Have you planned out your fall race schedule yet? Maybe you’re thinking about signing up for a different race. Maybe you’re even considering trying something you’ve never attempted before, be it a half marathon, triathlon or even a 5k. If that’s you–or if you’re a seasoned pro just trying to get some last, great racing in before the cold weather finally hits–below is our Top Ten favorites list of what to race this fall. Don’t miss out! We could only pick 10 races but there are so many other great events coming up. Check all upcoming races and events at http://ultramaxsports.com/events

1. OP Medical Center Go Girl Run

Go Girl Run is a women’s half marathon and 5k running series that embraces fitness and sisterhood. The event focuses on newer runners but the avid half marathon or 5k racer will appreciate the stocked water stops, generous SWAG and well-marked courses. It’s a fantastic event to do with your girlfriends in a positive and non-intimidating atmosphere.

Date: September 9
Location: Overland Park, KS at Prairiefire at Lionsgate Entertainment District
Website: http://gogirlrun.com
Distance Options: Half Marathon • Half Marathon Relay • 5K
Highlights: Top quality participant tees, HUGE ROSE GOLD Finisher medals, Finisher wine glasses, live results, free photos, finish line video, and much more!

2. Redman Triathlon

OKLAHOMA is a word that was coined by the native American missionary Allen Wright. He combined two Choctaw words, “ukla” meaning man and “humá” meaning red to form the word that first appears in an 1866 Choctaw treaty.

Oklahoma means REDMAN and REDMAN means a challenging swim, a “rolling hills” yet fast bike course, and a closed, flat run course, combined with service and support that will exceed the expectations of the seasoned Full distance or the newbie Half distance triathlete alike.

Join us for the 14th Annual REDMAN Triathlon in Oklahoma City as we host the USAT Ultra Distance Triathlon National Championships and show off what makes the Midwest so great!

Date: September 22
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Website: http://redmantriathlon.com
Distance Options: Half Iron Distance: 1.2mi swim, 56mi bike, 13.1mi run
Full Iron Distance: 2.4mi swim, 112mi bike, 26.2mi run
Highlights: Finisher Medal • Finisher t-shirt

3. Tour de BBQ

The Tour de BBQ, which will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018, is KC’s tastiest event on two wheels. It is a “tour” – not a race – where riders choose between routes of 12, 35, and 62 miles. What makes the event unique is that the rest stops for each route are some of Kansas City’s most famous barbecue restaurants where riders are provided a sample of that restaurant’s offering. After cyclists complete their route, they’re greeted with frosty beverages, more barbecue and a free concert.

Funds raised by the Tour de BBQ support The University of Kansas Cancer Center Survivorship Transition Clinic – a program for young adult survivors of pediatric cancer. The clinic was developed through a research partnership with Children’s Mercy Hospital, the University of Kansas Medical Center and Midwest Cancer Alliance, the outreach division of The University of Kansas Cancer Center. The Tour de BBQ provides funds for a nurse navigator to assist adolescents as they transition from pediatric to adult oncology treatment.

Since its inception in 2009, the Tour de BBQ has donated nearly $500,000 to support cancer survivors in Kansas City.

Date: September 29
Location: Prairie Fire at Overland Park, KS
Website: http://tourdebbq.com
Distance Options: 62mi • 35mi • 12mi
Highlights: World-class BBQ samples at each rest stop • Tenth-anniversary finishers medal

4. Susan G Komen Race for the Cure

Thank you for joining your fellow survivors, those living with metastatic breast cancer and those that support them. We are honored to have the opportunity to celebrate you and how far you have come. Your story serves as inspiration to continue the fight against breast cancer, day in and day out, until we find the cures.

Survivors and those living with Metastatic Breast Cancer are More Than Pink. Our survivors and those living with Metastatic Breast Cancer understand how vital funds are to further our mission and that’s why we need your help.  Your fundraising could help a woman with no insurance get the treatment she needs.  Your fundraising could help fund scientific research that finds the cures. Your fundraising could ensure that our children and grandchildren live in a world without breast cancer one day.

Together, let’s end breast cancer forever.  Make a fundraising commitment today!

2018 Komen Kansas City Race for the Cure
Date:
 October 6
Location: Kansas City, MO
Distance Options: Survivors Parade • 5K Run/Walk • 1mi Fun Walk
Highlights: Event shirts • Fundraiser Apparel Opportunities • More!

2018 Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure
Date:
 October 7
Location: Omaha, NE
Distance Options: Survivors Parade • 5K Run/Walk • 1mi Fun Walk
Highlights: Event shirts • Fundraiser Apparel Opportunities • More!

5. Grand Country Half Marathon

This family-friendly race is benefiting the Branson Education Foundation in an effort to provide local children opportunities they may not otherwise have. Make this race a family weekend getaway and book your stay at Grand Country Inn, the indoor water park resort.

