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Autumn brings changing leaves and crisp air that’s perfect for a comfortable outdoor workout. To check out the East Coast’s fall foliage on the run, consider registering for one of these fall foliage races and runs—colorful autumn vistas are guaranteed.

Fall Foliage Run, Walk & Bike – Sept. 13, 2015

Regardless of which race you choose — the half-marathon or 5k run (3.1 miles), 5k walk or 12-mile bike race — you’ll get the same breathtaking vision of Brownington, Vermont, in all its autumn splendor. Each race begins at the Old Stone House Museum before winding through the back roads of the Vermont’s so-called Northeast Kingdom. After the race, head back to the Old Stone House for awards, snacks and that quintessential fall drink: pressed apple cider.

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Falling Leaves Road Race – Sept. 27, 2015

Watch the brilliant golds, oranges and reds whiz by as you speed through the flat streets of downtown Utica, New York, for a 5k. Or, if you prefer the scenic route, opt for the 14k (8.7 miles), which meanders through the hills of Utica’s South Woods. There’s also a kids’ fun run.


BAA Half Marathon

BAA Half Marathon | Credit: FayFoto/Boston

Boston Athletic Association Half Marathon – Oct. 11, 2015

The course starts and ends at White Stadium in Boston‘s Franklin Park — one of the oldest parks in the United States. During the 13.1-mile run, you’ll race through the sprawling Emerald Necklace park system past stone bridges, a wildflower meadow, picturesque Jamaica Pond Boathouse and towering oaks in all their autumn glory.

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Run the Valley Fall Foliage Race  – Oct. 10, 2015

Savor the colors of fall with a brisk run through Virginia‘s Shenandoah Valley. Enjoy the scenery of historical neighborhoods set against a backdrop of vibrant leaves during the 5k or 10k run, or the 5k walk; there’s also a kids’ fun run. Afterward, stick around for a  cup of warm apple cider at the finish line and savor the colors of the Virginia Fall Foliage Festival Art Show, which is held in conjunction with the race.


Waterford Fall Foliage 5k race

Waterford Fall Foliage 5k race

Waterford Fall Foliage 5k Road Race – Oct. 11, 2015

Run or walk a hilly course along the shores of Keoka Lake, or opt for the 1-mile fun run. Either way, you’ll experience the sights of idyllic Waterford, Maine. In past years, finish line goodies have included jugs of maple syrup and samples from the Great Western Maine Chili-Off.

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Fall Foliage Half Marathon and 5k – Oct. 11, 2015

Run through historic downtown Rhinebeck, New York, as you make your way to the banks of the Hudson River. Choose from the half-marathon or 5k; everyone who finishes the half-marathon receives a medal.

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Dalia Colon

Dalia Colon

Dalia is a multimedia journalist in Tampa and the Smart Travel Insider for VISIT FLORIDA. Follow her on Twitter @daliacolon.