leaves1) Scenery

With the leaves changing, the same route can seem like a different run every day. Thanks, Mother Nature, for keeping us engaged.

2) Space

Now that summer is ending, all those people who take up running solely for beach body purposes are off the trails. There’s more room for us.

Pumpkins can sometimes pose serious hazards to runners.3) Food

There is nothing better than indulging in some of the tastiest seasonal food and knowing that you’ve earned it. Pumpkin spice latte, anyone?

4) Tapering

After going hard all summer, it is nice to wind down in anticipation of your big, goal  race. October and November are prime racing season, so runners should start to think about their taper strategy when the leaves have turned colour.

5) Racing

Fall is the season of marathons, halfs, 10Ks, 5Ks — you name it. One could almost call autumn a running family reunion; the time of year at which we all get together to share our sport.

6) The payoff

You’ve put in the work from the spring through summer and now it’s time to reap the rewards. The taste of a personal best may just be better than that pumpkin spice latte.

CIS cross-country7) Cross-country

Nothing says fall like the high school and university athletes duking it out on the trails. Runners of all levels can follow along online and look out for results from their alma mater.

8)  Halloween

In recent years, Halloween races have been creeping onto our radar. Races like the Trek or Treat are a great way to introduce kids into the sport you love and celebrate the holiday in a unique way.

turkdin9) Thanksgiving

Turkey trot races are classic holiday events which have become a must-do (and a great way to work up an appetite for the big dinner).

10) No sweat

It’s undeniable – autumn plays host to the best running weather of the year. You know, those days when it is brisk at the start, but comfortable 10 minutes in. You wear shorts and a long-sleeve and don’t return to the house soaked in sweat. Bliss.

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