Date: October 7
Location: Branson, MO
Website: http://race.grandcountry.com
Distance Options: Half Marathon • 5K
Highlights: Event shirts • Post-race party at the Branson Landing • More

6. Big BAM on the Katy

Big BAM on the Katy Trail is a cross-state ride brought to you by the folks who’ve been running Big BAM, Missouri’s only border-to-border road ride, since 2015. Big BAM on the Katy, or BBK, will take traverse Missouri’s longest, narrowest state park, The Katy Trail.

Riding on the Katy means none of the hassles of a road ride, so riders can take it easy and enjoy the scenery. As usual, we’ll handle transportation, sag support, and entertain you with live music and beer gardens. Check out the Big BAM rider guide for more information.

Date: October 7-12
Locations: Clinton • Sedalia • Boonville • Jefferson City • Hermann • St. Charles
Website: http://bikekaty.com
Distance Options: Varies daily
Highlights: Live Music • Beer Gardens • Much More!

7. SBC AdventureMax Springfield

AdventureMax Springfield Half Marathon and 10K trail race is the perfect fall season off-road experience. The trail system and scenic views at Two Rivers Bike Park is the absolute perfect place to host a trail race. With Half Marathon and 10K distance options, there is a perfect distance for the whole family. Half Marathoners will experience newly developed trail as well as explore areas outside the normal two rivers trail system. The half marathon course is one loop, primarily single track with rolling hills and picturesque landscapes. Traverse through the main loop of the scenic two rivers bike park trail system. The course is extremely fun and sure to test your technical skills. Most of the loop is single track, so get out in front early. All participants get a delicious post-race food spread and beer (21+) courtesy of Springfield Brewing Company, Participant Hoody, Finisher Drinkware, Finisher Medal (Half Marathon Only) and more.

Date: October 13
Location: Two Rivers Bike Park in Highlandville, MO
Website: http://adventuremaxrun.com
Distance Options: Half Marathon • 10K
Highlights: Full-Zip Hoodie Jackets • Half Marathon Finisher Medals • Hot Food & Cold Beer • Finish Line Party and much, much more!

8. Kansas City Marathon

This is Kansas City’s largest and most exciting annual race event and it gives runners a tour of the city’s most beautiful landmarks and cool neighborhoods, including the World War I Memorial, the Country Club Plaza, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Waldo, Westport, 18th & Vine and more. Fireworks to kick off the race and a huge after party with live music, free food and local beer! Runners can ring the Garmin Celebration Gong to celebrate their new PR, their first time finishing a race, qualifying for Boston, or their first time running in the Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin! All runners will receive a cool participant shirt, a finisher’s medal, FREE downloadable race photos, FREE food, FREE beer, and FREE massages at the Finish Line Festival.

Date: October 20
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Website: http://www.sportkc.org/marathon/
Distance Options: Marathon • Half Marathon • 10K • 5K
Highlights: 5K/10K t-shirt • Marathon/Half Marathon Hoodie • Finisher Medal for every distance!

9. Tulsa Run

From its humble beginnings in 1978 with a little over 1,000 runners, the Tulsa Run has been a marquee event in the Tulsa Community. With over 150,000 finishers of the 15K race, we want you to add your name to the list! With a 15K (9.3 miles), 5k (3.1 miles), and 2k (little over 1 mile) distance there is a race for every athlete and fitness goal. Don’t miss your shot and see why it’s the fastest and greatest running tradition Tulsa has to offer!

Date: October 27
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Website: http://tulsarun.com
Distance Options: 15K Road Race • 5K Run/Walk • 2K Family-Friendly Walk
Highlights: 15K racers receive a long-sleeved Tulsa Run t-shirt, sized either male or female • 5K and 2K participants will receive a long-sleeved Tulsa Run t-shirt, sized unisex • 15K Finishers Medal • 5K Finishers Medal • 15k/5k Double Finishers special medal • 2K Finishers Medal

10. Bass Pro Marathon

The Bass Pro Conservation Marathon is a great race for first-time competitors looking for an event with a great course and first-class amenities. Runners and walkers from all around Missouri and the world will participate in the Bass Pro Conservation Marathon. This event is also a Boston Marathon Qualifier.

The Maynard Cohick Half-Marathon is a gold-standard race and the perfect race for seasoned and beginner half-marathoners. The half-marathon distance appeals to runners and walkers looking for a challenge to fit their current fitness level and time constraints.

The Fitness Series 5K (3.1 miles) is great for both runners and walkers who want to have some fun while achieving their fitness goals. This is a great race to do with family members and friends!

Date: November 3
Locations: Springfield, MO
Website: https://fitness.basspro.com/events/marathon-weekend-events.html
Distance Options: Marathon • Half Marathon • 5K • Marathon Relay
Highlights: Event shirts • Finisher Medals • Finish Line Party and much more!

For a full listing of events around the region, visit http://ultramaxsports.com/events