/27 My First Trail Race 10K, 21.1K; North Vancouver, BC
10/28 Namib Desert Challenge 220K; Sossusvlei Desert, Namibia
11/01 Nepal Action Asia Ultra Marathon 60K, 100K; Nepal, China
11/03 The North Face Dirty Feet Tunnel Run 10R, 20K; Penticton, BC
11/16 Phantom Trail Race 12K, 19K, 24K; North Vancouver, BC
11/16 Sweet Go Deep 10K, 20K; North Vancouver, BC
11/16 Ultra Marathon La Ruta de Los Conquistadores 52K, 100K; Jaco-San Jose, Costa Rica
11/23 Seymour Super Fun Run 27K; North Vancouver, BC

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