Run past views of vibrant fall foliage, waterfalls and the beautiful river on the Columbia Gorge Marathon. (Photo credit: Scott McMullen)

Fall is here. It’s in the brisk morning air, the mud on your shoes and the extra layer you throw on to go out and play. Runners know fall means some of the best races of the year in Oregon.

October 28: The course for the Columbia Gorge Marathon climbs up the Historic Columbia River Highway outside of Hood River. Runners will see gorgeous fall color, waterfalls and beautiful river views. A half-marathon run, walk, team and kids races will take place too.

November 3: Fort Stevens State Park hosts the Battle to the Pacific on November 3, with all proceeds benefitting this Civil War-era park near the mouth of the Columbia River. A half marathon, 10K, 5K and kids races are scheduled.

November 3: Mud and smiles are forecast for the Happy Dirty Girls Run in Sisters on November 3. This single-track trail run in the rolling hills and forest is just for the ladies with a half-marathon, 5K and Happy Muddy Little Kids Run.

November 11: Autumn Trails Eugene calls it like it is. On November 11, runners will hit the dirt along the scenic Ridgeline Trail south of town. Choose from 3.5-mile, 6-mile, 10-mile or 16-mile courses.

about author Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in Oregon.

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