Fall is a great time to be outdoors. The weather is crisp and cool, perfect for outdoor exercise! It’s a time to take advantage of the weather before it starts becoming too cold out. One great way to take advantage of the Fall weather and allow kids to spend some time outside having fun and being active is by participating in a fun run.
Fun runs are shorter length runs that usually happen right before or after a longer race. Sign up for the longer race and let your kids run the shorter one! They will have the opportunity to get in some exercise, meet more kids their age, and after the races there are always fun things going on along with food and refreshments.
Most races are also put together to benefit a charity or good cause. By participating you can feel good about yourself for being a part of the cause and feel good with all those endorphins pumping through your body!
Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike and Park Blvd., East Meadow, NY 11554
Sunday, September 14th, 8 AM
AHRC works to raise funds and awareness for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Join the 5K fun run and walk (walk route is 2 miles) to help support those in need. The race is untimed so just concentrate on having a good time!
5K Running of the Bull and 1K Family Fun Run
School Admin Building, 26 New York Ave., Smithtown, NY 11787
Saturday, September 27th, 9 AM
$20 - $25
This run sponsored by the Smithtown Chamber of Commerce will feature a 5K and a 1K family fun run, perfect for kids!
Stand-Up Don’t Stand-By
Sunken Meadow State Park, north end, Kings Park, NY 11754
Sunday, October 5th, 8 AM
Held by Child Abuse Prevention Services, walkers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to this 5K run/walk . The fun run is open to children ages 8 and under, so don’t forget to bring the little ones along for some fun too!
Race For A Reason
Cupsogue Beach County Park, 906 Dune Road, Westhampton, NY 11978
Sunday, October 5th, 2014, 9 AM
$25 - $35
Blessings in a Backpack and Backpacks for Fellow Students are hosting a 5K run, walk and fun run. There will be lots of music, prizes, raffles and food. All proceeds will support community students in need.
ReesSpecht Life Be A Super Hero 5K & Kids' Fun Run
The Joint, 385-3 Route 25A, Miller Place, NY 11764
Saturday, November 1 2014, 8 AM
The Kid’s Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K run/walk begins at 9 a.m. The fun run is a straight out and back course. Kids can choose to do the full thing or turn back at any point they choose. Kids are welcome to race in costume, adults too!
2nd Annual rUNDEAD Zombie 5K
Brady Park, Lake Shore Drive & Front Street, Massapequa Park, NY 11726
Saturday, November 8th, 2014 8:30 AM
Call for event cost
Although this is not technically a shorter length kids run, this run is guaranteed to be a ton of fun for kids and adults! Stay away from the rogue zombies around the course while trying to keep your lifeline flags attached to your belt. Lose all three flags and the zombies win!
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