Top 7 Kansas City Runs of Fall 2012

Running is one of, if not the, oldest physical activity around. In its current form, running has become more social than ever. Whether it be for a cause to raise awareness, general fund raising, or a test of your fitness level, there seems to be a race for just about anything and anyone. From 5ks, 10ks, adventure runs, half marathons, to the extreme full marathon, the list of runs seems to go on and on. Any of these running lengths are a great way to stay fit with family and friends and even meet some new athletic friends along the way. An added plus? Many organized runs double as charity fundraisers and some even offer cash and prizes!

Fall is right around the corner and with it, comes perfect weather for running events. So lace up your shoes, get some friends together and run your way to the body you want. We’ve taken the liberty to provide you a list of 7 races we’re looking forward to this fall:

1. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
When? Sunday, August 12, 2012
Where? Union Station, Downtown KCMO
What? The Komen race began in 1983 to raise awareness and money to find a cure for breast cancer. Since, it has grown to a global series of more than 120 races with more than 1 million participants. Runners have choice of 5K run, 5K walk or 1M run.

2. The Rivalry Run
When? Saturday August 18, 2012 at 8:00AM
Where? Downtown KCMO
What? In its 3rd year, the Rivalry Race 5K is a celebration of 160+ years of Kansas vs. Missouri rivalry. Funds raised are applied towards the prevention of domestic violence in the Kansas City community.

3. Broadway Bridge Run/Walk
When? Sunday, September 9, 2012
Where? City Market, 3rd & Main
What? A joint effort between Special Olympics Missouri & the Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise awareness and funds for local athletes with intellectual disabilities. Runners have choice of 10K run, 5K run or fun run.

4. Plaza 10K run/Walk
When? Sunday, September 16, 2012
Where? Country Club Plaza
What? In its second year, this is Kansas City’s signature 10K. Proceeds benefit Kids TLC.

5. Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon
When? Saturday, October 20, 2012
Where? 22nd & Grand across from Crown Center
What? Kansas City’s premiere marathon draws runners from all over the Midwest. This USAT&F certified event has a $1000 prize for top male and female runners with additional prizes for different categories. Along with the marathon, runners have a choice of marathon relay, half marathon or 5K.

6. Great Amazing Adventure Race
When? Saturday, November 10, 2012
Where? Overland Park, KS
What? Modeled after the popular television show “THE AMAZING RACE”, this rain or shine event pits teams of two against other teams in a series of up to 8 fun-filled challenges across a one-mile cross-country course.

7. North Face Endurance Challenge
When? Saturday, November 17, 2012
Where? Frank A. Theis Park
What? This road race aims to be a true test of any runner’s ability. The course runs throughout Kansas City to remind runners how beautiful our city truly is. Runners have a choice of kids fun run, 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon Relay, marathon and (for those crazy enough) a 50K—that’s 31 miles!

Do you have a race coming up? I want to know! Please feel free to post in the comments below.