With views of the Statue of Liberty, lower Manhattan, and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, this race along the New Jersey waterfront across the river from New York City offers a great tune-up for the NYC Marathon later in the fall — and costs $50 through Sept. 12.
Sun, Sep 17 • Jersey City, NJ
Also part of a weekend festival, this race runs through the hills and mesas of northwestern New Mexico’s High Desert Trail System, with stunning views of the wide-open horizon and red rock mesas all around. And its registration fees go no higher than $40.
Sun, Sep 17 • Gallup, NM
Set for its 13th annual running in this small New England town less than a half-hour’s drive from Boston, the tree-lined streets of this fast, flat race offer fees of $35 when you sign up before the race, and $40 on race day.
Sun, Sep 17 • Wilmington, MA
Set for its annual fall running at about 5,400 feet above sea level, surrounded by the Prescott National Forest and the Bradshaw Mountains off in the distance, this race costs $55 through Sept. 21, and also offers a 10K and 5K.
Sat, Sep 23 • Prescott, AZ
Run along the Shore Road Promenade that looks out onto the waters of New York’s Upper Bay from Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge neighborhood at this 5th annual race, which costs $50 and follows a double-loop course that starts and finishes at the 69th Street Pier.
Sat, Oct 7 • Brooklyn, NY
This early fall race unfolds along New York’s Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway path, taking runners past iconic sights like the Brooklyn Bridge. Its 13.1-mile race costs $60 through Sept. 29, or $40 for the 5K.
Sun, Oct 15 • Brooklyn, NY
Set for its inaugural running along the Susquehanna River in northern Pennsylvania, this race unfolds through a region filled with Native American historic trails and places, and costs just $25 when you sign up before the race — and $35 on race day.
Sat, Oct 7 • Sayre, PA
What organizers say is the “perfect” race for a PR follows a fast, flat four-loop course around Rockland Lake State Park just outside New York City at this race, which costs $40 when you sign up by Oct. 6.
Sat, Oct 21 • Congers, NY
Timed to coincide with this small South Carolina city’s late-autumn Downtown Florence Pecan Festival, this neighborhood race with lots of gently rolling hills offers signup for $50 through Oct. 14.
Sat, Nov 4 • Florence, SC
Run through the campus of the University of Mary Washington and along the waters of the Rappahannock River that flows through the city at this late fall race, which will cost you $50 to sign up through Oct. 31.
Sun, Dec 3 • Fredericksburg, VA