Best Minneapolis Running Events This Fall

Yes, even during the cooler months there are plenty of organized running events in Minneapolis! Whether you’re headed for the big 26.2 miles or you only signed up for that 5K for the beer, it’s no doubt that Minneapolis has a race for every type of runner. Keep checking back as more events are added!

Due to recent events regarding COVID-19, please be sure to check the official event website or with those hosting the event for up to date cancellations and updates.

Go the Distance MN Challenge (Virtual)

October 1-31, 2020 (Registration deadline is October 9)
Virtual Event

We want to keep the active momentum going with a fun fall challenge! This time around we are turning it up a notch, and you can choose to participate in a 50K (31 miles), 100K (62 miles) or 150K (93 miles) – Go the Distance MN! The challenge will run from Oct. 1 – 31. An activity log will be available to download when you register. Challengers may participate for free, or they can choose to pay a fee and receive a commemorative medal and buff. Registration deadline is Oct. 9.

Allina Health Autumn Woods Classic (Virtual)

October 1-18, 2020
Virtual Event

Autumn Woods Classic presented by TC Running is an annual tradition that everyone would like s’more of! This year’s race is reimagined as “My Autumn Woods Classic” — run or walk with family or friends any distance of your choosing in any Three Rivers park. Once you’ve completed your walk/run, snap a photo with the park entrance sign in the background and share your experience with us on social media!

Halloween Mish Mash 5K (Virtual)

October 1-31, 2020
Virtual Event

A fun virtual Halloween themed run with your choice of cool swag and medal.

October Virtual Distance Challenge

October 1-31, 2020
Virtual Event

Join the MN Brewery Running Series October Virtual Distance Challenge! Set your mileage goal to run, walk, or hike in the month of October and earn awesome rewards along the way!

Minnesota Brewery Running Series

October 10, 11, 17 & 31, 2020
Locations vary

Join us for a 5k-ish course that starts and ends at a different local brewery! Weave through the surrounding area at whatever pace you like, no matter what there’s a beer waiting for you at the finish line! All participants receive a FREE craft brew from the brewery and get to take home a collectors pint glass or seasonal swag item from the Brewery Running Series...plus live music, food offerings, local vendors, and fun giveaways.

Tiger Tracks 5K & Family Run/Walk/Roll (Virtual)

October 10 & 11, 2020
Virtual Event

Join us virtually for our 12th annual Tiger Tracks 5K & Family Run/Walk/Roll to save wildlife. This virtual 5K is the perfect way to get into nature, support the Minnesota Zoo and help save wildlife across the world. You will be able to choose your own route in your neighborhood, favorite park, or whatever safe location you choose and run/walk/jog/roll the distance to complete the virtual run! Registered participants will receive a t-shirt, free Minnesota Zoo plush animal*, $5 Zoo bucks for your next visit, and a certificate of completion.

Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K (Virtual)

October 10, 2020
Virtual Event

We’re taking our Signature BT5K in a new direction this year. It's BT5K Your Way and no matter where you live, you can participate! Walk, run, bike, push a stroller, or even rollerblade your own 5k. It's your choice! And you can get moving as soon as you register. Registered Adults will receive a BT5K performance shirt, race bib, and finishers certificate. Registered children will receive a BT5K performance shirt, race bib, and finishers medal. Our Pre-Show will take place Saturday, September 26 at 9 AM. On Saturday, October 10 at 5 PM, a virtual celebration will take place!

2020 Can Bite Me Marathon!

October 17, 2020
Minnehaha Falls

The marathon we have been training for months for was cancelled. So to that we say, "2020 can bite me!" We're making our own marathon and we want your help! Stand on the sidelines and cheer us on! Bring us water and snacks! Bring dogs for us to pet! Join us for a few steps or a few miles! You can walk, run, bike, roller skate, skateboard, scooter, wheelchair, crawl, whatever! We just need you there to support us in whatever way you choose.

Minnesota Halloween Half, 10K & 5K (Virtual)

Through October 31, 2020
Virtual Event

The 2020 Minnesota Halloween Race has gone virtual! You can run it where you want and when you want. Finish the year strong and keep running through October. Run with friends and family and choose the race that is right for you. When you register you can select to have either pick up your gear or have it mailed to you before October 31.

Goldy's Run 2020 (Virtual)

October 31, 2020
Virtual Event

Due to the concern surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19), and the government’s guidelines around public gatherings, we have made the decision to switch the 2020 Goldy's Run to a Virtual Race. We have converted all registered participants to virtual runners and are going to ship your t-shirt and finisher medal direct to your door.

MNy 250s

October 31, 2020
Bde Maka Ska (Thomas Beach)

MNy 250s are no-frills running events designed to lead the way in the Twin Cities’ safe return to running. MNy 250s will provide runners motivation to keep training, a timed result on an accurate course, and the opportunity to cross a physical finish line, all in a safe environment that abides by all local, state and federal guidance. These events will feel like road racing was back in the ‘80s—no extras, just a starting gun, a finish line, and 249 of your best running friends. Short shorts are optional, but following safety protocols is mandatory.

MNy Monthly Challenges: November Elevation Celebration (Virtual)

November 1, 2020
Virtual Event

How high will you run in November? Yep, how high? We’re putting the vertical back into your runs by asking you to match the elevation gain of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon each week of the month – that’s 2,677 feet up for November. Seek the hills, find your stride and enjoy the view. We'll be holding you accountable for each challenge by collecting live results and displaying them on a leader board. Workouts can be submitted manually or through syncing to any fitness app to the Fit Rankings app.