It’s a Race to the Finish – Oakland County Fall Running Events

It’s not always about winning.

Sports, particularly running, create a sense of camaraderie, community and a true sense of belonging. Working toward specific goals gives athletes of all types a true sense of self. It’s competition in its truest form.

At every race, a gunshot rings out. Chatter among the crowd ceases as the runners take their first steps onto the course. Cheers then erupt from spectators in support of their family member and loved one.

It’s easy to get started with our fall guide to races in and around Oakland County.


Hundreds, sometimes thousands, pack running events across the county. Most events are also a way to give back to the community as race registration fees, and other profits collected are donated to a specific cause.


For some, it’s about simply just finishing, for others it’s about the time of their finish, for many it’s simply a way to do something great, healthy and fun with friends and family.

Event volunteers and support from the community is essential at these events, and Oakland County residents never disappoint. Whether handing out water or setting up along the race route to cheer on runners, the community always comes through in a big way.

Take to the pavement this fall with running events in and around Oakland County. From 5K, 10K’s and half marathons to full marathons, fun runs and walks, there are events fitting all fitness levels. Use our full list of fall running events to find a race near you!


Dates, times, and courses can change. Please check each race’s website for the latest information.

You can also visit the Spring running page and Summer running page to search for other seasonal races. Don’t see the race or event that you are looking for? Email and let us know!

Find even more programs, events and happenings in and around Oakland County on our Things To Do page.

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