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Cooler weather brings on the races

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It would be a bit cliched--albeit true--to say that this is the time of the year when things start falling, so instead, we'll point out that this is the time of the year when things are running.

We couldn't help but notice that there sure seems to be a whole lot of road races within the next month. Some are themed, most are fundraisers and we suspect nearly all are taking advantage of the break in the summer heat to get people out and about.

First up is the City of Trees Marathon and Half Marathon Sunday, Oct. 14. The race will begin and end at Parkcenter Park with full marathon runners taking off at 8 a.m., followed by half marathon runners at 9 a.m. If you're not already registered to run, there may still be time by checking out bluecirclesports.com. Cost is $68 for the full and $44 for the half. For more info, visit cityoftreesmarathon.com.

This also means that drivers in the area will need to keep a lookout for runners since the roads are not completely closed to traffic for the event.

If you're looking for something a little shorter, mark your calendars for the Here to Hear 5K and 10K race and kids run Saturday, Oct. 20, at Julius M. Kleiner Park in Meridian. For more info, check out run4hearing.com/boise.

The Tour of Boise is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 21, and the 2.5-mile course will have teams scouring Boise's public art, as well as historical and cultural hot spots, in a scavenger hunt to benefit the Bogus Basin Nordic Team. Individuals and teams of all ages can participate, but kids younger than 13 must have an adult in the group.

Cost to race is $25 for individuals or $60 per team, and registration must be done by Sunday, Oct. 14, at spondoro.com.

And paying homage to the season, the Farmstead 5K and Hellish 6.66 Miler will send racers flying through the Linder Farms corn maze Saturday, Oct. 27. The 6.66 miler will include a race through the maze, which runners will not only have to find their way out of, but deal with assorted obstacles. The Running with the Dead Zombie 5K includes both the maze and, yes, zombies, while the kids can join in the Pumpkin Heads Challenge. You can also take on the Farm Man Xross Challenge, in which you'll have to lift, toss, flip and otherwise move a series of obstacles.

Cost to enter the races is $35 or $7.50 for the kids race, while the Xross Challenge costs $20. Visit farmmanboise.com for more details.

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