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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 16:30

Race through autumn

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It’s hard to beat October when it comes to running weather, and races planned throughout Western North Carolina this month will offer plenty of opportunity to jog through autumn landscapes.

• The Cullowhee 10K Creek Run and Taste of Cullowhee will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Cullowhee Community Garden. The event will offer 5K, 10K and half marathon routes, with walkers welcomed on the shorter two distances and cyclists welcome on the half marathon. Teams encouraged. The event is certified through USA Track and Field. Cost varies by distance and number of people. Sign up at www.imathlete.com.

• The Bethel Half Marathon and 5K will return to Haywood County at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, offering the chance to run through rolling farmlands framed by autumn colors and the Pigeon River. Sanctioned by the Asheville Track Club with a USA Track and Field-certified half marathon. Early registration is $25 for the 5K and $40 for the half marathon, with day-of prices increasing by $5. www.runsignup.com.

• A pre-Pumpkinfest run will raise money for Macon/Jackson County Habitat for Humanity at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Tassee Shelter Greenway in Franklin. The route will feature goodies to go along with the season, with the festival held downtown that same day. $25. www.active.com.

• The Zombie 5K Chase Race will provide a chance to run against the undead at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, on the Western Carolina University Campus. Runners will wear flags that “zombies” will attempt to steal as they run the course. Anyone who can’t make it to the finish line with at least one flag will be turned into one of the walking dead. Proceeds will support the Mountain Area Pro Bono Physical Therapy Clinic. Open to ages 10 and under, with runners under 18 required to sign a waiver. $25. www.active.com.

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