We’ve all been complaining about our lack of fall weather, but the cooler temps are finally on the way. And what better way to get out and enjoy the weather than going on a run? But you don’t have to jog alone — here are a few upcoming road races that you might want to lace up for.
The 21st running of the Fineview Step Challenge will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Sat., Oct. 8. The event is the biggest fundraiser for the Fineview Citizens Council. According to the group’s website, the race is a “five-mile urban trail challenge ascending Fineview’s hills, streets and staircases.” Among the steps are Pittsburgh’s largest stairset. That’s 337 steps, in case you were wondering. www.fineviewpgh.org
The Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh will hold its Spirit Run, a 5K run or one-mile walk on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, at 8:30 a.m. Sat., Oct. 15. Runners are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes, and there will be food, activities and entertainment afterward in South Shore Riverfront Park. www.emmauspgh.org
Do you want to be a fireman? No? Well, do you want to do all the cool stuff firemen do without actually risking your life? If so, the Stop, Drop and Run 5K to benefit the Monaca Volunteer Fire Department is probably for you. There’s a regular 5K run, as well as an obstacle-course run. The event takes place at 9 a.m. Sat., Oct. 15. www.monacafire.com
On Sun., Oct. 16, take part in a 6.6K run to benefit the Mario Lemieux Foundation. The distance — 6.6 kilometers — honors the jersey number of the Pittsburgh hockey legend. At the height of his career, in 1993, Lemieux was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He has been cancer-free for more than two decades, and all the proceeds from this race benefit cancer research and patient care. www.mariolemieux.org