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As school schedules and shorter days replace the buzz of summer, don't let family activities fade to a distant memory. Instead, get your gang out to the races this fall. There's something for everyone each month:

Sept 12th
Ladysmith Village 5K Color Blast (Ladysmith, Virginia)
Take a short drive down Rt. 95 to Ladysmith, Virginia, for their annual 5K race and 1K fun run. Last year's glow run has become this year's morning color splash.

Sept 12th
Pink Heals Color Rush 5K (Wilderness Presidential Resorts, Spotsylvania, Virginia)
Run through a rainbow of color, each representing different cancer awareness programs. There will be a 5K for the teens and parents and a 1-mile run for the younger kids.

Sept 20th
10th Annual Race for Grace / Fireman Chase (Patriot Park, Spotsylvania, Virginia)
This annual event benefits the Grace Oughton Foundation which serves the local pediatric cancer community. It will feature the Race for Grace 5K, the Kid's "Fireman Chase" 1-miler, the 300 Yard "Rookie Run" and the "Extreme Firefighters" 1-Miler (XF1M).

Sept 26th
Deuce Braswell 5K Run/Walk Against Teen Violence (Courtland High School)
This series brings awareness to teen violence and honors the life of Baron "Deuce" Braswell. It features a 5K Run/Walk for teens and older, and a 1 Mile Youth fun run.

Sept 27th
Potomac Elementary 5K and 1 Mile (Dahlgren, Virginia)
The Potomac Elementary School PTA will sponsor a 5K and 1 mile run to highlight fitness.

Oct 3rd
Howlin' Coyote 10K and Wily Pup Dash (Caledon State Park, King George, Virginia)
This race offers a 10K for 13 years and up, and a 1-mile run for the younger crowd.

Oct 4th
Margaret Brent Elementary 5K and 1 Mile (Stafford, Virginia)
This elementary school in Stafford County will sponsor two races to highlight fitness.

Oct. 10th
Go for Bo 5K, 1 Mile and Tot Dash (Stafford, Virginia)
Go for Bo raises money and awareness of Ebenezer United Methodist Church's partnership with Helping Children Worldwide. HCW works to transform the lives of children in Sierra Leone.

Nov 26th
Turkey Trot 5K, 1 Mile and 1/2 Mile (James Monroe H.S., Fredericksburg, Virginia)
Strap on the running shoes and bring the family out for a quick sprint before tucking into Thanksgiving dinner. You'll feel better about that second piece of pumpkin pie if you do.

Jan 1, 2016
Resolution Run 5K (YMCA on Butler Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia)
What a great way to kick off the New Year! Start your resolutions right in 2016 by entering the family today.

Vic Culp of Race Timing Unlimited provided information for this list of family favorites.

A.E. Bayne is a writer and visual artist who lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She has been a frequent contributor to Front Porch Magazine and is an editor at the Fredericksburg Literary Review.

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