There are many Dads that enjoy getting out and pounding the pavement. Running is a great way to stay healthy and provide your kids with an active and healthy role model. Who needs NFL or NBA stars as role models when us Dads can influence our kids on a much more personal level? Also, kids have a TON of energy and are pretty fast once they start moving! Here are some events/races that will be in the Columbus, GA area this Fall.
August 27: Country’s BBQ Midnight Express
Come run this 5K race that starts just before midnight and help raise money to support the visually impaired. This race always provides a fun atmosphere with plenty of music, food, and more. This will be a culminating event for many local runners participating in the Couch to 5K program and there will be some challenge athletes providing inspiration.
October 15-16: The North Face Endurance Challenge
This event has something for everyone. For the Dads (or Moms), there are distances from 5K to 50 miles. There is even a 1 mile Karno Kids Run. This event will be held in Pine Mountain, GA near the Liberty Pool area of FDR State Park. Come check it out and meet Dean Karnazes, or “Karno” as he’s known in the running world. This Dad is pretty amazing. He’s running amazing distances to help raise raise awareness about childhood obesity.
After your race, you’ll be treated to a nice finish festival with music, massages, healthy food, and more. The swag isn’t half bad either!
November 12: Soldier Marathon & Half Marathon
This will be second year for what is to become a premier race in Columbus, GA. The inaugural race, in 2010, was well organized and supported and this year it is certain to only get better. Runners will run through historic portions of Fort Benning before heading north to Uptown Columbus along the beautiful Riverwalk. Runners will enjoy aid stations with water, sports drinks, and sports gels.
Columbus, GA is really becoming a great area for health and fitness minded Dads. There are so many events that take advantage of the area’s great running trails. We have 10+ miles of Riverwalk along the Chattahoochee River and, the nearly complete, Fall Line Trace that goes from Cooper Creek Park all the way to Columbus Regional Hospital. For a list of even more local running events, visit Big Dog Running Co and pick the one that’s right for you. If you’re not in the Columbus, GA area, find a running specific retailer and talk to them about races in your area.
Whatever you choose to do, just get out and get your legs moving. Your kids will follow in your healthy footsteps.